Wednesday, February 27, 2013

ALICE OF OZ is doing well on The Black List

Remember a few weeks ago when I plugged ALICE OF OZ, the script my friend Matt Bolish placed on The Black List 3.0 website?  Well, Matt got his review back this week and it was a fairly glowing report:

Premise: 9/10
Plot: 7/10
Characters: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Overall: 8/10

With an overall of 8, the script qualifies to be scouted in the weekly email and it's been popping in and out of the bottom of the Top Uploaded list all week.  As his other script, ABERRANT INTELLIGENCE, is still in the middle of the list, Matt has actually had two scripts charting at the same time!

The Black List reader found a lot to like in the script, saying, "This story is an absolute pleasure to read. It matches the fantastic and whimsical tone of the source material very well. Furthermore, the characters are reminiscent of their previous incarnations, and yet interesting in their own new ways. Especially compelling is the story arc of Alice; this version of her is the best selling point of this script. The adventure kicks off right away, and it does a good job of servicing multiple storylines across several different settings."

So again, to those of you with Black List access who haven't checked ALICE OF OZ out yet, I invite you to do so here.

While I'm plugging Black List-related material, those of you attending the Austin Film Festival may wish to check out the panel. “Launching Your Writing Career.” It's presented by The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and The Black List in partnership with The Los Angeles Film School.

"This special discussion will include Greg Beal, Nicholl Fellowship Director; Franklin Leonard, Founder of The Black List; and AFF’s Screenplay Competition Director Matt Dy. Moderating the discussion will be AFF panelist alum and former WGAW President Daniel Petrie, Jr. 

"Discussion will include success stories from AFF, The Nicholl, and The Black List; what readers and judges look for when evaluating scripts, advice on how to take your script to the next level, and the role The Black List now plays with emerging writers. 

"Launching Your Writing Career will be held at the Los Angeles Film School Theater at 6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA, 90028 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM."

Admission is $10, which is only to cover the cost of the venue.  You can purchase tickets here.

Also, the Black List is hiring an assistant. Details here.


  1. Landing a 9/10 on TBL was the best thing to happen to me as a writer thus far. Great site.

  2. Absolutely! I only wish they had begun this service sooner! I scored an 8 and I'm watching it be downloaded and (hopefully) read. I look forward to some new (hopefully good) reviews popping-up soon! Pretty great for a low-brow comedy, but then good writing it good writing! Good luck Matt.

  3. It's a shame this script is coming on the tails of crappier remakes/reimaginings of other popular fairy tales.

    Doubt it will get bought, as the newest "Oz" movie doesn't look like it's going to do anything at the box office.

    But, it doesn't hurt to have a high scoring script on the Black List. Too bad it's a mashup.