Tuesday, November 25, 2008

$50,000 Kairos Prize Screenwriting Competition -- Dec. 1 Deadline

Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

The 4TH Annual $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays --
Deadline is December 1, 2008

Sponsored by The John Templeton Foundation, MOVIEGUDE® announces the 4th Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays. The primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Set up to help inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining and spiritually uplifting scripts, the winning scripts are read by top execs in addition to the monetary awards.

PRIZES: Grand Prize: $25,000 · 1st Runner Up: $15,000 · 2nd Runner Up: $10,000

FINAL DEADLINE: December 1st, 2008

For complete information please visit www.kairosprize.com

Friday, November 21, 2008

CS Weekly - 11/21/08 - 24: Words of Wisdom

"Abuse is often of service. There is nothing so dangerous to an author as silence."
– Samuel Johnson

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Find a Script at InkTip

At InkTip.com four scripts are optioned and writers are hired every week.

Our password-protected website is designed for writers to place their works. Writers can place a logline, synopsis, treatment and/or script for the big screen, television or a novel. Searches can be very detailed so that when an industry member is looking for your kind of script, it will be easy to find.

Prior to building this site, hundreds of industry pros were surveyed to discover what they needed in order to use the web to find scripts. The website was designed accordingly.

From the scripts/writers found on InkTip.com, at least 70 films have been produced. For example, AmberGreen Entertainment recently completed production on a script by an InkTip scribe, with Vivica A. Fox starring, and Rich Newey recently directed I Tried, starring world-famous rap group Bone Thugs-N- Harmony, and written by an InkTip writer. For more info, please see http://www.inktip.com/prod.php

Only industry professionals who are registered and are verified by us can access the site. Writers may not view other writers' works.

Subscribe to our newsletter, which contains lead(s) every week telling you what producers are looking for right now at http://www.inktip.com/newsletter_writers.php

It is $60 to place one script for six months on the website (this includes your logline, synopsis, description, treatment, and script, as well as your resume).

InkTip.com can help take your writing career to the next level. Register now at www.InkTip.com

Monday, November 17, 2008

Pavaline's Team

Become part of a welcoming environment where serious filmmakers get support and advice from both their peers and Pavaline's Team of experienced industry professionals. Participate in online forums, blogs, private consultations and webinars all specifically focused on filmmaking and
script polishing.

With our open door submission policy, script coverage and script competitions, each member has a distinct opportunity to develop great material that will be part of the Pavaline Studios production slate.

Register at our Expo booth or through:


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Prizes Boosted For CS Open at the Screenwriting Expo

Over $6,000 in prizes plus Hollywood exposure for just three
90-minute writing sessions; top prize is $4,000+

PRIZES BOOSTED FOR A Unique Round-Robin Writing Competition

Potential for Hollywood and national publicity
The 2008 Creative Screenwriting Open allows you to match your screenwriting skills over two days with other screenwriters from across the U.S. The CS Open is a two-day writing competition with big prizes.

The Biggest Prize: The Publicity And Exposure of Your Talents

If you are a finalist, your scene, written under deadline pressure, will be acted out in a live reading in front of hundreds of screenwriters, producers, agents, and others in the audience at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Screenwriting Expo. By making it to the finals, you will have proved, in the only competition of its kind, that you can write creatively under major deadline pressure -- a rare and valuable ability in Hollywood.

National Public Radio has expressed interest in covering the CS Open. We don't know what that coverage might be, but this is potentially national publicity for the winners.

So we have decided to increase the prizes for this event:

Total Grand Prize Value:

The Grand Prize was $3,000 and a free copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter. It is now:
  • Still $3,000 cash, plus
  • Movie Magic Screenwriter ($159.95 value), plus
  • Free Expo Admission: we will refund winner's Expo registration fee up to the cost of a Basic Pass ($94.95 if winner paid for early Basic Registration, $144.95 if winner bought a Gold Pass or regular Basic Pass); plus
  • Refund of the winner's CS Open entry fee ($10); plus
  • A free subscription to Creative Screenwriting Magazine or one-year extension ($24.95 US); plus
  • A free full set of our Screenwriting DVDs ($717.97 value at the sale price)

Second Prize More Than Doubled In Value:
  • $750 cash, plus
  • Free Expo Admission, same as for Grand Prize above, up to $144.95, plus
  • Refund Of second prize winner's CS Open entry fee ($10); plus
  • $100 coupon to buy any of our other products (DVDs, Creative Screenwriting subscription, next year's Expo)

Third Prize More Than Doubled In Value:

Third Prize was formerly $300. It is now:
  • $500 cash
  • Free Expo Admission (same as Grand Prize, up to $144.95); plus
  • Refund of third prize winner's CS Open entry fee ($10); plus
  • $50 coupon for any of our other products.

Prizes For Finalists 7 Through 10 Increased In Value:

The previously listed prizes for semifinalists 7 through 10 were "goods and services." Now, each of the remaining Top Ten semifinalists will receive:
  • $50 coupon for any of our other products; plus
  • Refund of CS Open admission ($10)

How to enter the CS Open:

1. Register for the Screenwriting Expo (you can register on site -- but registering now will avoid the lines)

2. Buy a CS Open ticket. Go to the CS Open web page and choose a ticket for your preferred time, or buy a ticket on site.

3. Read how the contest is conducted at the CS Open home page.

4. Show up and write, and good luck!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

InkTip.com Makes It Easy to Find Great Scripts & Writers

Marketable scripts are just a click away on InkTip.com.

