Development Notes - extensive feedback covering the primary components of the script, including:
- Plot / Structure
- Conflict / Stakes
- Other Concerns (presentation, technical errors, major typos, etc.)
Suggested For: first or early drafts of a completed screenplay or TV pilot
Current turnaround time: 7-12 business days
Length of notes: 4-5 pages (appx.)
All writers submitting for Development Notes get a FREE entry to any open Script Pipeline competition. After registering, you'll receive a promo code in your order confirmation email.
Any questions on script notes or other services, email our coordinator.
ABOUT THE SCRIPT PIPELINE WORKSHOP
Established in 1999, the Script Pipeline Workshop is one of the longest-running notes services in the industry, offering feedback on screenplays, pilots, and pitches for film and television. All readers are comprised of our in-house development team and have a range of 5-20 years experience in reading screenplays and pilots. Hundreds of writers each year, from beginners to professionals, benefit from the expertise of this small, seasoned group of execs, many of whom are active writers and producers themselves.
Any genre or format accepted. We review everything from partially completed scripts to production-ready final drafts. Writers may also request a critique on supplemental materials (such as a TV show bible, synopsis, or logline), as well as follow up with their reader with additional questions on the feedback.
Together with our competitions, the Workshop is another outlet to funnel upper-echelon projects to an array of industry contacts and shepherd scripts into production.
To give writers an idea of where their script stands in comparison to the current spec market, we give one of three grades to every submission:
Recommend - With a grade of Recommend, Script Pipeline goes through the following process:
- Final review by our executive development team for additional feedback. We'll also look over and polish the logline and synopsis.
- Personal introductions to managers and production companies, depending on the writer and the project.
- Assist long-term in finding the right match for the script. Like our contest winners and finalists, we continuously keep our Recommends in mind for industry.
Writers may re-submit the Recommend script at no cost if they're seeking further notes.
Consider - Once the script has satisfied the fundamentals for plot, structure, character development, and is overall a good representation of the writer's skills, it's given a Consider. While a Consider script usually requires further revisions or polishing, it is likely close to being circulation-ready.
With Considers, Script Pipeline may help assist in linking them with specific industry outlets on a case-by-case basis.
Further Development Suggested (FDS) - Our version of the typical studio or production company "Pass" grade. Since Script Pipeline never "passes" on a script (writers can of course re-submit), we've created the FDS grade as an indication the script generally needs more work before circulating.
Bear in mind, grading is subjective and based on what types of projects we feel deserve recognition and exposure, so it's entirely up to the writer when they deem their work at its maximum potential—and that may be before the project receives a Script Pipeline Recommend or Consider, according to our criteria. While grading is extremely strict in order to fulfill high expectations from our industry partners, it's not an indication of how well your script will fare in the marketplace.
To review previous Recommend material, qualified industry may make a request on our Scouting page.
Script Pipeline has cultivated relationships with a number of production companies, managers, agents, directors, independent producers, and other executives over the past 20 years, leading to several success stories annually.
Companies reviewing Recommends include:
- Bellevue Productions - Infinite
- Zero Gravity Management - Ozark, The Accountant
- Kaplan Perrone
- 3 Arts - Space Force, The Call of the Wild
- BET - American Soul, Boomerang
- Silent R Management (reps Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins)
- 3Pas Studios - How to be A Latin Lover
- Anonymous Content - The OA, 13 Reasons Why
- Circle of Confusion - The Walking Dead
- Good Fear Film + Management - Mulan, Under the Silver Lake
- Esmail Corp. - Mr. Robot, Homecoming
- Vinson Films - San Andreas, Murder Mystery
- 21 Laps - Stranger Things
- Fuqua Films - The Resident
- Mosaic Media Group - Get Smart, Talladega Nights
- Heroes & Villains
. . . in addition to over 200 other managers, producers, and agencies.
Finalist Sells Spec to Legendary in Seven-Figure Deal
Crosby Selander's Bring Me Back sold to Legendary Entertainment in September 2020 after a bidding war. The deal landed in the seven figures, making it one of the highest spec sales in years---and one of the few specs ever sold for over $1 million from a "new," unproduced writer.
After placing in the top 10 of the 2020 Screenwriting season, Bring Me Back was circulated to several Pipeline industry partners, with Kaplan/Perrone signing Crosby a few weeks later.
