Awwww man. We didn't win! Nooooo!
Really, it's no big deal. Personally, I didn't think we would fare well because we aren't established on the myspace community, but my personal perspectives aren't all that important or interesting here.
It's the creative and narrative reasons that I think are cool. Simply put, I wanted and want to stretch the fourth wall in the show. That imagined separation between fiction and unfiction; between the performers and the audience. Like having the real live Adam Lamar as himself in the story. I've heard people say that it's confusing, and I can see how it may be, but I'm going to continue experimenting with it nonetheless. We are going to keep blazing trails through the fourth wall where characters interact with the real world. Where a Clara can enter a Real Life myspace contest.
That's what was most important and interesting. "Winning" or being offered a spot in the top 12 would have been nice, and it may still happen, but even then, I'd have to turn down the invitation because of the contract I'd have to sign to be in the semi-final round. See the contest rules for details.
The professional reason to enter the myspace story teller contest is to become a blip on myspace/fox/The Producer's Guild's radar. If we could have racked up a bunch of views and comments on myspace for this contest, then they might notice and say, "Hey. What's this? OOOOOOO Interesting!" Call me up, and give me a million dollar production budget.
Because, I want to leave the fans to organize themselves, the information, and in general work as an autonomous unit, you didn't receive direction from me ahead of time about how to interact . . . ie serve as our marketing team (this could be a blog entry on its own). Since I'm not comfortable with that kind of Out Of Game guidance, you are hearing what I was hoping after the fact.... which is sad and idealistic... but it's the way I am, and I think it makes the game better. Success is in your hands. Even though I want it too, I'm willing to risk not having it so the game maintains the highest level of integrity and realism.
What DID happen is that we had this drama, and *everyone* was talking about us. Bringing our submission to the attention of all the folks in charge. So, Mission Accomplished! Sort of. We got right in front of the big boys, maybe not in the way I had initially hoped, but we did it all the same.
Thanks to everyone who tried to bolster the votes. I was right there with you promoting it to my friends as well. We are a grass roots independent production, and considering that, I think we did very well in the contest.