Friday, May 15, 2009

On the Definition of "Collate" and it's Importance to Scripts

Yesterday I delivered my application to the Canadian Film Centre's Prime Time Television Program. The time it was due? 5pm. My submission time? 4:59pm.

Cause that's how I roll - on the edge.

That was a monster of an application package, surely bigger than anything else I've ever submitted for anything.

It included:
  • 1 spec script - Mad Men
  • 1 original one-hour drama pilot
  • my CV
  • a one-page Letter of Intent
  • a synopsis of my Mad Men spec, as well as a synopsis of the next spec I want to write
  • a synopsis of my pilot as well as synopses of two more pilots I want to write
  • a top 10 list of my all-time favourite shows
Of course, I only realized the night before that I hadn't written the extra synopses, which meant I may have somewhat rushed through them. In the sense that when I did a spell check I found that at least one word had exactly 0 correct letters in it.

Then while I was printing the triplicate copies of my scripts (you had to hand in 3 identical packages) out at 4pm, I found that somehow the printer wasn't set to "collate". I must admit, though I consider myself as the keeper of an above-average vocabulary, I didn't actually know the definition of that word. I certainly know it now.

col·late (k-lt, klt, klt)tr.v. col·lat·ed, col·lat·ing, col·lates
1. To examine and compare carefully in order to note points of disagreement.
2. To assemble in proper numerical or logical sequence.
3. Printing
a. To examine (gathered sheets) in order to arrange them in proper sequence before binding.
b. To verify the order and completeness of (the pages of a volume).

I printed out 3 copies of 2 60-page scripts, but somehow I had only two piles. Each pile was ordered like so: Page 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3 ... and so on, for 360 pages. It was now 4:10, and I knew it would take me at least 15 minutes to drive to the CFC. So I sorted them all out and hopefully I didn't mix the pages up; I didn't have time to go through each script page by page to make sure.

Ordered, bound and clipped, I set out for the CFC. Traffic is clear, until Lawrence and Bayview. At 4:45 I'm stuck in traffic, a 5 minute walk away from the CFC. At 4:50 I'm freaking the fuck out. At 4:55 I'm considering just driving off the bridge and making it all go away. Then traffic starts to move, I almost get in several accidents, and when I finally find the CFC laneway, I park the car and run/jog to the door, getting inside at 4:59pm.

And now I wait.

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