My Feature “Grimmer” is a Semifinalist in the Filmmatic Horror Competition!

Logline: Roz’s directorial debut hinges on making amends with her estranged sister, but things on set turn deadly when she accidentally releases fairy tale monsters from their enchanted prison.

Grimmer was my first attempt at writing a screenplay from scratch rather than adapting things I had already written in another form. I got the idea years ago from living in Germany, and it feels pretty prescient of me considering I am now screenwriting myself. It started as a mad dash after an Impact x Netflix prompt, followed by some refining over the next few months.

Taking a deep dive into German folklore, then marrying that with suspense was a fantastic experience. The main character also suffers from chronic pain like me, so it was also a great feeling to get her out into the world.

As my first stab at horror (pun intended), I didn’t expect to win, but I am so grateful to have been selected for the coveted semifinalist list. Many thanks to the folks at Filmmatic, and to the people who gave me feedback along the way.

You can check out the full list of semifinalists, finalists, and the grand prize winner here. 

LitCon 2021 – Screenwriting Q&A

During the first weekend in March, I hosted a pair of screenwriting panels for LitCon 2021. For our first one, authors participating in the online book convention were given the opportunity to send in their questions to the panel in advance, and I got to pick their brains myself. A big thank you to Joe Compton, L. Marie Wood, and Jon Meyers for joining me!

Writing my First (and hopefully not last!) TV Series Bible

Another screenwriting post I am migrating to my new site 🙂

Phoebe Darqueling

With all the other stuff going on and interviews to post, I totally forgot to post about my progress in the pilot competition. On Dec 9, I found out that I was one of just 50 finalists overall in the competition, which started with about 4800 entries. Woohoo!!! So now I am biting my nails until the winners around announced on Jan 13. Even if I don’t win my category, I am hoping I can still parles this into a strong fellowship application to help me get things rolling for real in 2021.

As a finalist, I had to submit a “series bible.” This is one of the many (many!) new things I’ve learned about in the past couple of months. Unlike screenplays/teleplays, this document is far looser. Basically, it is the overview of the season for a show, but its uses have evolved over time. In the beginning, this…

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Creating My Own Screenwriting Boot Camp: MasterClass Courses

I wrote this post for my author website, but I’m moving all my screenwriting posts over to my new site.

Phoebe Darqueling

There are a few online degrees and intensive workshops for aspiring screenwriters out there. But, frankly, I’ve been a self-directed and motivated student of storytelling already for six years. It just doesn’t seem like it is worth the cost wade through the basics again.
However, there is certainly more to learn, especially the specifics of telling a visual story. So I am creating a screenwriting boot camp of sorts for myself. As an early Xmas present in November, I received a MasterClass membership for a year. And I am certainly getting my money’s worth! I’ve completed 169 lessons in about 6 weeks, most of them related to writing and filmmaking.
One important caveat to mention when it comes to MasterClass is that much of the time when I had the lessons on, I was not looking at the screen. There were certainly lessons where I needed to, but oftentimes it…

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