SCRIPT PIMP FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
(http://www.scriptpimp.com)

Contents:

(1) Script Pimp 2009 Writing Competitions – EARLY DEADLINE: FEB. 1st
(2) Recent Script Sales – January
(3) Box Office Report – January 23-25
(4) Ask the Script Pimp Expert – How Important is Choosing a Script’s Title?
(5) The Living Wake – Screening at BAM
(6) Consultations with Senior Story Analyst – Discounted Winter Rate
(7) Workshop & Writers Database Info
(8) Script Pimp Success Stories
(9) Recent Feedback - Writers Workshop / 2008 Competition
(10) Script Pimp in the News
(11) Technical Edits on Scripts and Novels
(12) Script Pimp Production: Rogues Gallery
(13) Circus of Joy – February 5th, Hollywood Improv
(14) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

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(1) Script Pimp 2009 Writing Competitions – EARLY DEADLINE: FEB. 1st
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The 2009 Script Pimp Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions are now accepting entries.  EARLY DEADLINE is Feb. 1st.  RECEIVE A $5 DISCOUNT ON THE EARLY DEADLINE.

Regular deadline: May 1st

All genres and lengths of feature film scripts accepted.  International, non-U.S. writers are welcome to enter as well.  Scripts are accepted through the Script Pimp site or through Withoutabox (www.withoutabox.com).

**AND NEW FOR 2009: WRITERS MAY REQUEST FEEDBACK ON THEIR SCRIPT FOR AN ADDITIONAL $40.

Judges for the TV contest this year include:

Mike Kelley, creator of “Swingtown”

Brian Keith Etheridge, writer (“South Park”)

The ‘08 contest has already netted option and representation agreements with many of the finalist writers.  Even more production companies, agents, and managers will be reading the 2009 winning scripts, along with $50,000 in prizes possible for anyone who enters, and $16,000 cash for the finalists.

For more info, visit: http://www.scriptpimp.com/writing_competition/home.cfm

*All new Writers Database members get one FREE entry into the competition!

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(2) Recent Script Sales – January
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Adaptations (and an adaptation of an adaptation) continue to share the spotlight with a spattering of comedies, science fiction, crime dramas, and family scripts.  Notable sales include:

--“Cowboy Bebop,” based on the popular Japanese anime series.  Keanu Reeves set to star.

--A Cher and Jonny Knoxville (not a typo) project, “The Drop-Out”

--A Warner Bros. adaptation of the animated series “Tom and Jerry”

--“The A Team,” a polish of a script and project first announced in 2001.

--The sequel to “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”

--“Lowriders,” based on a Brian Grazer concept.

Feeling as though “Tomb Raider” deserves another go-around, the popular comic (and Angelina Jolie film) will get a re-imagining as well.  No screenwriter or director attached as of yet.

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(3) Box Office Report – January 23-25
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Kevin James struck box office oil as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” snagged the top spot for the second week in a row.  The comedy was joined by newcomer “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans,” and recent Oscar and Golden Globe nominees “Gran Torino,” Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which has now crossed the 100m mark.  The family-friendly flick “Hotel for Dogs” also had another strong showing.

The Top Ten* 

(domestic totals in parentheses, with the number of weeks in theaters as of January 4th)

1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop ($64,923,380) – Week #2

2. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans ($20,828,511) – Week #1

3. Gran Torino ($97,819,975) – Week #7

4. Hotel for Dogs ($37,455,759) – Week #2

5. Slumdog Millionaire ($56,065,245) – Week #11

6. My Bloody Valentine 3-D ($37,687,394) – Week #2

7. Inkheart ($7,601,379) – Week #1

8. Bride Wars ($48,570,928) – Week #3

9. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($111,129,482) – Week #5

10. Notorious ($31,874,538) – Week #2

*ranked by top weekend box office films from January 23 – 25    

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(4) Ask the Script Pimp Expert –Choosing a Script’s Title?
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Think of the script’s title as its clothing—a reader’s first impression is naturally based on the name of the script.  Will a producer or agent reject a screenplay solely on its title?  Of course not (or at least, it’s extremely uncommon).  However, be imaginative when it comes to naming your story.  Just don’t get too creative or complex, unless the tone or theme of the script calls for such.  

