Wednesday, June 18, 2008

From six hundred shall twenty be chosen

Just got an email from the BBC writersroom, confirming receipt of the script I submitted for it Sharps opportunity. Entries have now closed, with close to 600 screenplays about 'the nation's health' submitted. From these twenty people will be chosen and invited to attend a one-day workshop in London at the end of this month. [Eight of them will be asked back for a week-long residence at the end of July, the lucky devils.]

I've no idea if my script does itself justice, whether it'll stand out among so many or if it'll intrigue the reading team enough to get me an invitation to London. Numerically speaking, I've got a one in thirty chance of making the cut, but the chosen few are picked on merit, not at random. Whatever the outcome, I've got a script that makes a strong addition to my portfolio and I enjoyed writing something entirely from my own imagination.

I'll keep you posted on whether The Woman Who Screamed Butterflies makes the cut. Best of luck to everyone who submitted to Sharps - may the best scripts win.

14 comments:

wyndham said...

This is all new to me - my first script has gone in and I've told myself enough times I don't have a cat in hell's chance that I'll get through. But I find myself getting nervous all the same.

Lucy said...

Crap. I don't have a receipt email and I sent my script long before the deadline - at least a week ago. That must mean it never got through?

Andy Phillips said...

I haven't had a confirmation email yet either. My script is about gambling addiction, which is mentioned on the bbcwr blog, inspiring silly hope. 'They've mentioned my script. Yay! Except that they are probably talking about another script.

One in thirty's pretty good odds though, eh? Hope to see you at Television Centre on the 30th!

Anonymous said...

Good luck David. With me presently downloading the first episode of the US remake of 'Life on Mars' I'm sure we could all do with some fresh ideas!

Stephen

Oli said...

Wouldn't worry too much, Lucy, mine's only just come through.

Lucy said...

Thanks Oli but that actually possibly signals doom more - didn't you finish yours last week? If people who sent after me are getting their confirmations BEFORE me, it could be my entry went astray over a week ago without me even realising it courtesy of Royal Mail.

But there is always the possibility it's just the email receipt that went astray; AOL is as shaky as Royal Mail, after all.

Let's hope it's the latter.

Oli said...

Shakier, even. As long as your post didn't look like it had any money in it, I'm sure it won't have gone astray...

David Bishop said...

Being a twitchy freelancer, I shelled out a fiver to send my script [and printout of confirmation email thingybob] special delivery on Thursday. Belt and braces, that's me.

Oli said...

So did I, but forgot to put the bloody barcode on my parcel!

wyndham said...

I handed mine in at reception.

Came all the way from John O'Groats.*

* A lie. I live near Central London.

Rach said...

Lucy I got the impression they were only sending emails out to those who sent close to the finish line, i.e. the last week when the flood of post was happening and things could get buried.

I think you can email the writersroom with your reference code and they will let you know. At least that's what some on the Sharps blog were doing.

I like those 30:1 odds. I thought it would be like Red Planet and Comedy College. I'm already checking my emails in hope. Deluded huh?

Good luck everyone.

Chip Smith said...

Lucy - don't panic. I sent my entry in about the same time as you and to date haven't received anything. So I emailed Writersroom to see if they had received it - they did, and emailed me to say so on 11th June (I never got it)! Good old AOL, don'cha just love 'em?

Lucy said...

Thanks for the words of encouragement guys, no confirmation yet, but it's probably a little late for it now... We'll soon see what happens next, anyway, you never know! : )

Janice Okoh said...

I too thought the odds would be like comedy college. Maybe lots of people like me thought it would be like comedy college so didn't try... Lesson: Never put obstacles in front of yourself.

Good luck all who enter. I can't wait to see who gets in. These competitions and blogs with emotional ups and downs are better than watching Big Brother!