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    NikeeGoddess
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  • NikeeGoddess
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    Re: Nicholl Fellowship 2012 open for submissions

    Originally posted by iggy View Post
    Please... just tell me the categories so I can stop thinking about it.

    Please. I beg you.
    please stop begging. you're getting ridiculous.
    here - use this as a guide for ALL your scripts:


    VOICE - Your voice is the style and personality with which you write. A strong voice should resonate long after the material has been read. It is the one aspect of screen writing that can not be taught, rewritten or developed through traditional development methods. It can however be developed by the writer themselves as they hone their skills and craft.

    FORMAT - There are specific guidelines for writing screenplays. Are the guidelines being met? The format of your script is the first impression. A script that does not have proper formatting lacks professionalism. Formatting allows an experienced reader to scan material in a way that he or she understands what is happening and what is being said, without being bogged down in dense text.

    STORY- The story includes the hook, the set up and the pay-off. Do the first ten pages hook the audience and is the story engaging enough to sustain their attention for a full 90 minutes?

    STRUCTURE - Does the screenplay have a clear 3 act structure with beginning, middle and end? If not does it benefit the story? Does the end of act one challenge your protagonist, pose a question or force him/her to make a decision?

    THEME - The theme of the film is what you want people talking about when they leave the cinema. Why do we care? Beyond the story and characters, what is your film about?

    TONE - Tone is most likely determined by genre, so the question here is how well the tone of the screenplay compliments the genre.

    PREMISE/ CONCEPT - How clear is the premise to identify? Is it a high concept premise, or low concept? Is it a genre driven concept, or character driven.

    PLOT POINTS - Do the plot points twist and turn the story in unpredictable ways? Do the plot points add to the dramatic tension, provide obstacles for the protagonist in accomplishing his goal?

    PACING - How well does your screenplay flow? Are the dramatic stakes constantly rising or is there a lull in the action? Pacing is closely related to structure so if the structure is flawed, pacing will often suffer.

    CONFLICT - Conflict provides dramatic tension. Conflict is the driving force of any story and usually involves physical (man v man) and emotional (man v himself) conflict. What’s at stake for our protagonist?

    CHARACTERIZATION - Are your characters likable and relatable? Are the character motivations believable? Does their personality fit their character? Do they have a strong, clear character arch? What do they learn and how do they change from beginning to end?

    DIALOGUE - Dialogue should be natural, not "on the nose." People rarely talk like you write. People talk over each other, have accents, emphasize certain words and speak with different inclinations. Do all your characters sound a like? If the reader just read the dialogue, would they know which of your characters is speaking?

    MARKETABILITY - How easy is this concept to market? Can the concept be conveyed easily on a movie poster? What is the merchandising potential? (Action Figures, Happy Meals, video games?) Does it have sequel or franchise potential? Does the concept lend itself to any of the new forms of marketing and distribution models? (Trans-media, social networking.) Is it a viral concept?

    CAST-ABILITY - Are your characters rich and memorable? Do they scream out for a particular actor or actress? Will the characters prove challenging to a leading actor or actress or are they run of the mill characters that we've seen a thousand time before?

    COMMERCIALITY - How broad is your film? Is it a 4 quadrant summer tent-pole or is it a personal, niche oriented film destined to a limited release in art house theaters.

    MARKET POTENTIAL (SALABILITY) - The trends and needs of the market place change often. One day something is hot, the next its not. How easy is this film to sell according to the current landscape of the industry?
    taken from some other contest guidelines.
    NikeeGoddess
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    Last edited by NikeeGoddess; 04-20-2012, 03:16 PM.

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  • JeffLowell
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  • JeffLowell
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    Re: Nicholl Fellowship 2012 open for submissions

    Iggy, I've read the final round of a big contest for the last couple of years. And I'll offer you this perspective: the numbers and categories never play into what I advance. I read a script and think "that was great. It's moving on." Then I make sure the numbers reflect that.

    I never read a script that's so so, fill in the numbers, and think "huh, turns out that script was great. I didn't really like it, but the numbers don't lie."

    I also will go back at the end and adjust the numbers so they reflect my order. There's no mathematical precision to it - what's the formula that differentiates an 8 from a 9 in dialogue?

    Write a compelling script, and it will advance.

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  • iggy
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    Re: Nicholl Fellowship 2012 open for submissions

    Please... just tell me the categories so I can stop thinking about it.

    Please. I beg you.

