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

Contents:

(1) 2009 Script Pimp Writing Competitions – Winners Announced
(2) ‘08 Contest Winner Evan Daugherty Secures WB Assignment
(3) Recent Script Sales – June
(4) Box Office Totals – June 26th-28th
(5) Script Pimp Success Stories
(6) The Business of Show: Script Pimp Partner Article, “Business of Next”
(7) Script Pimp Partner: InkTip.com
(8) Script Pimp Special Offer: The Movie Deal! Screenplay Contest
(9) Script Pimp Contest Recommendation: 2009 Horror Screenplay Contest
(10) Script Pimp in the News
(11) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

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(1) Script Pimp 2009 Writing Competitions – Winners Announced
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With over 2,700 in this year’s screenplay and TV writing competitions, it was no easy task to narrow it down to just a handful of finalists, as we received many, many quality scripts.  In fact, this may have been Script Pimp’s best year as far as the number of talented writers.  Thanks again to everyone who entered! 

And good news for TV writers: we received a larger-than-expected number of submissions, so instead of just awarding one grand prize winner, we’ve selected TEN finalists, one of which will be announced as the winner on July 26th at the Script Pimp awards party.

Full list of finalists are below (prize winners can be found on the site, www.scriptpimp.com):

FEATURE SCREENPLAY FINALISTS

(*in alphabetical order)

“Alien Skin Boots” (Matt Lutz)

“Belle Starr” (Cynthia Pullham)

“Black Tide” (Kevin Jones)

“Blind Spot” (Randall Greenland)

“Denny Delivers” (Charlotte Barrett & Sean Fallon)

“Deserted” (Ziba Shadjaan)

“Djinn” (Matthew Altman)

“Eden” (Tom Zmiarovich)

“Forsaken Hero” (Dave Long)

“Honor Among Thieves” (Matt Allen)

“Inheritance” (Jeannette Manning & Joseph Yuan)

“InvisiBill” (Jason Carreiro)

“Iron Horses” (Tony Zavaleta)

“Lycan or Not” (Frank Reavey)

“Neland Circle” (Charles Borg)

“The Eleven” (Troy Taylor)

“The Stakes” (Philip Gardner)

“The Winery” (Richard Guimond)

“Wake Up” (Gordon Smith)

 

TV WRITING FINALISTS

30 Rock - Cut and Run (Enzo Mileti)

30 Rock - Tracey Jordan, MD (Paul Malewitz & Matt Manser)

Bones - The Student in the Stacks (Helen Shang)

Breaking Bad - Mr Clean (Clark Childers)

Dexter - Rites of Spring (Todd Lepre)

Eastbound and Down - Waiting for Bus Cook Super Sports Agent (Luke Ricci)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Dog Show (John Adler)

Mad Men - A Fire Inside (Clark Childers)

Skipland (Jessica Dolan & Sean Mach)

Two Harbors (Jim Macak)

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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) Recent Script Sales – June
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Comedies, actions, and thrillers (and alien-based scripts) dominate this past month—expected, since some of the biggest box office money-makers of the year have thus far fallen into one of those categories.

Some selected/notable sales:

--“I Am Number Four,” a science-fiction story based on an as-of-yet unpublished novel.  With Steven Spielberg on board to possibly executive produce.  Michael Bay will produce.

--Tom Cruise returns for “Mission: Impossible IV.”  J.J. Abrams will produce.

--A remake of the 1981 classic “An American Werewolf in London.”  No writer attached as of yet.  John Landis producing.

--“Go Mutants!”, where aliens assimilate with other high school kids.  In development with Universal.

--A modern adaptation of the hit film “Meatballs.” No writer attached as of yet.

--The Warner Bros. project “Thieves of Baghdad,” set in the 10th century and will revolve around Ali Baba and other notable figures. 

--A remake of the 1980s cult classic “Short Cicuit.”

And lastly, the next James Bond project is in the works, with Daniel Craig returning as 007.

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(4) Box Office Totals – June 26-28
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The second “Transformers” proved to be box office platinum.  The action film starring now-certified movie star Shia LaBeouf had a beyond impressive 5-day showing, crushing all other releases.  Meanwhile, “The Hangover” and others padded their already higher-than-expected numbers.  Audiences have proven now that Denzel and Travolta may have lost their spark, as “The Taking of Pelham 123” continues its slide with “Land of the Lost,” neither coming close to reaching decent numbers for their budgets.

The Top Ten* 

(domestic totals in parentheses, with the number of weeks in theaters as of June 28th)

1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($200,077,255) – Week #1

2. The Proposal ($69,162,471) – Week #2

3. The Hangover ($183,054,267) – Week #4

4. Up ($250,234,554) – Week #5

5. My Sister’s Keeper ($12,442,212) – Week #1

6. Year One ($32,529,560) – Week #2

7. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 ($53,456,827) – Week #3

8. Star Trek ($246,331,182) – Week #8

9. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ($163,391,192) – Week #6

10. Away We Go ($4,088,390) – Week #4

*ranked by top weekend box office films from June 26th-June 28th     

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(5) Script Pimp Success Stories
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Former Workshop Recommends and Script Pimp writers are finding success with their screenplays and films.

Most recent updates:

Recent Script Pimp Recommend writer Micah Barnett has been signed by Jake Wagner (Energy Entertainment).  His screenplay, THE MERC LIST, an actionthriller set in the future, was Recommended by Script Pimp in May 2009 and is now primed to make its rounds in circulation.

