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

Contents:

(1) Script Pimp 2010 Competitions NOW OPEN: Special Discount Deadline
(2) Script Pimp Offer: FREE Teleconference w/Chadwick Clough 
(3) Script Pimp Recommended Contest: Kairos Prize
(4) Recent Script Sales – September
(5) Script Pimp Success Stories
(6) Script Pimp Feedback: Writers Workshop and Competitions
(7) Script Pimp Partner Article: You're an Ineffective Networker If. . . .
(8) Script Pimp Partner: InkTip.com
(9) Script Pimp in the News
(10) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

 

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(1) Script Pimp 2010 Competitions NOW OPEN: Special Discount Deadline 
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8th Annual 2010 Script P.I.M.P. Screenwriting & Teleplay Competitions

SPECIAL DISCOUNT DEADLINE: December 31st, 2009

FINAL DEADLINE: May 1st, 2010

$17,000 overall CASH to winners & $80,000 in prizes

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

**Writers may also request general script notes for an additional $40**

The 2010 Script Pimp Screenwriting and TV Competitions are accepting entries for feature film and TV scripts—all genres, styles, and lengths accepted.  This is an international competition and non-U.S. writers are welcome. 

$20,000 in cash to the finalists/winners, and $80,000 in prizes given away to ANYONE who enters.  Finalist loglines/scripts are sent to over 200 companies.

Four (4) Grand-Prize winners receive:

--$14,000 total cash ($3,500 each)

--Guaranteed circulation to over 200 Companies

--Mentor teleconference meetings with a producer, manager, or agent

--5-year memberships to Script Pimp's Writers Database

--Featured Script Pimp Recommend listing on Ink Tip™

--$1,000 toward the "Think Tank" program at Writers Boot Camp ($4,000)

--A seat to Chris Soth's Million Dollar Screenwriting Teleseminar (appx. $250/seat)

--A seat to Philippa Burgess' Million Dollar Screenwriting & Content Career Teleseminar (appx. $300/seat)

--$250 travel voucher and invitation as recognized finalist to attend the Script Pimp Awards Ceremony at Writers Boot Camp in Santa Monica, CA in July 2010 where the winners will be announced

Top 20 Finalists receive:

--$3,200 total cash (16 finalists receive $200 each)

--Guaranteed circulation to over 200 Companies

--Mentor teleconference meetings with a producer, manager, or agent to discuss the finalist's script

--5-year memberships to Script Pimp's Writers Database ($10,000)

--Featured 'Script Pimp Recommend' listing on Ink Tip™

--$100 "Creative Currency" for Writers Boot Camp ($2,000)

--A seat to Chris Soth's Million Dollar Screenwriting Teleseminar (appx. $250/seat)

--A seat to Philippa Burgess' Million Dollar Screenwriting & Content Career Teleseminar (appx. $300/seat)

--$250 travel voucher and invitation as recognized finalist to attend the Script Pimp Awards Ceremony at Writers Boot Camp in Santa Monica, CA in July 2010 where the winners will be announced

The following is a selection of the 200 companies that have requested to review the finalists:

3 Arts, AEI-Atchity Editorial, The Alpern Group, Arpil Entertainment, Benderspink, Content Films, Creative Convergence, Crossroads Films, Darko Entertainment, Elements Entertainment, Film Roman, The Gersh Agency, Gold Circle Films, Guy Walks Into A Bar Productions, Icon Productions, Industry Entertainment, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Management 360, Morgan Creek Pictures, Myriad Pictures, Original Artists,  National Lampoon, Paradigm Literary Agency, Polsky Films, The Radmin Company, Spyglass Entertainment, Stone Canyon Media, Underground Films, Vintage Independent Productions, Yari Film Group

3rd Annual 2010 Script Pimp TV Writing Competition

$1,500 Cash to Best Overall TV Script; Top 10 Finalists chosen

The 3rd Annual Script Pimp TV Writing Competition: http://www.scriptpimp.com/tv/home.cfm   

Acceptable entries: Specs (current or former TV shows); Original Pilots; Reality/Game Show Proposals. Any length or genre.

Grand prize is $1,500 to the best spec, pilot, or reality series proposal.  Nine (9) other finalists receive $150 each, as well as guaranteed circulation to 200 companies and other prizes.

