Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Red Planet Deadline

You've been checking the countdown, haven't you? Staring at it, watching it tick, half-amused but semi-hypnotised by the relentless draw.

Just over two days to go at the time of writing. Not very long at all. So, if you have a submission ready to go but haven't sent it in yet, DON'T FORGET! Because you'll blink, and you'll get distracted, and you'll miss the deadline. Someone's reading this right now, after the deadline has passed, and thinking: "D'oh!" Well, it's one fewer entry to worry about...

To all of those who have entered - GOOD LUCK!

27 comments:

Good Dog said...

Isn't the deadline September 1st? Which is Saturday.

martin said...

Hi Danny, just a few questions...

After the deadline's gone, can you tell us (roughly) how many entries you've had? Also when you expect you'll be finishing them all? (no hurry, y'know ;)

Will you be asking for full scripts from people who've got through to the next round as you go along? Also will you be contacting those who haven't got through?

Happy reading!

kool g murder said...

It would really help if you could give me a vague idea here, even if you can't give me an exact answer - after the judges are through deciding which scripts they want to read in full, how long will the entrants have between being told we made the cut, and submitting the final script?

I've written what I think is an awesome ten pages (naturally everyone thinks that) but I haven't finished the full script and I don't feel a real urgency to do so yet - obviously that would change if I find out we get told we need to send the finished script toot sweet!

Danny Stack said...

GD: Which is the correct answer! Just testing you there; post been amended to fit.

Martin: We'll probably say how many entries we've had, don't know for sure. Beginning of October for next round, where we'll ask for full scripts & notify everyone else, not before.

Kool G: You should have the script ready by beginning of October, so get cracking!

John said...

Hi Danny

Sorry to be a bit thick here but is the deadline Friday or Saturday? It's always been sept 1st (Sat) on the Red Planet site but I just checked and it's been changed to midnight 31st (Friday)! Aaarrgh!!! Have we just lost a day? And a Saturday at that? Don't they realise some of us are working and might need that last day to polish? Not that I want to winge. It's great to have the competition at all. But still, seems a bit unfair to publish it as Sept 1st and then change it to the 31st in the last week...

By the way, love the blog. Some really good posts and great notes/advice!

Anonymous said...

Hi Danny

Okay I'm confused. 10 pages go in - is there a time lag between being told you're through to next round and having to hand over the full script? If not, then I assume that means that having written 10 pages specially for the comp, one has to go on to finish the script now, just in case it's requested, even though it almost certainly won't be?! Does that make sense and if so, Have I got it right?

Ta very muchly.

Danny Stack said...

Well, midnight on 31st August is technically the 1st of Sept! But don't sweat, as it's a fairly new announcement/cut off point, any entries received on the day will be okay.

Anon: not sure why you're confused. You submit, we read in September, and request/reject in October. So, you need to have full script ready by then.

John said...

Wow! So we can submit on Saturday! Thanks, Danny, O hero of heroes!! You just made me very happy!! :-))

Anonymous said...

I submitted mine recently. I finished a draft a few weeks ago, spent a few days cleaning up the ten pages, mainly dialogue.

If you've only written 10 pages, I urge to write it all now, not necessarily for this competition but for yourself.

dsc

hotzappa11 said...

I submitted mine today, it felt like a big weight off my shoulders but now I guess there's the waiting until October, which is going to be hard. Anyway, all i care about is that i actually did it and it got me to write alot more. Huzzah!

LizH said...

Hi Danny! While we're asking questions, I have a fairly dumb one - if we get through to the second round do the first ten pages of the finished script have to be identical to the ones we submitted? (I've finished my script but I'm dithering about whether a particular scene really needs to be in or not, and if it does whether it needs to be in the first ten pages or... okay, I'll shut up now...)

LizH

Danny Stack said...

Er...yeah, the ten pages should be the same in the full script, otherwise it'd be close to cheating!

Good Dog said...

I was just worried you were making it one day closer until the bloody Christmas decorations go up...

Anonymous said...

DONE!

LizH said...

Bugger. That's what I thought you'd say. Now I have to THINK! (Bit tough on those people subbing the first ten pages when they haven't written the rest - they'd better have got the structure sussed, I guess!)

Jacob said...

Hi, don't know if you can do anything about this, but I submitted my entry on Thursday and got a reply saying it was accepted, however today I got an email saying my entry wasn't delivered due to the Red Planet mailbox being full. When I tried to reply, I got another automated email stating the competition is now closed. I'm worried that my entry hasn't been received even though I sent it before the deadline - has anyone else had this problem?

Danny Stack said...

If you got the auto-response, you should be okay, but to be on the safe side, email my hotmail address (dstack30 @ hotmail.com) and I'll make sure it gets read.

However, this is not an excuse to send in late entries. I will not respond to chancers and people asking questions/favours. Make sure you include the full email timeline so I know your submission was genuinely sent in time for the deadline. Cheers.

Paul Campbell said...

Come on then, Danny - tell us how many entries you've received!

Lucy said...

Yeah, we need to know over at my blog please for my Red Planet Wager! But don't tell us until 5pm tmw or later so we can get some more guesses in. THANKS!

Danny Stack said...

I have no idea. Give us a chance to read 'em first! Plus, I don't know if RP are revealing the amount of entries, but they probably are (I never said I would, but I would if I could).

Lucy said...

Yeah but we're your blog kidz Danny and just like "ask your father" that means yes as far as we're concerned! ; )

Lucy said...

P.S. Thanks! MWAH X

Anonymous said...

Damn, I noticed a typo in my entry. Looks like it's over for me on such a basic error. Nooooo, Fatherrrr.

Dim

Anonymous said...

I had the same 'mailbox full' message arrive today, even though my entry had been acknowledged on Friday. I know of at least four other people who have had this so I think there's probably a lot of worried people out there. If we all resend those entries to Hotmail then we'll probably blow that mailbox as well, so maybe you need a) a better solution and b) to publicise it on the Red Planet website and here on your blog (i.e. not hidden away in the comments).

P.S. Does hotmail not have a limit on attachments or sizes?

Anonymous said...

I'm another sufferer from the full mailbox syndrome and was hugely relieved to find other people had the same problem!

Have just e-mailed Danny's Hotmail and included the full message header from the "full mailbox" mail... thanks for being understanding, Senor Stack!

Anna said...

Hi Danny

I'm a new script editor and am working on an application for development funding, which is asking for a timescale of first draft script and revisions. How long should I estimate the writer to spend on the first draft?

Hope you can help me

Thank you!!
Anna

Danny Stack said...

It depends, Anna. At least a couple of months if the writer's working from scratch. But as I say, it all depends (on funder's deadlines, what kind of project it is, if it's the writer's own idea or if he's just attached, etc). Use your own instincts and common sense, be reasonable, and it should be okay. Talk to the writer!