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Screenplay Academy was created to give contest screenwriters the tools needed to write an award-winning (or high placing) screenplay that can also attract producers.


About Your Script Coach

I am a five-year second round reader for the Austin Film Festival, a screenwriter & short film director, and occasional movie extra.

Formerly, I was a law librarian specializing in teaching law with film, a movie theater projectionist, and video store manager.

I have a master’s degree in Film and Popular Culture, with a focus on film & TV screenwriting, film & story analysis, and Hollywood history.

I bought my first film book at the age of 12 from a classmate for a quarter. It was a 16mm film catalog retrieved from the trash.

As a veteran contest reader, I have an insider’s perspective on what it takes to get to each level of a screenwriting competition.

I’ve read professionally in all genres, including drama, comedy, action, adventure, thriller, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.

My goal, and the reason for Screenplay Academy, is to help new writers tell their unique story in the most powerful way possible.

Alan Pannell




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