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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

michelle bornstein Author: michelle bornstein Posted: 06/02/2011 09:56 PM
John, thanks for the info! I did receive above 7.5 so I guess that's a good thing! Wonder what they would say to you if it was lower? Would they tell you your script is not proceeding before they announce quarterfinalists?

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

john karopa Author: john karopa Posted: 06/02/2011 03:19 PM
hi michelle

I entered this contest too and spoke to Heather about the judging. If your average combined score is 7.5 or above, "undecided" means it is good enough to be read by another judge to determine whether it makes the preliminary finals. Im guessing if the second judge doesnt like it, they probably get a third judge to break the tie

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

michelle bornstein Author: michelle bornstein Posted: 06/02/2011 09:42 AM
I just received my first feedback from this competition and it was detailed and helpful. They did definitely take the time to read it thoroughly and some points they made were quite good. A couple of questions I was hoping others could help clarify:

1) How do you know if scoring is "good". It's 1-10 scale, but don't know what range winners fall in.

2) They told me my standing is "undecided, and going through a second preliminary review or something to that effect. Do they just tell everyone this, or is it a nice way of saying you're probably not going anywhere?

Thanks to anyone who can shed some light on this.

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Francis Abbey Author: Francis Abbey Posted: 06/01/2011 11:17 PM
I won the April 2011 contest. I was notified in a timely manner, on the last day of the following month, however the top ten scripts can be tracked on the site's leaderboard. I also requested the script analysis, which proved very helpful. The analysis was a bit on the short side, but appropriate to the price. I'm writing this just a few days removed from the competition, so I can't yet testify to the industry impact. That said, I think this is a very good contest for the money (particularly for people who hate waiting for results) and would recommend it for the analysis alone.

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Stuart Crafton Author: Stuart Crafton Posted: 06/01/2011 04:52 PM
Jim--no need to apologize. Everything you mentioned deserves to be said three times! I've also contacted the BBB--no sign of a refund yet but am keeping my fingers crossed. It's interesting to me that the "Report Card" for Script Savvy still rates it so highly. I'm not sure what it takes to bring those marks down to a more reasonable number, but hope that everyone who feels burned by Script Savvy will take the time to share their feelings on the Report Card so that people who only look at that and don't read the comments will get a better idea of what Script Savvy has become.

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

Devi Snively Author: Devi Snively Posted: 06/01/2011 12:27 PM
I just entered this contest for the first time on a whim with 3 features and a spec pilot as I was eager for some outside feedback and got an e-mail about this contest just prior to their deadline - a total impulse purchase - and a surprisingly good one. They have been ultra organized and personable as others have commented and I was stunned to get such thorough, constructive and very helpful feedback on all 4 submissions so quickly. I'm especially blown away, because it was so detailed - they clearly took care and time with each entry. They even pointed out a 3-word place-holder (I'd written "insert miracle here" in a previous draft) that I'd accidentally left in a block of action. They are the first to catch that for which I'm grateful. The feedback was also very open-minded and non-judgemental offering practical advice (like suggestions as to how I might make the film more indie or mainstream when it's currently somewhere in between.) I will definitely enter this one again - a great deal for super helpful feedback.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/01/2011 11:06 AM
I have e-mailed to the New Island Production website twice in the past month with no response, including an e-mail on Monday. Nothing.

At the beginning great communication. Since the "we'll post winners on our flashy new website and send you comments e-mail of three months ago, not a peep.

I have filed this contest in my "will never hear from them again" folder.

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Naomi Lamont Author: Naomi Lamont Posted: 06/01/2011 04:46 AM
This is a really great contest, and whether you come in the Top 3 or not, the feedback alone is well worth the entry fee. I highly recommend it to anyone who's thinking of entering.

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James Acker Author: James Acker Posted: 06/01/2011 12:14 AM
I entered this back in February. I got the email in March saying they'd be delayed but nothing since.

What's happening?

Not cool.

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Contest: Fade In[Post New Comment re: Fade In]

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/31/2011 10:11 PM
Semi Finalist list just posted on their site.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/31/2011 03:56 PM
Recently received an e-mail that 27 first round results will post on July 1.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Rash Kazvin Author: Rash Kazvin Posted: 05/28/2011 04:14 PM
Dude- Fuddy. Results have been up for a month! http://www.writemovies.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=606%3Acntests26resulttext&catid=59&Itemid=147&lang=en

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Contest: MoviePoet/Feature[Post New Comment re: MoviePoet/Feature]

Brian Wind Author: Brian Wind Posted: 05/27/2011 08:27 PM
The MoviePoet feature contest is one of the best around. There are 3 stages to the contest. First you just enter your title and logline. The top 30 loglines advance to the semi-finals where you submit your first 10 pages. The top 10 semi-finalists advance to the finals.

At every stage of the competition, entrants receive anywhere from 30-60 peer critiques on their work. This is invaluable for polishing your story for the next rounds and honing your craft in general.

The contest is free and website's forum is very active. The contests/websites owner, Chris Messineo, is great guy and extremely accessible for questions, comments or concerns.

While there are no prizes, there's also no cost and for the cost of zero dollars, you just can not beat the amount of feedback received here.

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 05/26/2011 06:39 PM
Sorry for the repeated submission.

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 05/26/2011 06:31 PM
I'm not much of a contest person. This is the 3rd contest I've entered over the years. I rank Script Savvy 4th.

A distant 4th.

I've been a full-time freelance writer for more than two decades and put my five kids through private elementary and secondary schools solely on my writing income. Had I acted as UNprofessionally as S.S., I wouldn't have lasted two days. (And saying "unprofessional" is giving them the benefit of the doubt.)

It's simple: they took my money, they didn't deliver the service, and the promises they've made are lies.

For those who are interested, here's the link to the complaint listing for Script Savvy on Austin's Better Business Bureau:

http://www.bbb.org/central-texas/business-reviews/transcription-service/scriptsavvy-in-austin-tx-90091002/complaints

I'm sure you'll see more complaints registered there soon.

I realize registering a complaint will likely accomplish nothing to my benefit; but to stand back and allow Donna to step on me is telling her I think it's okay to step on other writers, too. And I won't stand idly by for that.

And Donna, if you're reading this: Forget the excuse about your mom. I lost my father, and am in the process of losing my mom. I don't use that as an excuse to screw others. I don't know of any decent person who does. Life hasn't given you permission to defecate on the hard work of every writer who trusted you to treat them with civility.

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 05/26/2011 06:17 PM
I'm not much of a contest person. This is the 3rd contest I've entered over the years. I rank Script Savvy 4th.

A distant 4th.

I've been a full-time freelance writer for more than two decades and put my five kids through private elementary and secondary schools solely on my writing income. Had I acted as UNprofessionally as S.S., I wouldn't have lasted two days. (And saying "unprofessional" is giving them the benefit of the doubt.)

It's simple: they took my money, they didn't deliver the service, and the promises they've made are lies.