Former Script Pimp Recommend screenplay STRENGTH AND HONOR (dir. Mark Mahon), now a multi-award-winning film, was featured on NBC’s Today show.  The film’s star, Michael Madsen, was interviewed by Meredith Viera on his role and the film’s success, along with an appearance by writer/director Mark Mahon.  For the entire interview:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/31426232#31426232

To join the film’s Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/STRENGTH-AND-HONOUR/52594506857?ref=ts

Evan Daugherty, finalist and Grand Prize winner in the 2008 Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition, has been hired by Warner Bros. to write an adaptation of the 1980s series MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE.  His script, SHRAPNEL, also made The Blacklist for one of the top 100 unproduced screenplays of 2008.

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 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.

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

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(6) The Business of Show: Script Pimp Partner Article
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Script Pimp is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Business of Show Institute (http://www.thebusinessofshowinstitute.com). 

Co-founder of the institute, producer Marvin Acuna, offers clear, concise, and straightforward advice for screenwriters to help further illuminate the inner-workings (and reality) of the film industry. 

With “The Business of Next,” the first in a series of informational articles, he gives some wise recommendations on the submission process: what comes after you query, what to consider once you send your script, what sort of attitude to have for maximum success—and more importantly, how not to ruin your chances altogether.

THE BUSINESS OF NEXT

by Marvin V. Acuna

Out • come {out-kuhm}

- noun

1. a final product or end result

The definition referenced above is confirmation that you have total control over one outcome. . . . Completing your screenplay!

Will it be represented? Will it be sold? Will it be made? Who knows, I don’t. But, what I do know for certain is this. . . if you decide to write a screenplay, YOU can determine the story, the characters, the world, and when it will be a final written product.

As a strong reminder all other outcomes are not in your control. If you can embrace this as truth, you will save yourself from years of heartache.

Just remember all other outcomes are out of your control.

For many aspiring writers the search for a representative to sign them and market their material or to align themselves with an established producer who will bring their words to life can be a daunting and frustrating task. It can make you SCREAM!

Submitting your material blindly and never hearing back a response is tough, but to submit material that has been requested and then NEVER hear back, ugh. Shoot me now.

That voice in your head turns on you. Doubt creeps in. Am I good? Am I wasting my time? Should I get a real job? Self-preservation of the ego kicks into overdrive. Then the big one: What have I done with my life? 

Be assured you are not alone. You may feel alone, but you are most definitely not. First everyone in the business has their own challenge and while it may feel different from yours, it isn’t. The agent that didn’t make partner, the producer whose last movie tanked, the actor who no longer opens a film, the writer who wants to direct, the TV writer who wants to be in film, the list is endless. This is the business of Next.

Keep in mind that you may never hear from the recipient of your material ever again. The reasons vary so greatly that you will never know why.

Next time you feel this way remember the following: You are in control of only one outcome—completing a final written product. The rest is not in your hands. It’s just not. We trick ourselves into believing that if we worry enough and get angry enough we will somehow impact the outcome. It won’t.

Introduce your material and follow-up about a month later if you don’t hear a response. Follow-up a month after that and so on. . . .

When do you stop following up? Depends on you.

Keep in mind that you are not the only screenwriter that submitted material. Additionally, the professionals I personally know have so much material presented to them from varying sources that much gets lost in the shuffle.

Submit and move on to the next. In fact, your mantra should always be NEXT, moving on!

Submit, follow up, submit, and follow up. NOTE: If you submit via email it may be useful to attach your screenplay again to make it easily accessible to the third party.

Sometimes my office receives angry calls or emails because a writer is frustrated that we have not responded to their material. That immediately gets our response. My assistant scans our submissions and tosses their screenplay away.

Be original in your follow-ups. Maybe it’s not an email, but it’s a thank you card for the opportunity to submit. Maybe it’s an article you read about them, their movie or their client that you include in a note. Maybe you attend a conference where they are speaking. You get it. . . the possibilities are endless.

Be gracious, patient and most of all original when you follow up—you are a writer, after all.

Submit, follow up, submit, and follow up. Next, moving on!

ABOUT PRODUCER MARVIN V. ACUNA: Recently executive produced The Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich, Tom Hanks, Emily Blunt and Colin Hanks), Two Days (Paul Rudd, Donal Logue), and produced Touched (Jenna Elfman) and How Did It Feel (Blair Underwood).

To get free video access from Marvin's famous workshop, "The 7 Habits of Hollywood's Most Successful Six (and Seven) Figure Screenwriters," go to http://www.ScreenwritersSuccess.com

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(7) Script Pimp Partner: InkTip.com
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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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(8) Script Pimp Special Offer: The Movie Deal! Screenplay Contest
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THE MOVIE DEAL! Screenplay Contest

Looking for INDIE, INTERESTING & ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYS!

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

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for ScriptPimp.com friends!

Use PROMO code: SCP422 when you register at the link below and get $10 OFF on Feature Film submissions, and get $10 OFF on shorts. Submit by the deadline of JULY 15th, 2009!

ENTER HERE:  http://www.themoviedeal.com/#/infolist/4531191811

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(9) Script Pimp Contest Recommendation: ‘09 Horror Screenplay Contest
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www.HorrorScreenplayContest.com 

Presented by www.ScreenplayContests.com – Since 1998 - 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
*Submission Deadline: July 20, 2009 or until filled.

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

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(10) Script Pimp in the News
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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):

http://www.scriptpimp.com/ (click on link at top of home page)

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(11) 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 SCHOOLS

Vancouver Film School – http://www.vfs.com

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/