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The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 17/8/2009 11:47:31 PM   
Maria Noir


Posts: 2803
Joined: 1/6/2006
From: Café 5 to 2: Just follow Cheryl down Bachman Road.
Bonne soirée mes p'tits scénaristes,

Welcome to Challenge 19 of The Empire Script Challenge. As some of you may be aware, this is the last challenge before La Grande Finale i.e. Challenge 20. So if you haven't already won a challenge then this is your last chance to participate in the final!

Un grand merci to all those who participated in last month's challenge. It's difficult for me to tell what is more inspirational to an aspiring script-writer - is it the visual or the literary? So for this month's challenge I've decided to give you the visual inspired by the literary: May I present:

"Through The Looking Glass"

Since this is my penultimate challenge, I decided to experiment and make us all a little more pretentious in the process. This month's challenge is inspired by Georges Perec's novel La Vie mode d'emploi [Life: A User's Manual]. Never heard of it? No matter.

The narrative is set in a fictional apartment block in Paris as it could be seen if the entire facade was removed. Each room as well as its inhabitant(s) are completely visible. Like a life-size dollhouse if you will. Each chapter is dedicated to a room where we learn about the residents of the room, the past residents of the room, or someone they have come into contact with. The plot is far more intricate but that's it in a nutshell.

Anyway for this month's challenge, I have decided to build you a dollhouse (no need to thank me!). I have also given you a number of potential "dolls" or characters to use. What you have to do is write a script that takes place in one or more of these rooms using at least one of the prescribed characters. You are of course, free to invent additional characters but you must only use the rooms provided.

Room A


Room B


Room C


Room D


Room E


Room F


Room G


Room H


Room I


Room J


Room K


Room L


Room M


Room N


Room O


Room P


Room Q


Room R


Room S


Character A



Character B


Character C


Character D


Character E


Character F


Character G


Character H


Character I


Character J


Character K


Character L


Character M


Character N


Character O


Character P


Character Q


Character R


Character S



The closing date for this challenge is Sunday 20th September 2009.

The Usual Reminders

Please don't forget to save your scripts in .doc form if you wish to submit them by e-mail. Please send them to the usual address i.e. empirescriptchallenge@hotmail.co.uk

If you wish to submit your scripts via PM, please send them to Maria Noir.

If you experience any problems submitting your scripts, please send a PM to Maria Noir. Otherwise post your problem in the appropriate thread.



EMPIRE SCRIPT CHALLENGE RULES


1. All scripts must be between 2-10 pages long, when set out correctly. Use Courier New, size 12 font.

2. All scripts must incorporate the challenge requirements - any script which does not will be asked to be re-written, or disqualified.

3. Scripts containing pornographic or otherwise objectionable material will not be accepted. If you submit such a script we will give you a warning and ask you to re-write. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

4. The time limit for each script is one month from when the challenge was posted. If you cannot meet this deadline, please send a PM to let Maria Noir know. Scripts submitted after this date with no warning or explanation will not be accepted.

5. To keep all scripts anonymous please send them to the following address - empirescriptchallenge@hotmail.co.uk. Otherwise PM them me and I shall post them. That way voting cannot be prejudiced. I ask you to remain honest so that this may be a fair competition.

6. To suggest a topic for next month's challenge, please send a PM.

7. At the end of each month, a public vote will decide the monthly winner. At the end of a set amount of time, the monthly winners will be voted on to find one overall winner. The final decision is just that, and cannot be argued with.


There will be two threads. One for scripts specifically and one for comments about them and any script chatter. The script thread will not be made until the first script has been submitted so until then all talk about the challenge should stay in here. When the deadline is up votes will be submitted in the already made voters thread located in this forum.

