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December Newsletter 

UPCOMING CONTEST DEADLINE:
Script Pipeline Writing Competitions, 12/31/10
  

In This Issue

1) EARLY DEADLINE 12/31: Script Pipeline Competitions  

2) SP Success Story: Johnny Depp in Snow White Script?  

3) Special Offer: FREE Entry to the SP Competition  

4) SP Recommends: Cinestory Screenwriting Awards  

5) SP Recommends: Emerging Screenwriters Contest  

6) SP Recommends: Steve Kaplan Comedy Intensive

7) Recent Script Sales - November

8) Script Pipeline Recommends: Horror Screenplay Contest

9) Script Pipeline Success Stories

10) Script Pipeline Feedback

11) Script Pipeline in the News

12) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

EARLY DEADLINE, DECEMBER 31: 2011 Script Pipeline Competitions

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30 DAYS LEFT: DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEE

Early Deadline: 12/31/10

The 9th Annual 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting & TV Writing Competitions are OPEN for entries.  This is an international contest, and writers worldwide are welcome to submit.

Over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Finalist loglines circulated to 200 industry execs looking for new material.

 ENTER THE COMPETITION

DEADLINES AND FEES

Pre-registration Deadline
: December 31st, 2010
Discounted Rate: $40
*Additional Notes: $45 

ACCEPTED ENTRIES

Screenwriting Competition - feature-length script, any genre
TV Writing Competition - spec, original pilot, reality show proposal

RECENT SUCCESS STORIES

John Mctiernan attached to direct 2008 Winning script SHRAPNEL (Aug. 2010)

2008 Winner Evan Daugherty sold spec to Universal for $3 million (Oct. 2010)

2010 Winner Tripper Clancy secured representation with SP contact FilmEngine (Sep. 2010)

View recent finalist success stories

View feedback from previous competition entrants

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SP Success Story: Johnny Depp Rumored to Play Huntsman in Evan Daugherty's Snow White script

Academy Award-nominee Johnny Depp is rumored to play one of the lead roles in Snow White and the Huntsman, written by Script Pipeline contest winner Evan Daugherty.  It's still unclear whether Depp's commitment to Tim Burton's next film Dark Shadows will affect a potential role in Snow White.

   

Charlize Theron is set to play the Evil Queen, while Inception star Tom Hardy has dropped out of the Huntsman part.  Rupert Sanders is on board to direct the project.

The spec sold for $1.5 million (against $3 million) to Universal at the end of September, making it one of the biggest spec sales of the year.  Script Pipeline introduced Evan to Jake Wagner (FilmEngine) in 2008 after Evan was selected as a top-four winner of the SP Screenwriting Competition.

Variety Article

Evan Daugherty's Script Pipeline Interview

 

More success stories from Script Pipeline

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Special Offer: 20% Off and a FREE Entry to the Script Pipeline Competition

OFFER EXPIRES 12/31/10

REGISTER HERE

Get a FREE entry into the 2011 Writing Competitions, as well as 20% off ANY Script Pipeline service. Use promo code "Concept101" during registration. This will be the LAST opportunity to take advantage of the discounted rate before the final contest deadline.

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Through a composite directory, Script Pipeline has gathered the specific needs and submission guidelines of production and management companies, literary agencies, independent producers, and creative executives searching for scripts. Along with extensive resources, this information is available in the members-only Writers Database, where users may search through 1,300-plus listings.

Database members also have the ability to send queries/loglines for free review and inquires about writing, film, and the industry in general.

Learn more about the Writers Database

Learn more about the 2011 Screenwriting Competition

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SP Recommends: Cinestory Screenwriting Awards

Cinestory Screenwriting Awards

WIN A 12 MONTH SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP WITH CINESTORY

CineStory is a national non-profit dedicated to nurturing emerging screenwriters through its mentorship programs and international screenwriting contest, the CineStory Screenwriting Awards.

With over 20k in cash and prizes, the contest's Grand Prize is a 12-month Fellowship program during which the writer is mentored by two Hollywood professionals. In addition, semifinalists, finalists and winners are invited to an intensive four-day Writers Retreat where they work one-on-one with Hollywood pros.

CineStory mentors include key creative personnel behind such films as IRON MAN, COWBOYS AND ALIENS, CHILDREN OF MEN, THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS, FIREWALL, FINDING NEVERLAND, BAND OF BROTHERS, THE PACIFIC, MAD MONEY, FRACTURE, WIT, NINE LIVES, PETER PAN, EVENT HORIZON, FINAL DESTINATION and many others.

Regular Deadline:
Dec 31st ($55)
Rules and Entry: www.cinestory.org

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SP Recommends: Emerging Screenwriters Contest

EMERGING SCREENWRITERS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION – FINAL DEADLINE!

