About Shawna Benson

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Greetings, from Shawna Benson

Hi Again!

(Not so sekrit anymore since there’s a big link on the top of the blog now. But hi, no matter how you got here!)

It was a great pleasure meeting you…wherever it was that we met.  Either way, it was so nice to meet you, we should probably meet again, or at least keep in touch!  Here’s where you can find me on social media:

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time remembering everyone I meet and what we discussed, especially if it was at one of those large networking type events where you collect about fifty business cards to take home and can’t remember anyone.  It happens.  Let me provide some possible clues:

  • Writing for television, film and multi-platform (web) – I am a writer who has co-written and sold a multi-platform series with Bernie Su.  I have also written scripts with my sister, Julie Benson and I have written, directed and produced a webseries pilot called #Follow. My IMDB Page.  You can see my work here:  Watch #Follow
  • My most recent industry job was as the Writers’ Assistant on the CW show “The 100.”
  • I was previously employed as Ashley E. Miller’s assistant ( IMDB for him) so perhaps we met in relation to him.
  • I’ve maintained a screenwriting blog, Shouting Into the Wind since 2004.
  • I like all manner of tea and am a budding oenophile.  Did we discuss beverages?
  • I just really liked the cut of your jib.  Hey, it’s a compliment!

Maybe you still don’t remember.  It’s okay, I won’t hate you.  Maybe I’ll remember YOU, though!  Leave a comment below and I’ll see if I can help us remember why you are here.  Even if we can’t, it’ll be like we are meeting again for the first time!

 

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This post was written by Shawna on July 13, 2008

5 Comments so far

  1. Monica Solon September 27, 2011 12:58 pm

    Dear Shawna

    The biggest and most exciting gathering of screenwriters, film makers, producers, directors and actors in Europe is about to begin. The 2nd London Screenwriters’ Festival (http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com) kicks off on October 28th for a three day festival like no other. We would be grateful if you could spread the news amongst your readers.

    Top speakers include consultant Christopher Vogler (Hero’s Journey), writer Linda Aronson ( 21st Century Screenplay), scriptwriter Ashley Pharaoh (‘Life On Mars’, ‘Ashes To Ashes’) , producer Duncan Kenworthy (‘Four Weddings..’, ‘Love Actually’), script editor Kate Leys (‘The Full Monty’, ‘Trainspotting’ and ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’), ITV commissioner Elaine Bedell (X-Factor), film editor Eddie Hamilton (‘Kick Ass’, ‘X-Men: First Class’), BBC Writersroom Paul Ashton, BAFTA-nominated scriptwriter Tim Clague, BBC commissioner Ben Stephenson and many more, including one big name – a surprise that will only be announced in October!

    Top 10 reasons to attend The London Screenwriters Festival 2011

    Over 100 speakers – Top screenwriters, producers, executives and educators share their passion and insight.
    Nearly 100 events – World class screenwriting workshops, seminars and panels.
    Networking – Delegates will meet over 400 professional writers and network with producers and agents at the festival’s social events.
    Speed Pitching – Delegates can get their project in front of producers and agents in the Speed Pitching sessions.
    Script Chat – Face time with speakers in post-session round table script chats.
    Never miss a session – Most sessions will be filmed, so participants can watch them after the festival.
    Online network – The online network will allow participants to connect with other delegates.
    It’s what we love – Three days immersed in the thing we all love: screenwriting.
    Feedback – Read what both the festival’s delegates AND speakers said about last years’ festival.
    iPhone App – The festival will have an iPhone / Smartphone app so delegates can keep up to date on added sessions, speakers and other delegates.

    Get £30 off the ticket price by using the code MONICASOLON.

    Best wishes,

    Monica Solon
    Screenwriter

    London Screenwriters’ Festival 2011 (http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com)
    Palavras no Papel blog (Words on Paper blog) (http://palavrasnopapel.wordpress.com)
    Literary agent Julian Friedmann’s blog (Blake Friedmann Film, Television and Literary Agency) (http://julianfriedmann.squarespace.com)

  2. Nick September 8, 2012 11:47 am

    Hi Shawna!
    We’ve never met before, but I’ve been talking to your sister on twitter recently and she said that you’re a big fan of the Austin Film Festival so I was wondering if I could ask you about that? My brother and I just found out that we made it to the second round in the teleplay competition and we’re currently trying to figure out if we should head over there next month. We’ve heard good things about the festival, but we just want to make sure that it’s worth the money so yeah, any advice/thoughts would be most appreciated!

