CJ Walley

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Having started writing in 2012 and optioning 18 scripts in 5 countries, I now collaborate with filmmakers all over the world. Three things motivate me; ambitious teamwork, strong friendships, and a drive for equality. If you share these values, I'd love to join forces, whatever the scale.

My writing, which has been spotlit by Amazon Studios, The Blacklist, and Simply Scripts, has a down and dirty tone and features strong female leads. Please note, I offer my short scripts for free to help support up and coming talent. Feel free to reach out and connect with me on any platform, and be sure to check out my guest blogs on Stage 32.

"Remember when Tarantino first exploded on the scene? No, we don’t mean Inglourious Basterds, or Django, either. No, we’re talkin’ real classics: Pulp Fiction level quality. Quirky dialog that blew your mind. Gritty characters that popped right off the screen. Cinematic mainline stuff that left you begging for more. Well, imagine fresh and shiny QT content – with a 180 gender twist." - Janet Goodman Clarke, Shooting the Shorts

I grew up sharing toys, pets, TV and movies with my sister. Monster trucks and Barbie dolls. Cats and dogs. Mad Max and My Little Pony.

My parents would take us around Europe in a caravan. We got to roam landscapes, gaze around museums, and smirk in novelty shops. They raised us equals. I enjoyed boardgames, Bombay mix, and Drambuie.

School was tough. Teachers were quick to remind me my surname is slang here in England for idiot. I had to work my way up to the smart kids classes. I developed serious acne. Between the bullying I overheard girls saying I made them feel sick.

On weekends I would be drinking, smoking, and fast-talking police. On weeknights I would be teaching myself graphic design and freelancing. When everyone went to university, I decided to work for myself.

I would spend my free time modifying cars and racing them on the street. The police chased us, sometimes we chased them. My girlfriend ditched me for my best friend. For a couple of years I paired up with a biker girl struggling with her drug addicted disabled mother. She ended it with a text message. I moved to the coast in Wales, living and working in small student room with my current partner. I wasn’t allowed to live there, I had to hide under the bed when the landlady visited.

I took a creative director role at a marketing agency. We settled down and bought a house. It didn’t fulfil me.

I went back to freelancing. I did well. London. Vegas. Dubai. Hong Kong. Big industry. Oil & gas. But one day I fell to my office floor and lay throwing up years of pent-up emotion. I realised none of it was making me happy.

I turned to something internal. Something that had always been there for me. Something that rocked me to sleep and greeted me when I awoke. Something that fascinated me when life was dull and kept me going when life was hard. My imagination.

I wrote myself through the darkest void of my depression. I regrew over and over until I become strong. I wrote features, shorts, episodes, and novels. Year one; a feature script on a studio consideration slate. Year two; a short produced in London. Year three; writing assignments with Skype calls to LA. Year four; scripts in production in five countries.

I’m obsessed with my craft, a slave to my audience, a friend to my peers, and loyal to my leaders. I’m very open minded and I’m all about the love. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s Tarantino or Twilight, I always try to look for the good in everything.

When I’m not writing, I like cooking for my girlfriend, working on cars, and gardening. We house share with two cats, one of which is diabetic. I’m also the founder of a large volunteer group which works with the emergency services.

Frustrated by prohibitive costs and exclusive cliques that screenwriters and filmmakers face when trying to source or market scripts, I started the script hosting website you're reading this on right now.

My Scripts

Blueberry Special - 127 views this month
Mortally injured following a deal gone wrong, a small-time drug dealer finds herself holed up in a diner restroom with her friends long gone and her attacker closing in.
Feature For sale 84pp
Impala Cholas - 112 views this month
Presented with a seemingly innocent young girl looking to buy a gun from her, a ruthless gang leader has to choose between easy money and tough love.
Short Free (subject to permission) 7pp
Cotton Mouth Coed - 46 views this month
Knowing she has a bounty on her head, a small time college cannabis dealer tries to convince a close friend to keep her business going so she can go into hiding.
Short Free (subject to permission) 7pp
Eve & Adam - 43 views this month
A couple struggle with gender stereotyping when their TV repair guy turns out to be the last thing they expect, a woman.
Web Series Pilot Free (subject to permission) 6pp
Devil's Little Angel - 42 views this month
Enslaved by her therapist and forced to kill, a girl fights to shake his hold over her mind and spare the life of a visiting female detective.
Short Seeking finance 7pp
Black SUV - 41 views this month
A secret service agent is forced to question her morality when she realises the mysterious man she’s assigned to protect is pure evil.
Short Under Option 9pp
El Paso Loco Luchadoras - 39 views this month
When they impersonate a notorious female gang during a convenience store robbery, two wannabe crooks must face-off with the very legends they are trying to imitate.
Short Free (subject to permission) 7pp
For Your Dreams - 39 views this month
A hardy country girl with nothing to lose is forced to transport drugs by a small town crook, but instead she double-crosses him in a last ditch bid to fulfill her sister's dreams in Vegas.
Feature For sale 100pp
Storm's Eye - 36 views this month
Haunted by a figure she saw in the eye of a cyclone, a girl discovers individuals creating brutal weather events and learns they are drawing together to kill thousands with a super-storm.
Feature For sale 92pp
Oversteer - 35 views this month
The surviving gang members of a car crash find their only salvation may be to kill the good samaritans that have offered their hospitality.
Short Free (subject to permission) 10pp