Contact entry@scriptpimp.com with questions or to request more information.

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

Script Pimp Home Page: http://www.scriptpimp.com

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

Sign up here: http://www.scriptpimp.com/writers_database/index_wdb.cfm

*miscellaneous prizes are given away at random

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(2) Script Pimp Offer: FREE Teleconference w/Chadwick Clough
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Want to learn how to get the most out of screenwriting contests to give you access into Hollywood's inner circle? 

Don't miss Script Pimp’s Chadwick Clough for a LIVE phone interview on Thursday, October 22nd at 5:30 p.m. Pacific (live worldwide; international newsletter subscribers encouraged to sign up).  Screenwriter Chris Soth of MillionDollarScreenwriting.com and YourScreenplayMentor.com interviews Chadwick, who will be answering your questions. 

Register for this FREE call today at: http://www.hollywoodbyphone.com/NextFREELiveCall.aspx and you'll also receive the following free bonuses just for signing up, including:

--$50 off Script Pimp Writers Workshop Development Notes

OR

--$25 off Script Pimp Writers Workshop Overall Review 

To take advantage of this offer, register at http://www.hollywoodbyphone.com/NextFREELiveCall.aspx and E-mail matt@scriptpimp.com with your selected discount.

More on the Script Pimp Writers Workshop can be found here: http://scriptpimp.com/two/index.cfm?do=writersworkshop  

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Do you have writer events and resources that have helped your career that you would recommend as being indispensible to other writers or filmmakers? 

Your contributions requested for an upcoming book on the Top Ten Writers' Events & Resources.  Philippa Burgess of Creative Convergence (www.creativecvg.com) is putting together a Top Ten. 

To submit, please download the questionnaire here: http://s3.amazonaws.com/YSS/DOC/ScriptPIMPMemberResourceList.doc

Anyone who contributes will receive a FREE copy of the initial digital book when released.

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Want to take your career to the next level?

Join Philippa Burgess of Creative Convergence for her upcoming Million Dollar Screenwriting & Content Career presented by Chris Soth's MillionDollarScreenwriting.com and YourScreenplayMentor.com.  

Download & Listen to the October 6th Preview Call: Hollywood Career Diamond PDF Handout and MP3 at:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/MDSCC/PDF/MDSCC10-6-09.pdf

http://s3.amazonaws.com/MDSCC/MP3/MDSCC10-6-09.mp3

Download & Listen to the October 7th Preview Call: Your Signature Story PDF Handout and Mp3 at: 

http://s3.amazonaws.com/MDSCC/PDF/MDSCC10-7-09.pdf

http://s3.amazonaws.com/MDSCC/MP3/MDSCC10-7-09.mp3

On these calls you'll learn the 3 definitions of a spec, key differences between insiders and outsiders, 3 reasons buyers buy, and the best ways to secure management and agency representation and work with them successfully. 

The 6 Session Intensive Course starts on October 20th.

Register at www.screenplaybyphone.com/career

($247 with coupon code SCRIPTPIMP)

or FREE when you sign up at www.YourScreenplayMentor.com

Here’s what participants on these two preview calls are saying:

“The workshop last night was great.  Learning what a spec script really is will surely help me as I brainstorm logline ideas.  Looking forward to tonight.”

“This is Gretchen from Dallas and I wanted to thank you for putting so much time and effort into making our writing lives easier.  Your passion for helping writers, like me, to succeed is very moving and infectious.  Listening to you inspired my passion to become an outstanding writer.  You taught me a lot that I didn't know and I'm very grateful. And, happily, I know that this is only the tip of the iceberg! I am very determined to really learn and apply all that you and Chris are teaching to improve my writing and marketability so that one day, God willing, I'll be in a position to thank you both very publicly.  Thank you again for everything.”

“Thanks Philippa.  I listened to the mp3 this morning and was really impressed by your authenticity and incredibly articulate way of conveying information.”

Don't miss this great opportunity!!!

