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Message Date Posted: 02/13/2014 10:27 PM (12 of 12)

Robert Watson View This Topic Cinestory

Moviebytes says Extended Late Deadline March 5.


Message Date Posted: 02/13/2014 10:25 PM (11 of 12)

Robert Watson View This Topic Cinestory

The website says the late deadline is February 15, and that's the last date they mention. If there's been an extension, I don't see it. I'm entering a rewrite of a script I previously entered.


Message Date Posted: 02/11/2014 10:56 PM (10 of 12)

Robert Watson View This Topic Cinestory

The Cinestory deadline is approaching, and I encourage all to enter. I've gone to the retreat the last three years (Semifinalists and up get invited). The First Prize this year has been increased to 10G, in addition to the fellowship and getting the retreat for free. The real prize is being invited to the retreat. Here's some info I wrote last year in response to questions I got.

Re Cost of Cinestory Retreat: Last year, it was about $1,300. Finalists and semifinalists get a small discount, and the winner gets the retreat for free in addition to the cash prize. This includes the seminars, one-on-ones, most meals, etc. Lodging isn't included, but in Idyllwild, you can get a room near the place where the events are held for $100 a night or less. All together, less than Austin would cost, assuming you want to stay in one of of the event hotels in Austin. And driving distance from L.A. Yes, it's money, but it is a truly unique experience. The 3 mentors you meet with have read your work. They're writers, producers, managers, etc., working in the business right now. You can see some of the names on the Cinestory website. And you're hanging out with them, having dinner with them. They're knowledgeable, generous people who genuinely believe in the retreat process and want to help. The informal seminars are interactive, not lectures. I came away, I think, a better writer, with a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses, because the feedback you get is based on your work, not theoretical, general advice. The other writers (about 25, to about a dozen mentors), have all reached some level of accomplishment, because only semifinalists and up are invited. Typically they have between 500-600 entries, and I really believe if people knew how valuable the retreat can be, it would be one of the most popular competitions out there.


Message Date Posted: 12/11/2013 8:13 PM (9 of 12)

Robert Watson View This Topic Troll Heaven

You didn't imagine it, I saw them (all three new threads on the same ranting topic). Maybe Fredrick is fed up and deleting them.


Message Date Posted: 09/26/2013 9:01 PM (8 of 12)

Robert Watson View This Topic THE BLACK LIST

For what it's worth, my experience was different. I had over a hundred distinct pro views, 45 downloads of my script, and several requests for other material. More reads and requests than for any contests I've entered, even for ones that I won.


Message Date Posted: 09/16/2013 3:27 PM (7 of 12)

Robert Watson View This Topic Congratulations, Santa Sierra!

Thanks, folks. Good luck to all.


Message Date Posted: 09/15/2013 1:46 PM (6 of 12)

Robert Watson View This Topic Congratulations Paul Undari!

Congratulations, Paul!


Message Date Posted: 09/04/2013 5:06 PM (5 of 12)

Robert Watson View This Topic congratulations

Congratulations to all. Marjory, see you in Idyllwild.


Message Date Posted: 07/31/2013 3:11 PM (4 of 12)

Robert Watson View This Topic Anyone claiming victory in The Big One?

One made the quarterfinals, one in top 20%. Good news. Interestingly, the email regarding the 20% made it through, the qf advancement email got caught in my spam filter, and I didn't discover it until a few minutes ago. Probably because two emails from same address with a .org extension came so close together.


Message Date Posted: 07/01/2013 7:40 PM (3 of 12)

Robert Watson View This Topic Need Support from my fellow Byters.

Done. Congratulations.


Message Date Posted: 01/18/2013 1:24 PM (2 of 12)

Robert Watson View This Topic We've all done it...

Re Cost of Cinestory Retreat: Last year, it was about $1,300. Finalists and semifinalists get a small discount, and the winner gets the retreat for free in addition to the cash prize. This includes the seminars, one-on-ones, most meals, etc. Lodging isn't included, but in Idyllwild, you can get a room near the place where the events are held for $100 a night or less. All together, less than Austin would cost, assuming you want to stay in one of of the event hotels in Austin. And driving distance from L.A. Yes, it's money, but it is a truly unique experience. The 3 mentors you meet with have read your work. This past year, one of the mentors (a working, produced writer) really went through my script, talking about how to deepen the emotional impact, making it more personal, and thereby making it funnier. Another was with a development executive with an active production company. He thought my contest script was in good shape, so I told him about the projects I was thinking about tackling next. This turned into essentially a development meeting, fleshing out the project I'm nearly done with now. They're writers, producers, managers, etc., working in the business right now. You can see some of the names on the Cinestory website. And you're hanging out with them, having dinner with them. They're knowledgeable, generous people who genuinely believe in the retreat process and want to help. The informal seminars are interactive, not lectures. I came away, I think, a better writer, with a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses, because the feedback you get is based on your work, not theoretical, general advice. The other writers (about 25, to about a dozen mentors), have all reached some level of accomplishment, because only semifinalists and up are invited. Typically they have between 500-600 entries, and I really believe if people knew how valuable the retreat can be, it would be one of the most popular competitions out there.


Message Date Posted: 01/17/2013 10:25 PM (1 of 12)

Robert Watson View This Topic We've all done it...

If you think the script is better, I'd say reenter. I was a finalist in Cinestory twice with the same script (the invitation to the retreat goes out to semifinalists and up, and the retreat is invaluable). The retreat isn't free, but more than worth the cost. One-on-ones with industry pros who have read your script, seminars, meeting other writers who've advanced. 20-25 writers, and a dozen or so mentors, so lots of personal time, formal and informal. Hanging out with the mentors at lunch, dinner, after hours. I've been encouraging people to enter for a couple of years now. Great people.