For those who are interested, here's the link to the complaint listing for Script Savvy on Austin's Better Business Bureau:

http://www.bbb.org/central-texas/business-reviews/transcription-service/scriptsavvy-in-austin-tx-90091002/complaints

I'm sure you'll see more complaints registered there soon.

I realize registering a complaint will likely accomplish nothing to my benefit; but to stand back and allow Donna to step on me is telling her I think it's okay to step on other writers, too. And I won't stand idly by for that.

And Donna, if you're reading this: Forget the excuse about your mom. I lost my father, and am in the process of losing my mom. I don't use that as an excuse to screw others. I don't know of any decent person who does. Life hasn't given you permission to defecate on the hard work of every writer who trusted you to treat them with civility.

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 05/26/2011 05:50 PM
I'm not much of a contest person. This is the 3rd contest I've entered over the years. I rank Script Savvy 4th.

A distant 4th.

I've been a full-time freelance writer for more than two decades and put my five kids through private elementary and secondary schools solely on my writing income. Had I acted as UNprofessionally as S.S., I wouldn't have lasted two days. (And saying "unprofessional" is giving them the benefit of the doubt.)

It's simple: they took my money, they didn't deliver the service, and the promises they've made are lies.

For those who are interested, here's the link to the complaint listing for Script Savvy on Austin's Better Business Bureau:

http://www.bbb.org/central-texas/business-reviews/transcription-service/scriptsavvy-in-austin-tx-90091002/complaints

I'm sure you'll see more complaints registered there soon.

I realize registering a complaint will likely accomplish nothing to my benefit; but to stand back and allow Donna to step on me is telling her I think it's okay to step on other writers, too. And I won't stand idly by for that.

And Donna, if you're reading this: Forget the excuse about your mom. I lost my father, and am in the process of losing my mom. I don't use that as an excuse to screw others. I don't know of any decent person who does. Life hasn't given you permission to defecate on the hard work of every writer who trusted you to treat them with civility.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/26/2011 04:09 PM
Just got an e-mail from Eric saying their yahoo e-mail has been hacked. He cautioned not to open any e-mail links.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Carolyn Kras Author: Carolyn Kras Posted: 05/25/2011 05:29 PM
I have entered and placed in a number of competitions, but Writemovies.com has been the most helpful of the bunch in terms of getting the script to the right people and gaining exposure. Alex Ross, the head of the company, is very smart and professional. You should definitely enter this contest, it's a great one.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

abby rockwell Author: abby rockwell Posted: 05/24/2011 03:22 PM
Great contest.

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Contest: ScriptVamp/Feature[Post New Comment re: ScriptVamp/Feature]

Teresa Lewis Author: Teresa Lewis Posted: 05/24/2011 01:42 AM
I have competed in several top contests for feedback, won a few, placed in most, and many were very professional -- but none have come close to ScriptVamp in the depth of analysis or closer to industry style coverage. You can deduce immediately that the guys at Script Vamp actually read your script. The detailed feedback is clear, articulate and intelligent and their continued support is incredible. I would definitely recommend Script Vamp and will enter more scripts there in the near future. www.tllewis.net

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

andrew hess Author: andrew hess Posted: 05/23/2011 04:20 PM
Look, the head of the company called me, took me out to dinner, introduced me to a bunch of players. Where the hell does that happen?

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

andrew hess Author: andrew hess Posted: 05/23/2011 04:14 PM
I mean it's not the Nicholl- but what are the chances of winning that? + Look at the stats of their winners over the years who made it? If you get into the contest game, there's like 2000 thousand of these things. Go for a big one and a back up that has been around and people know. The rest, waste of space.

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Benjamin Yoblick Author: Benjamin Yoblick Posted: 05/22/2011 02:35 PM
I received the 2nd place honor in the Big Idea Writers Challange fo TV. I especially liked this contest because the feedback was VERY through including good and constructive elements to really help me push the script even further. best of all, it was read by numerous readers as well as a professor, and the feedback was logged and connected to the readers. This is VALUABLE feedback. Still waiting to see if the placement generates any further reads.

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Andrew Noble Author: Andrew Noble Posted: 05/22/2011 11:45 AM
Hi, I've just entered the 2011 contest, and from I read, Julie is the lady to talk to about my script.

Some contests so far this year have been seriously disappointing. Not because of delays or updates, but because of their readers.

How can 6 contests slate my sci-fi script, while 6 others enter it into their finals? I always thought that a scripts construction and content were its selling point, but I now realise that that's wishful thinking.

Personal perception, and the readers likes and dislikes, are what makes-or-breaks the script, and it's that what I find annoying.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Albert Dole Author: Albert Dole Posted: 05/21/2011 01:49 PM
Thumbs up. They had this great luncheon for the top writers, so I gotta meet a lot of producers and agents over panfried ahi tuna!

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Albert Dole Author: Albert Dole Posted: 05/21/2011 01:45 PM
S'up? I reached the semis in the Nicholl Fellowships and it did zero for me. I didn't win AEX either but must have been top 5 cos they sent my script out to several companies as a "must read". So I got six meetings, but no sale yet. But hey, I am talking to a lot more filmmakers than I was!

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Herbert Stanley Author: Herbert Stanley Posted: 05/20/2011 03:25 PM
I'm with Rash on that one. There are so many bullshit contests out there run by people who have never made a movie in their lives. These guys are filmmakers, have been around for ever, got a winning script made by Warners etc. I got dumped in the semis, but will be back.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Rash Kazvin Author: Rash Kazvin Posted: 05/20/2011 03:16 PM
Wasn't sure about this one. But they posted my script on their site and I got 27 reading requests. Best $29 I ever spent on my writing career!

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Rash Kazvin Author: Rash Kazvin Posted: 05/20/2011 03:11 PM
Cool! I got into the finals (with an alias) and got my script on the desks of 8 studio based production companies and several agents by cold calling and mentioning the contest. Everyone knows it, it's been around for a long time. Totally stoked! Hope it works for you other guys too.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Herbert Stanley Author: Herbert Stanley Posted: 05/20/2011 03:03 PM
Nifty little contest! They don't get too many subs so it's easy to win. Agents etc. don't know that, so you end up with a "win" on your resume and that opens doors. It got my script read by four agencies, 5 managers and several production companies. I signed up with a manager and am getting meetings. Could not ask for more. Herbie

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Bobbette Findley Author: Bobbette Findley Posted: 05/19/2011 05:26 PM
I entered the August 2010 contest and am still waiting on my feedback or a refund. Of course, I am not expecting either at this late date. I will never enter this contest against, even if I do eventually get some type of response, and would advise all to stay away.

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Matthew  Gilleece Author: Matthew Gilleece Posted: 05/18/2011 11:28 AM
I'm amazed that they can get away with not announcing a winner, and flat-out not providing the services they were paid for.

This is not like "Scripted for Pros", where we don't know for sure who ran it - there were actual names associated with last year's Exposurama.

Of course, they'll probably say they're no longer involved with it, and don't know what's going on...

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

michelle bornstein Author: michelle bornstein Posted: 05/17/2011 01:29 PM
THANK YOU! I keep checking the twitter feed and website - nothing. And technically it's four weeks past the initial deadline, it was extended...