    Cheers,
    Nick

  3. BlueCat Screenwriting Competition May 14, 2013 6:27 am

    Please share with your community!

    2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition ‪Call for Entries‬

    This year, BlueCat establishes one of the largest cash prizes in the world for a Short Screenplay, with a Grand prize of $10,000 USD, along with an increase in our Feature prize to $15,000 USD.

    Students will be eligible to submit their short screenplay at a discounted rate of $29 USD for the duration of the competition.

    Each Short Screenplay submission will receive one written analysis, while each Feature Screenplay entry will receive two.

    All Short Screenplay submissions received by May 15th will receive their feedback by June 1st. ($35 entry fee)

    All Feature Screenplay submissions received by June 15th will receive their feedback by July 1st. ($55 entry fee)

    PRIZES:

    Best Feature Screenplay $15,000 USD
    Four Finalists $2500 USD

    Best Short Screenplay $10,000 USD
    Three Finalists $1500 USD

    The Cordelia Award
    Best Feature Screenplay from the UK
    $1500 USD

    The Joplin Award
    Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK
    $1500 USD

    Movie Title Contest: Three Winners $250 USD each
    All screenplays entered by August 1 are eligible
    SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/2014-call-for-entries

    Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:

    • Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham”, a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director Jason Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.
    • Elijah Wood produced Ana Lily Amipour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”, set for release in late 2013.
    • Aaron Guzikowski’s “Prisoners”, starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo, will be released September 2013. The Sundance Channel recently bought Aaron’s TV pilot, “The Descendents”, making it their second scripted show after “Rectify.”
    • Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell”, to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.
    • “SomaCell”, along with “Rodham”, were two 2012 Blacklist Scripts written by BlueCat Alumni.

    BlueCat Screenplay Competition
    Website: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com
    Facebook: http://facebook.com/BlueCatScreenplayCompetition
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlueCatPictures
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/bluecatscreenplay
    Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bluecatpictures
    Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/bluecatscreenplay
    Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/bluecat-newsletter

  4. Danny January 11, 2014 4:35 am

    HI Shawna! I’ve got a new site, and you kindly link to my old blog so if you find the time/can be bothered to update to my new site, that’d be cool. http://www.dannystack.com

    THANKS! 🙂

  5. Claudia Summerfield May 28, 2014 11:05 am

    Hello Shawna:

    We are pleased to announce the start of our 2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition! Please pass along the below information to your communities to spread the word about our exciting 2015 Call for Entries. Thank you for your time.

    2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition
    CALL FOR ENTRIES

    Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.

    BlueCat accepts both feature length and short screenplays, and in keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis, with our best screenplays receiving over $40,000 in cash prizes.

    All submissions received by June 15th will receive their written analysi by July 1st.

    Students will be eligible to submit their short screenplay at a special rate of $35.

    The final deadline for the competition is November 15th, 2014.

    We look forward to working with you!

    Awards

    $15,000 Best Feature Screenplay
    $2500 Four Feature Finalists

    $10,000 Best Short Screenplay
    $1500 Three Short Finalists

    $1500 The Cordelia Prize
    Best Feature Screenplay from the UK

    $1500 Joplin Award Prize
    Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK

    Movie Title Contest: Three Winners $250 each
    All screenplays entered by August 1st are eligible

    Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni

    Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham”, a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director Jason Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.
    Elijah Wood produced Ana Lily Amipour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”, set for release in late 2013.
    Aaron Guzikowski’s “Prisoners”, starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo, will be released September 2013. The Sundance Channel recently bought Aaron’s TV pilot, “The Descendents”, making it their second scripted show after “Rectify.”
    Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell”, to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.
    “SomaCell”, along with “Rodham”, were two 2012 Blacklist Scripts written by BlueCat Alumni.

    BlueCat Screenplay Competition
    Website: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com
    Facebook: http://facebook.com/BlueCatScreenplayCompetition
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlueCatPictures
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/bluecatscreenplay
    Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bluecatpictures
    Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/bluecatscreenplay
    Newsletter: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/bluecat-newsletter

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