InkTip.com is the only Website in the world where three scripts are sold or optioned, or writers are hired every week. From the scripts/writers found on InkTip.com, at least 70 films have been produced! For example, AmberGreen Entertainment recently completed production on a script by an InkTip scribe, with Vivica A. Fox starring, and Rich Newey recently directed I Tried, starring world-famous rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and written by an InkTip scribe.
For more info, please see our produced features page at http://www.inktip.com/prod.php

Producers use InkTip.com because it's easy, convenient, free to industry professionals and available 24/7. InkTip.com's doors are open to name actors, directors, producers and representatives and their services are free for industry professionals who register. InkTip.com's unrivaled, searchable database of scripts will help you easily find the sellable script you need

To see how easy it is to find exactly what you are looking for, take a look at their sample search and result pages:
Sample Search - http://www.inktip.com/ip_search_sample.php
Sample Results - http://www.inktip.com/ip_results_sample.php

InkTip.com makes it easy to find your next great screenplay or writer. Register now at InkTip.com.

$50,000 Kairos Prize Screenwriting Competition

Sponsored Panel at the 2008 Expo:

Spiritually Uplifting Family Films & Television
Sunday, November 16th at 11am.
Panelists to be announced shortly.
Register at www.screenwritingexpo.com

The 4TH Annual $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays Announced!

Sponsored by The John Templeton Foundation, MOVIEGUDE® announces the 4th Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays. The primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Set up to help inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining and spiritually uplifting scripts, the winning scripts are read by top execs in addition to the monetary awards.

PRIZES: Grand Prize: $25,000 · 1st Runner Up: $15,000 · 2nd Runner Up: $10,000

DEADLINES: Oct. 27th, 2008 (Standard); December 1st, 2008 (Late)

For complete information please visit www.kairosprize.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Jefferson Quote

"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." – Thomas Jefferson

Chekhov Quote

"My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying." – Anton Chekhov

Hemingway Quote

"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer." – Ernest Hemingway

Feature Screenplay Competition -- $2M Budget

British Feature Screenplay Competition

"Every screenwriter's dream is to have their screenplay produced. Our aim is to fulfil that dream" – Arif Hussein

For years writers have been asking Kaos Films to run a feature screenplay competition.

The wait is finally over!

Kaos Films, the founder of the internationally celebrated British Short Screenplay Competition (BSSC) is inviting writers from across the world to enter the -

British Feature Screenplay Competition (BFSC)

With the biggest prize of any screenwriting competition ever!

The winning Screenplay will go into production with a budget of up to US$ 2million.

"This is not a development scheme, the winning screenplay will be produced." says Arif Hussein.

The final deadline is 14 November 2008.

For more competition details, click here.

Monday, November 10, 2008

GET IN EARLY - Scriptapalooza


early deadline is January 5th


Why should you submit your script to Scriptapalooza?

-Grand Prize: $10,000
-2 writers got their scripts made into movies by LifeTime Network in 2007
-All the reading is done by 90 production companies
-Entertainment Weekly Magazine calls us 'One of the Best'
-We promote the winners, runners-up, finalists and semifinalists for a full year
-We are considered one of the best screenplay competitions by agents, managers and producers
-Supported by the Writers Guild of America west
-Supported by the Writers Guild of Canada

About Scriptapalooza:

The Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition, was founded in 1998, and has generated heat, publicity and a reputation that demands respect. Scriptapalooza, Inc., along with its various divisions was created to nurture talent and create opportunities. Storytellers come from all over the world and from all walks of life, because of the simple fact that everyone has a story. Scriptapalooza's goal: to seek out that storyteller and honor their script with a grand prize of $10,000. Each year dozens of production companies and literary representatives sign on as participants to read our winners, resulting in many scripts being optioned, sold or outright bought.

Questions? Comments? call the office 323.654.5809
or email us at info@scriptapalooza.com

November FESTFLASH: Festivals to Enter and Attend


Bold visions. Lovingly crafted. Cutting-edge. Artistically inspired. These are the kinds of films sought for the 47TH ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL, the longest-running showcase of independent, experimental and artistically-inspired films in North America. All lengths and genres accepted and considered: Experimental, animation, documentary, narrative and combinations in between.
+ More than $20,000 awarded to films in competition.
+ Qualifying festival for Annual Academy Awards.
+ Select films participate on International Traveling Tour
Final deadline: November 15, 2008 = $50
The 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival. March 24 - 29, 2009
www.aafilmfest.org -or- info@aafilmfest.org

invites you to bring your Bare Bones "No Frills-No Waste" narrative shorts, features, documentaries, screenplays, music videos to the historic Roxy Theater. You will enjoy red carpet premieres, Q & A with your audience, educational seminars and entertainment. Join them for some Okie-hospitality April 16 - 26, 2009 in Muskogee, OK, USA. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2008. Info: www.barebonesfilmfestivals.org.

The 5TH ANNUAL BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL will take place November 19 - 22, 2008 at the world famous Tribeca Cinemas in the heart of the greatest city in the world. The BAFF is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the highest quality films from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional specially selected films from across the country and around the world. The festival includes special New York City premieres, interactive panel discussions with industry professionals, networking parties and a closing night awards ceremony. Alumni films include Suffering Man's Charity directed by Alan Cumming, Love, Ludlow (Warner Home Video), Owl and the Sparrow (2007 Independent Spirit Award nominee), The ChubbChubbs Saves Xmas (2007 Sony Pictures release). Previous panelists, guests and keynote speakers include representatives from Samuel Goldwyn Films, Magnolia Pictures, HBO, Current TV, Wellspring Media, Cinematical.com, Zeitgeist Films, Wild Bunch Films, First Run Features and Gen Art. In order to bring the most elite talent to the silver screen, BAFF is proud to partner with a variety of New York City independent film organizations and media outlets including IFP, The Village Voice, Indiewire.com, Cinematical.com, The L Magazine and MovieMaker Magazine. For more information go to www.bigapplefilmfestival.com.