Party-see-pants
Maria Noir
Wgamador
Igotnewlegs
Pigeon Army
Willie Mayes Hayes

Gazz
Oddward
Deviation
Epiphany Demon
NickHilton
Invader_Ace
Rgirvan44
Pedro
Punchdrunk
Monkeyfish
Cillitbang
Justified by Grace


< Message edited by Maria Noir -- 21/9/2009 2:09:14 PM >


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The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - Look Through The Looking Glass

"And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death."

"- Are we going to let politics get in the way of our friendship?
- Friendship? You told people I lured children into my Gingerbread House!
- Haha. Yeah. That was just a lie."
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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 18/8/2009 4:54:35 AM   
wgamador


Posts: 20320
Joined: 17/1/2006
From: A polluted womb...
Incredible!!!

Amazing!!!!

Incredible photos, especially the locations. WOW!

Can we have some extra days to go through the pictures and our thoughts, before the clock starts ticking ?


GREAT JOB, MARIANOIR!!!!

You are simply amazing. Why are you even leaving us?

_____________________________

"And as he, who with laboring breath has escaped from the deep
to the shore, turns to the perilous waters and gazes..."



(in reply to Maria Noir)
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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 18/8/2009 10:41:32 AM   
igotnewlegs


Posts: 5065
Joined: 11/9/2006
From: The big blue velour marble
Must... try... not... use... room B and... character S...

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Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.
Woody Allen


I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Douglas Adams

(in reply to wgamador)
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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 18/8/2009 10:47:11 AM   
Pigeon Army


Posts: 14612
Joined: 29/1/2006
From: Pixar HQ, George Lucas' Office.
This.

Looks.

AWESOME.

One might even say, "It'sa bingo!"

I'm in.


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Rinc
She's supposed to be 13! I'd want her to be very attractive though


quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat
quote:

ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army
Stop being mean to Deviation

No.

(in reply to igotnewlegs)
Post #: 4
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 18/8/2009 11:27:28 AM   
Willie Mayes Hayes


Posts: 465
Joined: 23/6/2007
From: Glasgow
Awesome contest idea Maria. Once again, amazing photos too. This'll bring out my inner voyeur/pervert. Please count me in.

I find it...unacceptable that you'll be giving up doing the challenge

*makes offer that cannot be refused*

_____________________________

"Come on ladies, come on gentlemen, come on you trannies"

(in reply to Pigeon Army)
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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 18/8/2009 2:12:43 PM   
Maria Noir


Posts: 2803
Joined: 1/6/2006
From: Café 5 to 2: Just follow Cheryl down Bachman Road.
quote:

ORIGINAL: wgamador
Can we have some extra days to go through the pictures and our thoughts, before the clock starts ticking ?


Now Wags, you have enough time think about it. I can't give any more time as I want to start the final straight after. Let's just say that Challenge 20's theme has a seasonal aspect.

I'm glad you all like this month's theme. I wasn't sure if it was going to work or not. I am also throwing my metaphorical hat into the ring. Who knows? Maybe I'll actually write a script this time!

I appreciate your compliments but it's almost time to give someone else a crack of the whip (and whip-crackin' is a hoot!).

quote:

ORIGINAL: Willie Mayes Hayes
*makes offer that cannot be refused*


Really? They're going to give my sequel to Willow the green light?

Em, I mean, I'm not writing a sequel to Willow. That's just sad...

*hides suspicious stack of paper under the sofa*


_____________________________

The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - Look Through The Looking Glass

"And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death."

"- Are we going to let politics get in the way of our friendship?
- Friendship? You told people I lured children into my Gingerbread House!
- Haha. Yeah. That was just a lie."

(in reply to wgamador)
Post #: 6
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 19/8/2009 8:23:35 PM   
Willie Mayes Hayes


Posts: 465
Joined: 23/6/2007
From: Glasgow
Maria, is there anything we should do in terms of formatting to make the posting easier this time around?

