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

Contents:

(1) Script Pimp 2009 Writing Competitions – 2,500+ Submissions
(2) ‘08 Contest Winner Evan Daugherty Secures WB Assignment
(3) Script Pimp Recommends: The Movie Deal Screenwriting Contest
(4) Recent Script Sales – May
(5) Ask the Script Pimp Expert: Why Understanding Genre is Critical
(6) Script Pimp Success Stories
(7) Feedback – Writers Workshop and Writers Database
(8) Script Pimp Recommends: Slamdance Competition
(9) Script Pimp Partner: Final Draft
(10) Script Pimp Partner: InkTip.com
(11) Script Pimp Contest Recommendation: 2009 Horror Screenplay Contest
(12) Script Pimp in the News
(13) Circus of Joy – June 4th, Hollywood Improv
(14) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

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(1) Script Pimp 2009 Writing Competitions – 2,500+ Submissions
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With well over 2,500 total entries, the 2009 Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition had its biggest year in its 7-year history.  The TV contest, in its second season, also had another fantastic response.  From the entire Script Pimp staff, thanks to all who entered.  We received a number of quality projects, and our judges are looking forward to picking the 20 finalist screenplays and one Grand Prize TV script. 

Finalists and prize winners will be posted on the website in early July.  Grand Prize winners of the screenwriting competition are announced at the Script Pimp awards party later that month at Writers Boot Camp in Santa Monica. 

For more info on the contest, our Writers Database, and Writers Workshop, visit www.scriptpimp.com.

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(2) ‘08 Contest Winner Evan Daugherty Secures WB Assignment
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After introduction to Jake Wagner (Energy Entertainment) by Script Pimp owner Chadwick Clough, Evan Daugherty recently secured a writing assignment with Warner Bros. to re-write an adaptation of the classic 1980s animated “He-Man” series, part of the popular Masters of the Universe franchise.  The project will be entitled “Grayskull.”

Evan's script SHRAPNEL was selected as one of the Grand Prize winners of the 2008 Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition.  The screenplay is making its rounds among A-list talent and landed on The Blacklist as one of the top 100 "most popular" unproduced scripts in the market.  Info on The Blacklist can
be found here: http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/the-black-list-is-out/.

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(3) Script Pimp Recommends: The Movie Deal Screenwriting Contest
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THE MOVIE DEAL! Screenplay Competition

www.themoviedeal.com/#/infolist/4531191811

LATE DEADLINE! – MAY 31st, 2009

ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT!

GRAND PRIZE:  A PRODUCTION DEAL!

- Yes, your screenplay will be produced!

- Includes Flight and Hotel accommodations to the set of YOUR MOVIE!

- PLUS, over $15,000 in other amazing prizes!

In addition to the GRAND PRIZE winner, the TOP 100 WRITERS each season will also have a chance at landing production deals!  We're working with other production companies looking for their next project. Currently, five screenplays have been optioned from the list of 2008 Finalists, so enter now, your script may be the one we're all looking for!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR SCRIPTPIMP.COM FRIENDS!!

Use PROMO code SCP433 when you register at the link below and get $10 OFF on Feature Film submissions, and get $10 OFF on shorts. Submit by the LATE deadline of MAY 31st, 2009!

ENTER HERE!

DEADLINES:

DISCOUNTED - MAY 31st, 2009

Extended - JUNE 30th, 2009

To get your discount, use Promo Code SCP433 when you enter your information and upload your script.  To get the SCRIPTPIMP.com discount, you must submit by the LATE Deadline of May 31st, 2009. 

www.themoviedeal.com/#/infolist/4531191811

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(4) Recent Script Sales – May
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As is the current norm, remakes of previously popular films and series comprise at least part of May’s script sales, including a screenplay based on the comic strip “Bazooka Joe.”  An animated film, “Nick Ratchet,” based on an idea by Stan Lee and the latest Disney project in development, revolves around a police officer's online alter-ego, Nick Ratchet, who tries to usurp the life of his creator.  “Looking for Norma Desmond,” presumably based on “Sunset Boulevard,” is also in the works, as is an adaptation of “Jekyll and Hyde” and the life of Frank Sinatra.

Other selected sales include:

--Remake of the 1980s classic (well, moderately classic) “Flight of the Navigator,” about a 12-year-old boy who discovers a spaceship that takes him to the future.

--A comedy script based on The Blue Man Group.

--“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”: a remake of the fan-favorite series.

--A project from Dreamworks detailing the life of Martin Luther King Jr.  Steven Spielberg will produce.

And last, but certainly not least, former Script Pimp Competition winner Evan Daugherty will pen a new draft of the He-Man story entitled “Grayskull” for Warner Bros.  Joel Silver will produce, John Stevenson will direct.