Live Calls on Tuesdays & Wednesdays 5:30PM Pacific

October 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th and Nov 3 & 4th

Includes MP3s, PDF Handouts, Support Materials and Online Discussions

Register now at www.screenplaybyphone.com/career  

($247 - You save $50 with coupon code SCRIPTPIMP) or FREE when you sign up at www.YourScreenplayMentor.com    

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(3) Script Pimp Recommended Contest: Kairos Prize
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**Script Pimp highly recommends the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays, a unique and worthwhile contest dedicated to finding quality, inspirational scripts from writers worldwide.  We encourage all our Script Pimp writers to check out the contest details—you may have precisely the type of script they’re looking for.

The 5TH Annual $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays is currently accepting submissions!

Funded by a grant from The John Templeton Foundation, MOVIEGUDE® announces the 5th Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays. The primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Set up to help inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining and spiritually uplifting scripts, the winning scripts are read by top execs in addition to the monetary awards.

PRIZES:

Grand Prize: $25,000

• 1st Runner Up: $15,000

• 2nd Runner Up: $10,000

Winners will be announced at the 18th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards

Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on February, 23rd, 2010.

FINAL DEADLINE: Nov. 2nd, 2009

For complete information please visit www.kairosprize.com

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(4) Recent Script Sales – September
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As always, sequels and remakes are scattered throughout September’s script sales, as well as a biopic on the post-presidential life of Teddy Roosevelt (“River of Doubt”), a mid-nineties Wall Street crime/drama, a fantasy basketball camp comedy featuring NBA star LeBron James, the comedy “Super” starring Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson, and an as-of-yet untitled Barry Manilow project focusing on his fans.

Other selected/notable sales include:

--Building upon the successful franchise, a new edition of “Spy Kids” in 3-D

--A fresh look at the classic “A Star is Born”

--Nicholas Cage will reprise his role in “Ghost Rider 2”

--A remake of “The Fly,” with David Cronenberg possibly writing and directing

--Live-action “Barbie” film—no writer attached as of yet

--Another re-imagining of “The Three Musketeers”

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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:

Brian Watanabe, writer of “Rogues Gallery,” has signed with The Gersh Agency.

2009 Screenwriting Competition winner Troy Taylor’s script, “The Eleven,” optioned by Etch Media.

Former Script Pimp Recommend writer Sam Benavides’ short horror script MANSFIELD PATH recently completed production, and a sneak preview screened in Pasadena, CA on July 25th.  Other screenings to be planned in the near future. 

Recent Script Pimp Recommend writer Micah Barnett has been signed by Jake Wagner (Energy Entertainment).  His screenplay, THE MERC LIST, an action/thriller 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 with plans for a sequel, 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

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 assistance 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.

More success stories: http://www.scriptpimp.com/success_stories/success_stories.cfm

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(6) Script Pimp Feedback: Writers Workshop and Competitions
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Script Pimp's Writers Workshop and 2009 Competitions have had its biggest years as far as submissions, and feedback has been especially positive.  Thanks to all the writers worldwide who took the time to send in their comments.

Some recent quotes, including writers who requested additional competition feedback in 2009:

“I've used your service before, and actually won third prize in a screenplay competition thanks to some of your suggestions. Thanks again!” – Steve M. (9/7)

“The notes [additional competition feedback] were articulate, insightful, and very much appreciated.  Clearly, they came from someone who actually took the time to carefully read my script and compose a well thought out analysis (something which I am learning is not always the case with some "big name" screenplay competitions).  I can honestly say that I couldn't be more satisfied with my Script PIMP experience.” – Alex L. (9/2)

“Thank you for your thoughtful review of my script.  It's nice to know that it was read so carefully. [contest additional feedback]” – Janet R. (9/1)

“Thank you so much for your precise and constructive notes! [contest additional feedback]” – Beth S. (9/1)

“Thank you for the valuable feedback.  I plan on using much of it in my next re-write. [contest additional feedback]” – Dan R. (9/1)

 “I want to thank you wholeheartedly for the great job you did on the requested additional notes on my screenplay.  I appreciate your honesty, and I will follow up on your suggestions.  I wasn't expecting to win since I was more interested and did want your feedback.  Once again, thank you, and I will keep my eye out for your future competitions.” – Helen B. (8/27)

“Wonderful feedback, very impressive and welcome.  Exceptionally well-run contest.  Thanks very much for the insights.” [regarding competition feedback] – (8/22)

“As for your evaluator, I would give him/her a 10 across the board.   Although I didn't agree with everything, the comments and suggests were all valid and smart.  In my revised script, I incorporated many of the suggestions.    Money well spent.  Thanks again.” – Mark A. (8/20)

