LB: First Thoughts on the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Writing Competition Entries

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by Larry Brody

In the four days since PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 (the web’s premier TV pilot writing competition) closed, Team TVWriter™ has been logging in the entries, and I’ve done some preliminary analysis I’d like to share.

I haven’t done any actual script reading, but here’s what I’ve discovered while merrily peering into the facts about this year’s entrants and their work:

    1. The good news in terms of the PEOPLE’S PILOT itself is that the number of entries has gone up 16%, regaining much of the ground lost in last year’s surprising downturn.  In 2017, we were unable to explain the decline. This year, we haven’t yet figured out the rise but suspect that it’s due to our new association with Film Freeway, which accounted for a hot 28% of our total entries. Looks like we’ll be sticking with ’em for awhile.
    2. Most of the rise in total entries, by the way, came from a 50% rise in the number of entries in the Comedy Series category. Comedy counted for 41% of the total, with the Drama/Action category accounting for 54%.
    3. What’s that? You want to know what happened to the missing 5%? So do we, because that’s the percentage of paid entries that never got uploaded. Fear not, those of you who didn’t make the last deadline for uploading, we’re applying your payment to next year’s competition. Now you’ve got plenty of time to polish your scripts into the masterpieces we all want them to be!
    4. Last year, I recognized the names of 33% of the entrants, from previous contest entries, emails to TVWriter™ or myself, and the various classes I teach. This year, that number is down by almost half, showing that PEOPLE’S PILOT and TVWriter™ are gaining a new audience. I believe that, overall, that’s a good sign, boding well not only for TVWriter™ but for TV and other eMedia as well.
    5. Other statistical factoids you may find interesting (and not just because I do):
      a. Number of entrants who submitted more than one script: 9%
      b. Number of writing teams submitting at least one script: 5%
      c. Number of Comedy entries that included loglines: 30%
      d. Number of Drama/Action entries that included loglines: 37%
      e. Number of total entries that included series bibles and/or other info: 54% (a sharp increase due in large part to the fact that such info is required by Film Freeway).
      f. Number of entries whose writers took advantage of our new “Infinite Revisions” policy and replaced their original drafts with one or more rewrites: 5% (whoa, you’re a more confident bunch that I’d thought. Hmm…)
    6. I’m always impressed with the titles entrants give their spec series. This year, I’m especially looking forward to reading the following, just because of their names. (The a lesson here is that a good title goes a long, long way toward helping readers, executives, and of course viewers take notice of your work.):
      THE MERRY MURDER WIVES CLUB
      A VERY LONG ROPE
      DEAD CORPS
      TALES FROM THE CREEPS
      MY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER
      WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE
      YOU BUG ME!
      GOITER ‘N STACHE
      BULLET PORK
      TIL DEATH DOES PART US
      FOREIGN COUCHES
      MY SEX LIFE
      URANUS
      SHROOMERS
    7. And then there are the one-word titles. This year, they comprised 24% of the total entries (about the same as last year), and while in principle I’m againsts them because they’re usually too generic to mean much in terms of the series, two are on the list above…because, let’s face it, the word URANUS is always funny. And SHROOMERS, well, I’ll put it this way: My experience with some real world shroomers changed my life. Anyway, here are some others that caught my attention as well, for better or, possibly, for worse:
      RIP
      BELOVED
      MACABRE
      ELYRIA
      SUNK
      VALLEYWOOD
      SELF-EMPLOYED
      CHOSEN
      SKYWAY
    8. Speaking of titles, without reading the material and having a clue about how the titles relate to the scripts, my favorite Comedy pilot title is: BULLSHIT AND CRAP. And my fave Drama/Action title is: THE FUCKING NEW GUYS (uh-oh, what does this say about me? Never mind – don’t answer).

Our plan for announcing the results of this competition here at beautiful downtown TVWriter™  remains the same as we say on the PEOPLE’S PILOT “About” page. We’re looking forward to announcing Semi-Finalists, Finalists, and Winners over a three to five week period between mid-January and mid-February of 2019. (Where does the time go?)

That’s it for now. I’ll probably have a few more things to say between now and then, so keep checking. Wouldn’t want anybody to be a Winner and not know it.

Which reminds me, if you entered PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 and want to keep abreast of all the further developments (and, you know, your placing, Feedback, et al), do yourself and us a favor and make sure to keep your name and email address on the TVWriter™ eMail List because that’s our go-to way of getting in touch.

Thanks again to everyone for taking part and being so talented! More to come!

LYMI

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LB

Today is the Last Day to Enter PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Writing Contest

Over $20,000 in prizes & entry bonuses!

FREE FEEDBACK! 

FREE STORYTELLING PATTERNS E-BOOK!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for Web Series & Audio Series Pilots – See ‘Enter’ Page for Details!

