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2022 mentors

Paul Haggis Golden Script Mentor

Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis established himself over twenty years with an extensive career in television, before his big break into features arrived when he became the first screenwriter to garner two Best Film Academy Awards back-to-back for his scripts: "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and "Crash" (2005) which Paul directed himself.  Haggis also co-wrote the war film Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and the James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). He is the creator of the television series Due South (1994–1999) and co-creator of Walker, Texas Ranger (1993–2001), among others. Paul Haggis will hold a 1on1 masterclass with the winning screenwriter of 2022 (FEATURE category).

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2021 mentors

Paul Haggis Golden Script Mentor

Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis established himself over twenty years with an extensive career in television, before his big break into features arrived when he became the first screenwriter to garner two Best Film Academy Awards back-to-back for his scripts: "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and "Crash" (2005) which Paul directed himself.  Haggis also co-wrote the war film Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and the James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). He is the creator of the television series Due South (1994–1999) and co-creator of Walker, Texas Ranger (1993–2001), among others. Paul Haggis held a 1on1 masterclass with the winning screenwriter of 2021 (FEATURE category).

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Jessica Sharzer

Jessica Sharzer is writer, producer, and director best known for her work on Speak (2004), Nerve (2016), American Horror Story (2011-2015), and the new mystery thriller A Simple Favor (2018). Sharzer has been nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys for her work on American Horror Story. Sharzer is working on The Young Elites based on Marie Lu's novel. Jessica Sharzer held a 1on1 masterclass with the winning screenwriter of 2021 (TV PILOT category).

what our winning writers say:

Sarah Deakins

Sarah Deakins

2021 Feature Script Winner

Paul Haggis, who is a master of story and structure, went through the script page by page with me (at least every page he'd made a note on), as well as discussing the overall shape, goals and direction the script is headed in. This was invaluable, as he had a great balance of letting me know the stuff he loved as well as what he thought could be improved upon. He hashed out with me some brainstorming ideas of how to rework a few specific issues, and seemed truly invested in the story and wanting to give it its due. I now have a lot of work ahead of me to move forward with my next draft, but it will be an informed and goal driven next pass, thanks to the feedback from Mr. Haggis. In short, it was incredibly encouraging and heartening to see a path forward at the end of the session; I didn't feel in the least bit lost or unclear what to do next, which can happen when one gets vague notes.

Sean Chandler
David Leeper

Sean Chandler & David Leeper

2021 TV Pilot Script Winners

David and I video chatted with Jessica and were absolutely enlightened by her amazing suggestions and answers to our questions. In all honesty, some of these terms and concepts were a bit foreign to me and learning them really helped solutions fall into place. We learned three things: to define the type of show we want to produce and matching the format of the pilot to those episode types. Then we learned that our main framing device character needed to have a much stronger story. Last but not least, we learned to be economical with the number of characters. Of the many things we learned from Jessica, these three points were invaluable. She is a pro and a wonderful mentor, and David and I appreciate the opportunity provided to us as part of our award from The Golden Script Competition!