Over the last week I suspect I have read over 500 two page scripts for our ‘50 Kisses’ competition – and the whole team (Steven, Vanessa, Tom, Alex, Sal, Gail, Michelle, Alli, Sam and Judy) have read all 1,870 scripts multiple times –and finally, one week late but full ‘re-read’, we will announce the winners tomorrow.
While excellence does jump off the page, it is also a subjective quality. This highlights one of the problems with creative competitions. Unlike the Olympics, you can’t run the fastest, jump the highest or lift the most weights. You can’t empirically PROVE your work is the best. You have to just hope that it stands out from the pile, that it chimes with the readers, that the judges see something special (or more special that the rest).
Of course some work stands out, but even then, it’s never cut and dried. Personal taste, mood, fatigue… all play a part in making the process that bit more difficult. I am planning a much longer blog to explain what we learned, to give you tips for future competitions you might enter. But that’s for another day.
So, we got there in the end, 50 scripts chosen for ‘50 Kisses’.
And finally, a reminder. The judges decision is final ;0)
Onwards and upwards!
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Some of the winners scripts (although all of them are two pages) are “longer” (mostly the one with no dialogue) and others are “shorter” (if you have lot’s of dialogue then you are not allowed to write much using the proper page formating). So what’s the limit of the future “2 minutes” films? Is it 1 minute and 59 seconds, or 2 minutes and 59 seconds? Thanks
The rules clearly state two pages (or less). The filmmkares rules do not state a running time, though as with any film, the tighter the better.