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(5) Ask the Script Pimp Expert: Why Understanding Genre is Critical
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Action, drama, thriller, horror, romantic comedy, and all the variations in-between: should a writer of any level, beginner or professional, pay extra attention to the actual genre they’re writing in?  Not only should they pay attention, but it’s a must if you plan on either selling your spec script or landing writing assignments.  A marketable premise is the first step, but a writer must always consider their audience.  In other words, think like a producer or investor.  Why would someone want to pay to see this film? 

If you’re writing a horror, for example, the genre demands certain expectations—you need a strong protagonist/antagonist relationship, the story should usually have a number of twists, or at least one or two major surprises along the way, maintain a tone that provokes mystery and suspense. . . .  Same idea for other genres.  You can still infuse originality in your concept (in fact, that’s almost a requirement), but try not to mix your genres too much.  A romantic comedy/horror/action (and they are out there) is nearly impossible for a writer or manager to pitch successfully because most audiences wish to a see a movie with a certain degree of predictability.  That is, in terms of genre, not plot.

There are exceptions, of course, and cross-breeding in genres takes place all the time, but in the cases where a writer has “genre immunity,” so to speak, they are typically already established, and a studio or production company would be more willing to take a chance on their material.  Take a film like “Magnolia,” for example, which tends to skew the dramatic genre, at least to an extent.  A novice writer without credits would have a supremely uphill battle trying to get that script sold. 

Start simple, and once you gain some steam as a professional writer and master the rules of the genre, then you can start breaking them.

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(6) 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:

Former Script Pimp Competition finalist Mandie Green recently began a writing assignment through Larry Levinson Productions to write a TV movie, “Sisterly Advice,” for the Hallmark Channel, an opportunity credited in part to her contest placements for her script THE MICHAELS.

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.

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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(7) Feedback – Writers Workshop and Writers Database
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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:

“I am a writer who finds Script P.I.M.P is a very helpful website, and I will be glad to stay in touch via Facebook.” – Bonnie B. (4/30)

“I want to thank the reviewer.  After all this time and all the revisions I've made to this play, they STILL found ways to make it better.  And, finally, thank you for the detailed action plan you provide for making the most of the Recommend grade.  What an incredible service you folks deliver.” – Cynthia P. (4/8)

“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)

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(8) Script Pimp Recommends: Slamdance Competition
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2009 SLAMDANCE FEATURE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 

FINAL DEADLINE JUNE 15, 2009!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER - $5,000!

UPLOAD FILMS BEST LOW BUDGET FEATURE AWARD – Winner receives potential option deal with Upload Films!

SCRIPT ACCESSIBLE AWARD – For best screenplay involving characters with disabilities and/or written by a person with disabilities, sponsored by Lonely Seal Releasing – Winner receives $1,000! 

TO SUBMIT:

http://slamdance.com/writing/feature.html 

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. We welcome screenplays in every genre, any budget, on any topic, from every country around the world.  Our mission is to support and bring attention to talented screenwriters and introduce them to the entertainment industry. We’ve established a strong track record through our competition successes and continue to discover outstanding new work. 

"Some of the best material comes from Slamdance — I should know!"
Lee Daniels - Producer of Slamdance Screenplay winner and Sundance hit, THE WOODSMAN 

"Winning Slamdance was an incredible moral booster and the seal of approval that made the industry stop and take notice."
Nicole Kassell - Slamdance Screenplay winner and director of THE WOODSMAN 

"The Slamdance Screenplay Award received by Joshua Marston for MARIA FULL OF GRACE was the first public validation of the project...the publicity surrounding this award helped put the project in the public eye."
Paul Mezey, - Producer, MARIA FULL OF GRACE

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(9) Script Pimp Partner: Final Draft / Script Magazine
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Ready to Sell Your Script?

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(10) 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, or go to IMDb.com and search for ‘InkTip’.

In less than 2 minutes, see how InkTip works for you by watching the InkTip Explained video.

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(11) Script Pimp Contest Recommendation: ‘09 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 – June 4th, Hollywood Improv
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E-mail tickets@scriptpimp.com to get on the free guest list for the best comedy show in LA.

CIRCUS OF JOY – June 4th, Hollywood Improv

Lineup:

Bryan Erwin (emcee)
Brian Keith Etheridge
Mike O'Connell
Patrick Keane
Kyle Dunnigan
Natasha Leggero
Kevin Shea
Henry Phillips

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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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

SCRIPT COPIES

 

MovieJigsaw.com (UK) - http://www.moviejigsaw.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

Slamdance - www.slamdance.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/