- David BeazleyFounderDavid BeazleyFounder
As a writer himself, David’s experienced the ever-increasing difficulties of getting unsolicited work into the hands of agents and production companies. The Shore Scripts Screenwriting Contest was set-up in 2012. Starting small, it’s steadily grown into one of the biggest screenwriting contests in the world. No other contest can boast a higher caliber of judges and production companies.
David has been a script reader for numerous companies and producers. These include Lionsgate, Vertigo Films, The Script Factory and Amarillo Films. Also a filmmaker, his short films have played at Raindance, London Film Festival, Edinburgh and many others. He’s made films for the likes of the BBC, Microsoft, Red Bull, Warner Bros and others. His work can be seen at www.beazknees.com
He has two feature screenplays currently under option.
- Kees KasanderPatron / ProducerKees KasanderPatron / Producer
Kees is a BAFTA-winning producer known for Fish Tank (2009), Prospero’s Books (1991), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) and Ken Park (2002). He has a long-standing relationship with director Peter Greenaway. Kees has produced over 80 films from around the world since the 1980s.
He has been a Shore Scripts judge since the contest started. He came onboard as a patron in 2015.
Kees experience and knowledge will be instrumental as Shore Scripts looks to move into production.
- Justine OwensBusiness ManagerJustine OwensBusiness Manager
Justine has been a passionate movie fan since she first studied Film History at Leeds Metropolitan University. Her love of the cinema is wide-ranging, though she admits to a particular liking for classic Film Noir Thrillers, Sci-Fi Fantasy, and High Action blockbusters. Justine joined the Shore Scripts team as script reader for the first round of the annual Shore Scripts Competition after moving to Italy in 2015. As a professional script analyst, Justine has also worked on the launch of Slated’s innovative online film financing platform and for American Zoetrope Studios.
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- Lee HamiltonSenior Reader & DevelopmentLee HamiltonSenior Reader & Development
Lee is a writer-turned-longtime-reader and script analyst who has read for producers and production companies, including London based Cowboy Films. A graduate with distinctions from Screen Academy Scotland’s MA Screenwriting course, she also writes analysis via Short Com, a UK based comedy short film program.
Lee joined Shore Scripts in 2013 as a script reader. She has since moved into development.
- Thea de SousaSenior Reader - Based in LAThea de SousaSenior Reader - Based in LA
Thea is one of our senior readers. She started her career working at 3 Arts Entertainment for Partner Erwin Stoff, who is Keanu Reeves’ and Mike Myers manager, and who produced such films as Austin Powers and The Devil’s Advocate. She went on to work at Kopelson Entertainment, Academy Award-winning Producer Arnold Kopelson’s (Platoon, Seven) production company on the Twentieth Century Fox lot in Hollywood. There she was responsible for extensive script coverage and notes and bringing in projects to the studio, most notably the screenplay Gator Farm that was bought by Fox. At Kopelson, Thea worked on film and television projects for producers Matthew Gross, Keri Selig, Nana Greenwald and Damian Stevenson. After that, she became Harold Ramis’ (Groundhog Day, Analyze This) Creative Executive at his production company Ocean Pictures, also on the Fox lot. At Ocean Pictures, Thea was responsible for bringing in the book WHERE YOU ARE to the studio, and doing notes for such films as Bedazzled and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.
Thea then worked as the story editor at Julia Roberts’ production company Shoelace Pictures at Revolution Studios East, where she was instrumental in developing Mona Lisa's Smile and Maid in Manhattan, working closely with producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. Today, Thea has a book deal with Harper Collins for a novel based on her internet column D-Girl Diary, and she also works closely with producers and writers to help develop books and scripts to make them ready for sale. Most recently, she helped writer/director Jack Plotnick develop Space Station 76, and has given extensive notes on projects to Aaron Lubin, Ed Burns' producing partner. She has also has read and evaluated manuscripts for Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers and Creative Artists Agency as part of their reader programs. Thea also mentors screenwriting students at Loyola Marymount College. She currently resides in Los Angeles and has been with Shore Scripts since 2014.
"Thea is a wonderful story consultant. She is positive but opinionated, and very knowledgeable about structure and the nuts and bolts of screenwriting. There is nothing more frustrating than feeling like something is not clicking in your story and not being able to figure out why. Thea was laser sharp and really helped me get to the next level with my screenplay. I highly recommend her, for both beginners and professionals alike" Roberto Bentivegna (CAA Repped Writer)
- Paul StaffordSenior Reader - Based in LondonPaul StaffordSenior Reader - Based in London
Paul is one of the senior readers here at Shore Scripts. He is a director, writer and script editor. He has also been known to jump in front of the camera, more often than not by consent. He is generally to be found in London, otherwise anywhere that isn't at all like London.