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15:32, Sunday 16th of November, myself and Piratehelm flipped a coin to help us decide whether or not we should go ahead with submitting our entry to the RTE Storyland competition. Tails, whichs means we’re not going to go ahead. The initial plan for today was to finish off the rest of the submission material such as reformatting the script and the CVs, shoot and edit the 30 second promo, complete the 3 minute director showreel, fill in the budget form and write a 200 word summary on the direction of the rest of the series. All in a space of 6 hours. The only major problem with that idea was that we’d be only able to send it off the following Monday morning and you can’t expect any delivery service to have a package be delivered from Cork to Dublin in a space of 3 hours before the deadline ( 12 noon ). Actually I don’t know any delivery services that actually work weekends, so the only option left, if you don’t send it off on Friday, is to drive up to RTE and deliver the package yourself. Unfortunately none of us can go up that Monday morning due to work or college or just apathy. The last one is a lie, I just couldn’t be bothered writing more excuses.

We’re not sure if they accept any more packages after the deadline, but I reckon late submissions will be forwarded to the folks doing Fair City to inject more story archs into their trite. If by some happenstance Mark O’Hallorahorrhaorraahhaaahaaoran or someone from RTE with a more pronounceable surname decides to extend the deadline to Friday I’d be delighted to send off the packet by post and reconsider paying for a television license. In case anyone was wondering, there was no option for electronic submission due to technical incompetence ( although the website used the euphemism; ‘difficulties’ ), despite the fact that commissioned pilots are to be distributed through the internet. That’s a tad bit odd. Also check out this oddity in the Submission form:

This is where you write your 200 word summary, how small should the words be?

This is where you write your 200 word summary, but how small should the words be?

Even if we did get our work submitted in time, I seriously doubt we would have gotten far, given that I stumbled across a good few websites of production companies with their own Storyland entries, and they usually have things that we can’t afford such as experienced film crews, professional film equipment and a chocolate fountain. Another reason why I think we probably wouldn’t have gotten very far is the fact that the story might be a little bit too strange to be considered a drama.

But we think the idea behind the story has potential so we’re going to go ahead and shoot the series anyway. Good luck to anyone else who submitted their work to RTE, I’ll look foward to watching how the whole thing pans out.

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I’ve been lurking around the Egomotion forums for news and such ( I should really say hello for the sake of politeness )  and someone recently posted this excerpt from the RTE website.

StoryLand invites new and experienced drama production teams to pitch for a truly creative 6-part drama series to be webcast in March 2009.

Pilot first episodes of up to ten new drama series will be commissioned by RTÉ and the audience will decide, by voting
on-line, which six will get to make a second episode.

The second episodes will again be voted on by the audience and four series will get to make a 3rd episode and so on until only one series gets to make all 6 episodes.

Each episode needs to be between 3 to 7 minutes long. If commissioned your budget is a maximum of eight thousand euro per ep, meaning you get nearly 50 grand for your series if you make it to the end.

The pilots will be up from March 2009, with the series webcast between then and September 2009.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get your ideas out there. We’re looking for good stories and interesting characters that will have immediate appeal to 20 somethings. We want as many creative ideas as we can handle so get your thinking caps on and get submitting!

Here’s the link http://www.rte.ie/storyland/index.html

This could be awesome. We have at least another month to work out a series idea and write a pilot script as the website suggests, I can imagine that we all have fairly diverse ideas for a mini-series so we’ll definitely have to have a meeting about it, what we could try is each of us would submit a separate idea and see whichever one RTE would commission. The only disadvantage about this method is that you’ll have to shoot 30 second footage to support the submission, but in the unlikely event that one our submissions gets chosen, the individual or the set of individuals behind the creation of that idea would, likewise in previous Gifted Babies productions, take charge of the production while the rest of the crew silently complain that their idea was better 😛

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