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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Red Planet Wager

UPDATE: ALL ENTRIES CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT TODAY (05/09/07). I will not be taking any more guesses except those from tmw's SP bulletin dated 6/09/07 since they would have had to post today (5/09/07). Since Red Planet have now announced they've received in the region of 2000 entries, all those who bid UNDER this number have now not made the shortlist - soz guys. So, those who have bid over 2000 are still in the running. And no you cannot re-enter if you didn't make the shortlist. To re-iterate, this is the number of SCRIPTS entered, not people, my bad, etc etc. Fire darts at me, go on I dare you - I have a hardcore husband with an axe.)
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Many thanks to Andy Conway, the sole entrant thus far to my Red Planet Wager competition that I posted about on yesterday's SP screenwriters' e-bulletin! It's a simple one: being a gambling gal, I've challenged all my blog readers and shooters to come up with a guess as to how many peeps have entered The Red Planet Prize. The closest wins a free overview script report from moi. What have you got to lose, hey?

Leave your guess in the comment section of this post or email it to me.

Or the bunny gets it.

57 comments:

Oli said...

Well, it says hundreds on the website... so that's anything up to 1,999...

I'll go for 1,104. Then weep at the statistical chances of winning.

Jason Arnopp said...

666. Just for the hell of it.

MJ said...

1743

Lucy said...

Even if there are thousands of entries, they still need "hundreds" to make up those "thousands" so my thinking is it *could* be anything, but that's just my logic. (And I suppose I better chase up Danny and find out how many entries there actually were, might help! With a bit of luck he'll put it on his blog sometime this week or next!)

Andy's guess off the bulletin this morning was 846. And the lovely Gavin Boyter has emailed to say that he reckons there will be 1043, given multiple entries were allowed after all.

So that's 5 peeps so far - what about the rest of you??

Lianne said...

1799

Lucy said...

You were commenting whilst I was commenting Lianne!! Great minds...

Elinor said...

I think 967. Run rabbit...save yourself!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lucy

just submitted mine to Shooting People as 666 then find Jason has beaten me to it.

So I'm doing 987. Boring but it will do.

Great offer.

Rachael (Says anonymous cos don't know how do do this identity stuff)

Anonymous said...

or "to do" even. Great for a writer.

Rachael

Jon Peacey said...

616...

Or should I top Jason and go for 668, the Neighbour of the Beast! ;-)

Save the Rabbit! Save the World!

David Bishop said...

1966.

Hope said...

You had to submit 10 pages, right? No fee? Multiple entries allowed? So Kaos had over 2000 entries at £35 a shot, I'd say RP would be at least 2500...

Mr Miyagi said...

1425

S

John Soanes said...

Slightly surprised at the three-digit nature of many of the guesses here, and given that you were allowed more than one entry I'd guess nearer to 2000, myself. So, in honour of the underrated film sequel, I'll say 2010.
J

Lucy said...

Thanks guys!

Personally if I was entering this comp and not running it I would go more in the region of 4000+ on the basis that The BBC Evening Play comp of 2005 got 2000 entries and it wasn't advertised even half as much as RP.

oooh this is like guess how many sweets are in the jar at the school fete...without the sweets.

Eat My Shorts said...

Or the jar! : P

I vote 777, number of the not-so-naughty beast.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe I share the same DNA as you ESM.

665. Hah.

Luv Mike.

Oli said...

Oooooo, new template.

Showing my amazing short-term memory off, I've already forgotten what the old one looked like. It was green, right? With tentacles?

hotzappa11 said...

Oooh, here we go...

926

Piers said...

667

Matt said...

I think there's been quite a bit of underestimation here. I've submitted 700! I'll go for 4000.

Jason Arnopp said...

We must remember, incidentally, that this sweepstake is for the number of people who entered, not the number of scripts. Which may well be much more difficult for Danny and the RP folk to count up...

Lucy said...

Is it people?? Or scripts?? Bloody hell, I don't actually know and I made this up! I believe I asked Sir Danny of Stackshire for number of ENTRIES over at his blog which surely means scripts?!?

Forest said...

Love that bit in Gregory's girl where Greg and his er, girl are swapping numbers and she says "A million and nine" and Greg says "Oh, you know all the best numbers!" But that much would be silly - wouldn't it? So what year is it? Ah yes, TWO THOUSAND AND SEVEN

Chip Smith said...

I reckon 1240 - scripts that is, not people. If I was guessing people, I'd say about 100 ;-)

Jason Arnopp said...

Luce, well your original blog post says 'peeps'. Y'mad bird, you.

William said...

I'm going to hedge my bets here.

