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2010 Writing Competitions: 3,300+ Writers Entered

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

The 2010 Script P.I.M.P. Screenwriting and TV Competitions received over 3,300 entries from around the world, the contest's biggest year since launching in 2002. 

We'll be randomly selecting the prize winners in late June and announcing the top 20 finalists on July 1st

From all our judges and staff, we look forward to reviewing everyone's material and are extremely excited to help this year's winning writers with their work.

For more Script Pipeline services, check out:

Writers Database
Writers Workshop

JUNE SPECIAL DISCOUNT:
Use promo code SPJune10 for 20% off Writers Workshop Development Notes

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LAST CHANCE - 20% Off Writers Database Membership

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 Writers Database member?  You're in luck. 

Sign up between now and June 30th, use promo code Pipeline2010, and receive 20% off

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The Living Wake - Nationwide Premieres & Creative Screenwriting Interview

Thanks to everyone who attended the New York City and LA premieres of The Living Wake.

For those of you in Seattle. . . .  The film will be playing at The Grand Illusion Cinema June 4-10. 

Creative Screenwriting's Jeff Goldsmith interviews director Sol Tryon and stars Mike O'Connell and Jesse Eisenberg to discuss The Living Wake, how the film and script originated, upcoming projects, and other exclusive (and pretty entertaining) content.

Listen to the entire Podcast
and download it for FREE!

View The Living Wake trailer on iTunes

The Living Wake Site

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Recent Script Sales – May 

A number of novel adaptations, a handful of specs, and some low-to-mid budget projects dot the May script sales landscape.  Disney will remake a live-action version of Cinderella, in addition to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  Cameron Crowe dips back into directing and will helm the family-drama project We Bought a Zoo.  And since it's been so long since we've seen the beginnings of the Spider-Man series, the franchise will get a re-boot (it has been almost eight years since the "original" awesome version came out. . .).  Maybe Die Hard 5 will make up for it--John McClane's coming back.

Other selected sales include:

--New Line's MacGyver will see a reload for the big screen.  Jason Richman will pen the adaptation.

--JJ Abram's Bad Robot and writer Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) will team up on a heist action/thriller revolving around the true story of thieves that robbed a jewelry facility in Belgium.

--A film adaptation of the TV series Gidget.

--The Age of Adelaine, focusing on a women who becomes immortal after an accident.  Katherine Heigl will star.

--Lionel Grandison's story of helping cover up Marilyn Monroe's apparent suicide in Marilyn.

--The comedy Clown Girl, optioned by and starring Kristen Wiig.  Plot is sort of self-explanatory. . .

View previous script sales

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Script Pipeline Recommends: The Script-a-Thon Competition

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The Script-a-thon – Premieres this July

The Script-a-thon, a 31-day screenwriting marathon and competition, offers screenwriters an opportunity to be part of a community, embrace a deadline that spurs them into action, and win cool prizes.

Chosen cafés across Los Angeles will offer a 25% discount to all registered participants. The Script-a-thon Team will be available at their member cafes twice a week in July, running impromptu contests and raffles, and offering support and advice to participants in the hope that each and every one will make it to their own personal finish line in this writing marathon.  

The website, www.thescriptathon.com, has writers’ resources and updates on the many mini-events and competitions as well as a blog and advice column. The Script-a-thon Team is available by email, Twitter, and Facebook every day.

Fees lower than most screenwriting contests.

Early deadline May 31!   Regular entry deadline June 31!

Prizes will be awarded in five categories: drama, comedy, horror, action and overall favorite. Prizes include meetings with top agents, consultations with industry professionals, script notes, a cash prize, lifetime subscriptions to industry magazines, screenwriting software and much more.

The top prize includes a videotaped reading of the winning screenplay at a Los Angeles theater, as well as a travel voucher and a two-night stay in a top LA hotel. The reading will be performed by professional actors and will culminate in an awards ceremony. There will also be awards for best loglines, themed scenes, and assorted eclectic categories. Judges for the contest are accomplished filmmakers culled from Hollywood and the indie film world.

A percentage of all proceeds will benefit SOVA, a Los Angeles based charity that operates three local food pantries and community resource facilities.

All Script Pipeline newsletter subscribers entering a script in the contest will receive 10% off ANY service from the Writers Workshop.  E-mail support@scriptpimp.com for more info.

www.thescriptathon.com
contact: thescriptathon@gmail.com

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Steve Kaplan Seminar, June 5-6 / WB Writers Workshop (w/discounts)

Script Pipeline Partner Steve Kaplan will be holding his Comedy Intensive Seminar this June 5-6.  

SPECIAL OFFER: Sign up for the seminar and receive 10% off ANY Script Pipeline service.  E-mail support@scriptpimp.com for details.
 

Steve Kaplan Comedy Intensive

June 5 – 6th
Universal Sheraton Hotel, Los Angeles

Register for the Script Pipeline Discount (save $45)

The seminar is The Industry's #1 Course on Comedy, attracting top writers, producers, directors and executives from such companies as Dreamworks, Disney, Aardman Animation, NBC, Touchstone, ABC and more.

David Fury, Emmy-Winning Writer/Producer for 24, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more said of Steve:

"I wrote...my best, funniest sketches thanks, in no small part, to the lessons I learned from Steve Kaplan's comedy classes. Steve breaks the fine art of comedy down. . . that helps the unfunny become funny, and the funny become funnier."

ScriptPipeline Discount: click here.

Regularly $295 – Script Pipeline subscribers pay only $250  

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Get your TV Spect script polished by Script Pipeline before submitting to. . . .

The Warner Bros Writers’ Workshop

Submit your TV specs.  To apply submit a half-hour or hour writing sample based on a primetime network or cable series that aired new episodes during the 2009-2010 television season.  Submissions are being accepted now through June 1, 2010. 

REGISTER HERE


The Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop consists of three components, all geared towards preparing the writer for a successful career in television writing.

Lectures: Weekly lectures feature guest speakers currently working in television and include a mix of showrunners, directors, actors and agents. Each seminar will teach a new skill essential for surviving and excelling in a writers’ room as a staff writer and beyond.

Simulated Writers’ Room: After the lectures, the Workshop participants are divided into smaller groups for an intensive writing experience. Each participant will be required to complete a new spec script under the same deadlines found on a show currently in production. How participants perform during this exercise will determine whether they will be chosen for a possible staffing position on a Warner Bros. show. Yes, the stakes are that high!

Staffing: Upon completion of the program, Studio executives will help participants, who pass the Writers' Room, obtain a staff position on a Warner Bros. television show currently in production. We can’t guarantee you will get staffed, but we will get your material in front of the people who make the ultimate decisions – the showrunners.

The 2010–2011 Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop will run October 2010–March 2011, with meetings on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles, California, every Wednesday evening from 7 p.m.–10 p.m. Full participation is mandatory.

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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.

Save an additional 10% when you mention or enter PIPELINE during checkout.

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.

WritersStore.com – 800.272.8927

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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. 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 suggestions 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

To view all Script Pimp company credits, visit: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0173374

The Living Wake - Creative Screenwriting Podcast Interview

Operation Endgame Facebook page

"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 Operation Endgame (aka "Rogue's Gallery") in The Hollywood Reporter

Script P.I.M.P. on TV (Peter Bart's Sunday Morning Shootout):
http://www.scriptpipeline.com/
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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

WRITING SPACES

The Writers Junction

WRITER COURSES

Writers Boot Camp

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  
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Writers Boot Camp    iScript  Ink
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