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Congratulation for the AWS finals -- that was over some stiff competition! Best of luck on the next round.
Well done, Ron! Congrats!
Great job Ron, congratulations!
Good luck in the final round.
Congrats Ron, good luck.
Whoa! My name in a thread! I found out Friday night when someone from another domain congratulated me on getting so far. It was a pleasant surprise. I entered two scripts and only one made this status. Some of the other finalists had two or even three scripts among the thirteen left standing (of 55 entries listed), so this is probably as far as I go, but it's an encouraging development. Thanks for all the well-wishing, folks!
Congrats Ron, You-Da-Man!
Way to go, Ron! Congratulations!
That's terrific, Ron! Hey, it's an even playing field now, right? So no reason you won't go all the way! :)
What do you mean as far as you go?
Man, you can go all the way, you should be proud, if you don't toot your own horn I'll do it for you, f'ing A!!!
Proud to know you.
it's all good!
Well, I have to say, you're all worth every cent I paid! ...
Seriously, I'm blushing. All this outpouring of 'Byters' goodwill is the best part of being an AWS finalist, as far as I'm concerned.
Congrats, Ron! :)
AWS! Awesome, buddy!
:-D Two thumbs up for you.
And the winners are...
1st Place: Stranded by Brian Pittman and Rachel Long
2nd Place: Colter's Hell by Robin Russin
3rd Place: Demons & Gargoyles by Elizabeth Pfeiffer
So, if any of these writers lurk here, please post if anything develops from your win. Thanks!
Hi Ron--Belatedly, I just wanted to pass along my congratulations as well. Well done!
Thanks, Tom. Since this morning, it looks like the contestants received one-page synopses of their scripts, along with scoring in seven categories on a 1 (poor) - 5 (excellent) scale.
They're tough graders at AWS, as they should be. My script that made "finalist" scored 25 of a possible 35 (the score if all seven categories were scored "excellent"). The one that was eliminated scored 22. Respectively, reduced to percentages of 100, that would make their grades like a 71% and a 62% for my scripts. At least they didn't score either of my pieces of work less than "Good" in any category.
They say they're sending the synopses to their short list of sponsoring companies. One would hope that might lead to an interested phone call, but in reality, the moral of the story is probably to just "keep on trying to improve."
Recommended reading: "Breakfast with Sharks" by Michael Lent, who says it's five years of diligent, targeted and regular writing and marketing effort to reach "overnight success" status, and ten years of same to establish an actual screenwriting career in Hollywood.
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