Pipeline judges called the script a "wonderfully sprawling genre hybrid. . . expertly drawn by a writer with a profound understanding of the human condition."
Tripper Clancy Sells Specs to Fox, Writing for Netflix and Quibi Series
Contest winner Tripper Clancy signed with a Script Pipeline partner in 2011 before selling several specs.
A few months after the screenwriting competition ended, 20th Century Fox selected Tripper for their feature comedy writing team to help develop new material. Later, he was hired to write the animated feature Shedd for Paramount, Stranded for Sony, the Amazon film High Five, the comedy Hacker Camp for Hasbro, and an adaptation of The Art of Fielding for Mandalay / IMG. He sold two specs in that span: The Ambassadors and Winter Break.
Tripper's first produced studio feature, Stuber (2019) sold in the mid-six figures. The action-comedy stars Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley), Mira Sorvino, and Betty Gilpin (Glow). Following the release of Stuber, he was brought on to write the Varsity Blues reboot and joined the staff of the Netflix series I am Not Okay With This, starring Sophia Lillis (It).
He's the co-creator, writer, and co-producer as well of the Quibi series Die Hart, starring Kevin Hart, Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones), and John Travolta.
Fox Buys Show from Script Pipeline Contest Runner-up
Runner-up in the Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition, Laura Bensick sold her show Everyday Insanity to Fox. Ken Olin (This is Us) and Sterling K. Brown producing. The drama series addresses mental illness within three different families who come together to form one supportive group.
Laura placed with the hourlong drama The Mother in the 2016 Script Pipeline season, besting over 2,500 other pilots. Bensick’s autobiographical play Life in Paradox, premiered in Los Angeles in 2019.
Everyday Insanity is Laura’s first TV show sale.
One of the Biggest Spec Sales in History from Script Pipeline Winner
After introductions by Script Pipeline to management, Evan Daugherty sold Snow White & the Huntsman to Universal for $3.25 million. It marked one of the biggest studio spec sales of all-time and subsequently turned Evan into one of the most in-demand writers in Hollywood. The film has grossed $450 million worldwide.
Shortly following the contest win, Evan landed an assignment with Warner Bros. to rewrite the adaptation of He-Man, which led to the sale of Snow White.
Amongst selling a pilot pitch, Evan wrote the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, produced by Michael Bay. Other studio projects: the adaptation of YA novel Divergent for Summit Entertainment, starring Shailene Woodley and Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet, the Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander, and Rose Red, based on an original script by Justin Merz and a pitch by Evan, which is in development with Vinson Films and Disney.
In 2020, he began development with Sony on a reimagining of the cult hit Anaconda.
Script Pipeline Winner an Acclaimed Indie Hit
Henry Dunham's The Standoff at Sparrow Creek was produced with an ensemble cast featuring James Badge Dale (Rubicon), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter), Robert Armayo (Game of Thrones), and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). Dallas Sonnier, Jonathan Brownlee, and Amanda Presmyk served as producers.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was acquired by RLJ Entertainment.
The project, originally titled Militia, won the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition before being picked up. Writer Henry Dunham was connected with representation less than a month after contest results were announced, signing with Pipeline industry partner Lit Entertainment and UTA.
Top critics from The Hollywood Reporter, SlashFilm, and others praised Henry's directorial debut, and Rolling Stone selected Standoff as one of the top 10 films to see in 2019.
Robert De Niro Stars in Script Pipeline Contest-Winning Screenplay
The Script Pipeline contest-winning screenplay Shrapnel by Evan Daugherty was turned into the film Killing Season, starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta. Corsan and Millennium Films helmed the action/thriller and rehashed the original plot during development.
It was the first Script Pipeline winner to get produced.
TV Contest Runner-up Staffed on Netflix, BET, and CBS Shows
Howard Jordan (Family Be Like), runner-up in the TV Writing Competition, signed with Verve and Lit Entertainment. He went on to write for the CBS sitcom Superior Donuts in 2018, with his first solo-written episode premiering that year, followed by the CBS comedy The Unicorn, starring Walton Goggins (Justified).
Afterward, he wrote on Netflix's Family Reunion, where he won a WGA Award for the episode "Remember Black Elvis?", then joined the staff of the BET show Bigger in 2020.