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Script Pipeline Grading and Exposure
To give writers an opinion of where their script stands in the development stage, we assign one of three grades to all submissions:
"Further Development Suggested" (FDS) - Our version of the typical studio/production company "Pass" grade. Since Script Pipeline never "passes" on a script (writers can re-submit the same one), we've created the FDS grade as an indication the script needs more work.
Consider - Once the script is deemed close to circulation, it's given a Consider. While a Consider script will require further revisions or polishing, the writer is at the stage where their project is likely circulation-ready. In that case, Script Pipeline marks the script a Final Consider, or in the case of exceptional material, a Recommend.
Recommend - With a grade of Recommend, Script Pipeline goes through the following process:
The script is reviewed by our Director of Development for additional feedback and a consultation call is scheduled.
We assist with polishing your logline and, depending on the script, give personal introductions to specific industry execs looks for that type of material.
You may re-submit the Recommend script at no cost if you're seeking further feedback.
Regardless of grade, it's entirely up to the writer when to begin circulating the script themselves. Many projects that have fallen short of earning a Recommend have gone on to garner interest from managers, agents, and producers. While Workshop grading can be extremely strict in order to fulfill high expectations from our industry network, it's not an indication of how well your script or pitch will fare in the marketplace.
Recent Success Stories
Micah Barnett Sells Spec for Six-Figures to Warner Bros. & Pilot to NBC
Only two weeks after receiving his "Recommend" grade through the Writers Workshop, Micah was introduced by Script Pipeline to a high-level manager and was quickly signed based on his spec The Merc List. The script was optioned by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider, producers of Paranormal Activity.
Another spec script, The Rabbit, was purchased by Warner Bros. in 2010 for six-figures. Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) attached to star. And in August 2013, Micah sold a TV pilot (Ricochet) to NBC with producer Deborah Spera (Criminal Minds). The project is currently in development.
Micah is repped by Benderspink and WME.
Brian Watanabe's Script Produced - Zach Galifianakis, Adam Scott Star
After Brian Watanabe sent in his action/comedy script for review and received an instant "Recommend," Script Pipeline owner/producer Chad Clough took the project to Sean McKittrick and Darko Entertainment (Donnie Darko). A few years of development followed, and the script was produced and released in 2010, featuring Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Maggie Q (Nikita), Ving Rhames, Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Ellen Barkin, Rob Corrdry, and an ensemble cast.
Although the original version of the script differed from the final film, Brian solidified his career as a screenwriter thanks to the project. He's currently with Kersey Management and Gersh for agency representation. Several of his specs are in development.
Script Pipeline Contest-Winner Sells Spec for $3 Million
Winner Evan Daugherty sold Snow White & the Huntsmanto Universal for $3 million. It marked one of the biggest studio spec sales in
years and subsequently made Evan one of the hottest young writers in the
industry. The film grossed over $500 million worldwide.
Writer/Director Mark Mahon received global praise for his feature Strength and Honour, including an interview on The Today Show and exclusive screenings worldwide, snagging top honours at multiple festivals. Script Pipeline readers played a crucial role in helping Mark develop multiple drafts of the screenplay.
Since the launch of the Writers Workshop, Script Pipeline has made the process of selecting readers a top priority. As such, we employ a very small, close-knit group of trusted and experienced analysts that have been with the company at least five years. Many are active writers themselves, and all share an intimate knowledge of story structure and the crucial balance between creativity and marketability.
If you are interested in becoming a Script Pipeline reader, please be aware that we have the following minimum requirements:
• At least 5+ total years reading for a studio, major or mid-major production company, agency, or management company, including current or former development execs
• A firm understanding of all genres related to film
• An active awareness of current industry trends as related to writing and general production
• BA or MFA in Film, English, or related degree (or have proven sufficient experience in film/writing)
Script Editing Services
Proofreading & Copy Editing
An often-overlooked, yet crucial facet in the marketing of your work.
A professional-looking manuscript is a sign of an experienced writer taking the craft seriously. Just as our Workshop notes guide writers through the development process, our editing services ensure that your material's presentation, formatting, and grammar (overall syntax) is impeccable.
Full copy editing will iron out:
Grammar & Spelling
We will perform a FREE one-page sample edit so that you may determine if the service suits your needs. Screenplays, TV scripts, novels, and any creative material is accepted.
Proofreading - Starting at $3/page for screenplays
A detailed review to ensure no spelling mistakes or grammatical and formatting errors.
Full Editing w/general story notes - Starting at $4/page for screenplays
Includes the above, plus corrections to presentation and syntax, polishing of any inelegant language, and ensuring correct word usage. In addition, the reader will provide general thoughts on story structure, dialogue, character, and concept development.
How do I mail in a hard copy of my script instead of submit electronically?
We currently only accept emailed material.
Does Script Pipeline own any right to the script when I submit?
Submitting your script does not relinquish any rights to the material, nor do we take any fees if the script is optioned or sold through one of our partners.
Do I have to sign up to the Writers Database to submit?
Membership to Script Pipeline is OPTIONAL, so you don't have to be a Database member to submit.
However, Database members do get significant discounts on notes, including $70 off Development Notes and Studio-Style Coverage.
Can I ask follow-up questions with my evaluator?
Yes, absolutely. We encourage writers to send a follow-up email if there is anything in need of clarification.
200+ companies review Workshop "Recommend" scripts, including Paradigm, Lakeshore Entertainment, Benderspink, Vinson Films, and more. . .
Most Popular Workshop Service: Development Notes
Script Pipeline's Development Notes focus on maximizing the creative potential and marketability of your screenplay. They also serve as a crucial tool in preparing your script for industry circulation.
Perfect for writers who are in the initial stages of their drafts, or who would like a deeper analysis of their story.
Development Notes are broken down by:
Other Concerns (examples of typos, sentence structure, overall presentation, etc.)
Budget (including marketability)
As with all Workshop services, writers have the option to engage in FREE follow-up emails with their evaluator to help answer any additional questions.
Get advice on your logline! A Script Pipeline development executive is available to offer feedback on your story idea at no cost:EMAIL US
"The constructive feedback and receiving a Recommend allowed me to bring on
Michael Madsen, Patrick Bergin, and Richard Chamberlain--the film ended up with 22 wins and 37
nominations from worldwide festivals." - Mark Mahon, Writer/Director, "Strength and Honour"
Pipeline is a producer’s dream.
With a large and vetted database of talented writers, they're able to save our development team from having to go through stacks of writing samples.” - Rani Aliahmad, Trend Media
"I feel like I received years of formal education in
five pages of feedback. I would give my reader a
10 in all areas." - Paul C., Workshop Writer
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