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March Newsletter

In This Issue

1) 2011 Script Competitions: Final Deadline: May 1st, 2011

2) Recent Script Sales - February

3) Ian Bagg and Chris Fairbanks at the Catalina Club March 21st

4) Script Pipeline Recommends: Storyboard TV's Television Pilot Competition

5) SPECIAL OFFER: New Writers Database Members - Get TWO Free Contest Entries

6) Master Class with Writers Junction & Voyage Media

7) Visual Storytelling by Russell Bailey

8) Script Pipeline Success Stories

9) Script Pipeline Recommend: Horror Screenplay Contest

10) Script Pipeline Feedback

11) Script Pipeline in the News

12) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

2011 Script Competitions: Regular Deadline, May 1st, 2011


Final Deadline: 5/1/11

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.



Final Deadline
: May 1st, 2011
Entry Fee: $50
*Additional Notes: $45


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


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); signs with UTA (Feb. 2011)

View recent finalist success stories

View feedback from previous competition entrants


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Recent Script Sales - February

February is usually one of the busiest months of the year in the screen trade, and with over 100 script sales this month, 2011 was no different. The month included two sales based on Houdini, "The Secret Life of Houdini," by Noah Oppenheim, which will be produced by Summit Entertainment, and "Voices from the Dead," by J. Michael Straczynski, to be produced by DreamWorks. The latest adaptation of Pinocchio, written by Matthew Robbins, and based on a story by himself and Guillermo del Toro, will be produced by The Jim Henson Company, and will be shot in stop-motion 3D. Moving in a new direction away from movies like "Donnie Darko" and "Southland Tales," Darko Entertaiment greenlit Richard Kelly's latest script, "Corpus Christi," a more dramatic look at a mentally unstable war vetran.

Other notable sales include:

- Susannah Grant sold a bio-pic to Disney based on the life of Lynn Shaw.

- John Fusco sold "Last Train to Memphis" to Fox, a bio-pic about Elvis.

- Berkely Breathed sold "Flawed Dogs" to DreamWorks Animation, based on a picturebook.

View previous script sales

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IAN BAGG and CHRIS FAIRBANKS at the Catalina Club

Chris Fairbanks microphone Ian Bagg

Chadwick Clough returns from his comedy show hiatus with a new venue--and world famous comics. First 25 subscribers of the Script Pipeline newsletter to RSVP receive free tickets.
Come see Ian Bagg (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson), and Chris Fairbanks (The Daily Habit, Last Comic Standing) in this one-of-a-kind comedy show.

MARCH 21st - 8pm @ the Catalina Club (Hollywood, CA)

Tickets at the door are $10.

Catalina Jazz Club
6725 W Sunset Blvd #100
Los Angeles, CA 90028

RSVP to to be added to the free guest list. You will receive a confirmation email in 24 hours and then a reminder email closer to the show day. If you need to cancel, please email one day before the show so someone can take your free spot.

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Storyboard TV

Storyboard TV, an online community of scriptwriters, producers, and tv enthusiasts, is now accepting entries in its competition for best new television pilot. Submissions will be accepted through April 25, 2011.

Storyboard TV believes in the power of the television drama to document, enhance, and transform people’s lives. Established in 2009, Storyboard TV endeavors to cultivate new writers and TV scripts, to nurture the connection between the scriptwriter and the fan, and to shepherd new television drama into production during the Internet age.

PRIZES: Grand Prize is $2,000; Ten Semi-Finalist scripts are read by a panel of industry executives and receive a notes session from Storyboard TV.

To enter, and for complete information, please visit

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Extended Offer: New Writers Database Members - Get TWO Free Contest Entries



New Writers Database members may submit TWO free entries to the 2011 Script Pipeline Competitions for a limited time between now and our early deadline of 5/1/2011. After sign up, scripts may be sent to for processing.

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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 as well as inquires about writing, film, and the industry in general.

Learn more about the Writers Database

Learn more about the Writers Workshop

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Master Class with The Writers Junction & Voyage Media

Writers Junction Voyage

Voyage Media & The Writers Junction present:

Making the Power Move from Amateur to Pro: A Master Class in Career Strategy for Writers

March 6, 2011
At The Writers Junction
1001 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica 90401

Space is Limited! Sign up now at

* In-person seminar on selling a project and building a career
* Learn the unspoken rules and “secret handshakes” straight from Hollywood insiders
* Shows how to move out of the amateur pool and start working

Establishing a career as an entertainment professional requires much more than just talent—it requires strategy. Step out from behind that computer and approach the industry as a busines s person with a product to move and no time to waste.

Making the Power Move from Amateur to Pro offers Insider knowledge on the strategizing, selling, politicking, self-agenting, reputation-building, and other business skills you need to establish a paid, lasting career in the industry.

Taught by the executives and producers of Voyage Media, a company that has helped writers, producers, and directors package, polish and pitch over 1,100 high-profile entertainment projects in film, TV, and branded entertainment, this course provides a fresh-from-the-field perspective on building a career in an exclusive, seemingly impermeable industry. It teaches you how to:

* Avoid wasting time on the wrong ideas (and start spending time on the right ones)
* Stop going it alone. Choose supporters and delegate the way the pros do
* Be your own agent – and use their best trick s to your advantage
* Get ready to pitch and sell so you don’t blow it when your moment comes
* Build a reputation that will get you hired again and again
* Spot and avoid the common mistakes everyone seems to keep making

You’ll get frank and honest instruction – stuff you’ll never read in the trades or the how-to books – on creating strategy and selling your work.

