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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sold “Snow White & the Huntsman” to Universal

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Script Pipeline contest directors Chad Clough and Matt Misetich connected Evan Daugherty with management after his script Shrapnel won the 2008 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Snow White and the Huntsman later sold to Universal for over $3 million–one of the biggest spec sales in history–and grossed $400 million worldwide. Evan went on to write Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other studio projects, including a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. From Evan: “Script Pipeline helped launch my professional career as a writer.” Submit to the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

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Script Pipeline Interviewed with “Snow White and the Huntsman” Scribe

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Script Pipeline CEO and producer Chad Clough alongside writer Evan Daugherty discuss how Script Pipeline helped launch Evan’s career, leading to the sale of Snow White & the Huntsman and Evan co-writing the 2014 hit films Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The two were interviewed by The Script Reporter’s Joshua Stecker. Watch the full video here. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sold Multiple Specs to Fox

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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Tripper Clancy sold projects to 20th Century Fox (The Ambassadors, Stuber), QED International (Winter Break) and will write the animated comedy Shedd for Paramount, Hacker Camp for Hasbro, and as of May 2017, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding. He was previously hired to write the adventure/comedy Stranded for Sony Pictures. Winner of the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Tripper found management with Script Pipeline industry partner Jake Wagner (Good Fear) only a few weeks after winning the contest. From Tripper: “I can’t express the impact Script Pipeline has had on my writing career. Winning the contest directly led to new representation, which in turn led to working with studios such as 20th Century Fox.” Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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November 2016 Script Sales

By | Script Sales

November was a great month for spec sales. Centropolis Entertainment acquired Scarletville, a thriller spec by Jason Young about a diner owner who delays a deadly criminal with twisted stories until the police arrive. Electric Entertainment will produce Steven Altiere’s sci-fi/fantasy spec Countdown. Dean Devlin (Stargate, Independence Day) will direct and produce. Greg Berlanti (Supergirl, The Flash) to produce Free Guy. The action/comedy spec, written by Matt Lieberman, follows a bank teller who realizes he’s just a background character in a realistic video game and is the only one who can save the world. Amazon Studios is moving forward with Holland, Michigan, a dark comedy spec written by Andrew Sodroski. Finally, Bridesmaid and Spy director Paul Feig will produce Charlie Kesslering’s sci-fi/comedy spec Turned On. More script sales: – Adam McKay (The Big Short) to write/direct a biopic based on former Vice President Dick Cheney. – The Wedding Crashers sequel…

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Jessica Chastain Starring in Film Co-Written by Script Pipeline Contest Finalist

By | Success Stories

Craig Weeden, discovered through the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, and Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex, Ultimate Spider-man) optioned Painkiller Jane to Solipsist Films, and after several years in development, Academy Award Nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) signed on board to play Jane in November 2016. In 2017, a new writing team was brought on board prior to the script going into production. Weeden, also a former Pipeline “Recommend” writer, placed in the top 20 of the 2011 Screenwriting Competition with the crime/drama Lost Stones. He’s currently in development on other feature and television projects.

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You’re the Worst – Pilot

By | Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

The pilot is perhaps the most important episode for a series. A successful pilot not only needs to establish the tone and the characters, but first and foremost, it needs to give the audience a reason to watch episode two. For serialized shows, that reason typically centers around the plots and relationships the pilot episode has established. Although upon first inspection You’re the Worst might appear to be a Bad Santa or Bad Teacher knock-off in which characters who are all id say whatever snarky, cynical ideas that pop into their heads, creator Stephen Falk does a masterful painting Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) as damaged, self-destructive people bitter at the world. Neither is where they want to be in life: Jimmy is a failed author while Gretchen is a PR executive with an immature client. The pilot follows Jimmy and Gretchen as they struggle in their personal…

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10th Great Movie Idea Contest Results

By | Great Movie Idea Contest Finalists

Grand Prize Winner The Jersey Tapes by Pierce Vaughn & Steven Freeman Pierce Vaughn is a British-American filmmaker who was born in France and raised in Germany. He has Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, Brazilian and Scottish ancestors. Today, he lives on the island of Borneo in faraway Indonesia. In 2009, he graduated from Berlin’s Broadcast School for Audio Visual Media Design, working in German television as editor and motion graphics designer. That same year, he and his brother moved to Borneo, Indonesia, where they started Borneo Productions International (BPI), a film production company that went on to produce numerous documentary films about environmental and social issues. Clients include the BBC, United Nations, Channels NewsAsia, and multiple others. His film company has won several awards, including a Peabody Award shortlisting. Pierce has written numerous scripts, directed several short films, and supports young filmmakers in Borneo develop their passion for film. After meeting Steven Freeman…

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8th Great TV Show Idea Contest Results

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Grand Prize Winner Awake the Sinners by Jessica Romagnoli Jessica Romagnoli was born in Bologna, Italy. As a kid, she grew up developing a huge passion for lasagne and books–and the latter encouraged her to start writing short stories and a novel she’ll finish one day (as she’s promised to its characters a long time ago). During high school, she became a “proper nerd” and spent many Saturday nights doing movie and TV series marathons with her friends. In July 2014, she graduated from the Alma Mater University of Bologna with a BA in Literature and Media Studies, and moved to the UK to learn the craft of screenwriting at the London Film School. After graduating, she attended a three-month workshop held by the LFS – “Continuing and Serial TV Drama: How It Works and How to Write It,” with Neil Arksey as tutor. In the Spring-Summer 2016, she worked as an intern at the Amber Entertainment Production…