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Contest: Tennessee[Post New Comment re: Tennessee]

peter kremer Author: peter kremer Posted: 05/14/2011 09:37 AM
AND THE 2011 FINALISTS ARE...

1st Place

The Shoe Box by David Deverell

After a man has a debilitating stroke, his best friend discovers the secret existence of two estranged sons that he had abandoned when they were kids, and reunites them while uncovering the shocking circumstances that forced him to abandon them in the first place.

2nd Place

A Simple Bridge by C. M. Robinson:

Nathan Turner moves his family from the city to his small home town, and finds the town mired in a fifty-year feud over a glove, a bridge, and a pig. With his future on the line, Nathan uses humor and grit to mend the wrongs of the past, and in his effort, he revives a forgotten town.

3rd Place

For Tomorrow We Die by Lonas Taylor

In 1927, a sadistic G-man and his female partner search for a lost palooka and find their worst nightmare: A Communist plot to brain wash the United States of America.

Congratulations to our Winners!

Congratulations to our semi-finalists! We wish to thank all that have entered for their support!

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JL McCants Author: JL McCants Posted: 05/12/2011 11:02 PM
Are you sure you entered in December? I remember the website saying the contest was closed to entries for November and December 2010 - due to the holidays I think. There wouldn't have been any winners for those months.

The last monthly contest in 2010 was for October. Then the contest resumed in January 2011.

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Contest: ScriptVamp/Feature[Post New Comment re: ScriptVamp/Feature]

Tracy Williams Author: Tracy Williams Posted: 05/12/2011 08:38 AM
I don't participate in many contests and am selective about the ones that I do enter. I decided to take a chance with Script Vamp because of its good ratings and offer of feedback. They are very professional, dependable and prompt with e-mail. This is no small thing considering the lack of integrity and communication from many contests that are out there. The feedback is thorough and insightful--more than worth the price of admission.

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Contest: Script Pipeline Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline Screenplay]

John Connell Author: John Connell Posted: 05/10/2011 09:53 PM
Seems to me that a lot of you complainers should stop wasting money on contests and get your scripts into the hands of someone who can help get them made into movies. When all is said and done, except for a few highly respected contests, most are a waste of time. Nobody cares what your piece of crap did in a contest. Is it worth making? That's all that counts. Spend your money on marketing, not contests.

"Having said that," I'll see you on the finalist list in the next Page. :))

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

John Connell Author: John Connell Posted: 05/10/2011 09:29 PM
Jenn and Zoe deserve their own award! 'nough said.

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John Connell Author: John Connell Posted: 05/10/2011 09:27 PM
A complete disaster. Everyone seems to have disappeared. I waited a year for notes. Nothing.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/10/2011 02:49 PM
Anybody else enter this contest?

Because I love Aussie films, I entered three shorts last December.

Initially I had difficult with the festival website. My Internet security kept rejecting the site as dangerous (I use F-Secure). They were good about e-mailing on this matter and just before the submission deadline last December that issue was repaired and I could safely access the site.

As the announcement date, Valentine's Day rolled around, they e-mailed that they needed a bit more time to get feedback together. Fair enough.

On March 7th I received an e-mail that results were decided and again, they were prepping notes for writers. They indicated they would launch a new site and then post winners and send feedback.

I e-mailed back that day and received another e-mailed that seemed to say they had winners. But that was the end of it.

For a few weeks, New Island Productions.au disappeared from the web. Now they're back with a flashy site, film comments, and enough Twitter posts to back up a billabong.

But since March, I have e-mailed about three times asking for status of the contest. Nothing back. Yesterday I decided to use the onsite e-mail form just in case the previous e-mail address had been eaten by the Tasmanian Devil. Nothing again and again.

Anybody else have any experience with them? I'm surprised because at the beginning the communication was quite good. Since the "we'll get back with you soon" e-mail, nothing.

I am not encouraged that the Twitter posts made on the site seem to originate from unemployed writer.

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Mike Dean Author: Mike Dean Posted: 05/05/2011 08:56 PM
Over and over again screenwriting professionals tell newbies the importance of the logline. This contest forced me to find the essence of my story in very few words. A great tool I know have to attack the rewrites! Amazing prizes as well for a more than fair entry fee. Thanks Three Lines or Less!!

-Mike Dean

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Stuart Crafton Author: Stuart Crafton Posted: 05/05/2011 11:31 AM
To anyone thinking of sending a script on to Script Savvy, please take a moment to read a few comments about my experience: I entered a script in January, paying $59 for the entry fee and standard feedback. I wasn't that concerned at first when the results and feed back weren't given at the published time. There were some problems with the contest, but after all the information that had been posted that spoke highly of the feedback and the professionalism of this contest, I wasn't that worried. As time has gone on though and the days have turned into months, I have serious concerns about the legitimacy of this contest. As of this date not only have I received no feedback from Script Savvy but none of my emails, starting on April 18th, have been replied to! No feedback, no explanation, no reply to eamils: This is extemely sloppy at the best, criminally negligent at the worst. Perhaps this contest will get back on track in the future but for now I would advise anyone to avoid it like the plague! If your experience ends up like mine not only will you be throwing your money away but, even worse, you will not be respected as a writer. And that, for me, is the Death Knell for this contest, and would be for any screenplay contest that treats writers with such disdain and contempt.

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Matthew  Gilleece Author: Matthew Gilleece Posted: 05/04/2011 11:11 AM
Bad news, Christopher. It's definitely a scam.

On the MovieBytes Bulletin Board, Annette Van Duren herself made the following post (probably talking about you):

http://www.moviebytes.com/messageboard.cfm?action=DisplayMessages&topic=7100

''Hi everyone - I found out about the contest today from someone who had entered and contacted me to follow up.

I have nothing to do with this contest and hope the person running it is prosecuted. We looked up the address - it is a floor of an office building in Beverly Hills that rents space and desks to various people.

I am contacting the Fraud division of LAPD. Bertha Garcia at the Writers Guild of America West would also like to speak with people who have fallen victim to this scheme to find out where scripts were sent and how payments were made.

I don't take new clients, but wish all of you the best with your screen writing careers.''

I disputed the charge on Paypal, not sure if it'll work. Their Paypal account is now defunct.

I'm going to be REALLY careful which contests I enter , if any, from now on&

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Christopher Canole Author: Christopher Canole Posted: 05/03/2011 02:03 PM
I suspect this contest is a scam. I called the phone number listed on Withoutabox which turned out to be the number of the guy who designed the web site. I called the talent agent Annette Van Duren listed as the director on the web site and she had no idea what I was talking about. If you try to use the contest email you get a closed page. If anyone has a legitimate phone number for the contest please post it.

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Travis Opgenorth Author: Travis Opgenorth Posted: 05/02/2011 11:04 AM
I just found out that the announcement for the AAA contest was pushed back again. I've entered five contests so far this year, and this is the third one to have pushed back it's announcement date. It's also the second one to have extended its submission deadlines.

