Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

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  • #31
    Re: Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

    Originally posted by ClintW3 View Post
    This is my first time entering Nicholl and was wondering how the notification process works.

    We should be checking our inboxes sometime after August 1, right?
    Nicholl says by August 1st. I think they've come back as early as July 27th in past years. Of course, the number of entries keep going up, but you might want to start checking early. I think it was July 29th last year. Or keep your eye on the Nicholl Facebook page or this site. When the announcements start to go out, people will be posting.

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    • #32
      Re: Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

      I'd be curious to know whether foreign stories with foreign characters (non White) made the quarters. Or if it's yet another "writer from LA" scenario

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      • #33
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        QF just came out. I got the email and didn't make it but it said I did receive a positive score in the first round so that's something. Good luck to everyone else.
        "We all pay for life with death, so everything in between should be free.-- The Late Great Bill Hicks...

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        • #34
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          Same for me. Good luck to those who moved on.

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          • #35
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            In with one!

            Congrats to my fellow QFers, and best wishes to those who didn't advance this year. Keep trying. My script that advanced made the "next group of 100" after the quarterfinals for two years running, always just missing the QF. Third time was the charm. (And a few more re-writes .)

            Late Night Writer

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            • #36
              Re: Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

              Originally posted by LateNightWriter View Post
              In with one!

              Congrats to my fellow QFers, and best wishes to those who didn't advance this year. Keep trying. My script that advanced made the "next group of 100" after the quarterfinals for two years running, always just missing the QF. Third time was the charm. (And a few more re-writes .)
              Congrats! Do you have a hunch of what made the difference?

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              • #37
                Re: Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

                Originally posted by Manchester View Post
                Congrats! Do you have a hunch of what made the difference?
                With each re-write it got stronger. Or it could have been a roll of the dice. I think with this many screenplays in the competition, there's bound to be multiple tie scores, so one point can make the difference.

                Late Night Writer

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                • #38
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                  Congrats LateNightWriter, and all other QFs/high-placers this year!

                  After making QFs last year (my first year of entering), I didn't make the cut this time (shocking -- I could've sworn all of the excerpts on the Nicholl Facebook page were about my scripts! ). That said, both of my entries placed in the Top 10% (and both "fell short of advancing to the quarterfinals by two-to-six points"), so I decided to come off the ledge, lol. Only Nicholl can make you feel so good when you haven't gotten through the first round.

                  For anyone placing for the first time this year, double congratulations, and enjoy the ride!
                  Last edited by UpandComing; 07-23-2014, 04:01 PM.
                  "I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.-- Peter De Vries

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                  • #39
                    Re: Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

                    I was pleased to make top 15% this year, since it is a step up from top 20% last year. Who knows, maybe I'm 2 rewrites from the quarters.

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                    • #40
                      Re: Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

                      Originally posted by LateNightWriter View Post
                      With each re-write it got stronger. Or it could have been a roll of the dice. I think with this many screenplays in the competition, there's bound to be multiple tie scores, so one point can make the difference.
                      Thanks. Yeh, it's not as if it was a whiff, a whiff, and then the QF. When you go from that close to then making the QF, Greg Beal might have trouble sitting down with every version of your script and answering that.

                      Obviously it would have been great for you to get to the QF on your first time at bat with this script. But it must be especially gratifying - after so much re-re-re-re-rewriting, and because of the emotional energy it's presumably taken to keep going with it, to maintain your vision. Again, congrats.

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                      • #41
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                        Thanks, Manchester!

                        Late Night Writer

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                        • #42
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                          I made it to the QF's!!! Lost my father and my job within the past five weeks so this was a well-needed shot in the arm!!!! Now, excuse me while I do my happy dance!!!
                          Second Draft = First Draft less 10%
                          -Stephen King

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                          • #43
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                            Congrats to those who made it. They told me I missed the QF's by one or two points. I guess it's something to build on. Back to work.

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                            • #44
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                              1x Top 20%, 1x Top 15% and 1x QFer.

                              The third year in a row I've made the QF round with three different scripts. Never made to to the next stage so fingers crossed.

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                              • #45
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                                I entered two scripts - one I figured had a great chance, and one that was a longer shot.

                                I had two letters in my inbox and the first one was a rejection for the script I thought had a great chance. Top 15% but rejection nonetheless.

                                So with a heavy heart I opened the second email, and what do you know, the big buddy action script made the QFs. First time for me.
                                Chicks Who Script podcast

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