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  • Nicholls -- Typos

    Question: Is my script dead in the water?

    Seriously, no.

    "The fact that you have seen professionals write poorly is no reason for you to imitate them." - ComicBent.

  • #2
    Re: Nicholls -- Typos

    Typos are never good, of course, but a few in a script is not a big issue. I've read a bunch of Nicholl winners at the Herrick Library that had multiple typos, so it's obviously not a deal-breaker...


    • #3
      Re: Nicholls -- Typos

      i've never read a script even from a produced flick that didn't have a couple of typos. as long as it's not riddled with them and glaring, and doesn't interfere with the story then don't fret. however, i doubt that you can say, "Everything else is perfect."


      • #4
        Re: Nicholls -- Typos

        I sent the wrong draft of my screenplay last year. It had more than four errors, including one that read "They look to the river -- beyond it is"

        That was it. I forgot to finish the sentence. Still made the QFs. You're not dead in the water, but if you've ever been reading a script you dig, coming across a bad typo can act like a smack in the face.


        • #5
          Re: Nicholls -- Typos

          Originally posted by ricland
          Some questions about readers ...

          What instructions are they given and how much of these instructions do they follow.

          Beal,(?) seems like a reasonable man. I'm thinking his instructions are something like this:

          OK, Readers, we're looking for story first, then great characterization, dialog, solid structure and a good mix of plot twists, reversals, etc. No script should be rejected at its first reading if it has these things. I don't want scripts rejected because they have a few typos; that might only mean one writer paid for a script doctor and the other didn't. Mind you, I can appreciate the writer who pays to get his script letter-perfect -- but I don't want this script in the top five while a far better STORY with four typos is shitcanned."
          It's not "Beal," it's "The Magnificent Mr. Beal"


          • #6
            Re: Nicholls -- Typos

            Speaking of typos, it's Nicholl.

            No "s." No apostrophe s.

            To quote a recent comment on the Nicholl Facebook page:

            One, five, twenty typos over an entire script should not affect any reader. On the other hand, ten typos on the first page just might cast a pall over an entire script.


            • #7
              Re: Nicholls -- Typos

              I had a script read by a very big production company that had two dozen or so typos and 'crooked' sentences and some butchered narrative and some other rather embarrasing stuff and when I asked about it he said, and I quote, "We don't care about typos, we care about material. We have editors."

              While the scared narrative of most forums and 'not there yets' will continually tell you that it matters a lot, it doesn't. It matters little when you can write.

              Now, many, many times those mistakes are indications that the writer can't write. But four typos is negligible.

              Good luck ric.

              Last edited by darkestbeforedawn; 05-09-2011, 06:57 PM.