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Everyone attending will receive the following:
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OPEN FOR ENTRIES: 2012 Script Pipeline Competitions
With more major writer success stories in the past two years than any other competition, the 10th Annual Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest
sets its sights on discovering up-and-coming creative talent and
connecting them with top production companies, agencies, and managers.
Now in its 5th year, the Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition is
searching for the best in TV material. Accepted entries include reality
or idea proposals, spec scripts for existing shows, and original
Script Pipeline’s Great Movie Idea Contest gives you the chance to pitch ANY concept you think is film-worthy. All genres and subject matter welcome. Repeat: ALL subject matter. So finally time to dust off that random story your grandfather told you 20 years ago. It might be the next big movie. And absolutely no writing experience necessary. Just get creative—really, way-beyond-outside-of-the-box creative.
Script Sales - October
A few Facebook-inspired movies, sans Jesse Eisenberg and intense web programmer drama, are in development. Less techie, more whimsy, Johnny Depp could take on another biopic role as Dr. Seuss. What seems a natural fit, the infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger is getting film immortality with the Afflecks attached to star, produce, write, direct, and possibly head craft services. More importantly, though, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels may reprise their roles in Dumb and Dumber 2. Better late than never. And better early than never: Code Name Geronimo will detail the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. John Stockwell to direct.
Other script sales include:
- The sci-fi dramedy The Future of Us, where two teen girls in 1996 stumble upon their as-of-yet-uncreated Facebook profiles and decide whether or not to change their future. Meanwhile, current Facebook users can't escape the past. . . (yeah, we get it--you had a lot of friends in high school).
- A Facebook relationship turns deadly in the thriller XOXO.
- As if the awesome series wasn't enough, Bryan Singer will helm Battlestar Gallactica the movie.
- Shia LaBeouf (Eagle Eye, Transformers) attached to star in the fantasy/drama A Giant.
Your Logline Probably, Definitely Needs Work
The second in a series of original articles by Script Pipeline staff. . . .
Whoever claims to be the perfect logline writer is, quite honestly and without embellishment, either a bold-faced liar or. . . well, ignorant. Sorry. Perfect logline writers don't exist. Great ones do. But "perfect?" Not a chance.
Reason being, there's no such thing as a perfect logline. What's enticing and enigmatic to one person, is confusing and unappealing to another. Kind of the reason there's no perfect movie (okay, except for The Godfather and American Beauty).
Main thing to keep in mind with any logline is to use brief, descriptive phrases to sum up the story and hit on its originality. A good example would be two variations on a logline for Field of Dreams:
"A farmer builds a baseball field and brings back the ghosts of dead baseball players."
Kind of dull, even though, yeah, that's what the movie's about.
"After hearing ghostlike voices, a struggling farmer plows through his crops to build a baseball field, only to discover it has become a haven for bygone ballplayers and the only key toward reconciliation with his deceased father."
Which movie would you rather see?
The second one establishes the stakes (he's struggling, and he's plowed through his crops like a dolt), what happens (he builds a baseball field for seemingly no reason), the unexpected purpose (to let dead ballplayers play again, but "discover" means he didn't know this would happen), and the goal (to reconcile with his dead father).
The good thing is, in my humble perspective, there is no single way to write an engaging logline. But the one constant is the hook. It has to, or at least ought to, have a hook. "A man seeks revenge on his sister" isn't much of a story. "A man seeks revenge on his sister after she steals his wife and shatters his career" is a bit more descriptive.
If you don't think you have any original elements to your script, you're probably wrong. Even traditional stories have hooks. But if you really don't, then maybe it shouldn't be written.
Script Pipeline sees a ton of loglines, not just from our contests, but because Writers Database members get free logline reviews--and they're not shy about sending in sometimes 5-10 each. Fine by us. Some people like reading scripts, I like reading loglines. Better than Christmas. Well, better than Halloween at least.
Hence, why I know no one's come close to mastering the fine art of one-sentence summation.
By the way, disagree on my perfect movie choices? Tweet about it and tag us: @scriptpipeline. I'll defend those choices til' Rocky XVI comes out. . . .
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