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The Empire Script Challenge: Month 21 - 11/8/2010 5:38:43 PM   
monkeyfish


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OK, so the last couple of months have been a bit of a failure. So, until AWOL Script Challenge runners Maria Noir or wgamador return to tell us what to do, the Script Challenge monkeys will have to take over the asylum (if that's not too much of a mixed metaphor for a contest supposedly rewarding good writing). As nobody has come forward with a new challenge, I will do this one. Anybody who wants to do the next challenge only needs to say and come up with a good idea and it's yours. We'll continue like this until one of the old contest runners returns or one of us decides we want to do it permanently.

So, without further delay, presenting....

The Empire Online Script Challenge: Month 21


"Icons"


With recent major film adaptations of Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood, to name just two, Hollywood studios are turning more and more to those classic, iconic characters that have been adapted onscreen time and again to bring audiences back to the cinema. But, is there anything new and original that can be done with these characters or have they been seen one too many times already? Your challenge this month is to write a script featuring one of the iconic (and out of copyright!) literary and mythological characters listed below. The images attached to each character are designed to show how malleable each can be. You can write a straight up faithful and authentic adaptation of the character or something completely unusual. Any genre, any period, any setting, character names and other traits can change, but your script must feature a recognisable version of one of the characters listed.

Here is the list of available characters, please declare on your script which character you have chosen, even if it seems obvious. All of them have been re-adapted or re-imagined in the last few years or are having re-adaptations optioned or in production at the moment.

Character 1: Odysseus



Character 2: King Arthur



Character 3: Robin Hood



Character 4: Sinbad



Character 5: Romeo and Juliet



Character 6: Elizabeth Bennett



Character 7: The Three Musketeers



Character 8: Heathcliff



Character 9: Scrooge



Character 10: Huckleberry Finn



Character 11: Long John Silver



Character 12: Dracula



Character 13: Alice



Character 14: Sherlock Holmes



Character 15: Dorothy Gale



The closing date for this challenge is Monday 13th September 2010

EMPIRE SCRIPT CHALLENGE RULES

1. All scripts must be between 2-13 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 monkeyfish know. Scripts submitted after this date with no warning or explanation will not be accepted.

5. If you want to run next month's challenge, put yourself forward on this thread.

6. 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.

Good luck!

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SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 11/8/2010 5:42:13 PM   
monkeyfish


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I know there was some discussion about whether to submit scripts ourselves and lose the anonymity given there are different people running each monthly contest, so I left the stuff about submission out of the rules for now. What do people think? I'm happy to have people e-mail me their scripts this month and I'll post them (as before), but I won't do it that way if we want the standard format to be different.

List of interested participants:

monkeyfish
igotnewlegs
Rgirvan44
swordsandsandals
NickHilton
Willie Mayes Hayes
cillitbang
UncleJun
Pigeon Army
justified by grace
tftrman


< Message edited by monkeyfish -- 22/8/2010 11:57:04 AM >


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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 12/8/2010 2:20:28 PM   
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If there's enough people interested then I may throw my hat in. Working on some other scripts at the moment so they take priority obviously.

Might be an idea to PM some of the old participants to see if they want in because if they're anything like me they've been away for a while and forgotten this thing existed.

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 12/8/2010 2:32:06 PM   
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Sure, I'll give it a go.

And just for the record, I know you are all being somewhat polite about it, but I think if wgamador wasn't going to be around he should at least have let someone know. I didn't put an entry into the last one, but if I had done all that work and then to hear nothing, I would have been annoyed.

Unless something has happened to him. Then I would feel bad for saying that.

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 12/8/2010 2:38:06 PM   
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I really really want to do this. But I'm going to South Africa for nigh on 3 weeks on Sunday....

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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 21 - 12/8/2010 3:02:28 PM   
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I will try my level best to submit something, and barring an apocalypse or my relocation to Greece (fairly likely) i'll hand something in.

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 12/8/2010 3:11:35 PM   
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Absolutely awesome idea Monkeyfish, and great list of characters too. I've failed to deliver on a few scripts before, so I don't want to say yes to this until I've got a solid idea to work with. But again, great idea

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 12/8/2010 7:11:13 PM   
monkeyfish


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quote:

ORIGINAL: igotnewlegs

If there's enough people interested then I may throw my hat in. Working on some other scripts at the moment so they take priority obviously.

