TV Writing Contest: The Black List (Part 8)

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It is looking more and more like a dead end. Another 21 days has past and my teleplay has still not been evaluated (I am assuming another free month of hosting is coming). The ATX festival begins in 2 1/2 weeks, and I’m sure the 10 selections have already been made. This kind of feels a bit disappointing. The rules clearly stipulated that the script needed to be up on the website for a week by April 15. I clearly made the due date, and even went ahead and paid for 2 script evaluations, but so far, I feel like I am some high plains drifter out on a long journey. I do see on future contests, they have been posting a “submit for evaluations by” date on the press releases which alleviates confusion. I wonder this is why my email to the system administrator when unanswered 5 weeks ago.

How long will I be out here? I have another screenplay in mid-draft, but as each day goes by, I find myself working on my novels more and more (I have a bunch of projects in various stages of draft). I looked up my stats today, and so far, I have 5 views of No Returns Allowed. I checked early last week and I had 3 views, so there were at least a couple clicks this week. I had gone, well, well over a month with nothing happening as the script sat in the wilderness. I try not to complain, as there is always the next opportunity.

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If I read this correctly, it is still awaiting assignment. Wow. So I don’t know. It would be ironic if the evaluations don’t get done until after the ATX festival. I don’t see any other TV submission contests as most seem to be film oriented, so I would have a couple options. First is to pull it from the site and upload it again next year. I am not sure if the evaluations would stick or not, but if rated 7 or lower, that means I should probably take it down to revise anyway. If the evaluations are great, I guess it would be worth it to keep it up for the next round. I could also make movie version, however, I would have to completely change the script. I would have to condense the pilot to 40 minutes and flip around plot points, then change the antagonist. I would essentially take the planned reveal at the end of the season and make that the second act, and then resolve it. It can be done, but it really was constructed for TV.

I do still plan to post the evaluations if they ever do come. Although I had fun writing the script and it was surprisingly easy to outline a pilot and a 5 season story arc, I do want a little feedback with it so I can learn what to improve. I’ll probably be writing a hundred scripts in the future, regardless of how this escapade turns out. Max Landis posted online that out of a 100 scripts he wrote only 3 got picked up. One of them was for like $3M, so his journey was eventually worth it financially.

PART 9

TV Writing Contest: The Black List (Part 7)

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Well, it has been a few weeks since my last update on the The Black List. I was checking seven times a day to see if my script was read the first few days, then started checking once a day, and now I checked maybe twice a week. I knew there was a stipulation that if the script wasn’t read in the 21 days, then I would get a free month of web hosting.

Today, I received the email above that I received a FREE month of web hosting of the script because they couldn’t review it in the 21 days. I thought it was pretty cool that I didn’t have to haggle or call or be proactive in getting the free month. They pretty much automate the process through their system, which is cool. It gives me some motivation now to maybe upload my other script (which I was waiting for the quality first reviews to decide if it was worth it or not).

As for my total views, my stats are still pathetically bad. I have had one pro view and one regular view and no downloads. This happened in the first 24 hours, so I don’t really know if it was just a quality control check to see if a script was uploaded or my mothers recipe for kimchee pancakes.

So, stay posted, as I plan to share whatever feedback I get. If I get slammed, then you all can read it. Until then, like and share this page, so that I know it is worth publicly posting my paid reviews online for you to read.

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