TV Writing Contest: The Black List (Part 3)

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This is what the screen looks like after you submit and pay the $25. Pretty simple. I had to check a bunch of boxes and what genres it falls into and curious questions on setting, characters, plot trope, etc. Pretty interesting way to search for scripts. As you can see from the top, nothing too much happens when you submit. It shows I had one script submitted and active. There are currently zero reviews and zero downloads. (uh oh…)

The picture I find funny. I guess based on what you click, it puts little pictures to kind of visualize the type of story it is. If you notice to the top right of the screen, it says “pilot” on the script. There is another choice for screenplay when you submit. Pilots are typically 60 pages at length while movie screenplays are 120-140 pages at length (though if its longer, you might need to have some industry pull or name recognition).

On the left is where you see the “opportunities” that you can submit to. A few of them look interesting to me. I might write a screenplay and submit to one just to see what happens. Some will get you into a writing conference while another is a paid gig from WB, if submitted. I did the ATX, which was for free and a chance to attend the festival which I live near. I find all of this pretty neat. It’s much better than stories of valet’s accidentally leaving behind their manuscript in the cars of producers or sliding it beneath bathroom stalls. I’m not sure if I ever heard of a story where one of them was actually produced.

One additional rule is if you get chosen, a biography and additional background information is required within a week. I’m guessing this is to make sure you are not writing from San Quentin or something.

I’ll keep you updated as this hope this thing moves forward.


Movie Reviews: Spectre


Spectre directed by Sam Mendes

James Bond will be back in … Spectre. Yeah buddy. Was I excited with a giant tub of popcorn to watch this. To me, Daniel Craig is the best James Bond ever. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know you die hard fans stuck in 1960 think Connery is the best, but come on, those films are barely worth watching anymore.

Casino Royale is the best bond film of all time. This edged out my former top bond film, Goldeneye, after years or repeat viewings and arguments with friends. Casino Royale harkened back to the first Ian Fleming novel I ever read. It was darker and edgy and told the story to why Bond couldn’t truly love again. Goldeneye with Pierce Brosnan as Bond about a decade after he should have been cast (Remington Steele contract disputes kept him off). Sean Bean did what he always does … die. It had Famke Janssen and Russian politics and the best Nintendo 64 tie in game of all time.

I had such high hopes for Spectre. Casino Royale was awesome. Quantum of Solace was poor. Skyfall was awesome. You see pattern, right? When I started watching Spectre, the first ten minutes was so over the top and awesome, I thought the curse was over. I mean, what an epic opening. One long shot. Watching the opening of it was a sight to be seen. I was filled with popcorn and soda and excited for what was to come.  Then we got Monica Bellucci for some reason in a bit part. Then a mystery of hunting for Blofeld. Then it all culminated in a final confrontation at Blofeld’s lair in the desert. Bond was captured. He triumphed and blew the whole thing up. I was fairly happy and was ready to leave the theater.


Then the movie kept going.


For no reason at all, other than to give Blofeld a scar, the movie falls off a cliff and falls into the abyss of stupidity. Why? He didn’t even kill Blofeld on the bridge, and we all know he won’t stay captured, so what was the point?

I digress.

The good thing is the first 90 minutes made for a decent Bond film. The downside is that we had to deal with the last 30 or so minutes of the film.

Movie Rating: 9.5/10 (Up until the explosion), 1/10 (everything after the explosion)