FREE FEEDBACK (worth $50) with ALL New Entries!

You must use this DISCOUNT code when entering: G3FREEPipe

 
Win a chance to be flown to HOLLYWOOD and MEET 20 HOLLYWOOD PRODUCERS
- The meetings are up-close-and-personal. The Grand Prize WINNING writer will get flown to Los Angeles to introduce themselves to producers and discuss how each producer works with writers.  It is a unique forum where the writer gets to quiz the producers!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive OVER $4,500 in cash and prizes, including $1000 CASH!

Top Prizes Sponsored by ScreenwritingU

Ranked #1 by SCRIPT MAGAZINE for offering the Top Online Screenwriting Courses! 

For more information and entry details, visit: www.EmergingScreenwriters.com

FREE FEEDBACK (worth $50) with ALL New Entries!

You must use this DISCOUNT code when entering: G3FREEPipe

FINAL DEADLINE – DECEMBER 15th

ENTER TODAY!

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SP Recommends: Steve Kaplan Comedy Intensive

Steve Kaplan's Comedy Intensive is returning to LA on December 4-5, 2010 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, located at Hollywood and Highland.

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."

Kaplan Speaking

For almost 20 years, Steve Kaplan has been the industry's most respected and sought-after expert on comedy. In addition to being a regular consultant to such companies as Disney, Dreamworks, HBO, Paramount and others, Steve has taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other top universities, and created the HBO Workspace and the HBO New Writers Program teaching and mentoring some of the biggest writers, producers and directors in comedy today.

His former students' accomplishments are unmatched: They have been nominated for 43 Emmy Awards, 1 Academy Award, 3 Golden Globe Awards, 1 American Comedy Award, 6 Writers' Guild of America Awards and several others. From the industry's top stars to first time comedy writers, producers, directors and performers, Kaplan has worked with and coached the best. His Comedy Intensive offers proven and practical methods and principles that help you reveal and understand comedy from the inside out.

Whether you're writing a comedy screenplay, working on a sitcom script, or producing or directing a comedy film or television series, Steve Kaplan's Comedy Intensive is a must for any serious professional.
Ideal for: Screenwriters, TV writers, Producers, Directors and more.

To Register and for more info: http://www.kaplancomedy.com/usdates.html


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Recent Script Sales - November

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Plenty of action/thrillers in a fairly slow month for sales.  Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and star in Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination, which exposes a fresh perspective and potentially real secret behind the JFK assasination. Men in Black will see its third installment--Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reprise their roles, alongside Alec Baldwin and Emma Thompson. An updated version of the Hitchcock classic The 39 Steps, a crime/comedy starring Brad Pitt, and yet another new Steve Carrell project, Imagine, round out the major sales.

Other sales include:

--The action/thriller spec Game Theory, to be co-produced by Summit Entertainment and Anonymous Content.

--Remake of the 1992 hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  And what with the vampire craze. . . well, this one's a no-brainer.

--Paranormal Activity 3.  'Nuff said.  To be released October 2011.  

--A biopic on Sam Kinison, entitled Brother Sam.

--The Lions of Lucerne, a presidential kidnapping action/thriller set in Utah.

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Script Pipeline Success Stories

Contest Winner Evan Daugherty Sells Snow White Spec for $3 million to Universal

Script Pipeline 2008 contest winner Evan Daugherty sold his spec script Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $1.5 million (against $3 million).  Acclaimed commercial director Rupert Sanders will helm the project. Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy (Inception) are attached to star, with Joe Roth producing.

2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest Winner Tripper Clancy Signs Rep. Deal w/FilmEngine

2010 Script Pipeline Competition winner Tripper Clancy signed with Jake Wagner at FilmEngine, just two months after claiming one of the top four spots in the 9th annual contest.  Tripper's script, "Henry the Second," was sent directly to FilmEngine by Script Pipeline after winners were announced in July.

John McTiernan to Direct '08 Winning Script Shrapnel by Evan Daugherty

John McTiernan (Die Hard, The Thomas Crown Affair) is on board to direct Evan Daugherty's script Shrapnel, winner of the 2008 Script P.I.M.P./Pipeline Screenwriting Competition.

After introductions to managers through Script Pipeline, Evan signed with Jake Wagner of Film Engine (formerly of Energy Entertainment). From there, the spec made The Blacklist as one of the top un-produced screenplays of 2008, and Evan went on to pen an adaptation of He-Man for Warner Bros.

The project is currently in the pre-production stages.

Read the Script Pipeline interview with Evan Daugherty

2009 Script Pipeline Finalists Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett's Film to be Produced - August, 2010

Thanks to their top 20 placement in the 2009 Script P.I.M.P./Pipeline Screenwriting Competition with the script Denny Delivers, writers Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett caught the attention of a producer who would end up producing their first feature, Virgin Alexander. Production is slated for 2010.  View the film's IMDB page.