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  • gregbeal
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  • gregbeal
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    Re: Nicholl Fellowship 2012 open for submissions

    A recommendation:

    Don't worry about categories.
    Don't worry about competitions.
    Don't worry about readers.
    Don't worry about agents.
    Don't worry about managers.
    Don't worry about producers.
    Don't worry about executives.

    If you must:

    Worry about finding and developing a great story.
    Worry about writing the best script you can write.
    Worry about writing your next script - and the one after that.

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  • iggy
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    Re: Nicholl Fellowship 2012 open for submissions

    Originally posted by NikeeGoddess View Post
    the categories mean nothing in the long run. all genres have equal weight.

    but i would suggest to you to save your money at this point since it's not a contest that gives feedback or a scoring card. try Page -- their last submission date is the same, but you can get feedback... i think.
    Oh, I didn't mean genres. I mean categories to score like dialogue, formatting (but Greg said there's no formatting category in the Nicholl), etc.

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  • iggy
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    Originally posted by emily blake View Post
    While searching for threads that answer your question, Iggy, I found THIS THREAD that YOU started, in which Greg tells you about the process.
    Wait... I see Greg explained in that thread that a strong positive score is an 80 or above.

    I don't see the categories they rate to arrive at the total score.

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  • NikeeGoddess
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  • NikeeGoddess
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    Originally posted by iggy View Post
    This category idea's got me bewildered.

    I wasn't going to enter this year because of plot problems at the end of Act 2. But if the other aspects are the best I can make them should I enter? Definitely not going to win or make semi's with a script with plot problems, right?
    the categories mean nothing in the long run. all genres have equal weight.

    but i would suggest to you to save your money at this point since it's not a contest that gives feedback or a scoring card. try Page -- their last submission date is the same, but you can get feedback... i think.

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  • iggy
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    Originally posted by emily blake View Post
    While searching for threads that answer your question, Iggy, I found THIS THREAD that YOU started, in which Greg tells you about the process.
    Wow! Completely blank on that! Thanks.

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  • emily blake
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  • emily blake
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    While searching for threads that answer your question, Iggy, I found THIS THREAD that YOU started, in which Greg tells you about the process.

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  • iggy
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    Can anyone answer how the Nicholl is judged (please)?

    Thought they evaluated the script as a whole and gave it a "good" or "sucks" and then put it with the other scripts that are good or suck. Then kept doing that til they were narrowed down.

    This category idea's got me bewildered.

    I wasn't going to enter this year because of plot problems at the end of Act 2. But if the other aspects are the best I can make them should I enter? Definitely not going to win or make semi's with a script with plot problems, right?

    But now I don't know how heavily that'll weigh in the scoring. If I knew the categories they score on it'd be easier to determine whether to spend the cash.

    Thanks.

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  • AlexNoa
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  • AlexNoa
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    Originally posted by gregbeal View Post
    No, there is not a formatting category.
    Yep, I should've known -- Nicholl is that good.

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  • LateNightWriter
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  • LateNightWriter
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    Originally posted by gregbeal View Post
    Sorry for any confusion or anxiety.

    We're not planning on sending confirmation emails as all of the information can be found easily and much earlier in your Nicholl account.

    When you complete your end, the account displays Submitted beneath your title.

    When we have processed your entry, the account displays Confirmed beneath your title.

    When Confirmed appears, your script number is displayed in the Copy for your Records.
    Whew! Thanks, Greg!

    Late Night Writer

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  • iggy
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    Re: Nicholl Fellowship 2012 open for submissions

    Originally posted by gregbeal View Post
    No, there is not a formatting category.
    What are the categories?

    Thanks!

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  • gregbeal
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  • gregbeal
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    Originally posted by LateNightWriter View Post
    Verification email? Was I supposed to get one of those? I submitted a script April 1 through the website, it shows "Confirmed," and my credit card was charged. But I never received a "verification email." Are confirmation emails running three weeks behind? Or should I be concerned...

    (Great. Something else to get anxious about. )

    Late Night Writer
    Sorry for any confusion or anxiety.

    We're not planning on sending confirmation emails as all of the information can be found easily and much earlier in your Nicholl account.

    When you complete your end, the account displays Submitted beneath your title.

    When we have processed your entry, the account displays Confirmed beneath your title.

    When Confirmed appears, your script number is displayed in the Copy for your Records.

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  • gregbeal
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  • gregbeal
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    Re: Nicholl Fellowship 2012 open for submissions

    Originally posted by AlexNoa View Post
    Greg, with the discussion about formatting in this thread, can you tell us if the Nicholl has a formatting category?
    No, there is not a formatting category.

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