Thursday, February 23, 2012


Whew, this was hard.  So many great little gems.  All of the scene writers get a cool little prize package and are semifinalists. There are technically only four semifinalists in the pitch category but I wanted to honor a top ten list because there were so many captivating stories here.  I will see what I can do to find something to offer all ten before I narrow it down to the four winners.

I am aiming to pick all the winners by the end of the month but give me a day or two of leeway.  I will post an update here, on our Facebook page and in the Email that goes out this week announcing these results.

Thanks again to all who entered and congratulations to those who advanced.  I am honored to have been able to immerse myself in your work.  I will send you some offers that might make it pretty easy to come out to the Champion Lab.  


Chasing Losses by Graham Calvert
Heaven-Sent by John Leary & Alison McMahan
King of Kings by Nellie Meyers
Miss Old Freshman by Ashley Spears
No Cigs in Space by Sundae Jahant-Osborn
Payback's a Bitch by Deprise Brescia
Seeing Red by Sundae Jahant-Osborn
Special Needs by Geoff Inverarity
The Bounty by Vishaal Desai
Yellow Trees by Aimee Condayan


All the Wrong Places (poetry scene) by Sean Connolly
Bad Pistachio by Daisy Ho
Betrayal Consultants by Daisy Ho
Bump Off by Nellie Myers
Revolution by Derek Coleman and Kimberly Coleman
Sister Secrets by Alison McMahan
Taking Up Serpents by Cash Anthony
The Café Society by Millar Prescott
The Free and the Brave by Ed Rathje
Warrior Soul by Jim Kenney

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Semifinalists for 2011 Champion Screenwriting Competition

Here are the top 20 Features in the 2011 Champion Screenwriting Competition.  I decided to add one extra to the semifinalist lists for TV and Shorts.  Will send out announcement or newsletter by Tuesday night at latest.  Thanks to everyone who entered.  There were so many great scripts.  It was difficult to narrow this list down.

Pitches and Scene semifinalists will be listed by the end of the week.  Winners of the contest will be announced before the end of the month.  More details soon.

Congrats to the top 20 Feature Writers!

3D at the Palace by Robert Kent Wilson II
Anatomy of a Town by Patricia Fox
Appearances by Frederic Richter
Bleeding Kansas by C.J. Morris
Broken Sinclair by Elizabeth Ashby
Cargo by Samuel Bartlett
Department of Lost Souls by Ryan Blackwell
Dust Devil by Mark Bankins
Fin Chaser by Maria Cozzi
First Under Heaven by Ellwyn Kauffman
Girl On Main by Christine Hinz
Haber by Daniel Ragussis
Hellfighters by Will Burgess
Love the Hive by Derek Cavens
Seven Thousand Islands by Gary White
Spike Driver Blues by T. Steed
The Breaker by Josh Lovison
The North Puddle by Rick Fonté and Don Zolidis
The Outliers by Linda Haltmaier
Totem - A Zombie Story by Sean Escalante

Congratulations to the top 11 TV writers.  All of you will be invited to Ellen's class in Los Angeles.

TV – Pilots
Friends Academy by Jessica Weinberg
Full Tilt Boogie by Amber Crawford-Idell
Happy Pines by Aaron Rollins
Holbrook by Justin Paquette
Rest in Peace by Jill Weinberger

TV – Spec Comedy
Archer - Soft Target by Gregory Boytos
Modern Family - Friendly Fire by Charity Paniamogan
Parks and Recreation - Drag Queen Bingo by Carlos Cisco

TV – Spec Drama
Body of Proof - Heaven Help Us by Katie Hennicke
Breaking Bad - Kingpin by Stephanie Stanley
Fringe - Its Bark by Noah Edelson


A Fine Day for It by Deborah  Grimes
A Life Relented by Michael Miceli
Autumn Leaves by Millar Prescott
Classroom Things by Mike Goforth
It's Tea Time by Sandra Gabrych
Mean Creek (3-page version) by Dan Goforth
No Way Home by Joseph Mancini
Riding Goode by Kimberly Coleman
Situation 5 by Curtis Melroe
The Butterfly's Rude Awakening by David Paster
Ye Old Recruiting Station by Daniel Chomistek

Jim Mercurio