How We Create Success Stories through our Writer Development Program
If you’re a writer who hasn’t yet gotten your break, you’ve probably found that getting your work in the hands of people within the film and television industry can feel like an impossible task.
Shore Scripts was created to bridge that gap between emerging screenwriters and the industry.
Most screenplay contests, if they send your work out at all, will most likely send out a mass email of all projects, without any context. These are subsequently ignored by the industry.
Our writer development program was designed to veer away from these common pitfalls and create real and tangible opportunities and successes for our writers.
The first thing our Writer Development Team does once the contest ends is to schedule a call with each of our Winners and Finalists to learn more about you and your work. That's over 50 calls with writers in 2023.
These one-on-one consultations allow us to create a tailor-made plan for each individual writer.
This plan often centers around a few central questions - are you still working on your script and looking for notes, or is it locked? Do you have any additional material to support the project (one-page synopsis, tv bible, etc) Are you seeking representation, or do you already have an agent or manager? Are you looking to get your screenplay sold or optioned, or is it something you are aspiring to direct yourself? Depending on the answers to questions like these, we determine a strategy for where the script and the writer will have the most chance of success.
This could entail giving you notes on the script, helping develop certain elements, or simply getting the script in the right hands at the right time. Our Writer Development Team provides career consultancy every step of the way.
Forging strong relationships with our writers is essential in not only learning who you are as a writer and what you want from your career, but it allows us to passionately sell you and your work to the most suited people on our Industry Roster.
Our Industry Roster is made up of 300+ managers, agents, producers, production companies, and directors spanning the US and UK, Europe, and Australia. Just as we spend time getting to know our writers, we do the same with members of the industry. This entails learning their likes and dislikes, the kinds of projects they might already have in development, the kinds of budgetary or geographic restrictions they might have – anything that narrows down the type of project or writer they might be particularly excited to read.
This allows us to carefully curate the screenplays we send to our Oscar, Golden Globe, EMMY, and BAFTA Winning Industry Roster, ensuring that the people reading your work are the ones who are looking for writers like you and are interested in the stories you tell.
Being plugged into our roster's individual needs and passionately circulating our talented writers' scripts is what makes us stand out from the crowd, and maximizes the chance of success.The Gatekeepers
Our contests have a proven track record of helping emerging writers achieve their goals of becoming full-time working screenwriters.
Shore Scripts writers have gained representation through many of our industry roster agents and managers, sold specs, and been staffed on shows for companies such as Blumhouse, Netflix, Paramount, Film4, NBC, Hulu, HBO, Universal, SYFY, FOX, Sony, SkyTV, Peacock & Others.
Our winning short films have played at numerous major festivals like Tribeca, BFI London, Austin, and Palm Springs, and have even won a BAFTA.
By working so specifically and individually on both the writer and industry sides, Shore has created something truly unique among screenplay contests – an ongoing engagement with writers, constant communication with verified industry professionals, and a resource to competition alumni that exists long after the competition cycle has ended.
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Through entering Shore Scripts, we have helped over 100 Screenwriters kickstart their careers by gaining representation, optioning, selling and having their screenplays produced.
Read Our Success Stories
“After placing as a finalist in the Short Film Fund, I had a phone call with the writers’ development team that quickly lead to me being introduced to my new agent – Emily Smith at The Agency. I highly recommend Shore Script for anyone looking to get their career to the next level. Thank you again so much for your help, it’s been a great experience!”
“I was a finalist in the 2021. From there I met Shore's Writer Development Manager who's been an amazing resource to the industry. He sent my screenplay out to industry professionals whilst arranging multiple meetings. The best part, I'm now about to have one of my screenplays optioned. It's been an enormous help for me as I'm trying to break into the industry. I would highly recommend entering."
“My preliminary discussion with the Writer Development Manager was illuminating. He understood my thoughts on whose desk my Feature Drama Script Major Hacker's War should land, and helped me brainstorm companies, producers, agents, and actors, as well as highlighting the extensive Shore Scripts contacts. As a finalist script in the Feature competition, I received more help from Shore than all the other competitions where I reached the finals combined.”
“When my feature screenplay "Purify My Heart" became a Drama Finalist with Shore Scripts, it was immediately clear that I was in good hands. Their writer development program takes the distribution of finalist scripts to the marketplace very seriously, with a vision for each individual writer, and a thoughtful and customized approach for each writer's work.”
“After my TV pilot script placed, I was straight away invited to have a phone call with a member of the Writer Development Team. A short while later, I received news that a major audio entertainment company would like to talk to me about potentially commissioning the pilot to series. I'm happy to report that, thanks to Shore Scripts, I now have a two-part deal in place with that entertainment company, and my script is closer to production than ever. Well worth entering!'”
3 OF OUR 100+ WRITER SUCCESSES
Feature Film Produced with Blumhouse & HULU.
"Shore Scripts has literally put me on such a life and career-changing trajectory. Where I am now in my life and career is thanks, in large part, to my relationship with Shore Scripts".View Louis' Story
Nell & Dave Thomas
Their winning feature script is going into production, starring Alicia Vikander & Elizabeth Olsen
"Winning Shore Scripts has been a wonderful and career changing experience. It’s opened doors we simply couldn’t have opened ourselves. Shore has shown us that the career we’ve always wanted is possible".View Their Story
Developing her project with Sundance.
"I would like to just reiterate my gratitude to Shore Scripts. This isn’t something that I would have believed to be possible and it was entirely enabled by your Short Film Fund!".
What our Industry Roster are saying
A few comments from our Industry Roster and Judges
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“Shore Scripts is an essential resource for our development endeavor. We consistently are introduced to extremely talented screenwriters.”
Short Film Programmer at the Tribeca Festival
“It was a pleasure to read such great new voices and stories with real heart.”
Writer on Mad Men,
Archer, Get Low
“I’ve really enjoyed reading these scripts. They are such a great, varied and eclectic mix.’”
Actor on Peaky Blinders,
The Mummy, Kill List
“By curating a shortlist of undiscovered screenplays, Shore Scripts has created a fast track for new writers to be discovered by producers who might otherwise miss their work.”
Joanna Laurie & Stephen Woolley
Oscar Nom Producers
“These scripts were wonderful. It was great fun to read such a diverse group of stories, all of which were so well written.”
Writer of Terminator Genisys
“These finalists are a strong group. Every script was well-written and professionally executed.”
Vice President of Film
at Atomic Monster
“I would like to applaud each of the writers and thank them for allowing me to read their wonderful work. Each writer is clearly at a level that assures me that if they are not already working (paid to write), that time is nigh.”
Writer/Producer on The Sopranos, The Walking Dead