Might be an idea to PM some of the old participants to see if they want in because if they're anything like me they've been away for a while and forgotten this thing existed.


Good idea. I was thinking the same thing. I've just sent PMs to everyone who posted on the threads for Month 19 and 20, hopefully that might bring in a little interest. The more people who do a script, the more likely this is to become a long lasted thing again.

Good to see there's a bit of interest already. Better get writing.

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 12/8/2010 7:13:15 PM   
monkeyfish


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quote:

ORIGINAL: swordsandsandals

I really really want to do this. But I'm going to South Africa for nigh on 3 weeks on Sunday....


That gives you a few days before you leave to try and throw something together!

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 12/8/2010 8:28:43 PM   
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very interested. I'll do my level best to get one in!

in other news, anyone up for posting their scripts from the last challenge, on a seperate thread?


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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 12/8/2010 10:43:36 PM   
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I haven't written a script for this competition since about 1963, so count me in, out, shake it all about. Pull your pants up, pervert.

One question though...House is based on Sherlock Holmes? Is this common knowledge? Am I a fool? Where am I?

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 13/8/2010 8:52:02 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: UncleJun


One question though...House is based on Sherlock Holmes? Is this common knowledge? Am I a fool? Where am I?


I only found this out recently, and now I don't know how I missed it

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 13/8/2010 6:15:16 PM   
monkeyfish


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Willie Mayes Hayes


quote:

ORIGINAL: UncleJun


One question though...House is based on Sherlock Holmes? Is this common knowledge? Am I a fool? Where am I?


I only found this out recently, and now I don't know how I missed it


Yeah, the shift from Holmes and Dr. Watson to House and Dr. Wilson is hardly a subtle one. And it's filled with little throwaway references like House living at 221B and referring to the guy who shot him as Moriarty.

On another note, to keep things interesting while we all compose our best writing efforts, does anybody recognise where all the pictures come from?

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 14/8/2010 2:22:27 PM   
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Can't promise nuthin, as I'm working on writing a play right now, but I'll go in for it.

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 14/8/2010 5:24:36 PM   
swordsandsandals


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quote:

ORIGINAL: monkeyfish

quote:

ORIGINAL: Willie Mayes Hayes


quote:

ORIGINAL: UncleJun


One question though...House is based on Sherlock Holmes? Is this common knowledge? Am I a fool? Where am I?


I only found this out recently, and now I don't know how I missed it


Yeah, the shift from Holmes and Dr. Watson to House and Dr. Wilson is hardly a subtle one. And it's filled with little throwaway references like House living at 221B and referring to the guy who shot him as Moriarty.

On another note, to keep things interesting while we all compose our best writing efforts, does anybody recognise where all the pictures come from?


I worked out 38 of them, which isn't bad I reckon.

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 16/8/2010 12:38:42 AM   
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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 18/8/2010 10:48:16 AM   
monkeyfish


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

Can't promise nuthin, as I'm working on writing a play right now, but I'll go in for it.


Any level of contribution would be welcome.

Also, could you use your super green mod powers to sticky this thread at the top please (and take off the sticky for last month).

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 18/8/2010 10:49:33 AM   
monkeyfish


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quote:

ORIGINAL: swordsandsandals


quote:

ORIGINAL: monkeyfish

quote:

ORIGINAL: Willie Mayes Hayes


quote:

ORIGINAL: UncleJun


One question though...House is based on Sherlock Holmes? Is this common knowledge? Am I a fool? Where am I?


I only found this out recently, and now I don't know how I missed it


Yeah, the shift from Holmes and Dr. Watson to House and Dr. Wilson is hardly a subtle one. And it's filled with little throwaway references like House living at 221B and referring to the guy who shot him as Moriarty.

On another note, to keep things interesting while we all compose our best writing efforts, does anybody recognise where all the pictures come from?


I worked out 38 of them, which isn't bad I reckon.


Which are you struggling with?