I understand there are any number of x-factors that can derail a schedule, but when you extend deadlines to allow for more entries, then fail to meet your announcement deadlines... I find that a bit frustrating.

I find extended deadlines frustrating to begin with. I work hard to meet the initial deadlines posted by competitions and would prefer that competitions only judge those scripts submitted before those deadlines, but that's just me.

I bear no ill will toward AAA. I've entered in the past and may do so again in the future. I've never had a problem with AAA until now, and I wouldn't have even cared about the delays, but as I mentioned, this is now the third competition to move its announcement date so far this year. I'm just hoping this doesn't become the norm for screenplay contests.

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James Schmidt Author: James Schmidt Posted: 04/26/2011 09:31 AM
Is it April 12th yet? No... it's two WEEKS after April 12th. Still no announcement that I can see - they didn't even bother changing the announcement date on their website.

I'm glad I didn't enter this one. I knew, just from the awkward way the website is worded (have you read it?? It needed a few more passes...) that this would be yet another contest that doesn't meet its deadlines.

I feel bad for you guys, I really do.

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Contest: Contest of Contest Winners[Post New Comment re: Contest of Contest Winners]

Michael Pallotta Author: Michael Pallotta Posted: 04/25/2011 11:00 PM
Something to consider regarding this contest. My script was a winner in a well-respected contest. I opted to submit to Contest of Contests for their two feedbacks because I felt the script needed it (the other contest offered none). It was a wise decision. Between the two feebacks, the fine points needed to improve the script shone thorugh. PLUS - it prompted me to put the script through another total rewrite which it needed. Add full professionalism, puctuality, and cool prizes/promotion for the winner and finalists, this is a contest well worth entering.

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

Dee Simes Author: Dee Simes Posted: 04/25/2011 04:46 PM
I can't say enough great things about this contest. They are personable, organized, and passionate about what they do. I entered a script with them last season and though it didn't do as well as I had hoped on scoring, it has been recently requested by a well known company (who has it right now). They liked the story idea, so hope my latest draft does the trick! Heather and Marlene seem to genuinely care about writers and go out of their way to promote them. Way worth the entry fee to be involved with CWA - thoroughly impressed!

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L Curriere Author: L Curriere Posted: 04/25/2011 11:29 AM
Guys, I feel your pain. I paid my money, never got any updates, wasn't on the finalist's list (with a script that's done really well elsewhere) so I emailed Scott several times (and called) and got no response whatsoever. Since I can't get the time back that I spent chasing him around cyberspace I want MY MONEY back.

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Naomi Lamont Author: Naomi Lamont Posted: 04/21/2011 04:01 AM
Hi everyone - though you might like to know that I received a very nice email from Eric, the assistant coordinator at Script Savvy, apologizing for the delay and enclosing my feedback.

So it seems they might be getting through their backlog now - so hopefully the feedback you're all awaiting on is on the way too.

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Geoff Elsner Author: Geoff Elsner Posted: 04/20/2011 11:50 PM
I entered the 2010 contest and ended up winning. Winning the contest offers a fantastic cash prize, screenwriting work shop, and a number of other wonderful prizes you win just by getting into the top 20. After you win, the competition doesn't simply wish you good luck and send you on your way, they continue to help you. My writing partner and I have since started working with a literary manager as a result of winning the competition. I highly recommend this competition to anyone looking to get a foot in the industry and a lot of of valuable script consultation.

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Andrew Zinnes Author: Andrew Zinnes Posted: 04/19/2011 06:49 PM
I was Julie's partner in The Script Department and Silver Screenwriter Competition. It's true the names have changed and even though I have nothing to do with the entities now, I can tell you that the access you get from winning is worth more than all the other prizes put together. Right now, I am taking several UK filmmakers on a tour of Hollywood meeting agents, managers, producers, etc. and to see their faces when they get to speak to these people who can actually impact their careers - it's priceless. Don't let rumors and scuttlebutt take your eye off the ball - you win, you get to meet three managers and talk to a writer who's working at the top of the game. I know times are tough these days, but that kind access is where I would put my money.

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James Kirk Author: James Kirk Posted: 04/18/2011 12:49 AM
I've entered this contest twice -- once a few years back, and again this year. Both times I've found the feedback to be thoughtful and constructive. This year, included in the cost of entry, they offered feedback from two judges. You can also resubmit if you choose, in which case you receive a third coverage.

The focus with this contest seems to be on *the process* of improving your script, and I respect that. May not be the most high-profile of all contests, but well-worth the price of admission. Also, responses to email queries are swift and courteous, which is always a plus.

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Patrick Thies Author: Patrick Thies Posted: 04/16/2011 11:31 AM
got my record card back from this contest, very well run, and professional. liked it alot and will continue to write even more now. def recommend

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Naomi Lamont Author: Naomi Lamont Posted: 04/16/2011 01:09 AM
Just thought everyone might like to know that I also entered the October 2010 contest and managed to get an Honorable Mention. When I inquired about my feedback, Donna emailed me in January with the following:

''I notice your feedback is still in our stack to be proofed. Please bear with me as I work through these in coming days. It hasn't been forgotten.''

I'm sure at this point, we don't care if the feedback's proof-read or not. Just let us have it!

Then from Eric in March there came this:-

''I'm also resending the feedback to make sure everyone has received theirs (if you ordered it).''

Resending? I still have not received it, and as with all of you, have not received any reply whatsoever when I ask about it.

Last week, their prize from ''Script Delivery'' did come through. But this must be taken advantage of before it expires in 60 days. It would be nice to see my feedback and fix up the problems pointed out before sending out the ''Script Delivery'' query letter — but it seems that everything I've read here means I shouldn't wait for any feedback.

As with a lot of you, I've been submitting to Script Savvy for feedback alone for years and this is the first time there's ever been a problem. Which is such a shame since they were a great contest with great feedback. My fingers are still crossed that they'll get their act together.

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Craig Bottrell Author: Craig Bottrell Posted: 04/15/2011 05:24 AM
I couldn't have said it better if I tried Nick. Bravo!

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wenonah wilms Author: wenonah wilms Posted: 04/14/2011 06:01 PM
This contest should be your favorite little black dress of contests! You know the one in the back of your closet that makes your ass look great? I've had nothing but good experiences with it and with Julie at its helm. The prizes are amazing, the judges know their way around a script and the communication is timely, honest and helpful. These people want you to succeed. This will be my third year entering.

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Christopher Valin Author: Christopher Valin Posted: 04/14/2011 05:00 PM
I've won or placed in quite a few contests, but Just Effing was the first one in which I felt like the contest runners were personally interested in helping me get my script out there and read. After winning the pilot category of the Golden Age of Television contest, I got to meet with Julie Gray and was introduced to many other people who can help my writing career.

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Diane Stredicke Author: Diane Stredicke Posted: 04/14/2011 04:55 PM
I won third place in the Silver Screenwriting contest in 2008 (now the Just Effing contest). I know that Julie Gray and her team worked tirelessly to promote my screenplay, "The Orchard." I also won a few nice prizes!!! Definitely worth entering and Julie is definitely someone most worthy of your time.

