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FINAL DEADLINE May 1st: 2010 Writing Competitions

8th Annual 2010 Script P.I.M.P. Screenwriting & Teleplay Competitions

FINAL DEADLINE: May 1st, 2010 - $50

$100,000 in cash and prizes

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**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.  Writing teams are welcome to submit as well.

$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:

Top 20 Finalists receive:

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

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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.

Script Pipeline Home Page: http://www.scriptpipeline.com

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

Questions? E-mail entry@scriptpimp.com.

*miscellaneous prizes are given away at random

USE PROMO CODE SPNews10 to receive 10% OFF your contest entry fee!

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Script P.I.M.P. is Now Script Pipeline - New Writers Database/Pages

Script Pipeline Fox LogoScript P.I.M.P. is pleased to announce the launch of the new Script Pipeline (www.scriptpipeline.com).  Same company, same ownership, slightly different name, and a streamlined Writers Database to give members easier access to companies looking for new material - and the industry a simpler means of finding new, talented writers.  We're currently in beta testing, so there's more to come in terms of design, functionality, and content.

Not a member?  You're in luck.  Sign up between now and May 15th and receive the usual one free contest entry for new members PLUS 20% off the total cost of membership (a total $70 value).  Use promo code Pipeline2010 to take advantage of this exclusive (yes, it's exclusive) newsletter subscriber offer.

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Recent Script Sales – April

Every genre you can think of makes up April script sales, from horrors and legal thrillers, to teen comedy franchises (see: American Pie 4) and an animated religious drama. 

I Dream of Jeannie is in another stage of rewrites, as is Stretch Armstrong--yes, the Hasbro toy.  Sascha Baron Cohen will star in and produce a new project (comedy, of course), and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, based on the short story, has found new life at 20th Century Fox.  And for those of you who can't get enough of a solid "stoner Western," Johnny Knoxville will take the lead in Mustache Riders. Hilarity will undoubtedly ensure. . . .  On the other end of the spectrum, Khalil Gibran's The Prophet will be adapted as an animated feature.

Other selected sales include:

--Think The Ring parts 1 and 2 were scary? No? Well, brace yourself: Ring 3D is on its way. Vertigo and Benderspink will exec produce.

--The legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, based on the best-selling novel, will star William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei, and Ryan Phillippe.

--Final Destination 5, proving you can always find more clever ways to kill off a character, is on the burner.

--Rachel Weisz will play Jackie Kennedy in a biopic of the former first lady.

--He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, now with Columbia since 2009, will take another shot at development.  Former Script Pipeline contest winner Evan Daugherty worked on a previous draft for Warner Bros.

View previous script sales

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The Living Wake, Produced by Script P.I.M.P., Premieres in NY/ LA

The Living Wake, Script P.I.M.P.'s first feature film production company credit, will be premiering at the following cities/dates this May:

May 14th – New York City, Cinema Village

May 21st – Los Angeles, Laemmle's Sunset 5

Mike O'Connell / Jesse EisenbergThe film, produced by Chadwick Clough, stars Mike O'Connell and Jesse Eisenberg ("Zombieland, "The Social Network") and revolves around the final day in the life of the eccentric K. Roth Binew as he prepares to make amends and hold his living wake amidst a timeless, storybook landscape.  Sol Tryon directs.

*All newsletter subscribers (and their guests) who see the film in CA or NY will receive a FREE 6-month membership to the Script Pipeline Writers Database.  Mail your ticket stub, along with your name and E-mail, to 7223 Beverly Blvd. #205, Los Angeles, CA  90036.

Become a fan of The Living Wake

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And if that's not enough to keep you fully entrenched in The Living Wake universe. . . .

The Living Wake Website


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Script Pipeline Success Stories

2008 Script Pipeline Winning Script “Shrapnel” Optioned by FilmEngine

“Shrapnel” by Evan Daugherty, one of the four grand prize winners of Script Pipeline’s 2008 competition, was recently optioned by FilmEngine LA.  The script is currently going out to talent and the process of securing financing has begun.

After introductions to Jake Wagner (previously of Energy Entertainment) by Script Pipeline, Evan landed representation with Energy.  After meetings with top execs, Evan was hired by Warner Bros. to pen an adaptation of their then-franchise Greyskull, based on the TV show and action figure line He-Man.  To top off a big year for the young writer: "Shrapnel" made The Blacklist as one of the “hottest” unproduced scripts of 2008.

From the judges who reviewed "Shrapnel" and the entire staff at Script Pipeline, we wish Evan the best as his career steams ahead.

Read the Script Pipeline interview with Evan Daugherty

2009 Writers Workshop “Recommend” Screenplay Optioned by Paranormal Activity Producers

Micah Barnett’s “The Merc List,” submitted to the Script Pipeline Writers Workshop in 2009, has been optioned by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider, the producers of Paranormal Activity.  

In what was a somewhat quick progression of events, writer Micah Barnett submitted the action script to the Workshop, received his notes with a “strong consider” grade, and was given some additional feedback from a senior analyst within a handful of days.  Script Pipeline then sent "The Merc List" direct to some potentially suitable management companies, it was quickly read, and Micah signed with a manager within the week. The script getting optioned took less than a year.

