By midlandsmovies, Nov 29 2017 09:57AM
Midlands Spotlight - Screenwriter Neil O Neil
Midlands Movies Mike finds out about regional screenwriter Neil O'Neil who has begun work on a number of shorts and features in the region.
Neil O'Neil is an English award winning screenplay writer whose script, 'I.E.' won the best Epic screenplay award at the 2014 Monaco International Film Festival and has now been picked up by Hollywood Director Cyrus Yavneh.
Furthermore, his short film, 'The Magpie' won the Tabula Short Film cup 2014 and has been a finalist for New Renaissance Film Festival 2016. And more recently Neil has started producing films and is currently working on getting a number of features made.
Neil's latest is Chocolate Potato whose script has been greenlit and is Neil's first full feature being commissioned by Midas Light Films. Currently in pre-production, scheduling and budgeting, the film is being planned for a shoot in early 2018.
Telling the story of an illicit spam email which arrives at the wrong time that pushes a man over the brink when his wife thinks he’s having an affair. He then enlists a weird friend before going on a bizarre and hilarious journey trying to put things right in an unusual combination of drama, comedy and words.
Originally writing as a lyricist - with a claim to fame being an album in the German Rock charts in 1982 - Neil spent 15 years living in Europe working writing seriously in 1999 when a lucid evening of delirium in Warsaw planted a complete multicoloured version of 'The Shooting Gallery' in his head.
Three years later he had a creative writing diploma from the University of East Anglia and has also completed numerous scriptwriting, director and production courses at the UEA, City University of London, Arts University Bournemouth and Raindance.
Based in Central England, Midas Light Films has been set up as a cooperative by an International Award winning Producer and the team consists of a network of award winning Directors, DoPs, Editors and screenplay writers; all based in an around the Midlands. Besides using exceptional 'Front-End' talent, Midas collaborates with International directors and have experience in features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, TV, live streaming and corporate videos.
Follow Neil on twitter - @UKScreenplays