Diane M. Johnson - author & screenwriter 
Scripts

Autumn Blood
Bad Apples don't fall far from the tree... As a social worker tries to shield his sociopath mother's murderous crimes from the rest of the world, he finds his own moral ground tested by an abused and pregnant teen who has fallen in love with him.

*Semifinalist FOCUS National Screenwriting Competition, Top 4 Finalist Indie Gathering.

Find an excerpt at www.winningscripts.com


Perfect Prophet
Devil Rocker Alec never envisioned himself as a messenger from God after he miraculously survived a bullet to the heart. But one fan does... When a reckless antichristian rocker, who abandoned the faith long ago, discovers his ability as a hands on healer, his satanic fan base targets him and his family to prevent him from spreading the word.

*Finalist Scriptwriters Network Staged Reading Series, Quarterfinalist America's Best Screenwriting Competitions,  Top 25 Finalist Screenwriters Community Split Screenplay Competition.

Find an excerpt at www.winningscripts.com


A Good Soul
A sitcom actor risks losing his soul for the chance to prove that he can be more than the lovable character he once played on TV. His quest for a darker role leads him into the world of underground clubs where he is tricked into playing the killer in a snuff film.

*Top 4 Finalist California Independent Film Festival Slate Awards, Finalist Paranoia Horror and SciFi Film Fest. Finalist 2013 L.A. Shriekfest Feature Screenplay Competitions.**

The Saga of Ben and Casey
A shy teen faces her first job at a truckstop diner where employees sacrifice their dreams for a living. When she anonymously writes adventures about a sexy, brazen heroine named Casey, the employees take steps in their own lives to realize those forgotten dreams.


Harpo’s Bike            
After a successful gen X slacker inherits the Harley of his abusive Marine father, he travels to New Orleans to prove to his family that the man was not worth forgiveness because he was having an affair. Instead, he finds his father’s redemption in the least likely of people - a homeless veteran mute - his father’s best friend from their tour in Beirut - who thinks he’s Harpo Marx. 

*Finalist Scriptwriters Network Staged Reading Series,  Top 25 Finalist Screenwriters Community Split Screenplay Competition, Quarterfinalist Big Bear Lakes International Film Fest. 

Turf War
As Florida neighbors fall in love, their rival lawn ornaments plot a war. Owen and Petunia are divided by a potholed road that borders Florida swampland. They have never really met. Owen takes refuge in his summer home (a weather beaten hovel) whenever he's crying in his margarita over a woman. Petunia lives for her home. It shows with the manicured lawn, flower gardens and one hundred gnomes placed just so throughout her yard. But this story isn't about Owen and Petunia. It's about Floyd, the flamingo on Owen's side, and Shamus, the gnome on Petunia's side. As Floyd plots to take over the gnomes' land, Shamus struggles to keep himself from being banished to Floyd's side of the road.

*Top 100 Finalist 2011 Sundance Table Read My Screenplay Competition, Quarterfinalist, 2014 Nashville Film Festival.


The Schoharie
A volunteer firefighter of Native American decent must convince a small town sheriff with a grudge that a vengeful Indian spirit is bent on destroying their town using the flood waters of a nearby creek. Inspired by real events.

**Quarterfinalist America's Best Screenwriting Competition.

Find an excerpt at www.winningscripts.com


Shallow Water 
A high school senior/lifeguard, dumped by his girlfriend after graduation, clings to dependency as he spends his last summer before college in a tumultuous affair with a wealthy woman twice his age. When her husband finds out, it leads to murder.


Spike
A Native American environmentalist is pitted against his logger brother after a botanist whistleblower is pushed too far in the struggle to maintain the forests of Northwestern Montana. As loggers fight for job security, and as environmentalists fight for their cause, the botanist becomes the victim of both sides, and enacts a dangerous retribution.

*Winner of the John Muir Gold Award at Yosemite International Film Fest, Finalist at The Writers Place Screenplay Competition (both in 2009).

Find an excerpt of this script at   www.winningscripts.com


Sacred Oil
When LA graffiti mimics Midwest crop circles, the end of the world is near. An LA dee-jay loses his memory after he returns from an abduction, and it's up to a Haitian voodoo priest and his following of graffiti taggers to find the connection before the dee-jay, and others like him, become soulless zombies created to wipe out humanity.


The Saturday Night Supper Club 
A young and successful conductor/composer battles depression and a block in his creativity after the brother who raised him dies in a car crash. Story by Ish Muniz for Highway 114 Pictures. (Note: Ish Muniz passed away in June 2008, leaving the completed script in production limbo.)


Shorts:

PWNED 
30 min  **Finalist 2011 L.A. Shriekfest Short Screenplay Competition, Top 30 finalist in 2013 Table Read My Screenplay Competition

Blindsided 
10 min  **Top 9 finalist in 2011 D.C. Shorts Screenplay Competition

The Body and Blood 
30 min  **Top 100 finalist in 2011 Table Read My Screenplay Competition

Roadside Picnic
30 min  **Semifinalist 2014 L.A. Shriekfest Short Screenplay Competition

Between Civil Men
30 min Drama Short

TV Specs and Pilots: 

Supernatural - It Should Have Been Me

Supernatural - Intervention  **2nd round finalist at Austin Film Fest 2012, finalist at Scriptapalooza TV 2012

Supernatural - Schism

Supernatural - I Got You, Babe
**Quarterfinal in Final Draft Big Break 2013, Finalist at Stage 32 Happy Writers TV 2014

Parks and Recreation - C'est La Vie


The Chain: Francisco Pizarro **Quarterfinal in the Shore Scripts TV Pilot Competition 2016, Semifinals at Scriptapalooza TV 2017 

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