For more info on the Writers Workshop and our process of circulation assistance, click here.

Recommend Writers Suzanne Gill and Ann Isherwood Option “The Pet Sitter”

Through an extensive series of notes and feedback, including one-on-one consults, from Script Pipeline’s Writers Workshop, Suzanne Gill and Ann Isherwood have drawn the attention of Barbara Bitel with the Silver Bitela Agency, who is now repping their project, “The Pet Sitter.”  Barbara discovered the screenplay through Script Pipeline partner InkTip.  Numerous drafts of the romantic comedy were submitted, as Suzanne and Ann reworked the screenplay based on in-depth Workshop notes.

Other recent or notable success stories:

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Script Pipeline Partner: The Writers Store

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Let our friends at The Writers Store help you build your own resource library filled with software, books and those ever-elusive script supplies.  They’ve been assisting screenwriters since 1982 with everything from free screenwriting tips and advice to great deals on Hollywood Creative Directory, Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter and other screenwriting software. Visit WritersStore.com or call 800.272.8927 today.

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And as a Script Pipeline BONUS: spend $20 or more at The Writers Store and receive 10% off ANY Script Pipeline service.  E-mail support@scriptpimp.com for more info on this special offer (expires 5/31/2010).

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Script Pipeline Recommends: 2010 Horror Screenplay Contests

www.HorrorScreenplayContest.com

Hollywood, CA - The creators of www.ScreenplayContests.com and Executive Producer, Michael David Jensen present the 2010 Horror Screenplay Contest.

The mission of the Horror Screenplay Contest - www.HorrorScreenplayContest.com - is to further promote the horror genre in screenplay form.  The contest is open to all writers, eighteen years and older.  The contest is limited to the first 600 entries and the submission deadline is July 20, 2010.  Writers may also submit their material online.

The 2010 Horror Screenplay Contest is sponsored by:  Brain Damage Films, Gorilla Software,  www.ScreenplayContests.com, www.TopFilmFestivals.com, Cherub Productions, www.KillerPumpkins.com, Final Draft, Palace of Horror, The Haunted Studio and Instock Costumes.

Winners of the 2010 contest will receive cash and industry related prizes in addition to having their material submitted to Hollywood producers, agents and studios.

The 2010 HORROR SCREENPLAY CONTEST is now accepting entries. Contest rules, information, and entry forms are available at: www.HorrorScreenplayContest.com

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Script Pipeline Feedback

Thanks to all the writers worldwide who took the time to send in their comments.  For more extensive list of Feedback, click here.

Here are just a sampling of some recent quotes:


"My notes were provided in record time. I really appreciate that, really do. Very pleased with the notes themselves; very good coverage analysis; examples were greatly appreciated."

"Once again, after a first quick read, these notes are already useful. The script is still developing, as you know, but I am excited to report that it has been optioned and I am working with a producer/director to develop it. That process is underway, and your notes are timely."

"Thanks for the prompt service. I found the notes to be exceptional— well written, incisive, thorough, and upbeat. I have taken many of the suggestions to heart and will begin a rewrite forthwith.
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"Although I'm just printing this out now to read, I would like to extend a big thank you for responding so promptly to my questions. It looks like Andrew [consultant] addressed everything I wanted to know." 
"I appreciate the thoughtfulness of your comments and the time you invested in this. This is way above and beyond anything I've encountered from contests in the past--and I've entered many of them." 
"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." 
"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 (2009 Finalist)
"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 (2009 Finalist)
"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 (2009 Finalist)

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Script Pipeline Partner: InkTip.com

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.

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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'.

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

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Script Pipeline in the News

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"The Living Wake Picked by Movieline as a "Masterpiece of the 00s"

Script P.I.M.P. Named Top 50 Websites by Moviemaker

Script Pipeline Reviewed by Associated Content

Chadwick Clough Interview: Filmmaking.net

Script Pipeline's "Rogue's Gallery" in The Hollywood Reporter

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Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

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
Shooting People
Talentville
International Screenwriters Association

RECENT SCRIPT SALES

Done Deal

SCRIPT COPIES

MovieJigsaw.com (UK)

FREE SCREENPLAYS ONLINE

Script Pipeline
Simply Scripts

SCREENPLAY RECORDING

iScript

SCREENPLAY CONTESTS

Screenplay Contests.com
Kairos Prize
Cinestory
Movie Bytes

SCREENPLAY FACILITATORS

InkTip

SCREENPLAYS TO BUY

Hollywood Script Shop 

SCREENPLAY REVIEWS

Screenwriters Utopia

WRITERS BOOT CAMP

http://www.writersbootcamp.com

SCREENWRITER INTERVIEWS

MovieBytes

SCREENWRITING BOOKS

Writers Store

SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE

Final Draft
Movie Outline

SCREENWRITING MAGAZINES

Moviemaker
Script Magazine
Creative Screenwriting

SCREENWRITING SCHOOLS

AFI
Vancouver Film School

SCREENWRITING SUPPLIES

Writers Store

SCREENWRITING HOW-TO

Screenwriting Info  
Script Pipeline Partners
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Writers Boot Camp    iScript  Ink
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