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Script Pipeline Grading and Exposure
For Writers Workshop submissions requesting grading, we grade the script with one of the following three designations:
"Not Circulation Ready" (NCR) - Our version of the typical studio/production company "Pass" grade. Since Script Pipeline never actually "passes" on a script (writers can re-submit the same one), we've created the NCR grade as an indication the script should not be sent out yet.
Consider - Once the script is deemed close to circulation, it is 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 gives 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.
We assist with polishing your logline and, depending on the script, give personal introductions to industry execs looks for that type of material.
Your script is posted on our "Recommend" section of the site (viewable by Script Pipeline Industry Users) as well as our circulation email, which reaches over 200 production companies, agencies, and managers.
You may re-submit the Recommend script at no cost if you're seeking further feedback.
Recent Success Stories
Micah Barnett Sells Spec for Six-Figures to Warner Bros.
A mere two weeks after receiving his "Recommend" grade through the Writers Workshop, Micah was introduced by Script Pipeline to a high-level industry contact, 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.
Brian Watanabe's Script Produced, Galifianakis, Barkin, and Rhames 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 is different 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. Another of his specs in in development.
Other Success Stories
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. The film gained so much buzz, a sequel based in Los Angeles is currently in the works. 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 taken the process of selecting readers extremely seriously. As such, we employ a very small, close-knit group of trusted and experienced analysts. Many are active writers themselves, and all share an intimate knowledge of story structure and that 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 3+ total years reading for a studio, major or mid-major production company, agency, or management company, including readers who are 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
• Superior communication, interpersonal, and writing skills
• BA in Film, English, or related degree (or have proven sufficient experience in film/writing)
Script Editing Services
Proofreading & Copy Editing
An often-overlooked, yet KEY 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?
You can register online, and then mail a check with the script to the following address: 7223 Beverly Blvd. Suite 205, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
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. In fact, 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, Benderspink, Vinson Films, and more. . .
Featured 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, in some cases)
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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