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Grand Prize Winners Announced: 2010 Writing Competitions
Operation Endgame Released: DVD & Theatrical
Interview: '09 Finalists Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett
Recent Script Sales - July
Script Pipeline Success Stories
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Grand Prize Winners Announced: 2010 Writing Competitions
2010 Script P.I.M.P. Screenwriting & Teleplay
***Grand Prize Winners Announced***
On July 25th at Writers Boot Camp in Santa Monica, CA, Script
Pipeline announced the winners of the Screenwriting and TV Writing
Competitions. The event was attended by industry execs, Script Pipeline
staff, and the majority of our finalist writers.
Best of all,
we've already started linking up some of the finalists and winners with
writing assignments through our production company/producer and manager
contacts! Check back soon to view their success stories.
Feature Screenplay Grand Prize Winners
Second - Tripper Clancy
Madness - Teresa Lo
- Debbie Cheseboro & Tyson FitzGerald
Second Born - David Jagernauth
TV Writing Grand Prize Winner
Modern Family - "Last Will and Temperance"
From Left: Tyson FitzGerald & Debbie Chesebro,
Tripper Clancy, Teresa Lo, and Benjamin Morgan
Congratualtions to all five winners! Check back September 1st to register for the 2011 Competitions.
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Operation Endgame Released: DVD & Theatrical
Former Writers Workshop "Recommend" screenplay Rogues Gallery is now the feature action/comedy Operation Endgame,
which was released theatrically in New York and Los Angeles this July.
The film revolves around a team of assassins who turn on one another
after their boss is murdered. Stars Rob Corddry, Ellen Barkin, Ving
Rhames, Joe Anderson, Maggie Q, Zach Galifianakis, Emilie de Ravin, Adam
Scott, and a host of others
Six years ago, writer Brian Watanabe sent a screenplay to Script Pipeline's Writers Workshop.
After receiving a Recommend, producer Chadwick Clough brought the
project to Darko Entertainment, in 2008 it was produced, and in July
2010 the film was released theatrically and on DVD. Although the
process wasn't quite that simple, the end result was the second
feature-length screenplay produced by Script Pipeline owner/founder Chadwick Clough.
Now available on DVD. Check site for more details: Operation Endgame Site & Trailer
Add Operation Endgame to your Netflix Queue
Read the Script Pipeline interview with Brian Watanabe
Interview: '09 Finalists Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett
Pipeline recently interviewed 2009 Competition finalists Sean Fallon and
Charlotte Barrett, who just wrapped production on the feature film Virgin Alexander,
co-written and co-directed by the two. They talked with SP Director of
Development Matt Misetich about the production process and how their
finalist placing with Denny Delivers in 2009 helped secure funding for their latest film.
Script Pipeline: How long have you two been writing individually? As a team?
Sean/Charlotte: We started writing full length scripts in 2004 and have been writing as a team since 2005.
Were either of you "formally" trained in film and screenwriting (i.e.
through a university film program, extension classes, etc.), or were you
more or less self-taught?
S/C: We actually met at our
first day orientation at NYU. We both transferred into the undergrad
film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and immediately began
working on each other’s short films. Our senior year we wrote a short
together that Charlotte directed.
SP: What do you think is the best way to go about becoming a professional screenwriter?
every day. That’s what helped us the most. It can be tough to balance
that with a day job, but your day job shouldn’t be taking over your
life. While living in LA I worked in the machine room at a company that
made movie trailers. Because I was behind a locked door with high-tech
equipment, I convinced others that my job was really complicated so
they left me alone. The truth is I only had to burn copies of DVD’s so I
had plenty of free time to write. At the same time, Charlotte was
working as a dog walker so in between her appointments we would
constantly be talking and emailing each other scenes. That’s how we
wrote most of Denny Delivers.
SP: Tell us about your 2009 Script Pipeline Finalist script, Denny Delivers. What did the placing in the contest do for you?
S/C: Denny Delivers
is an action comedy/family drama. It’s about a 57-year-old, recently
fired mailman who takes an overnight delivery job from the mob when his
daughter forces him to start paying rent.
[The script] being a
2009 Script Pipeline Finalist was huge. After the competition, we were
contacted by a producer and we pitched him our script, Virgin Alexander. He read it, loved it, and we last week we wrapped principal photography.