Anybody do better than 38? All of the Robin Hoods and Sherlock Holmeses (if that's the correct plural) are pretty obvious.

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 18/8/2010 11:28:09 AM   
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Question - does the story have to be told beginning to end over the 16 pages, or can it just be unfinished?

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 18/8/2010 12:41:16 PM   
monkeyfish


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quote:

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Question - does the story have to be told beginning to end over the 16 pages, or can it just be unfinished?


We like things to be as flexible as possible for writers really. So, the only rules that apply are those listed above. In essence, that boils down to scripts being no longer than 13 (not 16, as you say here) pages and containing the mandatory script element (in this case, featuring one of the characters above). Beyond that, you're basically free to do whatever you want with it.

Having said that, people will obviously only be reading, commenting and voting on what you submit, so it does help if it is a standalone piece of writing rather than part of something larger. If you can make something that works as a piece on its own without having a whole story, beginning to end, then totally go for it.

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 18/8/2010 12:55:51 PM   
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Sorry, read the rules yesterday and then just had 16 days in my head for some reason! It does sound like an interesting challenge....

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 22/8/2010 11:56:29 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: tftrman

Sorry, read the rules yesterday and then just had 16 days in my head for some reason! It does sound like an interesting challenge....


It's worth giving it a go. The more people we have writing scripts, the more interesting it becomes.

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 23/8/2010 12:13:38 PM   
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I don't want to waste anyone's time chasing me up for a script, so I'll just have to give it a miss on this occasion because I haven't even started anything. Good luck everyone who gets involved, I look forward to reading them.

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RE: SCRIPT CHALLENGE - IT'S BACK! - 25/8/2010 6:45:18 PM   
monkeyfish


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quote:

ORIGINAL: tftrman

I don't want to waste anyone's time chasing me up for a script, so I'll just have to give it a miss on this occasion because I haven't even started anything. Good luck everyone who gets involved, I look forward to reading them.


You'll still have two and a half weeks to go now. Plenty of time to put something together. Don't worry about putting your name forward or not. It's usually more a case of anybody who has a script by the closing date submits one, otherwise not, it's pretty relaxed. Not all of the interested people listed above will actually produce something. As long as some of them do then it's a result. You'd still be very welcome to read and critique the other scripts anyway.

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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 21 - 31/8/2010 3:24:28 PM   
monkeyfish


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Two weeks left people. Plenty of time to write something in!

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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 21 - 4/9/2010 9:12:35 PM   
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Okay, I have half an idea... I may try to contrivute something here, but Im not promising anything as I may be one of the worst for making unfulfilled promises on this forum...

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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 21 - 6/9/2010 10:25:18 AM   
monkeyfish


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Oddward

Okay, I have half an idea... I may try to contrivute something here, but Im not promising anything as I may be one of the worst for making unfulfilled promises on this forum...


It doesn't have to be perfect. The good thing about working to a deadline like this is that it makes you finish something, even if it is a bit rough around the edges.

One week to go now...

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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 21 - 8/9/2010 5:46:54 PM   
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I'm 75% done with mine, but i'm not sure i'll make the deadline because i'm abroad and the laptop i wrote it on is no longer able to access the internet

Hopefully i can either reconnect or find a pen drive, but i'm not terribly hopeful. I'll be back in Angleterre by 15th/16th...so i'll try.

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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 21 - 12/9/2010 5:52:58 PM   
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The deadline for the challenge is at midnight tomorrow night. So, anyone who's writing a script, you have until then to finish it. PM me or email monkeymonkeyfishmonkey@yahoo.co.uk and I'll post the scripts in a separate thread.

Anyone who isn't quite done with theirs by then, PM me and we might give a day or two's extension for it.

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RE: The Empire Script Challenge: Month 21 - 13/9/2010 10:57:28 AM   
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A couple of people have asked about having a slight extension to the challenge's deadline. In the interest of having as many scripts as possible, I'm going to give it a few extra days.

The new deadline is now midnight on Thursday 16th September.

This deadline will be completely final, as we want to get on with the reading and voting stage, so if your script isn't in when I get up on Friday morning then that's it.

Anyone who has already sent their script in is welcome to have those extra days to re-draft it if they really want to.

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