The BLACK MARIA FILM FESTIVAL seeks diverse, expressive and passionate short films and videos by independent makers. The festival is named after Thomas Edison's motion picture studio, and is known for its support of spirited, cutting edge and otherwise singular film and video. The Black Maria is committed to works that explore the potential of the medium to illuminate, provoke, enrich and engage viewers. Imaginative and revelatory films and videos, which provide insight into the human condition and political, social and environmental issues, as well as the lives of people with disabilities, or which investigate the aesthetic potential and eschew obvious conventions of the medium are also sought by the festival. www.blackmariafilmfestival.org.

The CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF) is part of an amazing worldwide community; a unique collaboration of multi-talented filmmakers showcasing their work right in the Livermore Valley Wine Country. The festival's 11th anniversary celebrates diversity, human rights and freedom of expression through an array of dramatic and comedic feature films, shorts and moving documentaries. CIFF entertains, informs, inspires, encourages and educates individuals and filmmakers from around the world. They believe a film festival can contribute to a healthier society and should encourage the active involvement of audiences to connect and act collectively to address social challenges. It has been said over the years that a picture is worth a thousand words; with that said, a film must be worth a million words! An outstanding film can cross over any culture and bring individuals sharing, growing and learning. info@CAIndieFilmFest.org or visit www.CAIndieFilmFest.org. 925/552-1499

, April 2 - 5, 2009, Jackson, Mississippi. Come challenge Mississippi's creative class & still be showered in Southern hospitality. This is where the music of delta bluesman Robert Johnson runs straight into the home of the international ballet competition. Tennessee Williams, Morris, Welty, Faulkner, James Earl Jones, Oprah, Morgan Freeman; some of the world's greatest musicians, quirky and creative folks. There'll be cash prizes, Southern celebrities, workshops, daily receptions and nightly jukin' with live music to toast you, the filmmaker. It's all about your story. Share it. They'll show you a great time. Entry Deadline Dec. 20. www.crossroadsfilmfest.com.

The INDIE SHORT FILM COMPETITION is now accepting entries for its 2nd annual international short film competition. This innovative online short film competition is a great opportunity for indie filmmakers to advance their career, gain recognition in the filmmaking industry and receive international exposure. Open to shorts 40 minutes and under. $25,000 in cash and prizes. 10 categories to enter! Winners are determined by a judging panel of industry professionals. Sponsored by Sony Creative Software, Write Brothers, FrameForge 3D Studio, JellyPie Software, Media Servies, MovieMaker Magazine, Partners In Rhyme, Blackmagic Design, TwistedTracks.com, BoilerPlate and SmartSound! Deadline for entries is November 29, 2008. For more information visit www.IndieShortFilms.net.

"Great Stories Bring Families Together" is the 2009 slogan for the 14TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL on February 26 to March 1, 2009 at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. At the Film Awards Ceremony, the "Friz Award" for Animation will be presented to Phil Roman, along with awards for the Best Films, and the most coveted award of all: The Top Applause Award (the audience favorite). The Screenwriters Showcase is where the finalists have one scene performed by actors for the general audience, followed by the Screenplay Awards Ceremony. For deadlines and entry information, go to www.iffilmfest.org or www.withoutabox.com or call 661/257-3131.

L.A. COMEDY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL and L.A. COMEDY SCRIPTS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION Call for Entries! The late deadline for the 2009 festival is December 3, 2008 and the extended final deadline is December 19, 2008. Now accepting submissions in the following categories: Comedy Short Films, Comedy 'Shortie' Shorts, Animated Comedy Shorts, Feature Comedy Scripts and Short Comedy Scripts. Over $35,000 in cash and prizes. Presenters and judges will include top names from film and television including "SNL," "Mad TV," "The Boondocks," "Boston Legal," Austin Powers and more. Visit www.lacomedyshorts.com or enter through www.withoutabox.com.

, Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University - No entry fee once again thanks to our sponsors. One of the largest screens on the circuit. Audiences of up to 1,000 at a screening. 15,000 moviegoers over ten days. Go to www.stonybrookfilmfestival.com.

CALL FOR ENTRIES! The SYRACUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SYRFILM) is preparing for the '09 Festival. April 24, 2009 - May 3, 2009. Accepting films through December 1, 2008. Submit early for discounted entry fee. Visit www.syrfilm.com for submission materials. SYRFILM '09 NOT JUST AN EVENT—AN EXPERIENCE.

Enter the 42ND ANNUAL WORLDFEST-HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL. Regarded as one of the best-conceived film festivals in the world. WorldFest gave first honors to Spielberg, Lucas, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, the Coen brothers, David Lynch, Jonathan Demme, Brian De Palma and hundreds more. They offer International competition and Remi Awards for Indie Features, Shorts, Experimental, Student, Screenplays, Documentaries, Music Videos, New Media, TV Commercials, TV Production and Film & Video Production. WorldFest is one of the oldest and longest running International Film Festivals in the world, and the third oldest film festival in North America. "Before there was Sundance or SXSW, before there was Toronto or Tribeca!" Simply go to www.worldfest.org, click on FAQ, CATEGORIES, ENTRY FORMS and HOW TO WIN! They welcome your participation.