If it's for the number of people who have entered, I'm going with 842

If it's for the number of scripts, I'll go to 2142

Lucy said...

eI've decided - it's gotta be SCRIPTS, not people. Be easier for Danny et al that way. Seems most people were going for scripts anyway 'cos people are saying stuff like, "'cos of multiple entries..."

Note to self: before organising a competition on the internet, think through the terms FIRST. D'oh!

Jason Arnopp said...

Then I'm going to multiply my 666 by 1.6, with a final result of...

1066 (rounded up).

Liz Holliday said...

I'm late in as ever, but I'll up the ante and say 4256.

Got your email, Lucy - still catching up after yesterday's jaunt to the south coast (and getting caught by the - gaah - tube strike on the way home) - but will reply sometime soon.

Pillock said...

A good year, David!

I'll take 747.

Stuart Perry said...

I'd guess somewhere between the 2000+ that entered the BSSC, and the 6000+ that applied to the BBC Writers' Academy. So, 4500-ish.

Good Dog said...

Screw it, do the bunny!

They're nice in a stew once you're done.

Lucy said...

MORE guesses, good, good! Keep 'em coming.

"ISH" though? Saucy Stuart, that's CHEATING! I'll put you down as 4,500.

Lucy said...

GD - you were commenting at the same time as me... I've already eaten the rabbit but don't tell anyone.

the rabbit's ghost said...

I've gone to the same place as Lucy's site meter...

Andy Goodman said...

I'm going to guess at 2690. Quite high? Probably.

But saying that when I submitted a last minute (well, on the 1st at 10:17) second entry, my mail server said that the RP mailbox was full! How many people/scripts may have missed out because of that?

Paul Campbell said...

What if it's a lot less? I think there's value in an outside bid. So, I'm going for 125.

Anonymous said...

I've already put it in a post to Shooting People, but for the record, I've guesstimated 1400.

Shell

Jon Peacey said...

...and that's numberwang!

(Not that anyone'll get that reference!)

Liz Holliday said...

More rules lawyering! Are you counting only those scripts that got through by the closing date or including the ones that were allowed to be re-sent because of the mailbox-full snafu (like mine - top man, Simon Winstone!) I was assuming the latter. If the former, I'd say around 2490.

Jason Arnopp said...

I got it Jon. And it's also wangernumb!

martin said...

bbc writersroom get 10,000 scripts a year, so I'll go high and say 5000!

Paul Crilley said...

I'll say 3251.

Sheikspear said...

3420 scripts by 12 peeps!
Mine got the "Thanks" email when sent at 1320 on Fr1 31 and then on tues 4th sept ay 1620 the ~#####~ wondrous lycos email machine said "returned to sender as mail box full" & went to say how they'd stored it and re-sent it for 72 hours! Obviously then just got comp closed message!
You all know I'd have won....

Nick Humf said...

Presumably there are two numbers: number of people who entered and number of scripts entered. My guess is 1845 for the first and 2543 for the second.

Andy Goodman said...

Danny 'the God' Stack has announced on his site that they are making their way through the entries that got caught up in the last-minute scrum... but you can re-send your entry (with proof of original sending i.e. failure message) to him if we feel more comfortable with that.
I say that's bloody decent of him. Well done D.
Perhaps he should call BMX-Bandit and Angel Summoner for some help...

Steve said...

I'll go for 3013 scripts -- oh, Lucy what have you done...

dan said...

1376

Sheikspear said...

Thanks Andy...have re sent via the wondrous Mr Stack.

So do we have to guess the number again now?

(revised number 4253 by the same 12 peeps!)

udigrudi said...

I'll say 99 actual entries (or less than 100). If I get two guesses, my second will be 667 "harder than Satan".

Jason Arnopp said...

Take a look at this...

http://www.redplanetpictures.co.uk

Tony Jordan reveals the ballpark figure!

Laura Anderson said...

1978 :-)

Laura Anderson said...

I typed that BEFORE visiting the Red Planet site and seeing aforementioned ballpark figure. Honest.

Paul Campbell said...

Now that Tony's revealed the number of entries, I think we should have a new competition.


How many comments will Lucy get on this post by the end of the week?

Lucy said...

So, those from today's SP bulletin are:

Darren Jones - 1117

Another 666 from Mike Zealey

We've got 750 from Rita Wheeley

480 from Jackie Kane

908 from Ben Lacey.

Shell and Rachael have re-posted themselves...

Looks like you've fallen below Tony J's 2000 entries, soz guys!

Anonymous said...

Sob. Fell short of the standard on this one. Then find I'm up against 2000+ for the big one. I'm doomed.

Rachael