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[Shawn Nacol]
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Success is less rare than the courage to attempt it.

- Terry Rossio

For a long time I stuck bullheadedly to my theatrical guns and refused to do screenwriting on principle. Most movies are crap. I hate LA. But the simple truth is that screenwriting is only as shite as we let it be. And it's much more lucrative than theatre any way you slice it. So either I've finally drunk the Kool-Aid or I've opened myself to possibilities. The jury's still out.

Many of the lessons I learned writing for live audiences carries over to film. Theatricality, economy, worldbuilding... My fierce love of genre and breaking the rules is intact, as is my fierce belief in respecting the format. it was only a matter of time. When Tribeca Productions first approached me about my play Trophy Wife, I was skeptical to say the least. And the experience was a a real seat-of-my-pants education. Urged by a few pivotal people I've really begun to make peace with the flashier, cashier sister of the eternal invalid.

This section of the website is really intended to answer questions in case people are curious about specs that have been brewing. From everything I can tell, assignments and rewrites have no business being publicized. Since this is strictly spec only, things will stay a bit sparse, but it should give an idea of the kinds of things that turn my crank.

For each film project, I'll try to include a synopsis, a development history, related links and, if you're still curious, a booklist for each that explores the topics in greater depth. Where I've included synopses, these files are available as properly formatted PDF files for easy printing and perusal. Each file should open automatically when you click on the PDF link. If it does not, you can download the Adobe Acrobat Reader free by clicking on the Get Acrobat Reader button:

You can also click on the titles below to view each screenplay's pages. Check it out...

a satire about paparazzi wishing on a fallen starlet

Short comic screenplay (co-written with Emily Stone)

a romantic comedy about going with your gut

Full length rom-com screenplay

a necromantic thriller about lost souls and free spirits

Full length thriller screenplay.

Punching Judy, a screamplay

a romantic caper about last chances and beaten hearts

Full length comic screenplay.


Oak courts the lightning.


Movies aren't made, they happen.

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.

 Ray Bradbury






Development Hell
Gradually, I'm making peace with the process of moving a movie through the production labyrinth. Film is a strange business, much more complex than theatre, probably because of the money and technology involved. Getting paid has little to do with projects actually getting off the ground. Everyone warned me (and they were right) that I'd need to stick to my guns, and the truth is, sticking to my guns is the only way I've taken big leaps forward.

Let's hear it for guns.

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Writing... is like driving at night with the headlights on: You can only see a little ways in front of you, but you can make the whole journey this way.

E.L. Doctorow  

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