A few suggestions:

--Stay away from generic titles.  “The Christmas Party,” or “John’s Apartment” don’t exactly scream interesting.  Same thing goes for using the name of the main character.  Sure, “Juno,” or “Forrest Gump,” and countless other great films have pulled it off, but make that a last resort and only if it properly applies (for instance, what else would you name “Forrest Gump”. . .?). 

--Always consider marketability and choose your words carefully.  Calling your script “The Rapist” probably isn’t going to fly, although the story might be about that exactly.

--Avoid excessively long titles, too.  Again, there are exceptions (e.g. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), but it’s a fine line between great title and awkward mess.  Keep it relatively short.

When in doubt, run your title past a few friends or other writers, or even yourself.  If it doesn’t spark any interest, time to choose another option.

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(5) The Living Wake – Screening at BAM
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“The Living Wake,” Script Pimp's first production company credit and co-produced by Chadwick Clough, will be screening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on February 19th in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info, visit: http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=925

Excerpt from the Variety review:

“The sight of Mills taking Binew to and fro in the rickshaw is a classic absurdist piece as staged by director Sol Tryon, capped by scene after scene of dialogue. . . that recall Tom Stoppard in their precise, hilarious, and mind-expanding use of language.” – Variety

To view all Script Pimp company credits: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0173374

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(6) Consultations with Senior Story Analyst – Discounted Winter Rate
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*One-On-One Phone Consultation with Senior Story Analyst:

http://www.scriptpimp.com/script_coverage/index_ww2.cfm

Direct advice and one-on-one interaction over the phone or in-person. Iron out the issues in your script in the most efficient way possible.  Script Pimp story analysts are available for one-on-one meetings to go through your script line by line.  As with our Development Notes service, if your script is at the point where it should be shopped around town, we will give you suggestions for the companies that would be most interested in your script.

Special discounts off consults through Feb. 15th, 2009:

$150 OFF for non-members ($500)

$220 OFF for members ($430)

If you would like to set up an appointment, please E-mail Matt at matt@scriptpimp.com.

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(7) Workshop & Writers Database Info
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*Writers Database Home Page: http://www.scriptpimp.com/writers_database/index_wdb.cfm

Script Pimp's Writers Database features the current needs and submission guidelines for over 1,000 total company listings, 300 film production companies, and agencies accepting material from new screenwriters. Database members also may send their loglines and synopses into us for general feedback, as well as ask industry-related questions. 

*Writers Workshop Home Page: http://www.scriptpimp.com/script_coverage/index_ww2.cfm

Script Pimp's Writers Workshop provides screenwriters with A-level development notes and consultations. A professional story analyst will write extensive notes, 4-6 pages long, giving you a detailed review of the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. With a grade of "Recommend," Script Pimp will assist you in circulating your work to agents, managers, and producers at no charge.  Numerous writers have seen their work optioned or produced as a result of the Workshop.

*Talent Pimp Home Page: http://www.talentpimp.com

Acting anyone? Talent Pimp concentrates its tools and resources for actors and actresses, complete with our own knowledge base of the industry, updated detailed listings for 550+ agents, 700+ managers and 550+ casting directors. Talent Pimp is now available to working and aspiring professional actors for a fee of $35 for 1-year of unlimited access. Build your own professional page and upload your resume, headshots and demo reel.

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(8) Script Pimp Success Stories – 2008 Competition / Workshop
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With the help of our mentors, Chadwick and Matt have Script Pimp 2008 finalist screenplays out to scores of producers and agents and are looking forward to the next 20 finalists for the 2009 Competition. 

The top 20 scripts have sparked interest from managers, agents, and production companies worldwide..  Former Workshop Recommends are also finding success with their screenplays and already produced films.

Most recent updates. . . .

Former Script Pimp Recommend screenplay STRENGTH AND HONOR and writer/director Mark Mahon continue to rack up festival awards worldwide, including Best Picture at the New York International Film Festival and Boston Film Festival.  Pic stars Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones, and Richard Chamberlain. 