For more information on advertising in MovieMaker's FLASH e-newsletter, contact Ian Bage at 800/677-4424 or ian@moviemaker.com.

Out of the Computer | Into the Industry

A seminar dedicated to setting the screenwriter's career on a successful track

New York City
Part of Take A Meeting Weekend
Friday November 7, 2008, 9am-4pm
Microsoft Center (midtown)
New York City

Meetings easily go off the rails: Poorly conceived or rehearsed pitches; An incomplete understanding of the business; Unprepared answers, badly organized body of work, or a lack of understanding of how your unique script fits into the larger industry are just a few of the culprits.

Whether preparing for Final Draft's exciting Take A Meeting weekend or simply the demands of the entertainment industry, join us for our Business of Screenwriting seminar and gain a new understanding for strategically pitching, positioning and promoting yourself and your screenplay effectively.

Sign up through Screenwriter s Utopia using coupon code SEMINARUTOPIA and receive a 10% Discount on the $125 admission price.

The day-long seminar, which will lead directly into Take A Meeting, will include lectures and discussions on the following tops:

* Pitch Practice Session - hone your pitch before you Take A Meeting
* Meeting basics & techniques: How to take charge of your meeting from start to end
* First Impressions: Understanding perceptions and prejudice, and milking your for all its worth
* Understanding the entertainment universe: How to navigate the industry's tough realities and harsh truths to make the most of what you're offering
* Defining the writer: What sort of screenwriting career is right for you?
* Screenplay marketing: Establishing the brand, promoting the product

Seminar attendees will receive:

* Access to day-long seminar, including extensive pitch practice session
* 1-year of Script Magazine (a $24.95 value)
* 1-year project posting on The Spec Market (a $49.99 value)
* 3-Month Free Trial for Filmtracker.com (a $149.97 value)

Sign up through this email, and receive a 10% Discount on the $125 admission price:

* General Admission, $125
* Screenwriter s Utopia Admission, $112.50

To SIGN UP at the reduced fee, go to: (http://scriptshark.com/seminar_NY.cfm)
http://scriptshark.com/seminar_NY.cfm and enter coupon code SEMINARUTOPIA at shopping cart.

For more information visit www.scriptshark.com (http://www.scriptshark.com),
www.finaldraft.com (http://www.finaldraft.com), email scriptshark@blssi.com
(mailto:scriptshark@blssi.com), or call (310) 482-3434.

November NEWSFLASH: MovieMaker Specials, Announcements & More


Calling All Indie Filmmakers! Why wait for the perfect distribution deal? Through CREATESPACE, part of the Amazon group of companies, you can distribute your film on-demand in DVD and video download on Amazon.com and other channels—no setup fees and no inventory needed! To get started, create your free CreateSpace account, send in your video content via DVD or tape and start making your film available on-demand to millions of people.

This holiday season bring the red carpet right into your living room! Give the gift of film and treat yourself or someone you care about to a FILM MOVEMENT subscription. Film Movement is the innovative DVD-of-the-month club that delivers a brand new Independent or Foreign Film to your home each month at the same time the film is opening in theaters. If you can't make it to Cannes, Sundance or Tribeca this season just sit back and let Film Movement bring the festival to you. Film Movement memberships are available in 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions. For a limited time MovieMaker readers can visit https://www.filmmovement.com and enter the code MM15 to receive an additional 15% off Film Movement subscriptions!

See your script come to life! Sit back in the director's chair and watch as your script comes to life with FRAMEFORGE 3D STUDIO. Unlike the convoluted storyboarding software of the past, FrameForge makes it effortless to plan and present your project like never before. With FrameForge, you can import a complete script from either Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriter and start storyboarding right away. You'll also save time and money with optically correct storyboards that display shots just as they would be seen through the camera! Best of all, FrameForge 3D Studio allows you to easily share your work with the people who can turn your cinematic vision into reality. SRP $399; Sale Price $349. Save $50 when you enter or mention promo code MOVIEMAKER during checkout. Available at The Writers Store: 800/272-8927; 310/441-5151 or online at http://www.writersstore.com/?e=1032.

FREE SCREENPLAY CONTEST www.FreeScreenplayContest.com
*No entry fee for mailed entries!
Presented by the #1 source for screenplay contests—www.ScreenplayContests.com
All Genres accepted. Cash Prizes & Industry Contacts for the Winners. Entry Deadline: December 1, 2008. For more information, contest rules and entry information: www.FreeScreenplayContest.com

ANNOUNCING 36% DISCOUNT FOR THE 11th ANNUAL SCREENWRITING CONFERENCE IN SANTA FE—May 26 thru 31, 2009. As saving money seems to be de rigueur of the times, if you are a serious career-minded, beginning-to-advanced screenwriter looking to attend an intensive, professional week-long screenwriting conference, do consider this frugal opportunity. REGULAR $1,090. EARLY REGISTRATION PRICE only $695. Deadline November 30. Go to http://www.scsfe.com to see how they bring Hollywood to Santa Fe, NM. Call 866/424-1501 toll-free with questions or to register. At The Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe, chances are you'll meet somebody who will change your life.™

TV PITCH SECRETS FOR ONLY $10 PER MONTH! Receive weekly TV Pitch Tips Audio Postcard e-mails with audio recordings of TV experts Mark & Jeanne Simon answering the questions you have: What do I bring to a pitch? How do I keep my ideas from being stolen? How do I get pitch meetings without an agent? Can I sell my show if I don't live in Los Angeles? The Postcards are a gold mine of tips, tricks, formulas, short cuts and jealously-guarded secrets from industry experts and people who have sold their own TV shows. Register NOW and receive your FIRST MONTH FREE! http://www.TvPitchTips.com

Established in 1929, ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, the nation's largest accredited private art and design university, offers degrees and continuing art education courses in 13 majors, available online or in San Francisco. Motion Pictures & Television courses include: Acting, Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design, Screenwriting and Special Effects. Students learn advanced techniques on cutting-edge equipment providing them the skills they need to obtain positions at top companies like Warner Bros. or LucasFilm. Find out more at http://www.academyart.edu and check for an Open House in your area. RSVP to 800/544-2787.