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Steven Martinez Author: Steven Martinez Posted: 04/14/2011 04:18 PM
Terrific contest with great awards. I've met one of the past winners - he had a great time on his LA excursion and met some huge players in the industry through the contest.

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Gideon Cross Author: Gideon Cross Posted: 04/14/2011 03:42 PM
This contest is definitely worth entering! Very professionally run, and Julie Gray is an excellent story analyst who really understands what makes a screenplay marketable. I would absolutely recommend this competition.

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Brian Smith Author: Brian Smith Posted: 04/14/2011 02:14 AM
Very fast results. I'm honored. Thanks.

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Ralph Stein Author: Ralph Stein Posted: 04/13/2011 05:25 PM
Great, so hopefully we can put a pin in this now and all move on. I actually met a very nice writer thanks to this posting board who reached out to me as per my suggestion and we're going to swap work early next month after I'm all done with my movie premiere on the 22nd of April when I have more time to devote to it. So some good has come from all the negativity and venom on here. I totally understand where everyone was coming from and wasn't trying to be dismissive on it or patronizing. You pay for something, you expect to get it. Having dealt with many a missed contest deadline over the years, I'm immune to it at this point.

Ralph

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Mya Benson Author: Mya Benson Posted: 04/12/2011 12:46 PM
Highly recommended! The folks at ScriptVamp give a thorough report card to every entrant, so that no matter what everyone leaves with something to improve their script. Also, the contest runs very timely. I entered and won Honorable Mention. Am on cloud 9 right now.

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phil yuhas Author: phil yuhas Posted: 04/11/2011 10:09 PM
Fall 2010, I entered both a feature and short, hoping just to make top 6 finalist in either category and win a couple film festival passes -- a good excuse to go to Vail. Well, I won first place for shorts, went and had a great time at one of the best film fests I've ever attended. Very friendly and attentive contest director, he made sure the entire prize package was awarded: two filmmaker passes (access to all events), lodging at a great hotel, a well-attended staged reading of my script, a meeting with a couple producers, and a $1500 check presented at the closing ceremonies. Look around, I don't believe there's many other film festival-sponsored contests that offer such an extensive prize package. This one's worth entering.

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Jason Tremblay Author: Jason Tremblay Posted: 04/10/2011 06:49 PM
I've received just as good, and, at times, better feedback from posting on Zoetrope and TriggerStreet. For free. And FARRRRR more timely.

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Ralph Stein Author: Ralph Stein Posted: 04/09/2011 11:59 PM
Well the bad news is, none of you got feedback in a timely manner. The good news is, we can probably all just swap email addresses and exchange scripts amongst ourselves and provide our own free feedback rather than all commiserating here and wasting any more time at this. My film premieres on the 22nd of this month in LA + NYC and I just knocked out another first draft, so there's always a silver lining to every cloud. Reality is, Donna's mom is very sick and while I do agree with you guys that it may have been more appropriate to shut things down until being able to offer the same quality contest of the past, it didn't happen. I will mirror others sentiments and hope things get fixed because the feedback I got was definitely some of the best for a very fair price. Now I'm stuck with sending my script around to my many actor friends and screenwriter friends in my Inner Circle and I sure miss the pearls I got from Script Savvy. In the end, we're all better served spending more time writing screenplays and less time on here posting. Good luck to all waiting on notes and results. Still think you all swapping emails and forming your own little online writers' group isn't a terrible idea and some good can come from some of this bad.

Sincerely,

Ralph

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Craig Swindell Author: Craig Swindell Posted: 04/09/2011 11:08 PM
For some reason my screenplay failed to make it the ocntest via the "series of pipes" we call the Internet. I was conctacted by Barb Doyon to resubmit my entry. At risk of being labeled a cyninc, I suspect that many "outsiders" would find it all too easy for those running a contest to save themselves from reading yet another script. Who would ever know, eh? Ms. Doyon would. And her integrity was evinced when she contacted me.

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Jason Tremblay Author: Jason Tremblay Posted: 04/09/2011 11:30 AM
I contacted my credit card and had them cancel payment. Enough is enough. The trickery of mentioning a date, then repeatedly changing it, is only a scam at par with "The check is in the mail."

Shut this thing down!

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Trin Denise Author: Trin Denise Posted: 04/08/2011 11:21 AM
For those of you who still have not received what you paid for and want a refund, contact the BBB as I did and file an online complaint. I received an email from Eric stating that I would be refunded. That is the only way you're going to get your money back.

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Robert Blacka Author: Robert Blacka Posted: 04/07/2011 09:16 PM
Some of the people that are still waiting for feedback from the October contest have stated that it would be useless to them. While I understand their reasons for saying that, it would NOT be useless to me. I'm a beginning writer and really counted on that feedback. It's been stated many times that the feedback from Script Savvy has been first class all the way and worth waiting for. I'm sure it is, but that's not the point. Script Savvy is a monthly contest and I expected feedback in a month or two. The whole idea of a monthly contest is so you get your feedback sooner. The worse part about this is being kept in the dark. It would be a lot more tolerable if at least we had a rough idea when the feedback would be arriving. If it's going to be late, well so be it, but at least let everyone know so they can plan for it.

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Craig Bottrell Author: Craig Bottrell Posted: 04/07/2011 05:50 PM
Sorry to have to say it Steve, but when screenplay contest administrators stop communicating with the entrants the writing is on the wall...and the writing isn't pretty. As for getting your money back, I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you as you'll probably turn blue before you receive a dime.

Script Savvy has transformed from an top shelf contest to a complete sham. Deadline are consistently missed, the feedback services have now been discontinued yet Donna has just expanded the types of scripts she is accepting. Clearly she is trying to increase her income while at the same time trying to minimize expenses. The reasons for doing this are obvious.

Donna is scamming all of us now!

And make no bones about it she has read all of these comments and knows people are angry, but she has no intention of responding. How do I know? Because if she was going to respond in an attempt to quell our concerns then she would have done this long ago.

Donna, people who take their screenwriting seriously have given you their hard-earned money, not to mention their scripts, and you don't even have the decency to either close your doors or let people know what in the world is going on.

Family problems or not you should be ashamed of yourself!

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Steve Hess Author: Steve Hess Posted: 04/06/2011 09:36 PM
Simply put, no one from script savvy will return my calls or e-mails. They have no problem taking my money, however. Does anyone know how I can get ahold of Donna or the staff? I just want my money refunded.

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Dave Vaughan Author: Dave Vaughan Posted: 04/01/2011 05:57 PM
Oops! That should be only LEGAL day.

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Dave Vaughan Author: Dave Vaughan Posted: 04/01/2011 05:56 PM
Donna; Today is the only day that a misstatement of arrival is illegal - April 1st - so if nothing has occurred by midnight you are authorized one free 'get out of a jam' card. After that, who knows? Seems like a lot of the villagers are burnishing pitchforks and lighting torches.

To those of you who have been so passionately writing pages and pages of pro and con: Put it into a screenplay instead of wasting valuable time.