_____________________________

"Come on ladies, come on gentlemen, come on you trannies"

(in reply to Maria Noir)
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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 19/8/2009 11:20:43 PM   
Gazz


Posts: 873
Joined: 30/9/2005
Haven't done this in a long time (not since I won the first ever Empire Script challenge on this forum :P) but this is to great a challenge to pass up. I'm already over flowing with potential ideas based on the characters and pictures alone.

< Message edited by Gazz -- 19/8/2009 11:31:30 PM >

(in reply to Willie Mayes Hayes)
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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 20/8/2009 2:26:25 PM   
wgamador


Posts: 20320
Joined: 17/1/2006
From: A polluted womb...

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gazz

Haven't done this in a long time (not since I won the first ever Empire Script challenge on this forum :P)


That was decades ago. LOL.
The competition has never been fiercer. I cant commit just yet, but as soon as I have a moment to review the photos, I will.

_____________________________

"And as he, who with laboring breath has escaped from the deep
to the shore, turns to the perilous waters and gazes..."



(in reply to Gazz)
Post #: 9
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 20/8/2009 6:59:15 PM   
Gazz


Posts: 873
Joined: 30/9/2005

quote:

ORIGINAL: wgamador


quote:

ORIGINAL: Gazz

Haven't done this in a long time (not since I won the first ever Empire Script challenge on this forum :P)


That was decades ago. LOL.
The competition has never been fiercer.


And I think I came off quite lucky as my entry read more like a trailer than a short.

(in reply to wgamador)
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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 20/8/2009 8:13:51 PM   
wgamador


Posts: 20320
Joined: 17/1/2006
From: A polluted womb...

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gazz


quote:

ORIGINAL: wgamador


quote:

ORIGINAL: Gazz

Haven't done this in a long time (not since I won the first ever Empire Script challenge on this forum :P)


That was decades ago. LOL.
The competition has never been fiercer.


And I think I came off quite lucky as my entry read more like a trailer than a short.


Damn you! ...and your self-depreciating humor.

Well we will be glad to have you compete this month.

Good luck everyone!!!!

_____________________________

"And as he, who with laboring breath has escaped from the deep
to the shore, turns to the perilous waters and gazes..."



(in reply to Gazz)
Post #: 11
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 22/8/2009 12:36:35 AM   
Oddward


Posts: 705
Joined: 6/8/2007
From: Corby
Can i join?

I'm not going to win it, but I'd like to atleast throw something to the mass here...




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"If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed."
- Stanley Kubrick

(in reply to wgamador)
Post #: 12
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 22/8/2009 5:30:31 PM   
wgamador


Posts: 20320
Joined: 17/1/2006
From: A polluted womb...

quote:

ORIGINAL: Oddward

Can i join?

I'm not going to win it, but I'd like to atleast throw something to the mass here...





How do you know you wont win ?
Just do your best and its better to have something submitted than not.
Getting feedback is priceless.

_____________________________

"And as he, who with laboring breath has escaped from the deep
to the shore, turns to the perilous waters and gazes..."



(in reply to Oddward)
Post #: 13
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 23/8/2009 11:39:14 AM   
Oddward


Posts: 705
Joined: 6/8/2007
From: Corby
quote:

ORIGINAL: wgamador


quote:

ORIGINAL: Oddward

Can i join?

I'm not going to win it, but I'd like to atleast throw something to the mass here...





How do you know you wont win ?
Just do your best and its better to have something submitted than not.
Getting feedback is priceless.


Sorry, was feeling pessimistic, especially in my ability as a writer.
I always try to but in my best, and always try to submit something.
And I totally agree, I believe this thread has helped me so much to better my writin.


_____________________________

"If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed."
- Stanley Kubrick

(in reply to wgamador)
Post #: 14
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 25/8/2009 12:51:33 AM   
Deviation


Posts: 27284
Joined: 2/6/2006
From: Enemies of Film HQ
Just to confirm, could I for example use Rooms L and S and characters A, K and O? It's not a porn script. Cause I think I might have an idea, and pretention is a necessary this month so maybe I'll join. Maybe, I am trying to finish another script for a short I might do. Plus, I really need to improve my writing skills, and try writing some scripts for practice and this might be useful. If I have time.