CENTER FOR DIGITAL IMAGING ARTS—Learn the latest in Digital Filmmaking at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. Full- and part-time certificate programs at their campuses in Waltham, MA and Washington, DC. Financial assistance and career services available. For more information call 800/808-CDIA or visit http://www.cdiabu.com.

FULL SAIL's bachelor's and associate's degrees for creative minds include Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Development, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring. Regardless of which program you choose, one of Full Sail's fundamental goals is to encourage the union of art and technology. Full Sail's Film Degree Program covers the entire filmmaking experience, as students work united by their love of movies. Over the course of the program, the experienced, professional staff instructs students on how to execute every position on a film production—from director, cinematographer and producer to key grip, set dresser and electrician. The whole time, students use these newfound skills to actually create films. For more information visit http://www.fullsail.com.

THE INTERNATIONAL FILM SCHOOL SYDNEY (IFSS) boasts a faculty of top-level film professionals and rising industry stars. Focusing on developing versatile individuals, it offers a professional, practical, creative and in-depth approach to filmmaking with students being given the option of shooting on either RED ONE HD or Super 16mm. IFSS allows students to make six to eight films of their own authorship with no hidden production costs, and features certificate programs in Screenwriting, Directing and Producing as well as groundbreaking courses in Cinematography, Sound and Editing. Go to http://www.ifss.edu.au to find out more or apply.

The Digital Film and Video Arts Program from MEDIATECH INSTITUTE is a total immersion program, taking students from the basics through advanced aspects of all types of modern visual media production. Students receive hands-on experience in every step of the process. Graduates go after positions at production or post-production facilities working in corporate, television and film productions. Entrepreneurial students gain the skills to produce and pitch their own shows and films. The Recording Arts Program has a sharp focus on audio engineering, uses the same hands-on approach and utilizes professional studios. These graduates find employment in recording studios, broadcast stations and live music venues. Info: http://www.mediatechinstitute.com.

NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY offers intensive hands-on filmmaking, acting, animation, producing, screenwriting, editing and digital filmmaking programs. One year, two year Conservatory, Bachelor's, Master's of Fine Art and short-term programs and workshops available. No film school can match the Academy's bi-coastal campuses in the heart of New York City and on the backlot of Universal Studios in Hollywood, as well as their many international locations including the U.K., China, Italy, UAE, France and Spain. Call them at 212/674-4300 or e-mail film@nyfa.com. Info: http://www.nyfa.com.

One of the most important aspects of any film is sound. At THE SCHOOL OF SOUND, students will "explore the creative art of sound and music with the moving image." Guest lecturers include major Hollywood and European practitioners. Located in London, the school offers a variety of programs, from a three-week summer workshop to a four-day series of master classes. The School of Sound, London, U.K. +44 (0)20 7724 6616 http://www.schoolofsound.co.uk

Free Software Classes at the Expo

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There are still great rooms available at the following participating hotels - both with discounts for Expo attendees!

819 S Flower Street 506 S Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017 Los Angeles, CA 90071
213-623-9904 213-612-1535
www.ohotelgroup.com www.millenniumhotels.com
or Screenwriting Expo 2008

For complete hotel info, please click here!

EXPO SPECIAL: Pavaline Studios Booth 110 - Sign up for a FREE Basic Membership and be entered to win a FREE MAC BOOK AIR and receive free entry into our Short Script Competition.

Creative Screenwriting Magazine | 6404 Hollywood Boulevard | Suite 415 | Los Angeles | CA | 90028

Last Chance to Register!!

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This year's program stands out, featuring TV Day -- Saturday, Nov. 15 -- headlined by the creators of Lost and Heroes; a major focus on successful women writers, headlined by Hollywood's top-grossing female director, writer-directory Nancy Meyers; and a unique event, a live dialogue reading from an upcoming screenplay by the acclaimed New York writer Richard Price. It also includes more than 75 brand new, advanced educational sessions never taught before at the Expo, along with the most popular teachers from years past, including Syd Field, Karl Iglesias, Pilar Alessandra, Hollywood networking expert Heather Hale, and many more.

On Saturday, the Expo welcomes the writers of ABC's hit show LOST, one of the most unique and talked-about shows to come along this century.

Things begin with a rare Q&A with writers/showrunners/executive producers Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse where they will discuss their writing process, the genesis of the show, and give some hints at what's to come in the next few seasons.

Then, fellow writers Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz take the stage for Lost: Anatomy of an Episode, where the duo breaks down and analyzes a fan-favorite episode that they are responsible for writing. Even if you're not familiar with the show, this session is invaluable to anyone who hopes to one day have their voice heard in a TV writer's room.

With big names like William Goldman (Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid), Nancy Meyers (Something's Gotta Give), Tim Kring (Heroes), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling), Marshall Herskovitz (The Last Samurai), Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (The Chronicles of Narnia), Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight), Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), Bill Marsilli (Déjà vu), Karen Lutz & Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde), Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and many more, the Expo gives you access to great, diverse, and award-winning screenwriters like no other event can.

