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April Newsletter

In This Issue

1) Secret Door Pitch Fest June 4th, 2011

2) 2011 Script Competitions: Final Deadline: May 1st, 2011

3) Recent Script Sales - March

4) Script Pipeline Recomends: Big Bear Film Festival

5)From Script to Screen: and

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

7) Good Dialogue - Forgetaboutit 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 Secret Door Pitch Fest, June 4th, 2011

Secret Door

The Script Pipeline Secret Door Pitchfest offers a rare opportunity to connect with the most influential decision-makers in the film industry during a one-day event in Los Angeles. Designed for both beginning and established screenwriters, Secret Door gathers a selected group of 20 high-level producers, managers, agents, and key executives searching for new material and fresh voices, allowing the writer to pitch and network in a more intimate, hassle-free environment.

Pitchfest Package - $550

Everyone attending will receive the following for a flat $550 (value in parentheses):

--Guaranteed pitches to a minimum of eight (8) different companies
--Script Pipeline Writers Workshop “Overall Review” script notes ($175)
--Pitch consultation with a Script Pipeline Senior Analyst ($110)
--1-year Script Pipeline Writers Database membership ($99)
--Two (2) FREE entries to the 2012 Script Pipeline Screenwriting or TV Writing Competition ($80)
--Parking / lunch and refreshments

Spaces are limited. Click here to learn more and register.

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


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 - March

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A second busy month in a row, with over a hundred new projects, March wrapped up with the sale of the latest script for the Iron Man, with Drew Pearce's Iron Man III. Three movies, with three different writers for the franchise. With Jon Favreau opting to direct Magic Kingdom instead, Shane Black, writer of the Lethal Weapon series, will direct. Based on the loveable penguin characters from the movie "Madagascar," Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, the screenwriters for Megamind, sold the script for an untilted project to Dreamworks. Perhaps connected to the success of Katy Perry's last music video, Universal picked up Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger's Candyland, based on the bord game by Hasbro. Kevin Lima (Enchanted) is attached to direct.

Other notable script sales this month include:

- The latest reboot of Les Miserables, penned by Bill Nicholson, picked up by Universal

- SNL writer Bryan Tucker's Party Starters, to be produced by Lorne Michaels, Kenan Tompson attached to star.

View previous script sales

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Script Pipeline Recomends: Big Bear Film Festival

Big Bear


The Big Bear Lake Screenwriting Competition call for entry final deadline is coming up on April 5. We are offering Script Pipeline subscribers a deadline waiver to enter at the current fee ($50) through April 5 (normally $60)--a $10 savings. Every entry receives written feedback from at least 3 readers, for no extra fee! Go to for rules, info and to enter. The Click To Submit button takes you to For the discount, select "I have received a Deadline Waiver but not a fee waiver," enter "Pipeline" in the fields "Who granted the waiver" and "Reason for waiver." Use waiver code WXNPWAW.

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From Script to Screen – brought to you by and

Cinestory Filmmaker


No normal writer Q&A, From Script to Screen is a creative and practical autopsy of how a script goes from the the written word to the silver screen. These evenings will provide detailed insight on the whole process experienced by the produced writer, including conception of the story, approach during the writing process, purchase of the script, and the metamorphosis of that script during production.

First in the series: Bob DeRosa
Things kick off with Bob DeRosa, screenwriter of KILLERS (Asthton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl) and THE AIR I BREATHE (Kevin Bacon, Forrest Whittaker, Andy Garcia). Bob will be there to answer questions and will also be joining us for more networking in the bar after the event.

Wednesday April 6th, 7-9pm
The Station @ The Working Village
212 Marine Street suite 100
Santa Monica CA 90405
Ph: 310-450-7070
Tickets: $20 in advance, $30 at the door

Script Pipeline writers get 15% off – enter the code: pipeline

Visit for tickets and other information.

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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 inquire about writing, film, and the industry in general.

Learn more about the Writers Database

Learn more about the Writers Workshop

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Good Dialogue - Forgetaboutit by Russell Bailey


Writers constantly ask how to write great dialogue, and there are seminars and books devoted to teaching how to do this. We hold in such high esteem writers such as Quentin Tarantino and David Mamet, calling them masters of dialogue. Everyone is so concerned about the subject – and wanting to write the next Pulp Fiction, thinking that great dialogue is the secret to success. But they are all wrong.

Writers for some reason overlook a very simple fact – if your movie is successful, which hopefully is what you are after, its going to be distributed internationally, and get translated. Or Subtitled. Probably both, if it is to be shipped overseas for a worldwide release. So there goes your dialogue. So now some of you are probably thinking – great, I hadn’t thought of that, now I have to figure out how to write great dialogue that transcends language barriers. Wrong again.

What transcends language barriers is the image. Its the one thing that we do have control over as writers. We can get so hung up on dialogue, that we forget that a film is telling a story through pictures. If you remove all of the dialogue from your script, a reader should still be able to completely understand the story – so that when one day a foreigner is watching your film without knowing what is being said, they can still enjoy it, and follow the storyline.

Probably not the best example, but I was watching the Lindsay Lohan version of "Herbie" for the first time, and I was watching it in Spanish, without subtitles, and without understanding a word of dialogue, I was able to completely follow the storyline, and get this – ENJOY the film.

So, forget about dialogue a little bit. The actors are probably going to want to rewrite it themselves anyway. Focus on telling your story completely through images.

Russell Bailey is the creative executive 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:

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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):
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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