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  • Terri
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    Originally posted by warrenwilson View Post
    And after the Black List sent out their email about the Nicholl's scripts being hosted, I got a pro download the next day.
    Could you explain this?


    .... and are things any better now? Any updates from anybody?

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  • warrenwilson
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    [quote=Danibobani;928199]Hi! I heard the Nicholl List went out last week and was wondering how many script requests semifinalists are getting. This is the second year I haven't received ONE script request. Am I alone?

    I was a quarterfinalist this year and mid-September I received one emailed request from a reputable prodco in Beverly Hills (written by an assistant to a reputable lit manager). I assumed she sent a request to *every* finalist, from qf on up, judging by the subject line and the follow-up email she sent.

    And after the Black List sent out their email about the Nicholl's scripts being hosted, I got a pro download the next day.

    So I think these pathways do matter to those of us with no ins.

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  • AE35-Unit
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    Greg said no.

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  • sparklefactory
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    Do we know if we will ever see our semifinalist comments?

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  • grommet
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    Originally posted by scenes77 View Post
    Thanks so much for the info!! btw 15 requests is INSANE! Just wondering what's normal and if I should chalk it up as a loss. Still going to hold out for some excitement! And in the meantime, always writing......
    That number dropped dramatically in 2014 to about 5.

    Wait until October when the list goes out to a wider audience. You'll hear from people!

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  • AE35-Unit
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    Thanks grommet. And just write and ignore it, scenes77. If it comes, fine. If it doesn't, fine too. This request I got may very well be my only one. But it doesn't matter. I got validated by Nicholl. So I know my writing is getting better, and better, and better. And there's only way to do that, and I will quote Oliver Stone: "Ass + Chair = Write."

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  • scenes77
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    Originally posted by grommet View Post
    When I was a quarter-finalist in previous years I averaged about 15 script requests. All of the people who requested reads got back to me very quickly. One or two never responded and I always take that as a no.

    When I was a semi-finalist in 2011 I received fewer requests than when I was a quarter-finalist. I think that might have been due to my genre, my quarter-finalist script was a drama and my semi-finalist script was a period biopic.

    Either way, the queries came very shortly after Nicholl released the list and everyone got back to me in a very timely manner. There are always stragglers too. I just had a query from my 2014 quarter-final placement. But generally the first month after the list release is when you'll hear from people. I'm surprised the list went out so early. I recall it being released in early October.
    Thanks so much for the info!! btw 15 requests is INSANE! Just wondering what's normal and if I should chalk it up as a loss. Still going to hold out for some excitement! And in the meantime, always writing......

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  • grommet
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    Originally posted by AE35-Unit View Post
    I think whatever went out went to a limited audience of around 200. The 'official' list won't go to the media until mid-October. Or something like that. And I could be wrong because I've heard all kinds of different scenarios. All I know for sure is I've gotten one request from a stellar management group. And right now that's all I care about.
    Yeah, that actually sounds right.

    Congratulations on the request! I hope it works out for you.

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  • AE35-Unit
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    I think whatever went out went to a limited audience of around 200. The 'official' list won't go to the media until mid-October. Or something like that. And I could be wrong because I've heard all kinds of different scenarios. All I know for sure is I've gotten one request from a stellar management group. And right now that's all I care about.

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  • grommet
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    Originally posted by scenes77 View Post
    For previous years QF/SF... after a request, typically how long before you heard back? Anywhere from a week to a few months, I'm guessing? Or not at all?! (Sorry, just new to this =)) Thanks!
    When I was a quarter-finalist in previous years I averaged about 15 script requests. All of the people who requested reads got back to me very quickly. One or two never responded and I always take that as a no.

    When I was a semi-finalist in 2011 I received fewer requests than when I was a quarter-finalist. I think that might have been due to my genre, my quarter-finalist script was a drama and my semi-finalist script was a period biopic.

    Either way, the queries came very shortly after Nicholl released the list and everyone got back to me in a very timely manner. There are always stragglers too. I just had a query from my 2014 quarter-final placement. But generally the first month after the list release is when you'll hear from people. I'm surprised the list went out so early. I recall it being released in early October.

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  • scenes77
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    For previous years QF/SF... after a request, typically how long before you heard back? Anywhere from a week to a few months, I'm guessing? Or not at all?! (Sorry, just new to this =)) Thanks!

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  • AE35-Unit
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    That's the whole key to it. Keep writing. And never let anyone tell you you can't do it. I did that once a long time ago and if I had kept going back then, I guarantee you that I would be an established screenwriter right now.

    So if anyone ever tells you that you're wasting your time, you tell them to kiss your ass.

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  • finalact4
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    Originally posted by scenes77 View Post
    NOTHING from 8's and 9's on the blacklist!?? So disheartening! I hope this latest request gets you something!
    First, congrats to every finalist, so happy for each of you-- I hope you each have a long and prosperous career.

    I had a spec that received 8s and 9s and had over 20 something downloads and not one call or open discussion.

    I did use it to query over 300 queries and received another maybe 15 read requests for the big guys, but signed with a manager that I love, love, love, working with. If you want to know how to send out 300 queries in an hour, I can show you how-- PM me.

    Even though it received high scores, it's so much better now. We're going out with it this week. It's exciting. And now I can honestly say, it's good. It's worthy-- no matter what happens.

    I'm not sure why people in the industry don't respond well to Black List specs (or so it seems). I mean, mine is on the top lists, too. I removed the script from the site 2 months ago, and I've probably had less than 30 views since then and not one request.

    BUT, and here's the deal...

    My manager requested my script (off a query that included the Black List scores) from me because he read the review on the Black List. And he is on it... really behind it, so I am very grateful for the Black List. It's true what they say, you just have to find the ONE that will champion you and your project.

    I haven't made it yet, but I'm closer today than I was yesterday.

    I just want to say to anyone who needs to hear it, don't give up. Keep writing and keep busting your ass, because you will have your time if you do.

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  • AE35-Unit
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    I'm thinking I had 7 pro downloads? To be honest I can't remember. It was either 7 or 9 for that one. I had two on there at the same but the second one had 5 DL's and 1 request. Anyway, 7.

    But if this turns to a Black List discussion, I'm outta here. Because it is pointless to discuss it. No offense.

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  • UpandComing
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    Originally posted by AE35-Unit View Post
    One of mine was on the front page of that website for 5 months last year with two straight 7's, and one straight 8, and not one phone call or email. And guess which script it was? The one I put in Nicholl this year that was in the top 50.

    And thank you. So do I. And best of luck to you too. We're gonna need it. But you know that.
    Happy for your Nicholl success -- but I'm curious. How many downloads did you get for that script on the BL? If you didn't get any (or only a few), that maybe had more to do with pros not being drawn to your logline than being hyper-selective about reaching out.

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