2009 Writers Workshop “Recommend” Screenplay Optioned by Paranormal Activity Producers - 2010

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” - 2010

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 Recommends: Horror Screenplay Contest

Horror Screenplay Contest

2011 HORROR SCREENPLAY CONTEST - NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!

www.HorrorScreenplayContest.com


Hollywood, CA - The creators of www.ScreenplayContests.com and Executive Producer, Michael David Jensen present the 2011 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, 2011.  Writers may also submit their material online.

The 2011 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 2011 contest will receive cash and industry related prizes in addition to having their material submitted to Hollywood producers, agents and studios.

The 2011 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 our members and writers 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:

"The reader's detail is phenomenal. . . I am thoroughly pleased with everything, and I honestly can give you all 10's across the board." - Workshop Writer
"Being Script Pipeline finalists changed our careers. We went from begging friends for a read to now directing our own script with an incredible cast (Virgin Alexander).  We are forever grateful to Matt, Chadwick, and the entire Script Pipeline team." - Sean Fallon / Charlotte Barrett (2009 Finalists)
"Kudos to Script Pipeline for genuinely trying to assist those of us who have yet to make our mark. The feedback I received was spot on, and there's been consistently helpful follow-up. These contests are the lifeblood of aspiring writers as they offer ongoing connections and promotion." - Craig Peters (2010 Finalist)
"As a writer with very limited experience, the assistance your company has given me [Writers Workshop consult] has been wonderful. I had my consultation. . . and have begun the process of re-working my script. Just three days after the consultation the script is reading better than ever." - Workshop Writer
"The Script Pipeline Writers Workshop is a huge help with rewrites. I was impressed with The Script P.I.M.P. Contest‘s ability to stay on time and their overall professionalism. It was great to meet industry people and the other finalists." - Russ Meyer (2010 Finalist) 
"What drew me to enter Script Pipeline was their reputation for helping to discover young writers and my own desire to compete. Being in a contest with over 3,400 people forces you to elevate your own material -- that level of competition is great for all writers to experience because it simply makes your stuff better. My experience since being named a finalist has been wonderful. Not only have the fine people at Script Pipeline helped develop my material, they've introduced me to a number of people and have expanded my own circle of contacts within the industry." - Greg Ernstrom (2010 Finalist)
"It was a really great experience all around working with Matt and the team at Script P.I.M.P./Script Pipeline. They were amazingly professional, organized, and committed to helping me and my script reach the next level. . . . The contest win itself was enormously helpful to me, but beyond that, they offered me script notes, feedback, mentoring, and a wide variety of industry contacts to help me get my work out there and move my script forward." - Daniel Ragussis (2010 Finalist)
"I wanted to thank you for your feedback. I think it was very helpful and constructive, but most importantly, it was thoughtful and professional. It made me feel like they took the time to actually analyze rather than just skim through." - Contest Entrant
"My experience has been nothing but positive with Matt, Chad, and Script Pipeline. The guys have created a wonderfully supportive environment for up and coming writers and are truly interested in helping to promote new talent. I couldn't recommend them more highly." - Debbie Chesebro (2010 Finalist)
"The notes are extremely helpful and I look forward to re-shaping the script based on your notes." - Workshop Writer
"Thank you for the direction [re: contest notes], I truly appreciate your candor and insight." - Contest Entrant
"I had an awesome experience with Script Pipeline. They are extremely organized and well-connected in the industry, and as a writer aspiring to "break in," I felt like they really worked to use their resources to help me and all the other finalists reach our writing goals." - Teresa Lo (2010 Finalist)
"I think it's an awesome service you provide, and especially cool that you are willing to critique queries. Thank you!!" - Writers Database Member

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Script Pipeline in the News

 

Manager Jewerl Ross mentions SP in interview with Done Deal

Chadwick Clough/Matt Misetich Script Pipeline Blogtalk Radio Interview

The Living Wake - Creative Screenwriting Podcast Interview

Operation Endgame Facebook page

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

Script Pipeline 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

Script Pipeline on TV (Peter Bart's Sunday Morning Shootout):
http://www.scriptpipeline.com/ (click on link at top of home page)

View all Script Pipeline Press:

http://www.scriptpipeline.com/ (scroll down to In the News section)

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Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

The following is a guide for the Script Pipeline community of five-star websites for screenwriters and aspiring filmmakers.  To post your site in this section for approval, contact us at support@scriptpipeline.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  
Script Pipeline Partners
  Final Draft   Script Magazine   MovieMaker Magazine  Creative Screenwriting  Magazine
Writers Boot Camp  iScript    Ink  Tip

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