I got a happy call from the Guild on Thursday telling me I'm one of three finalists for the Canadian Screenwriting Awards for Best Drama for my last script on Naked Josh
. I'm thrilled... and a little part of me thinks it's too good to be true. I won't completely believe it until it's up on their website.
What I particularly like about the Canadian Screenwriting Awards is that they're based on the writer's own work. You submit your
last draft, not the draft that was later story edited, rewritten, shot and edited. And your work is judged anonymously by your fellow writers. So they are about as fair as writing awards can be. I believe the WGA awards are based on what aired. And who knows who wrote that?
I'm also pleased that at least one of the other three nominations in the Drama category was from Naked Josh
as well. I think it speaks well for the show we created.
Nice to get good news like that while I'm struggling with Exposure
Fantastic! Congratulations and good luck!
"You submit your last draft, not the draft that was later story edited, rewritten, shot and edited."
What a damn good idea. I seem to recall that the American WGA has a similar scheme under which Harlan Ellison picked up an award for his unrevised version of CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER.
Wish we had something like it in the UK. Especially after seeing what was done to some of my material over the past year... the thought of being judged for what you actually wrote has a lot of appeal.
Good luck - whether you win it or not, the nom is a declaration that you have the class!
Congrats! I hope you win!
That's wonderful news, Alex! I love Naked Josh and have seen pretty much every episode -- and not just for the exceptional writing. I have a wicked crush on David Hirsh. You think maybe you could hook the two of us up? :)
I guess Naked Josh isn't out on DVDs yet? I went to check it out on Amazon... and came up with something that looked vaguely pornographic, and didn't have "Josh" in the title ;)
Congrats! That's really cool.
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