Aaron J. Patton, a former Script Pimp Recommend for his screenplay UNHINGING ROWE is now being represented by Gallagher Literary Management.

James K. Watts’ script BECKWOURTH, a 2008 Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition finalist, is currently under option.

Former Script Pimp Recommend screenplay WORM by Marc Samson has been optioned by Sandcastle Studios.

Evan Daugherty, finalist and Grand Prize winner in the 2008 Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition, has secured literary writer representation from Jake Wagner at Energy Entertainment with his script SHRAPNEL.

More to come. . . .

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(9) Recent Feedback - Writers Workshop / 2008 Competition
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Script Pimp's Writers Workshop has served a number of writers to start 2009.  As always, thanks to all the writers who took the time to send in their comments.

Some recent quotes:

“Thanks for the quick turnaround.  As far as rating the quality of the reader's comments, 10s across the board.  I feel their comments were fair and also very thorough.” Todd E. (1/23)

“Just a quick email to thank you for the notes. I have to say I'm impressed with the quality and clarity of the suggestions that were made - they will definitely help me with the next draft.” – Tim M. (1/17)

“I'd like to say thanks to you guys for the feedback provided on my screenplays. The readers' realistic, knowledgeable approaches and insights helped me to develop the scripts greatly, and they also helped me to grow as a writer and editor of my own work.” – Forrest G. (12/8)

And some responses from our 2008 Writing Competition. . . .

"Looking forward to future dealings with Script P.I.M.P. Thank you again for your support and help. Also had a very enlightening conversation with [the finalist mentor consultant].  He was most gracious, very insightful, and open to hearing about my future efforts as well." – Ed Cound

"Many thanks for hosting the awards event!  It was a great opportunity to meet the other writers.  Thanks as well for setting up the phone meeting with [a finalist consultant]." – Suzan Flamm

"Really enjoyed talking with you and sharing war stories with the other writers [at the awards party].  Always good to connect with more film folks." – David O'Donnell

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(10) Script Pimp in the News
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To view all Script Pimp company credits, visit: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0173374

View all Script Pimp Press:

http://www.scriptpimp.com/features/creative_screenwriting.cfm

Script Pimp's "Rogue's Gallery":

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3if7b717939831cbe299581383a70dea5a

Script Pimp's feature film "The Living Wake" reviewed by Variety: http://www.scriptpimp.com/newsletters/variety.cfm

Script Pimp on TV (Peter Bart's Sunday Morning Shootout) Script Pimp Newswire:

http://www.scriptpimp.com/news/home.cfm

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(11) Technical Edits on Scripts and Novels
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Script Pimp offers copyediting for screenplays, teleplays, and novels. Editing includes a thorough check for grammar, formatting, and, if applicable, sentence structure and suggestions to improve narrative pacing and flow in the hopes of improving the readability (and thus the marketability) of your work.

Rates start at $.03/word and vary depending on the individual writer's needs. We will also perform a FREE one-page "sample" edit for you to determine if the service will meet your needs.

For more info, or to request a free sample edit and price quote, please E-mail matt@scriptpimp.com and write "Editing Services" in the subject line.

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(12) Script Pimp Production: Rogues Gallery
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Former Script Pimp "Recommend" writer Brian Watanabe's screenplay, Rogues Gallery, is currently in post-production. Script Pimp owner Chadwick Clough serves as executive producer and first brought the action/comedy project to Sean McKittrick's Darko Entertainment.

The film revolves around two teams of government assassins, using code names from the Tarot deck, who work in a secret underground facility. On The Fool's first day at work, his and the teams' boss is killed under mysterious circumstances, and they must find the person responsible before the facility explodes--or before the potential rogue kills The Fool and the others first.

Fouad Mikati directs an ensemble cast which includes Joe Anderson ("Copying Beethoven," "Across the Universe"), Odette Yustman ("Cloverfield"), and Emilie DeRavin ("Lost"), as well as veterans Bob Odenkirk, Ving Rhames ("Mission: Impossible 3", "Animal"), Ellen Barkin ("The Big Easy"), Will Arnett ("Arrested Development"), and Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"). Film is produced by Michael Ohoven ("Capote"), Sean McKittrick ("Donnie Darko"), and Kevin Turen.

