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Henry Dunham’s debut feature The Standoff at Sparrow Creek will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. The film stars James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3), Patrick Fischler (Lost), Brian Geraghty (The Alienist) and an ensemble cast.

The script (formerly titled Militia) won the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting season, and Pipeline execs soon after connected Henry with Madhouse Entertainment. 

Standoff is his feature directorial debut.


The 2019 Script Pipeline Seasons - Register by August 31st

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Special Entry Deadline: Friday, August 31st

The 2019 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing seasons continue the search for up-and-coming talent to connect with the industry's leading producers, agencies, and managers.

Finalists receive immediate circulation to Script Pipeline partners, in addition to the following:

$50,000 to winners$5,000 to runners-up

- Introductions to managers, producers, agents, directors, and others searching for screenplays

- Long-term script circulation to industry and continual guidance connecting with companies

- Development assistance from Script Pipeline's senior execs

Additional script reviews and consideration of other material for industry exposure

Exclusive invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

An intensive facilitation process, consisting of long-term development and circulation of material, helps Script Pipeline writers gain elite representation and crucial introductions to Hollywood. $6 million in screenplays and pilots have been sold by competition finalists and "Recommend" writers, with several scripts produced since 1999.

"Having no connections to the industry and needing some quality feedback, I turned to high-level contests like Script Pipeline. From the day I became a finalist, they've championed my work and sent it to a long list of industry members. Even through reputation alone, I’ve gotten requests to read my script."
- Sommer Rusinski, 2018 TV Writing Contest Finalist (In Irons)


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DEADLINE: August 24th - Short Scripts and Short Films

The 1st Annual Film Pipeline Competitions seek remarkable writers and directors with diverse, engaging work--the type defined by forward-thinking perspectives and unconventional yet universally appealing stories.

For produced shorts, Film Pipeline's platform is significantly different from the typical festival: selected entrants are given introductions to managers and agents for potential representation and extended promotion of their short or series pilot.

For unproduced scripts, Film Pipeline creates an opportunity to get your material made and collaborates with selected entrants from development to production.


- $5,000 to winner; $2,000 split between 2 runners-up

- Immediate circulation to Film Pipeline industry partners

- Industry circulation to select partners, including agents and managers

- Additional reviews of other shorts or scripts, with circulation consideration

- Exclusive invitations to private writer/industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group


- $2,500 to winner; $500 to runner-up

- Script development and notes from Film Pipeline's development team

- Industry exposure to specific partners for production support

- Additional reviews of other film and TV scripts, with circulation consideration

- Exclusive invitations to private writer/industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group


Submit a Short Film | Submit a Short Script


July 2018 Script Sales

July was a slower month for script sales. David M. Crabtree's script Planehas found a home at Mandalay Pictures. The thriller follows a traveling salesman who is trapped alone in a small airborne plane after the pilot dies. John Moore (Behind Enemy LinesA Good Day to Die Hard) is set to direct. Twentieth Century Fox is moving forward with the comedy Stoned Alone, an adult version of Home Alone that follows a stoner who misses his flight and must deal with thieves inside his home. Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider are on the script, based off an idea from Fox's Matt Reilly. Ryan Reynolds will produce, and Augustine Frizzell will direct. Screen Gems and Brownstone Productions have picked up Savion Einstein's comedy Superfecundation, which is a rare situation that occurs when twins have two different fathers. Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will produce. Makeready, Hillman Grad Productions, and De La Revolución Films will produce Lena Waithe's crime thriller Queen & Slim. Based on an idea by James Frey, with a story by Waithe, Andrew Coles, Michelle Knudsen and Frey, the story follows a black couple on a first date who kill a police officer in self-defense and have to flee to Cuba. Melina Matsoukas will direct, and Daniel Kaluuya will star.

Other script sales:

- Erin Cressida Wilson has been tapped to write the Indecent Proposal adaptation/remake for Paramount. The 1993 film was written by Amy Holden Jones and based on the novel by Jack Engelhard.

- Patrick Ness will write a Rumpelstiltskin movie for Sony. Peter Dinklage is set to star and produce.