The only help a delayed evaluation will provide is when the material is so bad that it will require either major surgery or euthanasia. I know of very few contests that provide feedback until the quarterfinals. We're talking 5 or 6 months in most cases. and, quite often much more.

Good luck, people.

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James Schmidt Author: James Schmidt Posted: 04/01/2011 12:36 PM
Wow. Really? April? And still no winner?

Scam. Fraud. Class Action Lawsuit.

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Matthew  Gilleece Author: Matthew Gilleece Posted: 03/31/2011 01:26 PM
Congrats, Marc! Hope it leads to something!

And good to know that it's a well-run contest.

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Dale Botten Author: Dale Botten Posted: 03/29/2011 05:32 PM
I was the 2010 Grand Prize winner. I was very impressed with the quality of the classes and the effort everybody put into making the Expo a success. After 22 years active military duty, I understand the complexities of such a large operation. Everybody has been so very helpful and courteous. And yes, I have gotten most of my prizes (the 60-dvd screenwriting course is great) and the others are in the works. I remember one thing a presenter said. He said, never expect anything in this business for at least 90 days. Just the way it is. I am really hoping to be able to make it this year, too. My biggest regret is not getting down and funky at the Karaoke bash, but...

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James Edwards Author: James Edwards Posted: 03/29/2011 12:27 AM
The big problem w/ the usual contest suspects is that they're once-a-year gigs. Even then, there's no guarantee you'll get your feedback in less than four months.

The other short-periodical contest I've made use of is HOP - which started out six times a year and has lately gone to four. The coverages I got from them were mixed - some excellent, others a bit rote. But for HOP you have to purchase a one-year membership to access the sixty (rather than ninety) dollar fee. And HOP, too, has lately had a personnel turnover that has effected their product to the point where I haven't continued with them.

That's why I'm hoping Scriptsavvy can get their act together. The coverages I've gotten from them in the past have been among the best quality I've seen in the major contests - and I've submitted to about every contest going. Page and the late lamented Feeding Frenzy are the only other two venues in the same ballpark - and, like I said, they're (or were, with Feeding Frenzy)once-a-year enterprises.

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Ralph Stein Author: Ralph Stein Posted: 03/28/2011 10:50 PM
I hear what all of you guys are saying and I feel for you. All valid points. Communication could absolutely be better.

But let me ask you a question: If Donna personally emailed all of you and apologized early on right after you entered and said, "I have had personal/family problems and you're results/feedback will be delayed five months" would that really take the sting out of it? What about if she offered you a refund at that time, or the ability to stay the course and wait? Would you wait? Would these communications make things right?

Again, for myself and I believe for James, I think the bigger picture is, we're both super-satisfied with the feedback and its value and low cost. Both of us have paid big bucks for crappy feedback before and been burned. Do I really care if the $300 or $500 Feedback Guru with the big reputation turns my feedback around in a week as he/she promised when the feedback is crappy?

The only point I'm trying to make is, I think we all are entering these contests for different reasons, so all of us are right in our own ways.

I've entered Script Savvy more than once for the feedback, which I deem to be superior. I didn't re-enter with a second script because I cared about winning as I did my first time i did; nor did I re-enter for the prize money; those are just gravy if I ever win them. I see way too many of these professional contest entrants, who keep entering the same three or four scripts year after year in contest after contest after they win one with any or all of their scripts. It's like a second job for them.

Bottom line is, we're all putting our hard money down, which seems to be everyone's sentiment here. Ultimately, I think James (perhaps) and I (for sure) feel we got our money's worth, despite the delays and any communication issues. The rest of you don't. The answer is, I'll continue to give SS my money for great feedback and you folks won't going forward. It is what it is...

There are plenty of contests out there -- way too many. If you guys want lighting response to your emails, enter PAGE or Creative World. But don't be upset if you don't get a win or third place, because they have huge amounts of entries, so your chances of win, place or show are much slimmer. Again, it's all what you expect out of entering in the end. Good luck and keep writing!

RS

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Robert Blacka Author: Robert Blacka Posted: 03/27/2011 10:48 PM
Trin Denise, I agree with you. I entered the October contest and still have not received anything. Waiting 5 months for feedback is getting ridiculous. I was sympathetic to the staffing issues at Script Savvy, but there comes a point when she owes us more than a form letter. I wonder how many others are still waiting? It has to be more than a few because otherwise those scripts could have been easily wrapped up in a few days. I don't even know at this point if my script still exists in the database. Maybe if was accidently deleted by one of the temporary staff and I'm waiting for nothing. How long is a reasonable time to wait? 6 months, 9 months, a year? I think at this point Donna needs to personally inform all those that are still waiting for their feedback the approximate date when they will be receiving it. We have all been very patient and anything less is unprofessional in my opinion.

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James Edwards Author: James Edwards Posted: 03/27/2011 08:00 PM
I suppose that I simply don't want this potential resource to go away, or to be downgraded to the point where it makes no sense to submit to it.

I have twenty or so screenplays in various stages of rewrite, and no more than three consultants whose capability and price is in the right range for me to make use of them.

I don't like to send rewrites of the same screenplay - even when vastly changed - to the same consultant more than twice. So, as I develop these projects, it's nice to be able to make use of a contest like scriptsavvy, which is supposed to come out once a month, twelve times a year, and is affordable.

If things have gone to hell in a handbasket at scriptsavvy, it'll be off the boards before long and I'll contend with that when it happens.

Despite all the negative auguries, however, it's still not proven that scriptsavvy is kaput. The contest was around a long time, and until last year had an excellent reputation. All I can do is hope that they recover from the present impasse, and that everyone who has posted here will have answers to their complaints in a way that satisfies them.

And if that doesn't happen, we'll all simply have to find other resources.

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Craig Bottrell Author: Craig Bottrell Posted: 03/27/2011 12:01 AM
Again, I ditto Trin.

Ralph and James, simply put it is bad (unethical) business to take on new business when you are unable to fulfill previous business obligations. And that is precisely what Donna has done by accepting shorts and TV scripts.

She expands her exiting business yet I (and others) am/are still waiting for feedback from October. In my case if I ever do receive it (highly unlikely BTW) it will be useless because, as the two of you have pointed out, I have re-written my script several time to the extent that includes major plot changes.

As for your assertion that the quality of the feedback from Script Savvy is worth the delay and inconvenience, I must disagree.

In the past I have received feedback from Script Savvy on a script (a comedy) where the reader not only got major plot points wrong, but they made no mention of the word funny (or any synonym thereof) in his assessment. The reader failed to comment on whether or not they found the screenplay humorous. This is preposterous. An assessment of a script must always make reference to whether or not said script fulfilled its objectives (ie, comedy..funny or not, drama...dramatic/touching or not etc).

If you chose to ignore the reality that Script Savvy continues to fail to meet its business obligations then I defend your right to do so. But, as Trin has pointed out, Script Savvy is a business selling a product that they seem unable to deliver. If you were to purchase something (say an item of clothing) through the internet and you had still not received it 5 months later then you would be a very unhappy customer. There is no difference between this and what Script Savvy is doing.

