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The Sitcom Mission 2015 Page 8

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Kev F

  • Thursday 22nd October 2015, 2:42pm [Edited]
  • Bristol, England
  • 689 posts
Quote: simon wright @ 20th October 2015, 5:15 PM BST

...if the feedback was critical of a particular script I imagine that the writer wouldn't want it published on a public forum, so the short answers are 'possibly' followed by 'no'.

Congratulations to the Sitcom Mission on what sounds like an amazing showcase - incredible industry list there, I am really impressed.

And if anyone actually enjoys reading publicly-displayed online criticism of scripts, you can always enter The Sitcom Trials and see your work discussed in our legendary online-review process.

We had 48 scripts entered this month, for our Halloween Special, then everyone was invited to Read, Review and Vote on the scripts, with all reviews and votes visible for all to see. There are 30 sets of reviews that you can read on the Sitcom Trials Facebook group (our shortlist included only one that was also in the Sitcom Mission shortlist this time).

The final four selected sitcoms will be performed at the Halloween Sitcom Trials in Manchester this Sunday October 25th. Not quite the star-studded industry showcase the Sitcom Mission just pulled off. But stay tuned, who knows what lies ahead for 2016.

Long live the Mission and the Trials, may we continue to complement, and compliment, each other.

UPDATE: The Halloween Sitcom Trials took place in Manchester on October 25th, here you can see the highlights video from the evening, plus videos of all four competing sitcoms in their entirety.

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Declan

  • Thursday 22nd October 2015, 11:42pm
  • England
  • 753 posts
Quote: Glauber Berti @ 22nd October 2015, 2:02 PM BST

That's fair enough. Would it perhaps be possible to get a brief overview of the comments from the judges about why James' script won and stood out from the others?

It's always useful to see what they're looking out for.

The main thing that the judges liked, and which is something we felt when we developed the piece, was that James's confidence came through and that the reader and the audience could relax and be taken along for the ride. It's like watching a confident stand-up comedian - it's exciting and reassuring at the same time.

Quote: Kev F @ 22nd October 2015, 2:42 PM BST

Congratulations to the Sitcom Mission on what sounds like an amazing showcase - incredible industry list there, I am really impressed.

And if anyone actually enjoys reading publicly-displayed online criticism of scripts, you can always enter The Sitcom Trials and see your work discussed in our legendary online-review process.

We had 48 scripts entered this month, for our Halloween Special, then everyone was invited to Read, Review and Vote on the scripts, with all reviews and votes visible for all to see. There are 30 sets of reviews that you can read on the Sitcom Trials Facebook group (our shortlist included only one that was also in the Sitcom Mission shortlist this time).

The final four selected sitcoms will be performed at the Halloween Sitcom Trials in Manchester this Sunday October 25th. Not quite the star-studded industry showcase the Sitcom Mission just pulled off. But stay tuned, who knows what lies ahead for 2016.

Long live the Mission and the Trials, may we continue to complement, and compliment, each other.

Cheers Kev. We had a great time as part of the Trials way back when, and always recommend our students to enter it when they can.

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simon wright

  • Saturday 24th October 2015, 3:29pm [Edited]
  • London, England
  • 455 posts

Something else that the judges (and we) admired, was the way that we were pitched straight into the world of his story.His script exemplified the idea that given the choice, we'd rather be laughing than learning. So many writers feel that they have to set up the world of their story before they can make us laugh, but James got a laugh with the first 3 words of dialogue. Not sentences; words. And those 3 words hinted at a whole relationship. Nothing was wasted. Everything mattered.

He knows how to write parts that would attract decent actors, too.. All the characters had their turn in the spotlight.

Another thing we admired about James was his work ethic. He went through a lot of drafts and was prepared to make radical changes rather than reluctant tweaks.