Recent articles on Rogue's in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Creative Screenwriting:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3if7b717939831cbe299581383a70dea5a

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117989592.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

http://www.creativescreenwriting.com/csweekly/trenches/082908_Rogues.html

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(13) Circus of Joy – Feb. 5th, Hollywood Improv
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E-mail tickets@scriptpimp.com to get on the free guest list for the best comedy show in town.

CIRCUS OF JOY – comedy show featuring Mike O'Connell & special guest

Thursday, February 5th, 10pm

LINEUP:

Patrick Keane (emcee)
Joe Betance

Erin Foley
Kyle Dunnigan
Brody Stevens
Brian Keith Etheridge
Mike O'Connell

Improv is @ 8162 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 651-2583.

Corner of Crescent Heights and Melrose. Street parking up and down Melrose.  

Dinner is served in the front and chicken fingers in the main room.

RSVP: tickets@scriptpimp.com. For more info go to Improv.com, then click Hollywood on the left.

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(14) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters
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Here's a guide through the screenwriting community with Script Pimp's list of FIVE STAR WEBSITES for screenwriters. If there's a site you'd like to request to be added to the list, please email matt@scriptpimp.com.

NETWORKING SITES:

American Zoetrope

http://www.zoetrope.com/

Screenwriters Federation of America

http://www.screenwritersfederation.org/phpBB2/

Shooting People

http://www.shootingpeople.org

TriggerStreet

http://www.triggerstreet.com/gyrobase/index

BLOG SITES: John August http://johnaugust.com/

Artful Writer http://artfulwriter.com/

RECENT SCRIPT SALES ~ Done Deal

http://www.scriptsales.com/

Script Copier - "Best Copier in LA"

http://www.ScriptCopier.com

FREE SCREENPLAYS ONLINE ~ Script Pimp, IScriptDB, Simply Scripts

http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/free_screenplays/

http://www.iscriptdb.com/

http://www.simplyscripts.com

SCREENPLAY CONTESTS

http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/contests/

http://www.scriptpimp.com/writing_competition/home.cfm

http://www.scriptpimp.com/tv/home.cfm

http://www.moviebytes.com/

http://www.script-showcase.com

SCREENPLAYS TO BUY ~ Script Pimp

http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/screenplays/

SCREENPLAY REVIEWS ~ Screenwriters Utopia

http://www.screenwritersutopia.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=list_pages_categories&cid=2

SCREENPLAY CONSULTANTS ~ Script Pimp

http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/script_consultants/

http://directory.google.com/Top/Arts/Writers_Resources/Screenwriting/Script_Consulting/

SCREENWRITER INTERVIEWS ~ Screenwriters Utopia

http://www.screenwritersutopia.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=list_pages_categories&cid=1

SCREENWRITING BOOKS ~ Script Pimp, Writers Store http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/screenwriting_books/ http://www.writersstore.com/products.php?cPath=129

SCREENWRITING RESOURCES ~ Script Pimp, Google

http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/resources_and_reference/

SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE ~ Final Draft, Write Brothers, More

http://www.finaldraft.com/

http://www.screenplay.com/

http://plotbot.com/

http://www.scriptassist.com/

SCREENWRITING MAGAZINES ~ Script Pimp

http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/magazines_and_papers/

SCREENWRITING SUPPLIES ~ Writers Store, ScreenStyle

http://www.writersstore.com/products.php?cPath=130

http://www.screenstyle.com/

OSCAR SCRIBES ~ Script Pimp

http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/oscars/

POSTING SCRIPTS ONLINE ~ InkTip, Script Shark

http://www.inktip.com/

http://www.scriptshark.com/specmarket.cfm

SCREENWRITING HOW-TO ~ Screenwriting.info

http://www.screenwriting.info/

FREE SCREENWRITING EDUCATION ~ Script Fly

http://www.scriptfly.com/