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Recent Script Pipeline Success Stories

– Tripper Clancy’s coming-of-age comedy Henry the Second, winner of the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, is headed toward production by summer 2016. 21 Laps (The Spectacular Now) and producer Shawn Levy join 3311 Productions (Table 19) at the helm.

– Henry Dunham (Militia) signed with Madhouse Entertainment and UTA in September, less than a month after being announced as the winner of the 2015 Script Pipeline competition.

First Look Project - Deadline Approaching

SUBMIT BY: November 15th

The 4th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of major studios, leading Hollywood production companies, and agencies by finding high–concept material across four main categories:

• Screenplays

• Teleplays

• Adaptations

• Media

Supported by Energy EntertainmentBenderspink, Darko EntertainmentLakeshore Entertainment, and Paradigm, the competition presents the best scripts and filmmakers to leading companies.

Enter the First Look Project

Great Movie and TV Show Idea Contests

SUBMIT BY: December 1st

The 9th Great Movie Idea and 7th Great TV Show Idea contests are searching for truly innovative material for both studio and indie markets. Ideally, groundbreaking film ideas that are both marketable and fresh--something a global audience can connect with. Accepted entries include loglines, synopses, video pitches, or full treatments. Completed screenplays are not reviewed, nor are entrants required to have a completed script. 

Grand Prize Winner:

• $1,000

• Consultation sessions with Script Pipeline executives to get your concept ready for circulation

• Exposure to producers for potential development

• Review of additional pitches and material

Previous winners have seen extensive circulation of their work and had their pitches repped by studio execs. Recently, Script Pipeline's development team consulted with former contest winner Kevin Jones on his TV series idea Horizon for several months until he completed the pilot script--the project is now making the rounds to top production companies, major networks, and agencies.

"I've been entering and placing in contests--including Script Pipeline--for several years. Through each of those 'almosts', I've uncovered my strengths, found my voice, defined my realm. It's all led to this, and I'm excited to see where things go from here."
- Kevin Jones, Great TV Show Idea Winner (Horizon)

Pitch Your Movie Idea


Pitch Your TV Show Idea

Novelists: Get Your Book Adapted for Film/TV

The 2nd Annual Book Pipeline Competition is searching for authors with material well-suited for film or television adaptation. The winning writer will receive circulation to production companies for potential development and production.

"Of all the contests I've entered (and even won), I've received the most information, the most exposure, and the most mentoring from Book Pipeline."Milo Behr (Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus)

Building upon the success of the Script Pipeline writing competitions, the Book Pipeline Contest aims to continue discovering new talent and delivering unique, compelling stories to the industry–with the specific intent of getting projects on the fast-track to production.

Final Deadline: December 1st, 2015

Learn More About Book Pipeline

October 2015 Script Sales

Fox picked up Brian Duffield's spec Underwater, a thriller following a crew after an earthquake destroys their underwater station. Fox also bought Ascension, a sci-fi spec written by Shannon Triplett focusing on a scientist after Earth's gravity disappears. Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) to possibly produce and direct. Focus Features acquired Matt King's drama/thriller spec Boomtown about a sinister criminal conspiracy in North Dakota oil boom country. Finally, New Line optioned Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer's female-driven heist spec Met Gala Heist.

Read more script sales

Ex Machina – Screenplay

Ex Machina feels like an anomaly: it's a tense, effects-driven sci-fi film made on an indie budget without an action sequence in sight. In his directorial debut, writer/director Alex Garland (28 Days LaterSunshineDredd) borrows from 2001: A Space OdysseyBlade RunnerFrankenstein, the myth of Prometheus, and Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" to create a unique, visually stunning film that is as thought-provoking as it is beautiful to look at. The movie follows Caleb (Domnhall Gleeson), a computer programmer tasked with studying a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence, Ava (Alicia Vikander), and determining whether she's sufficiently human. Garland adds an element of mystery to the plot, with Ava's creator Nathan (Oscar Isaac) manipulating Caleb throughout, and once Nathan's manipulations become clear, the film's central question morphs from "How human is Ava?" to "Who's deceiving whom, and to what extent?" The latter question is the one that ultimately drives the film's tension.

Like all great stories in the genre, the typical sci-fi themes prove to be a ruse--in fact, questions of Ava's humanity aren't even questions the audience should be asking. Instead, Ex Machina is more interested in issues of gender and objectification than philosophical ideas that have been discussed for millennia. The movie's greatest strength is its ending, which suggests that Garland himself manipulated us into identifying and empathizing with the wrong character from the beginning. Without revealing too much, it decisively (and divisively) subverts the "damsel in distress" and "knight in shining armor" tropes and recontextualizes the film's narrative, forcing us to reconsider everything that's come before it. But most importantly, it's the only possible ending. Any other would have been detrimental to the themes Garland spent the entire script building.

Read the Ex Machina Script

"The quality of storytelling is defined not by its content but by its editing." - @pipelinefox

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