And that is why there are so many Script Savvy customers who are extremely unhappy with the quality of service Donna is providing.

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James Edwards Author: James Edwards Posted: 03/26/2011 11:22 PM
Trin & Jason - I'm not saying you don't have a point and I'm not saying you have no reason to complain. I think your complaints are understandable and Script Savvy is making a major mistake in not dealing with them in a more timely manner.

What I AM SAYING is that the vehemence of your condemnation of the contest is unhelpful to you or anyone else. I understand being peeved.

Believe me, I've been taken to the cleaners before by contests and by coverage. I could make a list. But Script Savvy would not be on that list, because ULTIMATELY they got back to me about my concerns. It took awhile, and - to be sure - the coverage was less crucial at four months of age than it would have been at two.

But for crying out loud, we only pay sixty to a hundred dollars for this contest - and the coverage, when it arrives, is top of the line. I paid three hundred to a consultant in Temecula well known for her brass brads, and got zilch - and not that long ago! And hundreds more to trackingb, champion, and fresh voices - and not even a heads' up when the winners were decided.

So get a little perspective. It's a school of hard knocks. Try to tolerate the hits you get, and don't strike back out of turn before you know all the facts.

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Trin Denise Author: Trin Denise Posted: 03/26/2011 09:14 PM
Ralph, James. You can say what ever you want about this contest but you miss the point terribly. It doesn't matter how good the feedback is. It doesn't matter whether you set your script off to the side for a month or two. What matters is: Scriptsavvy is a business. They make thousands of dollars evey month. Bottom line. Yeah we all have personal problems, who doesn't and giving Donna months to deal with it, was more than reasonable on our part. If Bill Gates had to take care of his ill relative, do you think that all the people who bought Windows 7 online are gonna care if they paid for it and it took 5 months or more to get their item. The answer is No. No matter how you try to justify this or make excuses for Donna, the bottom line is she did not do her job.

I had to wait 5 months to get my feedback and I only got it then because I filed an online complaint with the BBB and threatened to contact every sponsor on her web site. I did this because none of my emails were answered but they had the time to send me an email telling me they just added new sponsors. If I hadn't done those things I still would not have my feedback now. The feedback I got is USELESS. How many times do you think my script's been edited in 5 months? Enough times that I turned around and was a finalist with it and placed third in another contest. What was relevant in the feedback I received was already addressed months ago in my rewrites. There is no longer an excuse or justification for this contest being behind. She should have shut the contest down instead of continuning to hold more contests, take more writers money and then in addition to that now accept shorts and TV scripts. Tell me exactly how this contest will ever get caught up. It will get caught up when writers stop sending in their scripts and Sciptsavvy has no more to review or judge.

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Ralph Stein Author: Ralph Stein Posted: 03/26/2011 06:45 PM
Jason-

I have to agree with James' assessment here. You have to look at the big picture. Not sure how long you've been writing or how many screenplays you've ever written, but I can tell you, you never ever really stop rewriting. You can rewrite your scripts ten years after you've already labeled your script as a "final draft."

If your endgame is making you screenplays the best they can be, in hopes of selling them one day, then whether the delay is a month or a year, it doesn't really matter.

If, however, winning one of these contests is enough for you, then you're goal and assessment of the situation is probably right - "who cares about the feedback, I just want results in a timely manner whether I win or lose the contest or get anything else out of it."

I am blessed to be lucky enough to now have a script I co-produced and co-wrote which is coming out next month. Only took me ten years - "an overnight success" as they say. Does that make me any better a writer or more knowledgeable than either you or James? No. But it does make me lucky enough to be produced.

I can share with you that even after our "final draft" was locked, we continued to rewrite on set, to make the film the best it could be. And I can assure you, it's a lot harder to rewrite under the gun on set with a very tight budget, than it is, to rewrite a spec for fun. I say for fun, because until you're getting paid to write, it's just a hobby. But as a paid gig, I would've loved to have be handed Script Savvy's feedback while on set, even if their notes were two years late, if the feedback was valid and worth incorporating into the film, especially with the time constraints and pressure.

All I'm saying is, look at the big picture. I've submitted scripts to big name production companies and gotten passed on the same day with zero feedback, other than "thank you for submitting - we'd love to read anything else you have." I've also cursed at other prodcos that took 3 months to get back, passed politely, but then felt stupid, because they gave me detailed notes from their development person who read it, that were truly insightful and gave me something to work with for another rewrite so I could try to sell the script elsewhere.

End of the day, at this stage in your career, winning all of the contests in the world, but getting nothing out of them but name mention and some prize money is worth a lot less than losing them all, but getting great notes that take your script to the next level and result in a spec sale, or option from a known production company, or even a writing assignment which pays well and/or leads to others.

Winning these contests are like getting the MVP in Double A ball. Getting sold or produced is like making it in the major leagues. You have to decide where you priorities are. Again, if you end up with great notes that are two months late and take your script to the next level, I still think you're a winner regardless of whether ANY (not just this contest) is on time. That is, if you ever plan on making this your full-time career. Trying to support yourself on these contests is like trying to support yourself playing Powerball.

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Marc DeLamater Author: Marc DeLamater Posted: 03/25/2011 05:14 PM
Excellent experience. Very affordable. Timely responses. Strongly recommend.

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Jason Tremblay Author: Jason Tremblay Posted: 03/25/2011 09:44 AM
"I would still set aside a newly finished script for a few weeks to work on writing something new, or revising something old. That's Standard Operating Procedure for screenwriters."

There's a world of difference between "a few weeks" and 2 months and counting...

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James Edwards Author: James Edwards Posted: 03/25/2011 01:17 AM
"Good feedback on an old script is next-to-useless." -

Even if I only had two or three completed projects, I would still set aside a newly finished script for a few weeks to work on writing something new, or revising something old. That's Standard Operating Procedure for screenwriters.

Some of the best rewrites are borne out of the confluence of a few weeks' thoughtful waiting, and the fresh POV of unexpectedly insightful coverage - which is what Script Savvy has delivered for me at least.

You're right to complain, but I think you're making the situation out to be irrecoverable on their part, and I don't think it is. Besides which, the feedback you get from them is only wasted if you decide not to listen to it.

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Jason Tremblay Author: Jason Tremblay Posted: 03/24/2011 07:14 PM
Why open it up again and make promises upon promises if you can't keep them? Now they're taking TV and short scripts when they can't even get features in on time.

The problem with this, regardless of how good the feedback may or may not be, is that after a 2-month wait, what good is the feedback? Most serious writers would have rewritten their scripts again and again in that time. Good feedback on an old script is next-to-useless.

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Ralph Stein Author: Ralph Stein Posted: 03/23/2011 06:37 PM
As long as Script savvy continues to be able to provide for you the fantastic coverage they can give, it's worth paying for it and entering the contest, regardless of delays or results. I won this contest last summer and have won or placed in many others and my first feature film will open now in April in LA + NYC. Take it from one who knows, if this contest deliberately never paid a single prize off and never answered an email (which is obviously not what is going on) and you just paid to enter and paid for coverage, then you have gotten your money's worth. Producers who have read my rewrites based on the tweaking I've done from their coverage is getting me close to making another deal. A paid one - not a free option. On that note, don't buy into these "Joe Blow Production Company optioned first time scribe John Smith..." which you read on Inktip and in the trades all the time. What they aren't telling you is that they are $1 options for their scripts which they will shop around for a year and usually not sell. But I've digressed...