Over 100 production companies, agencies, and management companies - most with studio deals or A-list clients - will be on hand to hear your idea. In five minutes, you could go from struggling writer to gaining representation or maybe even a meeting at a big studio. The Golden Pitch Festival is the cheapest way to open the door to one of the most difficult industries to break into in the world.

Every aspect of the craft and business of screenwriting is covered in our many seminars that span four days of events. If your script has an Act II problem, or you're worried about how to pitch a certain idea, or you're simply wondering what the best way for you to go about getting an agent should be, it's all covered at the Expo.

If you have aspirations of being a writer or director in Hollywood, the 2008 Screenwriting Expo is an essential stop for you and your career. CLICK HERE to register now!

There are still great rooms available at the following participating hotels - both with discounts for Expo attendees!

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Los Angeles, CA 90017 Los Angeles, CA 90071
213-623-9904 213-612-1535
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or Screenwriting Expo 2008

For complete hotel info, please click here!

EXPO SPECIAL: Pavaline Studios Booth 110 - Sign up for a FREE Basic Membership and be entered to win a FREE MAC BOOK AIR and receive free entry into our Short Script Competition.

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Golden Pitch Tickets Will Be Available On Site At The Screenwriting Expo


MORE tickets for the Golden Pitch Festival at the 2008 Screenwriting Expo are now on sale. Online sales of tickets cease as of Midnight, Sunday, Nov. 9.

The good news for late registrants is that you can still pitch your scripts and stories. We have reserved more than 1,000 tickets for on-site sales. Be sure to arrive at registration early to have the best chance of the widest selection.

Pitch tickets will be sold in a room next to the main registration area. Just follow the signs or ask any Expo staffer (they will be wearing official Expo T-Shirts).


Laura Ziskin Productions
Aimee Ent. Agency
Branded Films & Management
Category 5
Clifford Werber Productions
Manheimer Entertainment
Manus Management
Second City Entertainment

PLUS, there are still these GREAT companies available to purchase:

Credits include Batman Begins, Get Smart, Three Kings, 12 Monkeys and more!

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company. Credits include Step Brothers and the website FunnyOrDie.com

Studio deal with Disney. Credits include Freaky Friday, Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain, and more!

Credits include Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Good Will Hunting and more!

Credits include Friday, You Got Served, and more!

The live action division of the Nickelodeon Network. Credits include Unfabulous, iCarly, Jake and Josh, Zoey 101, and more!

Credits include Walk the Line, Groundhog Day, Bedazzled, and more!

Rush Hour director Brett Ratner's production company. Credits include the Rush Hour trilogy, After the Sunset, Running Scared, and more!

The production arm of Newmarket Films. Credits include Memento, The Prestige, Donnie Darko, and more!

New company with credits that include Sex and Death 101 and Wiz Kids.

Credits include 2008's Pride and Glory, Miracle, and more!

A joint company between Spider-Man's Sam Raimi and CAA agent Joshua Donen.

Kevin Spacey's production company. Credits include 21, Recount, Fanboys, Beyond the Sea, and more!

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Script Pimp November Newsletter

SCRIPT PIMP NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER (http://www.scriptpimp.com)


(1) Script Pimp 2009 Screenwriting Competition – Now Accepting Entries
(2) Ask the Script Pimp Expert – What Does "On-the-nose" Dialogue Mean?
(3) "The Living Wake" in NYC – Screening
(4) Cinestory Contest – Earlybird Deadline November 16th
(5) Box Office Report – November
(6) Script Pimp Success Stories
(7) Recent Feedback - Script Pimp Writers Workshop / 2008 Competition
(8) Script Pimp in the News
(9) Consultations with Senior Story Analyst
(10) Technical Edits on Scripts and Novels
(11) Script Pimp Production: Rogues Gallery
(12) Workshop & Writers Database Info
(13) Circus of Joy Show – Hollywood Improv
(14) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

(1) Script Pimp 2009 Screenwriting Competition – Now Accepting Entries

The 2009 Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition is now accepting entries. Deadline: May 1st, 2009. All genres and lengths of feature film scripts accepted. International, non-U.S. writers are welcome to enter as well.

The '08 contest has already netted option and representation agreements with many of the finalist writers. Even more production companies, agents, and managers will be reading the 2009 winning scripts, along with MORE prizes possible for anyone who enters.

For more info, visit: http://www.scriptpimp.com/writing_competition/home.cfm

*All new Writers Database members get one FREE entry into the competition!

(2) Ask the Script Pimp Expert – What Does "On-the-nose" Dialogue Mean?

Professional or beginner, at some point, everyone is going to find themselves having just written a scene that's on-the-nose.

What does it mean? Essentially, it's when a character is speaking precisely how they're feeling or thinking, without room for the reader/audience to fill in the blanks when it comes to a particular character's emotions, thoughts, and so forth.

Why is this bad? Well, for one, picture the scene playing out on-screen: what's more interesting, leaving subtlety to a conversation, or having two people explain everything for us? For the vast majority of audiences, the latter of those two options can be uninteresting, dull, cliché, sappy, and a host of other negative results. Not to mention the fact it doesn't give proper justice to the complexity of your characters.

So for instance, compare these two lines of dialogue:

MARCUS: "Because it's not totally about you, it's about me and my own problems. I love you. I'm just really upset because you cheated on me with my best friend, Dave, when I was at work, so I need to move out."

Or. . . .

MARCUS: "I left a key for you. . . I figure Dave can use the back door, like usual."