It’s harder than ever to break in to entertainment in a real way, but those that do reap richer rewards than ever. Sign up for Making the Power Move from Amateur to Pro now to find out how you can employ the right strategies to drive your career powerfully forward.

Tuition – purchase tickets here:

New, Reduced Price! : $40

Space is limited, and seats will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Visual Storytelling by Russell Bailey


Brace yourself, because I am about to give away the biggest secret of film & motion pictures:

It's actually an illusion. The picture isn’t moving at all. You are simply seeing 24 still photos flashed before your eyes every second. In one minute, you’ve processed 1,500 unique stills. They are all perfectly still, but your mind assembles them in a row, leading you to believe that you are actually seeing real life motion, captured on screen.

Visual Storytelling.

I open up most scripts, and I see just two thing: dialogue and description. The dialogue is usually the characters telling an audience exactly what they are experiencing, and the description is usually telling the audience exactly what the character is thinking. Both absolutely useless for a movie.

You see, you can’t shoot on film what a character is thinking, and it will bore an audience to death if an actor is actually telling what he is experiencing or feeling.

Ninety-seven spec scripts out of a hundred are written like this. Well, actually, while I’m making up the statistics, it might as well be 997 out of a thousand. And it is a huge red flag that the writer–although most likely talented–doesn’t have a clue about screenwriting.

All that a screenplay is, is a story told in pictures. In essence, a movie is just a picture book. Since we have a soundtrack, and since the pictures seem to be moving, most people think that the medium is somehow different, but if you look closely, this understanding of the medium is what makes the difference between the novice writer and the expert.

The secret to writing a movie: forget that it moves at all. Forget that you are a writer–you are not. You are a photographer. Instead of telling your story with words, think about how you can show it with images. Imagine that you are trying to explain to a deaf person an experience that you had, and all you have are pictures from your Polaroid camera. Show those pictures in such an order as to show them your story. And now, as a screenwriter, know that you can take pictures of absolutely anything you want to get your point across.

When putting your masterpiece together, each sentence of description is one Polaroid photograph. Nothing more, nothing less. Describe that photo with one sentence, in the simplest way possible. Then line up hundreds of these Polaroids in a row and simply describe each one.

When a reader reads this list of photographs, they won’t realize that they are looking at a series of still pictures. Their mind will blend it together and create motion between them, creating a fluid story that they can see.

Just like a movie.

Russell Bailey is the executive assistant at Script Pipeline and is available to Writers Datbase members for logline and synopsis consultation. Contact Russell at

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Script Pipeline Success Stories

Writers Workshop "Recommend" Micah Barnett Sells Spec to WB

Micah Barnett, a 2009 Script Pipeline "Recommend," sold his script The Rabbit to Warner Brothers for the mid-six figures. Chris Tucker is attached to star.

After submitting a spec to the Writers Workshop and receiving a Recommend, Micah's screenplay was sent directly to one of SP's industry contacts, Jake Wagner at FilmEngine, who signed him almost immediately. The process took less than a week--the quickest any writer went from Workshop Recommend to landing representation.

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; Signs with UTA

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.

In February 2011, Tripper signed with industry heavyweight UTA.

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 Wraps Production

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. IMDB page.

View the trailer here:

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.

Other recent or notable success stories:

More success stories

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Script Pipeline Recommends: Horror Screenplay Contest

Horror Screenplay Contest


Hollywood, CA - The creators of and Executive Producer, Michael David Jensen present the 2011 Horror Screenplay Contest.

The mission of the Horror Screenplay Contest - 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,,, Cherub Productions,, 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:

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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:

"Thanks for the useful and informative feedback. This commentary elucidated some problems that we felt were inherent in our screenplay but were unable to figure out on our own. It provided the type feedback and editorial guidance we were looking for as well as providing specific suggestions that we can utilize from here forward." - Workshop Writer
"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 Script Pipeline in interview with Done Deal

Chadwick Clough/Matt Misetich Script Pipeline Blogtalk Radio Interview

The Living Wake - Creative Screenwriting Podcast Interview with Jesse Eisenberg

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:

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

Script Pipeline on TV (Peter Bart's Sunday Morning Shootout):
(click on link at top of home page)

View all Script Pipeline Press:
(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


Screenwriters Federation of America
Shooting People
International Screenwriters Association


Done Deal


Script Pipeline
Simply Scripts




Kairos Prize
Movie Bytes




Hollywood Script Shop


Screenwriters Utopia


The Writers Junction


Writers Boot Camp




Writers Store


Final Draft
Movie Outline


Script Magazine
Creative Screenwriting


Vancouver Film School


Writers Store


Screenwriting Info
Script Pipeline Partners
Final Draft Script Magazine MovieMaker Magazine Creative Screenwriting  Magazine
Writers Boot Camp iScript Ink  Tip

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2011 Script Competitions: Final Deadline: May 1st, 2011