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2015 Screenwriting and TV Writing Competition Finalists Announced

Finalists of the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions:

Screenwriting Finalists (20)

Anomie by Robert Burdsall
Babygirl by Robert Garrett
Chiriaco Summit by Ryan Vaughn
Hitch Slapped (a.k.a. Deerly Beloved) by Colin Costello
Dust to Dust by Cate Honzl
egbok by Jennifer Goldson
Felicity Falling by Sean Coons & BTS Agnomen
Girl Pretending to Read Rilke by Laramie Riddle Dennis
Gusher Logan by Morris Long
Heartbreaker by Andrew Martin Robinson
Herland by Derek J. Pastuszek
Holly & Tyler by Aaron Moss
Maze by Katherine Waskul
Militia by Henry Dunham
Oil and Water by Alfred Thomas Catalfo & Morgan Webster Dudley
The Couple by Micah Cohen
The Coyote by Nir Paniry
The Grey Wolf by Michelle Daniel
The Remakes by Amy-Claire Scott
The Third Bomb by Phillip Parker

TV Writing Finalists (10)

Archer - "Temple Raiders Crusade" by Benjamin Deeb & Graham Towers
Beechwood by Gregory Martin & Eric Beu
Better by Brett Shurman & Josh Cootner
Blowback by David Case
Chasing Chanel by Abigail Cannon & Hanna Stiens
Family Be Like by Howard Jordan Jr.
Join Us by Lee Matthew Goldberg
My Fist, Your Face by Greta Harrison & Matthew C. Vaughan
Paradise, Texas by Bree Barton
The Merc by Evelyn Yves

Winners and runners-up will be announced on August 8th at the Secret Door event in Los Angeles. Thanks again to the over 5,000 writers who entered the contests.

The 2016 season opens September 1st for early registration.

2015 First Look Project - Early Deadline August 1st

Searching for high-concept material in four categories:

• Screenplays

• Teleplays

• Adaptations

• Media

Supported by Energy EntertainmentBenderspinkGreen Hat FilmsLakeshore Entertainment, and Paradigm, the competition presents the best scripts and ideas to major companies. One winner in each category receives personal development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team, followed by meetings to discuss potential production. We will also select up to 5 finalists in each category.

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June 2015 Script Sales

Sony picked up Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs' comedy Move That Body, described as The Hangover meets (Script Pipeline favoriteWeekend at Bernie's with female leads in a bidding war. Blumhouse and Madhouse have teamed to produce Free Fall. The thriller, written by Sean Finegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker, follows an estranged father and daughter clinging to a mountainside after an accident, making it a literal cliffhanger. 21's Allan Loeb sold Collateral Beauty, a drama about a depressed ad exec, with Rooney Mara and Hugh Jackman attached to star. Finally, Peter Scott's college comedy Parents Weekend is moving forward at Lotus Entertainment. . . .

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Secret Door Pitchfest - Register this Month

Spaces are quickly filling up as we near the August 8th event in Los Angeles.

The Script Pipeline Secret Door Pitchfest offers a rare opportunity to connect with some of the most influential decision-makers in the film industry during a one-day event in Los Angeles. Designed for both beginning and established screenwriters, Secret Door gathers a selected group of high-level producers, managers, agents, and key studio executives searching for new material and fresh voices, allowing the writer to pitch and network in a more intimate, organized, hassle-free environment.

The event package includes:

• Pitch to 20-30 companies

• 1-year Script Pipeline Writers Database membership ($60 value)

• Two (2) FREE entries to any Script Pipeline Competition ($120)

• Pitch consultation with a Script Pipeline’s Senior Consultant ($175)

• Parking and refreshments

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National Treasure - Screenplay

Let's get this out of the way up front—National Treasure is not the best movie ever made. It probably doesn't even cut into the top 100 adventure movies.

The concept deserves all the eye-rolling it generates: Benjamin Franklin Gates (yes, that's really his name) races against a team of greedy mercenaries after discovering the Declaration of Independence boasts an invisible treasure map. However, National Treasure is just. . . fun. The creative team understood how goofy the underlying idea was (making well-placed jokes about it throughout) and played it as a tongue-in-cheek, family-friendly version of The Da Vinci Code. Substituting Christian lore with American history, scribes Cormac and Marianne Wibberley kept much of the structure intact. Gates (Nicolas Cage) jumps from city to city within the United States' original 13 colonies, discovering clues and artifacts that both advance the treasure hunt and provide interesting tidbits of American history. The script never takes the concept too seriously, and neither does Cage or the other actors, who include Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, and Christopher Plummer.

Read the National Treasure Script

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