- 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, National Geographic, The Atlantic, Microsoft, Red Bull, Warner Bros, and others.
He has two feature screenplays currently under option. His personal website.
- Justine OwensDirector of ContestsJustine OwensDirector of Contests
Justine has been fascinated by the movie business since childhood and studied Film History at college. Her love of the cinema and television is wide-ranging, though she admits to a particular liking for classic film noir thrillers, sci-fi, high-octane blockbusters, and whimsical period drama. Justine joined Shore Scripts as a reader after working on Slated’s innovative online film financing platform and later, for American Zoetrope Studios. Now as Director of Contests, she enjoys creating opportunities for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers who aspire to tell their stories in an industry that makes magic.
- Patty PapageorgiouCoverage Service ManagerPatty PapageorgiouCoverage Service Manager
Patty is a Screenwriter, Reader and Script Editor, with a background spanning 20 years of production roles in the UK Film and TV industry. Her work has been shortlisted in the London Screenwriters Festival, Screencraft, and as a Finalist for the inaugural Netflix Screenwriters Fellowship in 2021.
- Lee HamiltonHead of Education & Script DevelopmentLee HamiltonHead of Education & Script Development
Lee joined Shore Scripts as a reader in 2013 and has since moved into development. A graduate with distinctions from Screen Academy Scotland’s MA Screenwriting course, Lee also has degrees in Television Media and Fine Art. As well as penning most of our workbooks and eCourses, including ‘Fast Track your First Draft’, Lee is the author of ’The Script Reader’s Cheat Sheet’ and is also a published fiction author, writing under the pen name of Ellis Everley, amongst others.
- Julia MorizawaShort Film Fund CoordinatorJulia MorizawaShort Film Fund Coordinator
Julia Morizawa is a writer/producer with over 20 years of experience in film, television, new media, theater, and fiction podcasting. Original projects include JESUSCAT (OR HOW I ACCIDENTALLY JOINED A CULT) (feature film), SIN & LYLE (short film), TWENTY-TWO (stage), and AMERICAN COMEDY HORROR STORY: ORPHANAGE (fiction podcast). Her most recent project, DRAGONFLY (a short film), was awarded Best Short Screenplay by Scriptation Showcase and Screenwriting Master in 2019. Julia started her career as an actor with credits including JUDAS KISS (feature film), SCANDAL (TV), SEAL TEAM (TV), MASHA NO HOME (stage), STAR TREK: ODYSSEY (new media), and THE BRIGHT SESSIONS (fiction podcast). Julia is also a Script Reader and Content Creator for Shore Scripts and she has also worked as a freelance script analyst for Coverfly, Austin Film Festival, Bluecat, Roadmap Writers, and various independent screenwriters and production companies.
- Jenna-Leigh BurnsSocial Media ManagerJenna-Leigh BurnsSocial Media Manager
Jenna-Leigh Burns has been an avid cinephile since watching her first film, Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone. After obtaining her BA Degree in Film and Television at City Varsity in Cape Town, she went on to start her career in the film industry at a distribution company, which is where her passion for digital marketing began. She loves pushing pixels around and finding engaging ways for audiences to interact with content! Jenna is also passionate about travel and can be found on her surfboard when she isn't behind her laptop.
- Sarah Chaisson-WarnerContent CreatorSarah Chaisson-WarnerContent Creator
After 15 years of working in state and national politics, and as the former Founder and Editor in Chief of Athena Magazine for Girls, Sarah is now focusing her passion for creative arts through screenwriting. Many of her feature-length scripts focus on the often unseen experiences of gay women throughout American History, and she is currently writing Sci-Fi and Family Entertainment. Her script, Serafina Stavinovna, was placed in "The Next 100" in the 2021 Nicholl Fellowship Competition.
- Laura HuieContent CreatorLaura HuieContent Creator
Laura Huie is an experienced writer and editor involved in comedy-drama screenwriting, fiction editing, and full-time marketing copy. Laura is also a freelance article writer for Shore Scripts and has worked with Script Pipeline on their live Symposium series. She is one-half of the screenwriting duo, Bloom & Huie. Together, they have written multiple television series as well as a feature-length film. Their mission is to write honest and witty female stories wrapped up in unbelievable worlds.
- Ella HenkeContent CreatorElla HenkeContent Creator
Ella is a lover of all things storytelling. When she’s not conducting market research at her part-time job as a movie theatre usher, she’s working at Shore Scripts or hunched over Final Draft. So far, her scripts tell coming-of-age tales that are seemingly about very little but show seismic shifts in her character’s growing worlds.