In which the Writer is in the ISA Fellowship Top 50

I’m one of the Top 50 #screenwriters in the 2018 ISA (International Screenwriters Association) Fast Track Fellowship.  My submitted screenplays were PLUGGED (horror-comedy) and KILLER SKILLSET (action/thriller).

Full list of winners here: https://www.networkisa.org/contest/view/fasttrack/ @networkisa

Congratulations to all those who made the cut.

Announcement of the winners in a month’s time (end of April).

In which the Writer wins the Genre Summit Screenplay Competition

My contained low-budget horror script THE DEVIL’S ANSWER won the inaugural Genre Summit Screenplay Competition (there were 3 winners in total). Prizes include consultations with a manager and a multi-produced director.

Logline: In a remote, cut-off prison, a dedicated torturer starts to believe that his mysterious single prisoner is the Devil himself.

If you’re a film industry pro and would like to read this competition-winning screenplay, please get in touch via the contact page.

In which the Writer attends the Berlin Film Festival

The Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival) and the associated European Film Market are collectively the most important European film business event after Cannes. I’ll be there this year, jointly pitching some horror and sci-fi projects with several producers from the UK, Canada and Italy, and also looking to make contacts for my own genre spec scriptsIf you’re attending the EFM 2018 and want to meet up, send me a message via the contact page or LinkedIn.

In which the writer becomes a Screenwriter in Production…

The supernatural thriller feature I was hired to rewrite, FIRST AND ONLY, has started filming in Edinburgh. Psychics! Serial killers! MI5!

This means I am officially a screenwriter in production.

screenwriter, film production

Announcement on First and Only Facebook page

You can follow the progress of the production at https://www.facebook.com/firstonlymovie/?pnref=story

In which the Author wins a Screenwriting Scholarship

I’m delighted to announce I’ve been awarded the July 2017 full scholarship for the Rocaberti Castle Writers Retreat, which takes place in a castle in Spain in company with mentors from the upper levels of film, TV and publishing.

71c 118There are  still places available if you are interested:

http://rocabertiwriters.com/july-2017/

http://rocabertiwriters.com/advanced-retreat-april-2017/

In which my horror script THE DEVIL’S ANSWER is optioned…

Very pleased to report that my contained supernatural horror THE DEVIL’S ANSWER has been optioned by Two Tribes, a production company based in Los Angeles.

The logline: In a remote, snowbound prison run by a totalitarian regime, a dedicated torturer starts to believe that his mysterious, single prisoner is the Devil himself.

The Devil's Answer

The script was found on InkTip. Two Tribes are a new production company, and are now raising finance for a slate of three films including THE DEVIL’S ANSWER.

This is my second option this year for a low-budget horror screenplay.

To Hollywood and beyond!