- Disney has picked up Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer's pitch Sadé. The film will follow a young African girl named Sadé who accepts her newly discovered magical warrior powers to protect herself and her people, and Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) will produce.

- Liz Hannah and Jennifer Niven are adapting Niven's YA novel All the Bright Places for The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Echo Lake Productions. Brett Haley will direct, and Justice Smith and Elle Fanning are set to star.

- Michael Younesi to write/direct the family adventure MakerForce 5 for Studio71.  The story follows five kids who band together to fight off a mysterious invasion that happens after all of their town's parents suddenly disappear.

-  Focus Features and Carnival Films & Television are teaming for the Downton Abbeymovie, to be written by series creator Julian Fellows and directed by Brian Percival.

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A Quiet Place - Screenplay

There’s no way around it: To make an effective horror or thriller movie, you need tension. Lots of it. (You also need characters the audience will care about, but that should be a given for any screenplay.) One of the classic horror set pieces is the killer stalking a potential victim, who then hides in the closet or in the bathroom or under the bed and struggles not to make a single sound. Dozens of movies probably just popped into your mind with that brief description. But what if that classic horror moment became the premise of an entire feature?

A Quiet Place, written by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski and directed by Krasinski, makes that premise a reality. In the near future, Earth has been attacked by extraterrestrials and most of the world’s population has been wiped out. The catch? These aliens have ultra-sensitive hearing, so if you’re too loud—well, good luck with that. The result is ninety of the tensest minutes in film history. Suffice it to say, there’s a reason this movie became a surprise hit upon its release. (It holds 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and 84/100 on Metacritic, and it made over $300 million on a $20 million budget.)

One of the screenplay’s greatest assets is its willingness to ask what’s the worst that could happen. The answer: Make one of the main characters pregnant and have her go into labor early. How many birth scenes have you seen on film? And how many of them feature a woman who has to remain absolutely quiet or else face certain death? Yeah.... And it doesn’t help that once the baby’s born, all the newborn wants to do is cry.

Although this draft of the script is an earlier one (this draft is Woods and Beck’s spec script that caught Krasinski’s attention), the bones are all there. It’s a quick, electric read—because the story necessitates it, the script lacks much dialogue, so it comes in at a brisk 67 pages. It’s easy to see how the script attracted Krasinski in the first place, and why Emily Blunt (Krasinski’s real-life wife) agreed to star in it with him.

In recent years, horror movies have experienced a strong creative resurgence (see Get OutHereditaryAnnihilation, and the Unfriendedmovies for some of the most recent ones). A Quiet Place undoubtedly earns a place on that list and will surely go down as bonafide classic in the genre. Read the script and see the movie. It’s a masterclass in effective cinematic tension.

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Script Pipeline Workshop Notes - Screenplays and Pilots

Established in 2000, the Script Pipeline Workshop is one of the longest-running notes services in the industry, offering feedback on screenplays, pilots, and pitches for film and television. Hundreds of writers each year, from beginners to professionals, benefit from the expertise of a small, seasoned group of development execs, many of whom are active writers and producers themselves.

Any genre or format accepted. We review everything from partially completed scripts to production-ready final drafts. Writers may also request a critique on supplemental materials (such as a TV show bible, synopsis, or logline), as well as follow up with their reader with additional questions on the feedback.

Together with our competitions, the Workshop is another outlet to funnel upper-echelon projects to an array of industry contacts and shepherd scripts into production.

*contest entrants receive a discounted rate on General Reviews; add-on notes available during registration for any competition

Development Notes | General Review


Upcoming Competition Deadlines & Dates

2018 Screenwriting Competition - Special Entry Deadline: August 31st

2018 TV Writing Competition - Special Entry Deadline: August 31st

2018 First Look Project - Deadline: September 20th

2018 Great Movie Idea Contest - Early Deadline: October 15th

2018 Great TV Show Idea Contest - Early Deadline: October 15th

Other Pipeline Competitions:

Film Pipeline - Short Film and Scripts

Book Pipeline - Fiction, Non-fiction, Plays

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