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Dpp1978
There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

quote:


ORIGINAL: elab49
I really wish I could go down to see Privates

(in reply to Oddward)
Post #: 15
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 25/8/2009 11:18:11 AM   
Maria Noir


Posts: 2803
Joined: 1/6/2006
From: Café 5 to 2: Just follow Cheryl down Bachman Road.
quote:

ORIGINAL: Deviation

Just to confirm, could I for example use Rooms L and S and characters A, K and O? It's not a porn script. Cause I think I might have an idea, and pretention is a necessary this month so maybe I'll join. Maybe, I am trying to finish another script for a short I might do. Plus, I really need to improve my writing skills, and try writing some scripts for practice and this might be useful. If I have time.


You can use as many rooms and characters as you like. Come on Dev, you know you want to do it. I'm putting your name down anyway.

Nice to see you again Gazz. It's been a while. Good to see you on board as well Oddward.


_____________________________

The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - Look Through The Looking Glass

"And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death."

"- Are we going to let politics get in the way of our friendship?
- Friendship? You told people I lured children into my Gingerbread House!
- Haha. Yeah. That was just a lie."

(in reply to Deviation)
Post #: 16
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 25/8/2009 2:06:02 PM   
wgamador


Posts: 20320
Joined: 17/1/2006
From: A polluted womb...

quote:

ORIGINAL: Deviation

Just to confirm, could I for example use Rooms L and S and characters A, K and O? It's not a porn script. Cause I think I might have an idea, and pretention is a necessary this month so maybe I'll join. Maybe, I am trying to finish another script for a short I might do. Plus, I really need to improve my writing skills, and try writing some scripts for practice and this might be useful. If I have time.


It would be our honor to have you.

Remember the minimum is two pages.....easy as pie.

_____________________________

"And as he, who with laboring breath has escaped from the deep
to the shore, turns to the perilous waters and gazes..."



(in reply to Deviation)
Post #: 17
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 25/8/2009 9:08:12 PM   
Epiphany Demon


Posts: 6497
Joined: 14/11/2007
I'm in this time.

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THE ALTERNATIVE LOOK AT BOB DYLAN'S DISCOGRAPHY - ONE DAY MAYBE I'LL FINISH IT

(in reply to wgamador)
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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 25/8/2009 10:41:05 PM   
wgamador


Posts: 20320
Joined: 17/1/2006
From: A polluted womb...

quote:

ORIGINAL: Epiphany Demon

I'm in this time.



True true.
Good to have you sign up too.

Looking forward to the scripts already.

_____________________________

"And as he, who with laboring breath has escaped from the deep
to the shore, turns to the perilous waters and gazes..."



(in reply to Epiphany Demon)
Post #: 19
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 30/8/2009 5:06:24 PM   
NickHilton


Posts: 104
Joined: 16/9/2006
I'll do my best to rectify by previously shambolic formatting, but this looks so iresistable, i could hardly turn down the chance so i'm definately in. Although i might have to submit a little bit early, because i have quite a busy September, but we'll see.

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Visit a film blog written by someone you don't know and who has little authority on the subject and whose blog should only be of interest to close friends and family....

www.theclapperbored.com

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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 31/8/2009 9:36:23 PM   
Invader_Ace


Posts: 1586
Joined: 31/7/2008
I have no ideas at present.
Put me in!
Thanks.

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Post #: 21
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 1/9/2009 2:32:05 PM   
Maria Noir


Posts: 2803
Joined: 1/6/2006
From: Café 5 to 2: Just follow Cheryl down Bachman Road.
I've come up with an idea. In yo' face suckers!

_____________________________

The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - Look Through The Looking Glass

"And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death."

