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

Contents:

(1) Script Pimp 2009 Writing Competitions – Deadline May 1st
(2) Writers Database – Last Chance for 2-Year Bonus
(3) Recent Script Sales – March
(4) Script Pimp Partner: InkTip.com
(5) Consultations with Senior Story Analyst
(6) Technical Edits on Scripts and Novels
(7) Script Pimp Success Stories
(8) Feedback - Writers Workshop / 2008 Competition
(9) Script Pimp Recommends: Hollywood Script Shop
(10) Script Pimp Endorses: International Screenwriting Association (ISA)
(11) Script Pimp Contest Recommendation: 2009 Horror Screenplay Contest
(12) Script Pimp in the News
(13) Circus of Joy – April 2nd, Hollywood Improv
(14) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

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(1) Script Pimp 2009 Writing Competitions – Deadline May 1st
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The 2009 Script Pimp Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions are open until May 1st: http://www.scriptpimp.com/writing_competition/home.cfm

Regular deadline: May 1st.  32 days left to submit. . . .

**NEW FOR 2009: WRITERS MAY REQUEST FEEDBACK ON THEIR SCRIPT FOR AN ADDITIONAL $40.  General analysis includes comments on all major components of your screenplay, including dialogue, characterization, plot, structure, and in some cases, marketability of the material.  Plus, ALL notes are given by Script Pimp’s veteran Workshop readers or senior analysts.  Notes may only be added by submitting via the Script Pimp site.

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).

Script Pimp is pleased to announce that judges for the TV contest include:

Mike Kelley, creator of “Swingtown”

Brian Keith Etheridge, writer “South Park”

Michael Morris, producer “Brothers and Sisters”

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

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

And thanks to long-time sponsor Final Draft for their continued support of the Script Pimp competition.  For further info on Final Draft, visit www.finaldraft.com.

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(2) Writers Database – Last Chance for 2-Year Bonus
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Until May 1st, all Writers Database members receive two (2) additional years added on their membership when they subscribe or renew.  Take advantage of this offer now (a $299 value) before it expires.

More info can be found here: http://www.scriptpimp.com/two/index.cfm?do=writersdatabase

ABOUT THE WRITERS DATABASE

With over 1,000 listings, the Writers Database puts the film industry at your fingertips. Find information about agencies, managers, producers, and production companies--what they are looking for and how to contact them. Updated regularly, the Database includes a powerful search engine that can be tailored to your specific needs. No matter where you live, Script Pimp's Database connects you to Hollywood and beyond.

Writers Database members also receive discounts on Workshop notes and the ability to E-mail film and writing-related questions to Script Pimp, including questions on screenplay formatting, style, technical concerns, how the industry works, from development to distribution, as well as any other inquiries in need of clarification. Think of it as an alternative to film classes, where writers can get a crash course on the ins-and-outs of the industry.

http://www.scriptpimp.com/two/index.cfm?do=writersdatabase

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(3) Recent Script Sales – March
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A broad handful of biopics stand out in script sales through mid to late March, including films revolving around the lives of Houdini, Lou Rawls, Steve McQueen, and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as adaptations of popular novels and TV series.

Selected sales include:

--From the Image Comics graphics novel, “The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft” touches upon the struggles of the well-known horror fiction writer.  Ron Howard will produce and is rumored to direct.

--“Through the Eyes of a Son,” based on the career of musician Lou Rawls.

--Arguably the world’s most popular magician, Harry Houdini will be featured in “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero,” chronicling his experiences as a British spy and debunker of con artists.

--Andy Garcia, and Anthony Hopkins thus far, set to star in “Hemingway and Fuentes,” centering on the friendship between Ernest Hemingway and Gregorio Fuentes.

--The new Coen Brothers film, a remake of “True Grit.”

--“Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel,” based on, of course, actor Steve McQueen.

--Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt will star in “Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris,” a romantic comedy.

--Sean Penn to play the lead in “Cartel” as a man looking to protect his son after his wife’s murder.

--For Stephen King fans, the mediocre 1990s version of “It” will see a film rendition through Warner Bros.

Hard to see anyone not getting excited about this: “MacGyver” has been given the go-ahead through New Line Cinema.  No writer attached yet.

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(4) Script Pimp Partner: InkTip.com
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Script Pimp highly recommends partner InkTip to help with the promotion of your script to numerous industry pros, with over 50 credits as a Screenplay Facilitator in the past five years.

***InkTip: Find good scripts fast and easy.***

InkTip, the screenplay facilitation company, has been helping producers, filmmakers, agents, managers and name talent find good scripts and writers since 2000.

Over 80 produced films have been facilitated by InkTip with a current average of 19 films produced per year.

To see our IMDb profile, click here: http://www.inktip.com/welcome.php?cid=SSsolo&pg=main_inktip_on_imdb.php

Or go to www.imdb.com and search for ‘InkTip’.

In less than 2 minutes, see how InkTip works for you by watching the InkTip Explained video (http://www.inktip.com/welcome.php?cid=SSsolo&pg=itexplained.php).

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(5) Consultations with Senior Story Analyst
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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.

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

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(6) 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 $3/page 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, or visit: http://scriptpimp.com/two/index.cfm?do=writersworkshop

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(7) Script Pimp Success Stories
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Former Workshop Recommends, contest winners, and Script Pimp writers are finding success with their screenplays and films.

