Monday, November 24, 2008


After plowing through an amazing amount of good scripts, ten rose to the top. The past 3 weeks several trusted confidants and I read these scripts and then I tallied the input. For the winner--it was a rout. All of us agreed that one script far and away was The One--an enthralling story, well-told. For the #2 and 3 slot, things were not quite as clear-cut. Both were fantastic, although completely different animals. Ultimately it came down to which one grabbed us, shook us senseless and made us beg for more the most.

A round of applause, please, for the WINNERS OF WRITERS ON THE STORM 2008:


***The Moonbeam Fisherman*** by John Dummer

Family movie about a boy who discovers an interplanetary secret being kept by an old hermit. Engrossing, uplifting, wonderful.


***Deathless*** (AKA “Link”) by Jerry White

A truly chilling new take on the haunted house movie that creates a brilliant new franchiseable bad guy. The town will flock. Spectacular.


***Belfast Boys*** by Heather Upton

A young man gets sucked into violent world of the I.R.A. in 1980s Ireland. Crackles with action and verisimilitude.

Once again, let’s hear it for the rest of our top ten:

Black Damp by Carla Robinson
Cage by Philip Landa
Canaries by Craig Cambria
Colossus by Jason Kent
Fausta by Dalisia Mendoza
In the Middle of Greatness by C.J. Liao
Upon This Rock by Tim Mangan

Congratulations to you all. And now it’s prizes time. We’ll be contacting all of you directly about getting your hands on the shwag!

On behalf of Portia Jefferson and the Coverage, Ink and Writers on the Storm teams, thanks to everyone who participated. Writers on the Storm 4 starts up again in April! Keep honing, whittling, editing and polishing, and we’ll see you guys in 2009!

Jim Cirile

P.S. News flash: WOTS 2006 Runners up John and Patricia Zussman have been hired to write the political drama "The Trial of Osama bin Laden" by producer Erik Bauer as a direct result of WOTS! Way to go, guys!


Anonymous said...

Congrats, John!

Thanks, Jim, to you and your staff for running such a professional contest. Much appreciated. Tim M

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Tim!

Anonymous said...

Once again, GOR has been defeeted! %This year GOR came close trhan ever bfore! GOR scored in top 50! Noe GOR shall never divolge true name so you shall never no the majesty of the truth that is the given name of GOR but know well that GOR shal be back next year and GOR shall triumph over all you lame writers. GOR's script is the best. Contest judges suck and can only recgnize a fragment of GOR's billiance but never give over the BIG MONY. GOR is not disuaded amnd will revise script (not saying name, ha, you thouight you could trap me, ha ha ha) and resubmit with NEW name next year and no one will ever know! GOR! GOR! GORRRRRRR