Some Last Minute Nicholl Notes

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  • #2
    Greg,

    If something reads like a fairy tale or myth (but is not - i.e. not pre-existing), and is focused on a culture that the typical reader might not be familiar with, would a presumption be made that the script was based on a fairy tale? If a script is dismissed as a fairy tale by a reader, is there any double check to make sure it truly isn't a based-on?

    For example, if PRINCESS BRIDE (in a Goldman-less world) were submitted, and a reader thought it rang a bell or could be a European fairy tale - would it be dismissed on those grounds?

    Is there a "based on" check-box that immediately flags a script for disqualification?

    Thanks.

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    • #3
      What about a script based on, say, Arthurian legend or the French Roland/Charlemagne story?

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      • #4
        Arthur is always going to be problematic, as he's fictional. How does one write a script about Arthur without relying on earlier fictional accounts?

        Charlemagne and Roland are historical and thus one can research them. Depending solely on a single epic poem would make the story an adaptation.

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        • #5
          There is an amount of historical evidence that suggests a real King Arthur. But anyway how about this - what if the story is Arthur's grandson?

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          • #6
            The same problems exist.

            I don't have a problem with a script about an historical figure who may be the model upon which the Arthurian legends are based. I suspect his name would not be Arthur.

            The problem arises in writers just writing a script about Arthur or some aspect of his court and not recognizing that their script could not exist without and is based upon Mallory, White, et al.

            Writers have to take responsibility for adaptations. That doesn't mean that they can't or shouldn't write the scripts; it just means that they should not enter those scripts into a competition that does not allow adaptations.

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            • #7
              Writers have to take responsibility for adaptations. That doesn't mean that they can't or shouldn't write the scripts; it just means that they should not enter those scripts into a competition that does not allow adaptations.
              But that means I have to come up with my own ideas and be all creative and junk like that...

              :b

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              • #8
                Hi Greg,

                How's this for last minute. My addressed just changed from NY to CA over this past week so it's wrong on my entry! What do I do?! Thanks.

                ABZ

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                • #9
                  ABZ, On your entry form directly under the area assigned for e-mail address is the following note.

                  Because confirmations will be sent to each entrant, please notify us by mail or e-mail <[email protected]> If you change your e-mail or mailing address before July 1, 2005.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Rose! I've been so discombobulated with the sudden move...Well you get the pic. Thanks again. ABZ

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                    • #11
                      Re: I'm curious, could you please clarify?

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