Here at The Tracking Board, it’s our mission to support and encourage up-and-coming writers who are looking for avenues to showcase their unique voices. We are constantly looking for ways to celebrate and acknowledge the talented and passionate screenwriters who are working their way to the top.
To that end, we’re pleased to present the latest ISA Spotlight – Park City.
Table Read My Screenplay is a screenwriting contest sponsored by the International Screenwriters’ Association, The Tracking Board, and Write Your Screenplay. The draw of this contest is that the winning screenplay(s) will be workshopped by an established director and table-read by professional actors. The contest is featured in cities such as Hollywood, Park City, London, and Austin, but reaches writers all over the world.
We’ve partnered with TRMS and the ISA to bring you the ISA Spotlight, which provides the opportunity for us to highlight the winning screenplays and to introduce you to these talented writers.
FEATURE / PILOT GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
Syvertsen’s Complex by Marni Sullivan
Logline: A neurologically-altered man engineered to care for a wealthy family’s son struggles to overcome a deadly mental illness triggered by the child’s death.
Bio: Marni is a screenwriter and technical advisor who specializes in features and television series with academic and ethical themes. Her genres include drama, grounded sci-fi, dark fantasy, and thrillers.
She holds degrees in neuroscience and anthropology with a graduate research background in cognitive neurobiology. In 2016, she was a top 3 finalist in the Final Draft Big Break competition and a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowships.
What Marni is working on now: Sullivan’s animation script, The Primitive Hour, made the Top 3 Finalists for the Final Draft Big Break Contest this year.
Sullivan’s pilot for a dark fantasy series, Scolariton, was a finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition this year, and she recently completed a new pilot for a one-hour crime thriller series called Accountability. Sullivan also currently developing a concept for a new indie drama called Imposed Silence.
SECOND PLACE WINNER:
The Poacher by Travis J. Opgenorth
Logline: An impoverished African poacher struggles to protect his family from growing notoriety after shooting a ruthless warlord who comes looking for revenge.
Bio: A fear-conquering adventurist, Opgenorth has swum with sharks, conquered a fear of heights, experienced living in three major cities, and set foot in eight foreign countries. With his meandering experiences and lessons learned, he hopes to grow peoples’ view of the world through his writing.
While advancing his other career as a post-production professional, he has managed to complete fifteen feature and TV pilot scripts that have combined for over sixty contest wins and placements in the last four years alone. He has placed in the Nicholl Fellowships, the PAGE Awards, Nashville Film Fest, WeScreenplay, and Table Read My Screenplay contests with three different feature screenplays. Opgenorth has had two features optioned, and he has written on assignment. He was also very excited to recently learn that Daredevil and TMNT unofficially exist in the same New York City.
What Travis’ working on now: Thanks to his screenplay, The Poacher, Opgenorth is currently negotiating a feature writing assignment with Sixth Sense Productions, developing a secondary project based on a true-life WW2 story, and simultaneously working to produce two of his award-winning short scripts while still managing to show up for work as a Post Production Coordinator on E!’s hit series, Botched.
THIRD PLACE WINNER:
Roe by Jamee Decio
Logline: A black man, exonerated for rape and murder after spending fifteen years on death row, struggles to reconcile all he has lost: his youth, education and the son he has never known, while seeking justice for the victim, his childhood friend.
Bio: Decio, an Indiana native, finds inspiration for her storytelling in characters from her childhood, and her years as a prosecuting attorney. A graduate of Notre Dame and its law school, she adopted her son from Los Angeles’ troubled foster care system and is presently writing a book about the experience.
A WGA member, she has sold numerous comedies and romantic comedies. Last fall, she co-wrote a romantic comedy pilot for new media and began her career placing in the top twenty of the Nicholl Fellowships. She won two screenwriting contests for drama in 2015, and has written several one-hour pilots in the past six months, including Roe.
What Jamee’s working on now: Decio is presently writing a thriller about a troubled young man impaneled on his first jury; a one-hour coming of age/young adult TV pilot; and is developing a thirty-minute romantic comedy sitcom based on her screenplay.
View the complete list of Category Winners and Special Mentions on the Official Table Read My Screenplay site.
* All photos courtesy of TRMS.