SP: So Virgin Alexander goes into production soon. How did that come about? Who's directing? The cast? The story?
S/C: At the end of December 2009, we pitched Virgin Alexander
to our producer, Houston Hill. He read it over New Year’s and by
January 5th we were putting together our business proposal. When
Charlotte and I pitched Virgin Alexander, we were always going to direct it. Luckily, Houston loved our vision for the film.
film is about Alexander, a 26-year-old scrap hauler, who is about to be
evicted. In a last ditch effort to save his house, he turns it into a
brothel – even though he has never had sex before.
The film stars Rick Faugno (Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys), Paige Howard (Adventureland), Mika Boorem (John Carpenter’s The Ward & Blue Crush), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight), and Bronson Pinchot (Perfect Strangers & True Romance).
SP: How does a young filmmaker actually get their film made, from your perspective? What needs to happen? Does genre matter?
S/C: A great script. This was a very low-budget film. It was
made under the Screen Actor’s Guild Ultra Low Budget guidelines, so no
one was doing it for money. Most of our cast and crew probably lost
money making this movie, but they all loved the script and wanted to be a
part of it.
It was the script that opened all the doors for us. From our
producer, to our investors, to our cast and crew, without a great script
nothing else matters.
SP: What's next after Virgin Alexander?
S/C: Months of editing. But while we are editing, we also have some investors interested in Denny Delivers and we are writing a new script. Now that the shoot is over, it’s time to get back to work and write every day.
*For more info on Virgin Alexander, visit the IMDB page and be on the lookout for more info when the film wraps post-production. From everyone at Script Pipeline, we wish Sean and Charlotte the best.
Script Sales - July
A flood of comic book and graphic novel adaptations continue to move into development, including The Untamed, A Contract with God, Astro City, The Strange Case of Hyde, and the likely much-anticipated Xerxes, the prequel to Frank Miller's bloody and epic masterpiece, 300. A vampire twist on the biblical story of Cain, a handful of novel adaptations, such as a live-action story of the original Little Mermaid tale, and yet another version of South Pacific (not that there's anything wrong with that. . . .) fill out the rest of the month.
selected sales include:
--Guillermo del Toro will helm the Disney-inspired pic The Haunted Mansion.
--Also from Disney, Tink, focusing on. . . well, who else? Tinkerbell. Elizabeth Banks will star in the live-action film.
--The Grimm Brothers' Hansel and Gretel will have a 3D re-telling.
--Nia Vardalos to pen Happy Mother's Day, a road comedy involving four moms.
--Echoing shades of Groundhog Day, the teen comedy Before I Fall, which centers on a student reliving the same day over and over again.
Pipeline Success Stories
Script Pipeline Finalists Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett's Film to be
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
Script Pipeline Winning Script “Shrapnel” Optioned by FilmEngine
by Evan Daugherty, one of the four grand prize winners of Script
Pipeline’s 2008 competition, was recently optioned by FilmEngine LA.
The script is currently going out to talent and the process of securing
financing has begun.
After introductions to Jake Wagner
(previously of Energy Entertainment) by Script Pipeline, Evan landed
representation with Energy. After meetings with top execs, Evan was
hired by Warner Bros. to pen an adaptation of their then-franchise
Greyskull, based on the TV show and action figure line He-Man. To top
off a big year for the young writer: "Shrapnel" made The Blacklist as
one of the “hottest” unproduced scripts of 2008.
From the judges
who reviewed "Shrapnel" and the entire staff at Script Pipeline, we wish
Evan the best as his career steams ahead.
Read the Script Pipeline interview with Evan Daugherty
Writers Workshop “Recommend” Screenplay Optioned by Paranormal Activity
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.
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”
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.
recent or notable success stories:
Screenwriting Competition finalist Kevin Jones found representation with
Zero Gravity Management.
Joseph Calabrese, whose script "The Eyes of Mara" was a finalist in the
2004 Script P.I.M.P. Screenwriting Competition, has adapted the story
into a comic book series, Her Majesty's Bulldog Brigade. More
info can be found here: www.bulldogbrigade.com.
Screenwriting Competition finalist Matt Allen garners representation
with Script Pipeline industry contact Abstract Entertainment.
Watanabe, writer of "Rogues Gallery, has signed with The Gersh Agency.