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June 2016 Script Sales

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June was a good month for spec scripts across all genres. First up was Lucas Carter’s action/comedy The Gun Show. The script, which follows a cop who wakes up after a 20-year coma and is assigned to investigate the death of his old partner, was picked up by Paramount. STX Entertainment and Getaway Productions are teaming to produce 17 Bridges, a detective thriller written by Adam Mervis. Thunder Road Pictures acquired two properties in June: the spy action/drama Burn Run, written by Mitchell LaFortune and based on real events, and Trigger Warning, described as a female version of First Blood and written by Josh Olson and John Brancato. Matthew Orton’s political thriller Reason of State is moving forward with Black Bear Pictures, Silvertown Films, and Wildgaze Films. The supernatural thriller Mary, written by Anthony Jaswinski, found a home at Tooley Productions and EMJAG Productions. Finally, Moonfall, a disaster spec written by…

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2016 Screenwriting Contest Results

By | Screenwriting Contest Finalists

Grand Prize Winner Cinderella Must Die by Matteo R. Bernardini & Penelope Chai Matteo R. Bernardini was born in Milan, Italy, 32 years ago. He studied American literature at the Università Statale, Milan and has a Masters in Screenwriting from the University of the Sacred Heart, Milan. He worked as entertainment critic for the news website IlSussidiario.net and wrote a weekly column for the national newspaper Pubblico. He has been a staff writer on TV documentaries and variety shows, which have aired on both RAI and Mediaset national networks. He has written for the network TV drama Agrodolce and the cable sitcom Talent High-School. In 2011 he followed Australian director Anna McGrath to her homeland (she knows about it, don’t worry–she even married him) and has been living there ever since. There, he started writing features. His first feature script won first prize in the Italian screenwriting competition at the Fiuggi…

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2016 TV Writing Contest Results

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Grand Prize Winner 40 Elephants by Kay Tuxford & E.S. Dahl Kay’s an Arizonan who’s wandered west until she reached the ocean, peeling away her Northern Arizona University degree in Biology for a pen and paper. A graduate of Chapman University’s Screenwriting MFA program, Kay co-created a one-on-one writing coach program through Writersstore.com. Also, just to say she did, she once baked 30 pies in 30 days. Kay met Elizabeth Dahl in a writing group and they bonded over a mutual love of mimosas, pancakes, and history. Knowing screenwriting was her life’s ambition, Elizabeth naturally attended Georgia Institute of Technology, where she earned a B.S. in International Affairs and African Politics. . . . Things started making more sense when she moved to Los Angeles in 2009. A good Southerner, Elizabeth has a deep love of history, which writing allows her to indulge. She supports her screenwriting habit as a writer for…

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Gravity – Screenplay

By | Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is a big movie–breathtaking in its scope and impressive in its vision. Most of the praise Gravity received upon its release focused on its visual effects and cinematography. (All of which undeniably deserved. . . the amount of work put into bringing Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón’s script to life is a feat unto itself.) The technical complexity overshadowed the screenplay, which is much simpler in comparison, but nevertheless an excellent example of suspenseful, cinematic writing. The Cuaróns’ story is stripped down to its essential elements: three named characters, not too many more speaking roles, a 70-page script turned into a 90-minute movie. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock at her best), an astronaut who gets stranded in space after the Explorer shuttle is unintentionally destroyed, just wants to survive and make it back to Earth alive. The narrative is broken up into smaller goals: get to a nearby…

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – Screenplay

By | Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

One of the highest paid screenwriters of all time, Shane Black burst onto the scene in 1987 with the quintessential buddy cop movie Lethal Weapon and went on to write The Long Kiss Goodnight, Iron Man 3, and the underrated Last Action Hero. However, his greatest success thus far is his directorial debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (although based on its trailers, spiritual sequel The Nice Guys could certainly usurp that position). Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a self-aware satire of noir and crime movies, and it’s easy to understand how Black grew to justify his paycheck. The script is filled with witty, fast-paced dialogue, a fourth wall–shattering narrator, and entertaining action sequences and suspense, and it somehow maintains and ratchets the suspense and tension while remaining hilarious throughout. The script itself is an entertaining read that embraces all of Black’s narrative quirks. Take, for example, the bottom of page 54: In another…

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April 2016 Script Sales

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Twentieth Century Fox picked up Stuber, a comedy spec from Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest Winner Tripper Clancy for mid-six figures. Jonathan M. Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses, Spider-Man: Homecoming) will produce. Two biopic specs are moving forward: Cliff Hollingsworth’s Done It All, based on the life of Merle Haggard, at GMH Productions, and Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi’s Exposure, centering on Rosalind Franklin whose contributions to the discovery of DNA went uncredited before her death, at Entertainment One Films International. Lionsgate acquired Joshua Friedlander’s dramedy spec Couple Up, which centers on an unhappily married couple who see what life would be like if they had never met. Finally, Benderspink and Fox will produce Joe Greenberg’s elevated sci-fi spec Man Alive. Other script sales include: – Ben Jacoby to write The First Omen, prequel to The Omen, for Fox. David Goyer to produce. – Sam Esmail’s 2008 Blacklist script…

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