"- Are we going to let politics get in the way of our friendship?
- Friendship? You told people I lured children into my Gingerbread House!
- Haha. Yeah. That was just a lie."

(in reply to Invader_Ace)
Post #: 22
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 1/9/2009 4:16:46 PM   
wgamador


Posts: 20320
Joined: 17/1/2006
From: A polluted womb...
If i dont stop playing Madden 10, I wont get a script done!

pray for me.

_____________________________

"And as he, who with laboring breath has escaped from the deep
to the shore, turns to the perilous waters and gazes..."



(in reply to Maria Noir)
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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 2/9/2009 8:17:45 PM   
Rgirvan44


Posts: 19049
Joined: 10/3/2006
From: Punishment Park
I'm in!

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It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.


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Post #: 24
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 2/9/2009 8:30:14 PM   
pedro


Posts: 70
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Glasgow


May I Join?

I've just badly sprained my 'tibiofibular ligament' and I'm shacked up for a few days. (Twisted my ankle!!!)

Not entered since my Month 16 debut achieved the awesome vote of 1 as script of the month

I have an idea but it's a bit of a risk. Not sure how it'll go down on paper but hey ho.

Anyways... O.K to chip in?



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I asked for a car, I got a computer. How's that for being born under a bad sign?

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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 6/9/2009 10:16:28 AM   
monkeyfish


Posts: 1234
Joined: 18/9/2006
From: Under the sea
This sounds like it could be an interesting challenge. However, I am currently without a working computer (I'm just writing this at work but I won't have the chance here to write any more than this), so I probably won't be able to come up with anything this month. However, if I can get my laptop fixed in the next week or two then I might just submit something (these pictures have given me two or three possible ideas), just don't count on it. Still, I can rest easy in the thought that my three previous winning scripts (obviously not wanting to brag about it or anything) will set me up for a place in the final anyway!

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What became of the Empire Script Challenge?

Bring it back, I say!

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Post #: 26
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 6/9/2009 6:18:35 PM   
punchdrunk


Posts: 7817
Joined: 14/12/2005
I'm back for this one, Interesting concept Maria.

I already have my location and players picked.

(in reply to monkeyfish)
Post #: 27
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 8/9/2009 2:04:58 PM   
Maria Noir


Posts: 2803
Joined: 1/6/2006
From: Café 5 to 2: Just follow Cheryl down Bachman Road.
quote:

ORIGINAL: monkeyfish
Still, I can rest easy in the thought that my three previous winning scripts (obviously not wanting to brag about it or anything) will set me up for a place in the final anyway!


Of course not.

I've put your name down anyway monkeyfish. There are fifteen entrants so far, which means that the competition will be a success even if only half submit a script.

Less than two weeks to go by the way...

< Message edited by Maria Noir -- 9/9/2009 7:15:24 PM >


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The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - Look Through The Looking Glass

"And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death."

"- Are we going to let politics get in the way of our friendship?
- Friendship? You told people I lured children into my Gingerbread House!
- Haha. Yeah. That was just a lie."

(in reply to monkeyfish)
Post #: 28
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 8/9/2009 5:08:33 PM   
cillitbang


Posts: 357
Joined: 11/6/2006
i am so doing this challenge.

i am SO in. like i was in this last year before it was even happening. that's how IN i am.

scene.

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www.youtube.com/Willwebbful
www.youtube.com/indietrix

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Post #: 29
RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 19 - 9/9/2009 10:01:08 PM   
punchdrunk


Posts: 7817
Joined: 14/12/2005
quote:

ORIGINAL: cillitbang

i am so doing this challenge.

i am SO in. like i was in this last year before it was even happening. that's how IN i am.

scene.


Wow Cillits in! That guy is crazy, I mean far out...he's the reason I got into writing in the first place...Wait no he isn't!  He's an insuffereable gobshite! Why I ever took the time ghost writing all his scripts is beyond me...  

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