Diane M. Johnson - screenwriter

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Welcome to my Web site! Here you can find a little bit about me and about the work that I do.

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It's been a while since my last update, but I'm still working hard at perfecting the craft. My latest writing project started out as a pilot and has blossomed into subsequent episodes that can fill two to three seasons worth of TV. Finding episode ideas to write has been easier than I had hoped, but convincing the gatekeepers that it's worth a read has been more than a challenge. The good news? I've had positive feedback on the idea. The not so good news? They won't read it. But at least they don't agree on why they won't read it, which means that personal tastes and opinions are the deciding factors (as opposed to bad writing, which they can't comment on because they haven't read it). I take that back. One executive actually told me that he thought the pilot would be too talky based on the pitch... I will never understand the minds of the gatekeepers.

The pilot episode, called
The Chain: Francisco Pizarro, has been awarded a quarterfinalist nod by the Shore Scripts TV Pilot Competition 2016, and a semifinalist nod by the Scriptapalooza TV Competition 2017, so it's got potential. You can check out the list of fourteen features, shorts, specs and pilots that have earned competition merit at Moviebytes.

So, that's the news! Good luck to everyone, and writers? Keep writing!

Check out www.winningscripts.com for a list of my competition winning script excerpts

Shriekfest is a fantastic annual festival that is run by Denise Gossett, who has dedicated 16 years to showcasing up and coming talent in the independent horror genre. Please check it out if you are a fan of any style of horror.

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