The second option gives away the same amount of information (e.g. he cares enough to leave a key for her, is still bitter about the affair, etc.), but with greater nuance. Though it's out of context, you can get an idea of what to stay away from when writing dialogue, especially in an emotionally-charged scene.

(3) "The Living Wake" in NYC – Screening

Script Pimp's first production company credit, The Living Wake will be showing in New York City on November 19th, 7:30 p.m. at Tribeca Cinemas. Tickets will go on sale on the film festival website, www.bigapplefilmfestival.com , on November 1 and can be purchased online through November 14. After November 14, tickets will only be available for purchase at the box office 1 hour prior the start of the program (cash only at the box office).

Also, please check out our website for any further information about the film! www.thelivingwake.com

(4) Cinestory Contest – Earlybird Deadline November 16th

Each year, CineStory runs a screenwriting competition like no other. It's unique because each of the semifinalists are invited to the CineStory Writer's Retreat—four days of heaven in the beautiful mountains of Idyllwild, California.

Whether winner, finalist, or semifinalist, all retreat attendees get four 90-minute one-on-one sessions with CineStory mentors and staff, all of whom are practicing and respected industry professionals. During these meetings, attendees can discuss everything from the script(s) they submitted for feedback to jumpstarting their writing careers. When not meeting in one-on-one sessions, writers participate in mentor moderated "informal rooms", which cover everything from pitching like a pro to the state of filmmaking in the digital age. In addition, mentors and writers gather for meals, drinks, film screenings, and other special events.

Earlybird Deadline: November 16th, 2008 ($40)

Grand Prize: Winner(s) receives $2000, free entry to CineStory Retreat (valued at $1500), and two mentors for ONE YEAR.

(5) Box Office Report – October 31st – November 2nd

Porno and a High School musical make for an interesting top two at the box office to start November. The Zac Efron/ensemble cast pic made an impressive 1st place showing, with the comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" coming in #2. Two horrors rounded out the top five, thanks in part to Halloween, along with the Jolie drama "Changeling" in fifth.

The Top Ten*
(domestic totals in parentheses, with the number of weeks in theaters as of November 3rd)

1. High School Musical 3 ($62,034,083) - Week #2

2. Zack and Miri Make a Porno ($10,065,630) - Week #1

3. Saw V ($45,469,066) - Week #2

4. Changeling ($10,031,122) - Week #2

5. The Haunting of Molly Hartley ($5,423,315) - Week #1

6. Beverly Hills Chihuahua ($84,177,645) - Week #5

7. The Secret Life of Bees ($25,297,621) - Week #3

8. Max Payne ($35,538,365) - Week #3

9. Eagle Eye ($92,616,665) - Week #6

10. Pride & Glory ($11,719,094) - Week #2

*ranked by top weekend box office films from October 31st-November 2nd

(6) Script Pimp Success Stories – 2008 Competition

With the help of our mentors, Chadwick and Matt have Script Pimp 2008 finalist screenplays out to scores of producers and agents. The top 20 scripts have sparked interest from managers, agents, and production companies worldwide, and the finalist writers are all moving forward with getting their winning projects into the marketplace.

Most recent update. . . .

Evan Daugherty, finalist and Grand Prize winner in the 2008 Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition, has secured literary writer representation from Jake Wagner at Energy Entertainment with his script SHRAPNEL.

(7) Recent Feedback - Script Pimp's Writers Workshop / 2008 Competition

Script Pimp's Writers Workshop is continuing to see a surge in submissions, and with that, loads of positive feedback. As always, thanks to all the writers who sent in their comments.

Recent quotes:

"I shall only wish I had found you guys sooner. The notes are superior in every respect. I will be busy now. Many thank yous. Moreover, I found your customer service excellent, please thank Matt Misetich for me." – Douglas L. (11/2)"

"Had a consultation with (my consultant) on Sunday. He is exceptional. After speaking with him, I'm recharged on the project and filled with lots of new ideas." – Larry S. (10/10)

"Thanks for the notes—complimentary, but incisive and very helpful. Exactly what I was hoping for, in fact, I'll definitely be doing a re-write based on the notes. Thanks again to whoever did the notes. Much appreciated!" – Simon R. (10/8)

"Thanks for the notes. Again, simply fantastic feedback, no word wasted. I got development notes from you before, and they were right on. Thanks so much, also in regards to the production constraints you beautifully weaved that into the review." – Elke Weiss (10/6)

And some responses from our 2009 Writing Competition. . . .

"Looking forward to future dealings with Script P.I.M.P. Thank you again for your support and help. Also had a very enlightening conversation with [the finalist mentor consultant]. He was most gracious, very insightful, and open to hearing about my future efforts as well." – Ed Cound

"Many thanks for hosting the awards event! It was a great opportunity to meet the other writers. Thanks as well for setting up the phone meeting with [a finalist consultant]." – Suzan Flamm

"Really enjoyed talking with you and sharing war stories with the other writers [at the awards party]. Always good to connect with more film folks." – David O'Donnell

(8) Script Pimp in the News

View all Script Pimp Press:


Script Pimp's "Rogue's Gallery":

Script Pimp's feature film "The Living Wake" reviewed by Variety: http://www.scriptpimp.com/newsletters/variety.cfm

Script Pimp on TV (Peter Bart's Sunday Morning Shootout) Script Pimp Newswire:

(9) Consultations with Senior Story Analyst

*One-On-One Phone Consultation with Senior Story Analyst:

Direct advice and one-on-one interaction over the phone or in-person. Iron out the issues in your script in the most efficient way possible.

