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The Myth of “Realistic” Writing

“Just write it more realistic,” they said. Makes sense. Realism. That’s like everyday stuff, right? Easy. And then, maybe an hour later, you break down–this hollow, brink-of-tears, absurd frustration stemming neither from the sadness of failure nor the euphoria of success. Those would be concrete emotions. This is utter confusion—a special breed of creative annoyance […]

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November 2014 Script Sales

A (presumably metric) ton of scripts were picked up from the 2014 Brit List, including Tamzin Rafn’s comedy Alice in La La Land, Matt Greenhalgh’s thriller Silencers, Paul Valnay’s sci-fi Sick Robot, and Lydia Adetunji’s psychological horror A Little Music. Back in the States, Industry Entertainment optioned Adam Taylor Barker’s Dig, a revenge thriller set in […]

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Gone Girl – Screenplay

One of the most debatable points in screenwriting: “The book was better. . . .” Of course the book was better. The book is always (well, sometimes) better. Because it’s a book. There are few rules in novel writing as far as plot and structure. No length or budget restrictions. Characters are explored and detailed […]

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Script Pipeline Develops Writers for Film and Television

Recent script sales include Snow White and the Huntsman by Evan Daugherty, The Rabbit by Micah Barnett, The Ambassadors by Tripper Clancy, as well as numerous other screenplays, pilots, and pitches over the past 14 years, totaling over $5 million in spec sales from Pipeline writers and close to $1 billion in revenue from films written by […]

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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sold Snow White & the Huntsman to Universal

Written by Evan Daugherty, SWATH was one of the biggest hits of 2012, grossing $400 million worldwide. Pipeline execs Chad Clough and Matt Misetich connected Evan with management after his script Shrapnel won the 2008 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. From Evan: “Script Pipeline helped launch my professional career as a writer.” Evan went on to write the hugely successful films Divergent, Teenage Mutant […]

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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Tripper Clancy on the Rise

In 2014, alum Tripper Clancy sold projects to 20th Century Fox (The Ambassadors), QED International (Winter Break), and will write the animated comedy Shedd for Paramount and the adventure/comedy Stranded for Sony Pictures. Winner of the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Tripper found management with Script Pipeline industry partner Jake Wagner (Benderspink) only a few weeks after winning the contest. From […]

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WME Signs Contest Finalists, Writer / Directors of “Starry Eyes”

  Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, finalists of the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition with their horror script Shed, signed with WME in November 2014. The writer/director duo gained a considerable amount of attention after their breakout hit film Starry Eyes premiered at SXSW, receiving favorable reviews from Entertainment Weekly, RogerEbert.com, Variety, and critics nationwide. The film stars […]

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Micah Barnett

- Micah Barnett, writer of The Rabbit (Warner Bros.) with Chris Tucker attached to star. Micah also sold the television project Ricochet to NBC in 2013. In 2010, after receiving a “Recommend” on his screenplay The Merc List, Script Pipeline introduced Micah to manager Jake Wagner, who later signed him. What’s your background in the industry? What made you become a screenwriter? I […]

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Which Screenwriting Contests Should I Enter?

When I set out on my epic quest to contact every single writer who entered our competitions in the past year, I was often asked the question, “Which contests should I be entering?” My short response was always, “Any contests where A-list agents and managers are actively reviewing and signing the finalists.” A writer can enter a […]

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Debbie Lollie

– Debbie Lollie, writer of Help Me Out, aka The Ex-Man (2013 Script Pipeline First Look Project Winner) You won the First Look Project with a romantic comedy revolving around what’s considered a “high-concept” premise. Was this a deliberate decision? To write something that might appeal to execs at the studio level? The goal and hope with any screenplay […]

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