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Today, on my way back to Boston after visiting my parents at home, I got an e-mail from the people at Final Draft. As you may remember, early this summer I set aside a few weeks early in July to edit my screenplay The Tailor of Riddling Way to submit it to a contest that Final Draft is holding with a really fabulous prize-- cash, a consultation with experts, a trailer shot for your script, and tuition to a screenwriting intensive at UCLA. My teacher Barry Brodsky said it was worth entering, so I did, figuring it would be beneficial even if it only got my to fix up my script. As I said, I got good responses to the story of it, but in screenwriting no scene should be longer than about four minutes, so my piece needed a lot of restructuring. I was fairly happy with the result, I think it ended up a lot tighter, so when the due date rolled around, I sent it off and tried too put it out of my mind.

Well, today we got our first response on it. They announced that out of almost 6,700 screenplays submitted, they narrowed them down to the top twelve percent into the quarter finals. And on that sorter but still dismayingly long list, my piece was there among them!

(You see in this screenshot off my phone the title's different. Barry said to me when I first wrote it that the original title was a bit off point, so right before I submitted it I changed it a little to try and make sure it didn't strike a reader as irrelevant. I may consider that to be the canon title from here on.)

We'll see if I manage to make it any farther. There are still so many other people to compete against that winning is pretty unlikely. But who knows, I may actually stand a decent shot at coming out the best in my genre, which you can see is Period/Historical/War, currently my favorite to write things in. I don't think there were too, too many submitted there. But I am very proud of myself to have made it into that top twelve percent. At the very least, I think it means I improved my script in the most recent edit into something respectable. :-)


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Sep. 21st, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
That's AMAZING. Congratulations! Is that contest annual?
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About Me

My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

My productions:

Upcoming Productions:

MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3

at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

presented by The Chameleon's Dish

Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM


Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts

at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Other Achievements:

"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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