I found out about the Nicktoons writer fellowship at the beginning of February. I had a month to get everything done, so I fully realize that this is mostly MY fault.
But due to stress and job hunting and general lack of motivation making me do everything last minute, I'm so going to blame this on the FLASH based website containing all the info.
You see, I have an aging computer. I've had it since August 2006 which IS technically only 2 and a half years, but that's a ripe old 142 in computer years.
The point is, FLASH doesn't work quite right for me anymore. It eats up my resources, locks up my computer, runs choppily, takes extra smoke breaks, eats on the job - I can barely watch a YouTube video without sacrificing a virgin dove to the Dark Lord Satan.
But it seemed to work well enough for the Nick Writing site. I got info from the FAQ and the guidelines. Nothing seemed to be missing, so I didn't worry about it.
So, I finished my spec, got to Kinkos, printed it out, tossed salt over my left shoulder, and shipped the material. But before I shipped it, I had to figure out HOW to package it. All it said on the application form was to "attach" the application, a resume, and bio to two copies of the script.
I had Kinkos hole punch the two copies of my script and asked if they had brass fasteners ("Brass Fasteners" would make an excellent name for a ska band). They did not. I really wanted to use brass fasteners, but I also didn't want to LEAVE Kinkos for fear of losing my place in line and having to wait another three hours while the only person in front of my chose between three different headshots to mass produce.
So, I grabbed a pretty looking cover with three rings and stuck everything in that. It wasn't a hard binder, it was soft and looked professional with a small footprint. I thought that might work better than mailing a hard plastic binder better suited to bomber manifestos and a hard copy backup of all my LiveJournal entries.
So, that's how it was sent.
Tracking showed that my script arrived today. I got excited and nervous all at the same time. And when I get nervous, I triple check everything I did. So I went back to the site...
Some pages were suddenly scrolling that weren't before.
So I frantically read through everything I couldn't the other day and notice this on the submission guidelines:
Appropriate spec scripts must be:
~ Live Action or Animation
~ Based on a half-hour television series
~ Currently being produced for primetime network or cable
~ Typed in standard script format
~ In black ink
~ In 12pt courier style font
~ On 8-1/2 x 11, 3-hole punched white paper
~ With only two brass fasteners (top & bottom)
All spec scripts must include a cover page listing the show name and show title, along with your name, address, and telephone number (please do not put your name on every page).
The following materials will NOT be considered: feature-length screenplays, hour-long dramas, pilots, treatments, outlines, plays, short stories, books, graphics, magazine/newspaper articles, poems, headshots, audio/video tapes, digital media, loose leaf pages or scripts bound in 3-ring binders.
Please note: Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.
Before, it ended at "~Based on a half-hour television series" and there was no scrolling. I'm sure that this was due to my computer's dislike of FLASH and not some late addition... but it doesn't help the fact that I sent it in a fecking three-ringed cover thing!
Again, had I managed to start earlier, I may have looked at the site the one more time it would have taken me to get the scrollies working - but, also, had their site not been BUILT IN FLASH I would have noticed this as well.
Oh well. At least I have a completed spec script now. A couple more and I can just get a gorramed agent or something.
In other news - I got a "conditional" job offer from AT&T. It's call center stuff and I'm kind of excited. The condition was a pee test, which I just found out I passed. So now I just wait and stres just a little until I sign actual paperwork.