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Early Deadline: October 1st

It all starts with an idea. . . what's yours?

The 9th Great Movie Idea and 7th Great TV Show Idea Contests connect the winners with top studio producers, including execs from Benderspink (We’re the Millers), Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby), and other major motion picture companies looking for new concepts to develop. Any genre or subject matter accepted–just think big.

Since 2000, Script Pipeline has established relationships with hundreds of production companies, managers, and agents, resulting in $5 million in specs sold from previously undiscovered writers. The Great Idea Competitions look to not only increase that total but help visionary creatives expose their stories to the world.




Another Top 10 Films You'll Never See on a Top 10 List

Sneakers (1992)

See that poster? The list of names? If you’re over 25 years old, you might recognize all of them because they’re all legendary.

One of the finest casts ever assembled. Superbly written and directed. Vastly underrated. Unless I missed something in the past decade or so, I don’t think Hollywood makes movies like this anymore. There would be a perceived lack of box office draw, as it doesn’t fit neatly in a particular genre and it’s not based on an existing property, albeit it was helmed by the already established Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams), Walter F. Parkes (WarGames), and Lawrence Lasker (also WarGames). This is no Ocean’s Eleven, or cookie-cutter crime/dramedy ensemble. It doesn’t resort to big action pieces, evil villains, or contrived twists, which conceptually it could have very easily gotten away with. Sneakers is what I would refer to as a “low-key thriller,” although even that moniker isn’t quite accurate. Watch it yourself, then try to label it. A thriller with hints of comedy? A spy drama?

And you know what the best part is: the “Item” the heroes are trying to recover? We never know what exactly made It in such high demand (the Item is a spy device code breaker. . . thing). It doesn’t matter. By the time we get to the end, it’s all about the characters and the heist, and the payoff is that they stopped the bad guys from doing bad things. Too often studio films place so much emphasis on the stakes that the “what” inevitably outweighs everything else way more interesting–the “how,” the “who,” and the “why.”

. . . did I mention the cast? That they’re legendary? Because they are.

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August 2015 Script Sales

Hollywood all but decided to take the month off, making August one of the slowest months for script sales this year. Summit Entertainment and The Gotham Group picked up John Gary’s sci-fi/thriller spec, and besides that, there were no other spec sales. However, a few other projects were set up. Vincent D’Onofrio (DaredevilLaw & Order: CI) is attached to star and direct screenwriter Andrew Lanham’s western The Kid. Jac Schaeffer’s Blacklist script The Shower, a sci-fi comedy about an alien attack during a baby shower, is moving forward at Andrew Lauren Productions, with Anne Hathaway to produce/star. Finally, Sascha Penn’s thriller script April 29, 1992 was picked up by Lionsgate and Will Packer Productions.

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ScriptNoted: Making the Business of Creativity Less Painful, More Productive

Innovative New Online Service Focused on Script-based Project Development

Most creative professionals have the need – at some stage of the development process – to share their work with others for review, feedback or consideration.

For no profession is this truer than writing for film, television or more often these days, over-the-top (OTT) content distribution via the Internet. But doing so in a secure, timely and manageable fashion has proved a long-standing challenge for even the most organized and technically savvy.

Enter West Hollywood startup, ScriptNoted. The company is focused on changing the way script-based projects are developed with its new online productivity software, offered to entertainment and media industry professionals on a monthly or annual subscription basis. Industry content creators; agents and managers; and production companies and studios may subscribe online at the company’s website and immediately benefit from a secure workflow management solution designed to help them better evaluate and develop script-based creative projects – in film, television, digital or commercial.

ScriptNoted provides its subscribers with a cloud-based, browser driven suite of tools to create and manage online project teams and related industry contacts; securely share watermarked project files with internal or external stakeholders for input; track and manage the progress of their contacts reviewing the files; evolve projects through collaborative page notes and customizable feedback templates; and view aggregated feedback history over time.

“With all the noise we are bombarded with every day, a better way to share, collaborate and communicate on creative projects can greatly minimize the chaos,” concludes Christopher Brenchley, co-founder and CEO. “If ScriptNoted can save users just five minutes a day on project development tasks, then it pays for itself. If it lets them devote more time and energy to the creative process, it’s priceless.”

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The Lego Movie - Screenplay

Usually, we post final drafts of scripts to give writers good examples of what to do, but that's ignoring the most necessary, and oftentimes grueling, process of screenwriting: rewriting. Rewriting isn't an exact science, if by science you mean banging your head against the keyboard and furiously hitting backspace. It's also incredibly difficult. In most first drafts, writers are still finding the characters and themes, and by the end of it, the plot they initially envisioned may no longer support the themes or characters they ended up falling in love with. Changing one element in Act One is like pulling a thread from a sweater: You never know how long the thread's gonna be, and there's no way of knowing until you're done pulling. But everyone has to rewrite. Even the professionals. The vast majority of this Lego Movie script, written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who currently have two of the best track records in Hollywood (Exhibit AExhibit B), did not survive into the final draft. That's not to say the earlier draft is bad, but somewhere along the rewriting process, Lord and Miller found a better way to express the themes they wished to convey.

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