Monday, October 06, 2008

I told you so!

Well, okay, I probably didn't, but I told various private individuals.

Told? No, I mean I discussed, I suggested, I mentioned ... I opined.

What I opined was that I thought the number of entries to Red Planet would be significantly reduced this year for several reasons: the fact it had to be a pilot for a continuing TV series and that it had to be supplied as hardcopy.

You'd be amazed at how much a little "hard work" puts people off.

But it's brilliant news for us dedicated few. The odds are twice as good as last year, according to Danny Stack's blog there were only 1000 entries as opposed to last year's 2000.

Of course, by the same token, only the dedicated will have actually entered so that probably means the odds aren't really any better. We're up against the best of us. Still, it sounds better.

Here's to all of us.

What's on the turntable? "I Spy" by Pulp from "Different Class"


laurence timms said...

Out of interest, what was the s.p. for last year's RP compo? Just write whatever you like and email it in?

Lucy V said...

I thought it would be less than 1,000. However it is worth remembering that A LOT of 1,000 will have not got Po3s or coverage done on their work as they will have done it last minute. There will also have been just as many who wrote the equivalent of 60 page feature regardless of the fact it was supposed to be a drama series cos they're not *really sure* of the difference in structure.

Think it's going to be a very different contest this year...

Adaddinsane said...

Lawrence - it was a 60 minute pilot for a returning series, or a 30 minute comedy pilot, but the latter option wasn't mentioned very often.

Lucy - You're right, of course, which leads me to suspect there'll be a very clear divide between the real contenders and "everyone else".

Good luck to us all.