SPECIAL BONUS PRIZES for Web Series & Audio Series Pilots – See ‘Prizes’ Page for Details

NEW! “INFINITE REVISIONS!” Replace Entry Draft With Rev Version Any Time till Final Closing! 

Winners, Finalists, & Semi-Finalists of TVWriter™’s contests are or recently have been on the staffs of:

STRANGER THINGS
WESTWORLD
MOM
NARCOS
TIME AFTER TIME
GREY’S ANATOMY
THE LEFTOVERS
BASTARD EXECUTIONER
ANIMAL PRACTICE
KILLER WOMEN
NTSF:SD:SUV
GIRLFRIENDS
FILTHY PREPPY TEENS
MELROSE PLACE

THE GOOD DOCTOR
LETHAL WEAPON
SNEAKY PETE
SNOWFALL
CHICAGO PD
CHICAGO FIRE
PERSON OF INTEREST
THE WALKING DEAD
RIZZOLI AND ISLES
COLONY
ONCE UPON A TIME
THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES
SMALLVILLE
ROME
PRIVATE PRACTICE

Plus various TV movies & other one-offs!

Today, November 1, 2018 is the last day to pay the entry fee of $50 (with some discounts still available) and upload the pilot script for your own original series, of any length and in any genre, intended for electronic media – broadcast TV, cable or satellite TV, the internet, you name it – to the interweb’s premier spec pilot script competition.

Enter PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 HERE

Find out more about our prizes, rules, and all aspects of PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 HERE

Have questions? Send them HERE

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Writing Contest Countdown

The 27th running of our PEOPLE’S PILOT Script Writing Contest ends at 10:00 pm Pacific Time tomorrowNovember 1st.

Over $20,000 worth of prizes and bonuses, including free feedback & TVWriter™ founder Larry Brody’s Storytelling Patterns e-booklet await all entrants + $$$,  free classes, LB mentoring, & more interweb goodies for winners.

For all the info, CLICK HERE

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Only 2 1/2 Weeks Left to Enter PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Writing Contest

Over $20,000 in prizes & entry bonuses!

FREE FEEDBACK! 

FREE STORYTELLING PATTERNS E-BOOK!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for Web Series & Audio Series Pilots – See ‘Enter’ Page for Details!

SPECIAL BONUS PRIZES for Web Series & Audio Series Pilots – See ‘Prizes’ Page for Details

NEW! “INFINITE REVISIONS!” Replace Entry Draft With Rev Version Any Time till Final Closing! 

Winners, Finalists, & Semi-Finalists of TVWriter™’s contests are or recently have been on the staffs of:

STRANGER THINGS
WESTWORLD
MOM
NARCOS
TIME AFTER TIME
GREY’S ANATOMY
THE LEFTOVERS
BASTARD EXECUTIONER
ANIMAL PRACTICE
KILLER WOMEN
NTSF:SD:SUV
GIRLFRIENDS
FILTHY PREPPY TEENS
MELROSE PLACE

THE GOOD DOCTOR
LETHAL WEAPON
SNEAKY PETE
SNOWFALL
CHICAGO PD
CHICAGO FIRE
PERSON OF INTEREST
THE WALKING DEAD
RIZZOLI AND ISLES
COLONY
ONCE UPON A TIME
THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES
SMALLVILLE
ROME
PRIVATE PRACTICE

Plus various TV movies & other one-offs!

You’ve got from now until the 10 p.m. November 1, 2018 to pay the entry fee of $50 (with some discounts still available) and upload your pilot script for your own original series, of any length and in any genre, intended for electronic media – broadcast TV, cable or satellite TV, the internet, you name it.

Find out more about our prizes, rules, and all aspects of PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 HERE

Have questions? Send them HERE

Today is the last Day to get a PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Entry Discount!

Like the headline says, today, October 1st, 2018, is the last day to enter TVWriter™’s signature pilot writing contest for 10% off the regular entry fee.

That’s write, E-Media, Old Media, and New Media pilot-writing fans, this is your last shot of the season to enter for only 45 smackeroos instead of the $50 regular price.

What do you get for your money? How’s this?

Over $20,000 in prizes & entry bonuses!

FREE FEEDBACK! 

FREE STORYTELLING PATTERNS E-BOOK!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for Web Series & Audio Series Pilots

SPECIAL BONUS PRIZES for Web Series & Audio Series Pilots

“INFINITE REVISIONS!” Replace Entry Draft With Rev Version Any Time till Final Closing! 

PEOPLE’S PILOT’s official closing date is November 1st, and if your script isn’t ready yet, don’t worry. You have until 10 p.m. Pacific Time on that day to upload.

Need to know more? Check out the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 landing page, HERE

Or email Team TVWriter™ HERE