Does it suck that Donna, the contest coordinator's family member had a relapse, which threw another wrench in the cogs? Hvae any of you never had a relative or family member that you had to become the primary care provider for? I have and I can tell you, it shuts down one's life.

This is my best guesstimate of what has happened with this very well-run contest prior to the train going off the tracks a bit, BUT when things get back to normal, and they will soon, this is a very well-run contest. I can can assure you that Donna is meticulous and prior to this setback, this was one of the most efficient contests I've entered to date. Every email answered the same day and deadlines met. Again, that was then, and this is now.

If you enter going into this one for full coverage (best buy for your money anywhere), and assume that things will be delayed a bit, then you can't lose. If you're entering this or any other contest with "burning building mentality" and you can't wait and think everyone will run on time and the world runs around the deadlines they give, then you'll only be disappointed and piss and moan on this site.

The reality is, very few of these contests run exactly on time. If you want two that do, try PAGE and Creative World; you can set your watch to them. Austin Heart of Film has really gotten slow, AAA and Creative Screenwriting (same contest basically), both have become horrid since Pasha McKinley left. Forget about Script PIMP -- AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

Nicholl has an agenda always, but very credible if you win. Slamdance got much more organized this year and seems back on track and that's about all I can come up with you for now.

RS

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 03/23/2011 06:13 PM
I received the promised form-letter email update this morning, and a personal email apology this afternoon, both from the assistant coordinator, Eric Besson. Their website now states, "JANUARY results will be announced and feedback returned on 3/31." I hope so.

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Craig Bottrell Author: Craig Bottrell Posted: 03/23/2011 06:05 AM
When Donna emailed me months ago and explained the reason the contest seemed to fall apart was that she had a very ill mother to whom she had to attend I was understanding. But when I read she is now accepting TV and shorts scripts I lost it!

Can you say Ponzi Scheme??? Even Bernie Madoff called his older clients and paid them off with the money he received from new clients.

My point?

I have yet to receive the feedback from the October 2010 contest and I have no delusions of ever receiving it (not that it wold be worth anything at this point in time). As I, and others, have said previously, for so many reasons this contest is dead! Only a fool happy to part with his or her money would enter.

The writing is on the wall folks...Script Savvy is dead! Any newbie screenwriters reading this who are looking for reputable contests then enter then just walk on by Script Savvy and submit the product of your sweat and tears to Page, Nichol, Austin, Blue Cat and CineStory. At least with them you will know your script will actually be "in the contest".

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Craig Bottrell Author: Craig Bottrell Posted: 03/23/2011 05:30 AM
When Donna emailed me months ago and explained the reason the contest seemed to fall apart was that she had a very ill mother to whom she had to attend I was understanding. But when I read she is now accepting TV and shorts scripts I lost it!

Can you say Ponzi Scheme??? Even Bernie Madoff called his older clients and paid them off with the money he received from new clients.

My point?

I have yet to receive the feedback from the October 2010 contest and I have no delusions of ever receiving it (not that it wold be worth anything at this point in time). As I, and others, have said previously, for so many reasons this contest is dead! Only a fool happy to part with his or her money would enter.

The writing is on the wall folks...Script Savvy is dead! Any newbie screenwriters reading this who are looking for reputable contests then enter then just walk on by Script Savvy and submit the product of your sweat and tears to Page, Nichol, Austin, Blue Cat and CineStory. At least with them you will know your script will actually be "in the contest".

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Patrick Thies Author: Patrick Thies Posted: 03/23/2011 12:41 AM
Highly considering entering this march 2011 contest. Just have to get it copyrighted and i think ill do it. Any "fine print" info I should know that may have skipped over while reading up on this contest?

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Jason Tremblay Author: Jason Tremblay Posted: 03/23/2011 12:37 AM
Time to SHUT DOWN this contest until they can assure that they will live up to their promise of delivering ON TIME. Any thing less is FRAUD.

Moving the promised delivery date, leaving it ambiguous ("today"), not communicating with contestants while repeatedly promising to do so, is highly UNPROFESSIONAL, and at this point, CRIMINAL.

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 03/22/2011 09:41 PM
I am concerned about the lack of communication from Script Savvy. I submitted a script for the January contest, and paid extra for their "full analysis." Their promise was that the contest results would be announced by the end of February, with the analysis "soon thereafter." The results were not announced by the end of February. The analysis was not sent. On March 1, their website promised an email update would be sent "in the next couple of days," and that results would be announced by March 15. The update was not sent in the next couple of days. The results were not announced by March 15. On March 16, and every day thereafter, their website stated/states: "An email update will go out to contestants today." It's been "today" now for 7 days. I sent emails requesting the promised updates. I haven't received any of the updates via email. I phoned them and left a message (didn't get a live answer), and allowed for the 24 hours they say it takes them to respond. And I waited 48 hours and 72 hours and 96 hours. No response. I know they have my phone number. If they have caller ID they have it. If they listened to my voice mail they have it. If they read my email they have it. And I know they have my email address: just today I RECEIVED AN EMAIL ADVERTISEMENT FROM THEM. It's way past the deadline ... and the second deadline, so the promise they made to me for my entry fee + analysis fee can't be fulfilled any more. I have been patient to a fault. I have been courteous. Am I out of line to expect some sort of response?

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 03/22/2011 08:43 PM
I am concerned about the lack of communication from Script Savvy. I submitted a script for the January contest, and paid extra for their "full analysis." Their promise was that the contest results would be announced by the end of February, with the analysis "soon thereafter." The results were not announced by the end of February. The analysis was not sent. On March 1, their website promised an email update would be sent "in the next couple of days," and that results would be announced by March 15. The update was not sent in the next couple of days. The results were not announced by March 15. On March 16, and every day thereafter, their website stated/states: "An email update will go out to contestants today." It's been "today" now for 7 days. I sent emails requesting the promised updates. I haven't received any of the updates via email. I phoned them and left a message (didn't get a live answer), and allowed for the 24 hours they say it takes them to respond. And I waited 48 hours and 72 hours and 96 hours. No response. I know they have my phone number. If they have caller ID they have it. If they listened to my voice mail they have it. If they read my email they have it. And I know they have my email address: just today I RECEIVED AN EMAIL ADVERTISEMENT FROM THEM. It's way past the deadline ... and the second deadline, so the promise they made to me for my entry fee + analysis fee can't be fulfilled any more. I have been patient to a fault. I have been courteous. Am I out of line to expect some sort of response?

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Patrick Thies Author: Patrick Thies Posted: 03/22/2011 08:20 PM
Highly considering entering this march 2011 contest. Just have to get it copyrighted and i think ill do it. Any "fine print" info I should know that may have skipped over while reading up on this contest?

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