“I have to say Script P.I.M.P. has been a great experience. The staff is always courteous and professional. Any questions are immediately answered, 24/7. The writer's database has been a fantastic resource and I look forward to continuing my relationship with the P.I.M.P.” – Sean Fallon (8/4)

“I've found SP to be very professional and proactive, even going so far as calling me the day before the contest posted, to let me know that I was a finalist. Matt, over at Script P.I.M.P, has been very communicative throughout the entire process, and answered all my questions in a timely manner. The best thing about the contest though, is that I've already received several read requests from managers and production companies.” – Jason Carreiro (8/2)

“Script P.I.M.P.'s contest is very professionally run, and so far it has been an excellent experience. I feel that the contest definitely has potential to open doors, and potentially offer significant exposure to winners and finalists. I highly recommend this contest and commend the very helpful people running it!” – Matthew Altman (7/29)

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(7) Script Pimp Partner Article: You're an Ineffective Networker If. . .
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You're an Ineffective Networker If...

by Marvin V. Acuna

I attend numerous events in various parts of the country and abroad, sometimes as a student, but predominately as a speaker. Beyond the workshops, panels, and vendors peddling their wares, these events always host some type of planned social event. Be it the “welcome to,” the “gala opening,” the “gala closing,” the “meet and greet,” etc.  Different names, but the same specific purpose: to network.

On the flight home from my most recent speaking engagement I considered the following: Do screenwriters know how to effectively network at these events? Do they truly understand what effective networking actually is? Do they understand how it actually works? Because as I recalled my encounters with many of the screenwriters I had met at the event it certainly didn’t feel like they did.

According to Dictionary.com (http://tinyurl.com/loxgbq) the definition of “Networking” is: to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, esp. in finding employment or moving to a higher position.

After reviewing the above definition, it made sense to me why most screenwriters I encounter at events are ineffective at networking. They misinterpret and misunderstand the definition thus becoming ineffective networkers. I know what you’re thinking. Click here: http://tinyurl.com/382x8a

Being an ineffective networker can stifle, stall, and/or prevent you from developing mutually valuable relationships.

"But Marvin," I hear you asking, "how do I know if I am an ineffective networker?" Here’s how:

You’re an ineffective networker if. . . 

You believe:

That networking is about one thing and one thing only: getting your script and/or pitching your idea to everyone in the room.

That you’re not there to make friends or to have fun.

That it's all about your own needs. There is certainly no interest in reciprocity.

That casual conversation is a waste of your time therefore you simply jump into selling your script or an idea before the appetizer even arrives.

That there is only one specific time and place for networking and it's called "An easel sitting at the entrance of some ballroom with a sign that says so."

That it's best to attend with friends/co-workers, but then sit and talk with them the entire time.

"But Marvin," I hear you protesting, "the reason I'm networking in the first place is because I want to get something. I want to meet my ideal producer, agent, executive or manager and/or meet someone who can refer me to my ideal producer, agent, executive or manager. I want someone to buy my script!"

Yes I know. . . I really do. Believe me I get it.

But don’t forget, your belief system is the key to effective networking. In fact, it's the MOST important aspect to understand.

Why not GIVE first?

About Producer Marvin V. Acuna: Recently executive produced The Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich, Tom Hanks, and Colin Hanks), Two Days (Paul Rudd, Donal Logue), and produced Touched (Jenna Elfman) and How Did It Feel (Blair Underwood).

To receive a copy of Hollywood’s Most Valuable E- Newsletter “The Screenwriter's Success Newsletter” for FREE sign-up at http://www.TheBusinessofShowInstitute.com. The #1 Online Information Hub for Screenwriters on the Business. . . of Show Business.

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(8) 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, a 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, go to IMDb.com and search for ‘InkTip’, or visit: http://www.inktip.com/welcome.php?cid=SSsolo&pg=main_inktip_on_imdb.php

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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(9) 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/ (scroll down to In the News section)

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):

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

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(10) 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   

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://www.screenplaycontests.com

Kairos Prize – http://www.kairosprize.com 

Slamdance –  http://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

Writers Boot Campp – http://www.writersbootcamp.com

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

AFI – http://www.afi.com

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/