Most recent updates:

With the help of Kersey Management, Matt Savelloni, a former Script Pimp writer, has been placed with the agency Hohman, Maybank, and Lieb, one of the top boutique agencies in Los Angeles.  Matt is currently teamed with another writer developing two projects with high-profile producers.

Former Script Pimp Recommend screenplay STRENGTH AND HONOR and writer/director Mark Mahon continue to rack up festival awards worldwide.  Pic stars Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones, and Richard Chamberlain.  Mahon is currently working on a sequel to the film.

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.  His script also made The Blacklist, for one of the top 100 unproduced screenplays of 2008.

To view more success stories: http://www.scriptpimp.com/success_stories/success_stories.cfm

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(8) 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:

“Not being a writer by training, I feel like I’ve gotten a college level education at a massive discount – not to mention at my own pace and in my own time frame. . . Script Pimp promotes a constructive and encouraging approach.” – Sarah R. (3/21)

“Thanks a lot for the coverage that your company did on my script. It has really helped me as a screenwriter. I'm utterly sure and confident that writing my subsequent scripts will not be a problem. I'm looking forward to doing more business will your company.” Sammie M. (3/17)

“I owe you and Script Pimp a debt of gratitude [for your notes].  And, perhaps most important of all, I feel that all this work-shopping has actually made me a better writer overall.  Needless to say, I'm now looking forward to the circulation phase.” – Gary M. (3/6)

“I just reviewed your notes and indeed, they make a lot of sense to me.  I will get right on them and resubmit to you soon.” – Carlton W. (3/4)

“My feedback notes are amazing--really insightful and very inspiring.” – Louise G. (2/12)

“I couldn't be more pleased with the insights you provided.  Thank you so much.” – Bettie S. (2/9)

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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(9) Script Pimp Recommends: Hollywood Script Shop
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It’s always advised that screenwriters read already-produced scripts—the good, the bad, and the mediocre—to help improve their own craft.  Hollywood Script Shop (www.HollywoodScriptShop.com) should be able to fill most any request for scripts on films made in the past 70 years. 

**The LARGEST script store in the world!**

Hollywood Script Shop has hundreds of thousands of movie and television scripts in their massive library.  All genres included.  Practically ANY screenplay available, ranging from vintage (1930s) to new releases.

Whether you're a screenwriter, collector, movie buff, or all three, Hollywood Script Shop has everything you need. 

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(10) Script Pimp Endorses: International Screenwriting Association (ISA)
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The International Screenwriting Association’s variety of resources can benefit writers of any level.  Best of all, membership is FREE.  More info can be found at http://networkisa.org.

PRODUCERS SEEK SCREENPLAYS:

Join WRITING GIGS at the ISA!

http://networkisa.org/#/producerwriterblog/4532967165

For membership: http://networkisa.org/#/jointheisa/4530475964.

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(11) Script Pimp Contest Recommendation: 2009 Horror Screenplay Contest
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Enter here: www.HorrorScreenplayContest.com 

Presented by www.ScreenplayContests.com – The #1 choice for screenplay contests.

The 2009 HORROR SCREENPLAY CONTEST: Now accepting entries

*Over $5,000.00 in cash and prizes
*Winner's Material Requested by over 50 producers, studios, agents and managers
*Limited to the first 600 entries!
*Online submissions accepted

For more information and to enter: www.HorrorScreenplayContest.com    

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(12) 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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(13) Circus of Joy – April 2nd, 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

Lineup:

Josh Fadem
Erik Charles Nielsen
Natasha Leggero
Chris Fairbanks
Eddie Peptione
Mike O'Connell and Dr. Ken

Thursday, April 2nd, 10pm

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 www.improv.com then click Hollywood on the left.

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(14) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters
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The following is a guide for the Script Pimp community of five-star websites for screenwriters and aspiring filmmakers.  To post your site in this section for approval, please contact us at matt@scriptpimp.com.  

NETWORKING SITES:

Screenwriters Federation of America

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

Shooting People

http://www.shootingpeople.org   

TriggerStreet

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

International Screenwriters Association

http://www.networkisa.org

RECENT SCRIPT SALES

Done Deal – http://www.donedealpro.com

FREE SCREENPLAYS ONLINE

Script Pimp – http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/free_screenplays  

iScript – http://www.iscriptdb.com

Simply Scripts – http://www.simplyscripts.com  

SCREENPLAY CONTESTS

Screenplay Contests.com – http://screenplaycontests.com

SCREENPLAY FACILITATORS

InkTip – http://www.inktip.com  

SCREENPLAYS TO BUY

Script Pimp – http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/screenplays

Hollywood Script Shop – http://www.hollywoodscriptshop.com

SCREENPLAY REVIEWS

Screenwriters Utopia – http://www.screenwritersutopia.com

SCREENPLAY CONSULTANTS

Script Pimp – http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/script_consultants

SCREENWRITER INTERVIEWS

Movie Bytes – http://www.moviebytes.com

SCREENWRITING BOOKS

Script Pimp – http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/screenwriting_books

Writers Store – http://www.writersstore.com

SCREENWRITING RESOURCES

Script Pimp – http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/resources_and_reference  

SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE

Final Draft – http://www.finaldraft.com

SCREENWRITING MAGAZINES

Script Pimp – http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/magazines_and_papers  

SCREENWRITING SUPPLIES

Writers Store – http://www.writersstore.com  

OSCAR SCRIBES

Script Pimp – http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/oscars

SCREENWRITING HOW-TO

Screenwriting Info – http://www.screenwriting.info/