Screenwriting Competition winner Troy Taylor's script, "The Eleven,
optioned by Etch Media.
Script Pipeline Recommend writer Sam Benavides' short horror script
MANSFIELD PATH completed production in 2009.
Script Pimp Recommend screenplay Strength and Honour (dir. Mark Mahon), now
a multi-award-winning film with plans for a sequel, Strength
and Honour LA, was featured on NBC's Today show.
The film's star, Michael Madsen, was
interviewed by Meredith Viera on his role and
the film's success, along with an appearance by
writer/director Mark Mahon. The
Script Pimp Competition finalist Mandie Green recently began a writing
through Larry Levinson Productions to write a TV movie,
"Sisterly Advice, for the Hallmark
Channel, an opportunity credited in part to contest placements
for her script "The Michaels."
the assistance of Kersey Management, Matt Savelloni, a former Script
Pimp writer, has
been placed with the agency Hohman, Maybank, and Lieb, one of
the top boutique agencies in Los
Angeles. Matt is currently teamed with another writer
developing two projects with high-profile producers.
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Pipeline Recommends: International Gay Screenplay Contest
INTERNATIONAL GAY SCREENPLAY CONTEST -
In Ten Screenplay Contest
Hollywood, CA - The ONE IN TEN SCREENPLAY CONTEST, a
screenplay contest dedicated to the positive portrayal of gays,
lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and queer individuals in film, celebrates its
12th anniversary in 2010. Entries are now being accepted online and are limited
to the first 600 for 2010. Executive Director, David Jensen, "We are excited to
celebrate our 12th anniversary and are looking at a record number of entries
this year. We are continually amazed with the quality of talent that comes
through the door year after year." Jensen continues, "We receive entries from
around the globe and Hollywood is taking notice in a very big way. Many of our
past winners are now hard-working screenwriters. Last year's winner has
received substantial interest and representation by one of Hollywood's top
management and production houses."
The ONE IN TEN SCREENPLAY CONTEST has
gained respect and notoriety from Hollywood studios, agents, and producers.
Entries for the 2010 screenplay contest are now being accepted online at: www.OneInTenScreenplayContest.com -
Writers from around the world are eligible.
Prizes for 2010
include cash, industry exposure, and merchandise. The 2010 One In Ten Screenplay
Contest is sponsored by: Cherub
Productions, Hollywood Creative Directory, www.iScript.com,
Brainstorm Warehouse, LLC, Michael Weise Productions, www.Scriptpipeline.com, www.ScriptDelivery.net , www.TopFilmFestivals.com , www.ScreenplayContests.com and Jungle
The submission deadline for 2010 ONE IN
TEN SCREENPLAY CONTEST is September
1, 2010. Entry forms are available
online through the contest website:
www.OneInTenScreenplayContest.com. Entry forms may
also be obtained through the mail by sending a self addressed stamped envelope
One In Ten Screenplay Contest
Office Box 540
Boulder, Colorado 80306
Thanks to all the writers worldwide who took the time to send
in their comments. For more extensive list of Feedback, click here.
are just a sampling of some recent quotes, including feedback on contest entry notes:
notes are extremely helpful and I look forward to re-shaping the script
based on your notes."
"Thank you ever so much for these wonderful suggestions [on my
competition entry]. I am grateful to have such feedback so that I may
regroup and begin again."
"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."
"Thank you for the comments on [my script]. They were incisive and now can help me with other drafts."
"Thanks to everyone at Script Pipeline who was involved with the competition and the notes!"
"Thank you for the direction [re: contest notes], I truly appreciate your candor and insight."
"I think it's an awesome service you provide, and especially
cool that you are willing to critique queries. Thank you!!"
"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)
notes were provided in record time. I really
appreciate that. Very pleased with the notes themselves; very
good coverage analysis; examples were greatly appreciated."
again, after a first quick read, these notes are already useful. The
script is still developing, as you know, but I am excited to report that
it has been optioned and I am working with a producer/director to
develop it. That process is underway, and your notes are timely."
for the prompt service.
I found the notes to be exceptional— well written, incisive,
and upbeat. I have taken many of the suggestions to heart and
will begin a
"Although I'm just printing this out now to
read, I would like to extend a big thank you for responding
so promptly to
my questions. It looks like Andrew [consultant] addressed
everything I wanted to know."
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