Script Pimp story analysts are now available for one-on-one development meetings with writers. It is a two-hour long meeting, in LA or by phone, in which your analyst will go through your script with you line by line. Feel free to come with a list of questions to be addressed, and steer the conversation in any direction you wish.

Our analyst will read the script twice before the meeting and come with his/her own notes. If the script is at the point that it should be shopped around town, we will give you concrete suggestions as to where the screenplay has the best chance, and the companies that would most likely be interested in the material.

The cost is $550 for Script Pimp Writers Database members, and $650 for non-members. If you would like to set up an appointment, please E-mail Matt at matt@scriptpimp.com or notes@scriptpimp.com.

(10) Technical Edits on Scripts and Novels

Script Pimp offers copyediting for screenplays, teleplays, and novels. Editing includes a thorough check for grammar, formatting, and, if applicable, sentence structure and suggestions to improve narrative pacing and flow in the hopes of improving the readability (and thus the marketability) of your work.

Rates start at $.03/word and vary depending on the individual writer's needs. We will also perform a FREE one-page "sample" edit for you to determine if the service will meet your needs.

For more info, or to request a free sample edit and price quote, please E-mail matt@scriptpimp.com and write "Editing Services" in the subject line.

(11) Script Pimp Production: Rogues Gallery

Former Script Pimp "Recommend" writer Brian Watanabe's screenplay, Rogues Gallery, is currently in post-production. Script Pimp owner Chadwick Clough serves as executive producer and first brought the action/comedy project to Sean McKittrick's Darko Entertainment.

The film revolves around two teams of government assassins, using code names from the Tarot deck, who work in a secret underground facility. On The Fool's first day at work, his and the teams' boss is killed under mysterious circumstances, and they must find the person responsible before the facility explodes--or before the potential rogue kills The Fool and the others first.

Fouad Mikati directs an ensemble cast which includes Joe Anderson ("Copying Beethoven," "Across the Universe"), Odette Yustman ("Cloverfield"), and Emilie DeRavin ("Lost"), as well as veterans Bob Odenkirk, Ving Rhames ("Mission: Impossible 3", "Animal"), Ellen Barkin ("The Big Easy"), Will Arnett ("Arrested Development"), and Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"). Film is produced by Michael Ohoven ("Capote"), Sean McKittrick ("Donnie Darko"), and Kevin Turen.

Recent articles on Rogue's in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Creative Screenwriting:




(12) Workshop & Writers Database Info

*Writers Database Home Page: http://www.scriptpimp.com/writers_database/index_wdb.cfm

Script Pimp's Writers Database features the current needs and submission guidelines for over 1,000 total company listings, 300 film production companies, and agencies accepting material from new screenwriters. Over 240 active query accounts provide writers the access to query producers and agents. Database members also may send their loglines and synopses into us for general feedback, as well as ask industry-related questions.

*Writers Workshop Home Page: http://www.scriptpimp.com/script_coverage/index_ww2.cfm

Script Pimp's Writers Workshop provides screenwriters with A-level development notes and consultations. A professional story analyst will write extensive notes, 4-6 pages long, giving you a detailed review of the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. With a grade of "Recommend," Script Pimp will assist you in circulating your work to agents, managers, and producers at no charge. Numerous writers have seen their work optioned or produced as a result of the Workshop.

*Talent Pimp Home Page: http://www.talentpimp.com

Acting anyone? Talent Pimp concentrates its tools and resources for actors and actresses, complete with our own knowledge base of the industry, updated detailed listings for 550+ agents, 700+ managers and 550+ casting directors. Talent Pimp is now available to working and aspiring professional actors for a fee of $35 for 1-year of unlimited access. Build your own professional page and upload your resume, headshots and demo reel.

(13) Circus of Joy Show – Hollywood Improv

All Script Pimp newsletters subscribers are invited to the Free Guest List for:

CIRCUS OF JOY – Thursday, November 6th, 10pm

FREE GUEST LIST: tickets@scriptpimp.com

Patrick Keane (emcee)
Brian Farrell
Matt Braunger
Kevin Shea
Erin Foley
Kyle Kinane
Eddie Pepitione
Henry Phillips

Improv is @ 8162 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 651-2583.

Corner of Crescent Heights and Melrose. Street parking up and down Melrose.

Dinner is served in the front and chicken fingers in the main room.

For more info go to Improv.com, then click "Hollywood" on the left.

(14) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

Here's a guide through the screenwriting community with Script Pimp's list of FIVE STAR WEBSITES for screenwriters. If there's a site you'd like to request to be added to the list, please email matt@scriptpimp.com.


American Zoetrope

Screenwriters Federation of America

Shooting People


BLOG SITES: John August http://johnaugust.com/
Artful Writer http://artfulwriter.com/


Script Copier - "Best Copier in LA"

FREE SCREENPLAYS ONLINE ~ Script Pimp, IScriptDB, Simply Scripts
http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/free_screenplays/ http://www.iscriptdb.com/

SCREENPLAY CONTESTS ~ Movie Bytes, Script Pimp:
http://www.moviebytes.com/ http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/contests/


SCREENPLAY REVIEWS ~ Screenwriters Utopia



SCREENWRITING BOOKS ~ Script Pimp, Writers Store http://www.scriptpimp.com/show_me/screenwriting_books/ http://www.writersstore.com/products.php?cPath=129


SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE ~ Final Draft, Write Brothers, More


SCREENWRITING SUPPLIES ~ Writers Store, ScreenStyle



SCREENWRITING HOW-TO ~ Screenwriting.info



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