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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Oh Well, The Run Had To End Sometime

Nicholl finalist letters went out shockingly early this year, and I didn't make the finals.

Best of luck to those still in it...

31 Comments:

At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Bianca said...

Don't let this get you down, Scott. This is the time to get your scripts out to people and to really start marketing yourself to producers, agents, managers, etc. Sometimes the quarterfinal and semifinal scripts are better than the winners so chin up and keep on writing!

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger S. A. Petrich said...

I'm pretty sure Chinatown never won any contests at all, either. Good luck anyway, Scott.

 
At 6:17 PM, Anonymous EM said...

Oh well, guess you'll just have to go pro now. Thanks for taking us along on your Nicholl adventure this year.

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger wcdixon said...

sorry man...take heart in getting this far

 
At 7:07 PM, Anonymous AndyB. said...

Damn. I know you must be disappointed, Scott. But I second Bianca's cheerleading. "Semifinalist" will still get you lots of reads/requests. And you can go find a better steak dinner, I'm betting, than those poor finalists have to eat ... Or sushi, maybe; yeah, I'm thinking sushi.
Andy in Kansas

 
At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Blair said...

Damn.

I'll be checking my mail furiously for the next few days, hoping I won't find anything. Does that mean he's already made the finalist calls?

Anyway... sorry to hear, but damn if I haven't loved this blog thus far, only proving to me you must be a really competent writer. Best of luck to you in the future... and here's hoping you're ineligible for the Nicholl next year, y'know?

And if it's okay, I wanna add you to my links when I restart my own blog, is that cool?

 
At 8:50 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Screw 'em!

 
At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Leif Smart said...

Bad luck Scott. I wish you all the best for turning the exposure you did get into tangable, and that it serves as a reason to keep writing and not as an excuse to stop!

 
At 10:05 PM, Blogger Peter said...

I know this is disappointing but the Nicholl run got you jacked and determined even more so than before to jettison this reading business and put a new title under you business card name. The buzz as you know so well will continue.

One more piece of the puzzle firnly in place.

Congratulations on your achievement. And remember so many others' sayings (and yours too) that so much of this is subjective. Soooooo subjective.

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Hey, it's cool.

I knew it was too much of a mixed-genre piece to ever win. I'm just happy it got this far.

And I will get an agent this year.

 
At 11:24 PM, Blogger Chesher Cat said...

What do they know, anyway?

 
At 11:48 PM, Blogger Chris said...

congrats on getting that close to the goal line in the first place. you're on the cusp, no doubt.

 
At 1:55 AM, Blogger Danny Stack said...

How many people in the semis? And doesn't, like, thousands of people enter?

Kudos to you sir.

 
At 2:09 AM, Blogger Piers said...

So presumably all the read-requests you've been getting will now cease, like a river cut off by an evil land-grab baron upstream.

...nah.

Congrats on being a semi-finalist sir. You rock.

 
At 7:13 AM, Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said...

But what a ride you've had!

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger Brett said...

Hey, man-- the contest ended the moment you sent in the script. All that's happened since is just the slow trickle of debris back down to Earth.

Congrats on a fun ride, but I'm with you on that point—may this year be the last chance we have for such fun.

Onwards.
.
.
.
B

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger Cathy Krasnianski said...

Scott,

You've still got those bragging right of becoming a SEMI-FINALIST!

That, plus all the attention to your screenplay by those hungry agencies and prodcos should brighten you day somewhat!

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Screenwriting Guy said...

Just to expand on what Pat said...

FUCK 'EM.

Congrats on getting that far. It's an achievement.

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger EllieTee said...

You've already won, Scott. Maybe not a ticket to the Finals, but you've definitely won.

Now finish it. :)

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Not the end, the beginning. Well done, you are a real inspiration!

 
At 11:37 PM, Anonymous Blair said...

Hate to be a post hog, but damn. It gives me warm fuzzies to see that you've got such support behind you and your work. I've been feeling bummed about my own status (I haven't recieved a letter yet, but c'mon... I just happen to be East Coast).

You should be super proud, not only of how far you came, but of all these people behind you.

I have wife and my immediate family, and a couple of friends. That's it. The rest of my friends think I'm making a mistake screenwriting at all.

I admit I'm a little jealous of your support here... but you've earned it. Cheers to you, and to your wonderful friends.

~B

 
At 12:31 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Blair -- start a blog.

And hopefully this year they sent out letters to those who both made it and didn't.

 
At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Blair said...

No such luck, Scott. No letter, but word is that finalists have been notified (on the 27th). Announcements will be made once al the dink letters are sent out (arrive?). So probably sometime next week.

 
At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Scott, you're a great talent. Don't let this get you down.

 
At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't mean to send that anonymously.

Cheers,
Shrader

 
At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They booted me too. Got the letter Saturday. Quarter finals was whittled down to 5%. Semis, down to about 2%. But 108 down to 10! From the original (almost) 5,000, isn't that, like, .2 or 1/5 of one percent? It's possible that my math is wrong, but either way, it's one tiny fraction that makes that cut.

Bask in the glory of the 108! :)

 
At 8:05 AM, Blogger Thomas Crymes said...

I've read from several people that semi-final is pretty much the same as winning. To some, even better considering you get just as much notoriety and don't have to go through being hassled and having to give a speech and all. I have no idea how accurate that is.

Basically, semi-finalist should be your goal. That is when the phone starts ringing. It's always good to make it all the way, but this is certainly not news to sulk about (not that you are).

 
At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Blair said...

I would say, if that were the case, finals are better than semifinals. You get almost EVERYTHING the Fellows get, save for the speech making and the money taking. You even get your name in the trades. We semis don't get that.

Hopefully these non-standard genre scripts we're sitting on can sell themselves at this point (or the writers behind them).

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger Thomas Crymes said...

I guess I'm saying that your phone is ringing either way, and if you have a stash of good material, your foot *should* be in the proverbial door. It may get broken, but it's there.

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger Scribe LA said...

Keep on chugging! Wow, that sounds so generic, but it's true. Anyways, in Hollywood, as you know, it's not whether you win or lose, but whether you get to keep doing what you want - being paid to write. If you're closer to a goal than before you entered the contest, that's a success in my book.
Scribe

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger The Moviequill said...

I talked to a Producer on the telephone a week ago and mentioned the script in his hand did not make the first rounds of any contests. He LAUGHED at the the mention of contests... listen to Pat

 

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