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Joe Leone
Queen Creek, United States

Joe Leone is an American Screenwriter with nearly 6 years of experience as a Marketing Coordinator for Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Marketing Administration, and another year as a Story Analyst for Prelude Pictures and Kamin & Howell Entertainment. While attending Chapman University in Orange, California, I produced an award winning student film, which was purchased and distributed by Pyramid Films (Santa Monica, CA).

Screenwriter of COOP (FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY) - currently selected in (31) Film Festival/Screenplay Competitions in the past 7 months, which include: (6) Award Wins, (8) Finalist Selections, (8) Semi-Finalist, and (2) Quarterfinalist Placements to date.

Script Rank: COOP on (as of 06/11/20) 
Overall 23 out of 1040 - Top 5 percent 
Drama: 14 out of 507 - Top 5 percent 
Family: 7 out of 123 - Top 10 percent 
Sports: 2 out of 28 - Top 10 percent

COOP - Note added to Submission for Storyteller's Cottage Annual Feature and Short Screenplay Contest on (05/23/20): "A wonderful and moving story with great characters and deep emotional impact."

COOP - Feedback received from the Austin Screenplay Awards - Analysis/Coverage (02/08/2020): Call me a sucker for dog stories, but COOP struck me as the type of narrative that’s made to tug at the emotions. The writer really does a great job of this without getting too heavy handed in the delivery. That’s not as easy a task as it sounds with a plot that has a career ending surgery, abused dogs, and the comeback story of a lifetime. All of these plot points beg for hokey speeches and cheesy dialogue, but the writer does a great job of presenting these plot points with grounded realism. The writer certainly embraces the dramatic elements, but doesn’t overplay them to the point of parody. It all amounts to a very touching story made of equal parts heartwarming healing journey and crushing loss. The dialogue really is one of the easiest aspects of the script to fall in love with because the writer is so great at imparting a sense of individuality to the characters.

There are a wide variety of personality types on display in this script, but the writer effortlessly flirts between different styles, verbal quirks, motivations, and manners of speech with ease. They also don’t shy away from conflict in dialogue, making what could otherwise be mundane conversations filled with tension. Watching the various combinations of characters interact was a genuine joy, as each maintained their motivations and backstories when speaking, not just gabbing away to deliver exposition or expedite the plot. Of course we do get exposition in the dialogue, but it’s masked with personality and proper character motivation, keeping the level of authenticity in the conversation high. In this script, dialogue is a tool for understanding character, not just developing the plot.

Overall, this script succeeds because it maximizes the drama inherent to the concept and setting. The writer has a great understanding of when to let moments breathe for maximal effect and when to inject the writing with energy, short sentences, and active word choice to convey tension and forward momentum. It all amounts to an engrossing tone that I could lose myself in. There’s a lot of complexity to this narrative, not always in the plot points, but in the character development and relationships. It makes the script feel dense and meaningful, worth another read even to parse through the heady questions it raises. Still the real entertainment is in Gabriel and Coop’s journey. This central relationship holds the whole script together. 

COOP - Feedback received from the Chicago Screenplay Awards - Analysis/Coverage (12/07/2019): There can be no doubt that this script pulls at the heart strings and demands audience investment thanks to an incredibly sympathetic lead and a truly inspiring concept. It’s really nice to see a script that all audiences can contend with, and the subject matter makes for a very marketable film. There’s athletics, and all the trials and tribulations that comes from intense competition. There’s a beating heart with the supporting cast including my personal favorite character in Coach Sanderson. And most importantly, there’s a great lead who undergoes real hardship, has an obvious goal, and must undergo real change in order to achieve this goal. Rarely is there a more clear cut case of the hero’s journey in action. 

All of this is supported by some really great writing. Early on I worried that the lengthy action description depicting the opening race would be indicative of inefficient use of the page space. However, this scene turned out to be an example of how the writer is able to infuse an event everyone has scene and inject it with energy and distinction by paying focused attention to the moment. It’s a showcase for highly visual action description, although the entire stretching routine might have been a bit overkill.

In total though, the script has great pacing, delivering the highs and lows at the appropriate times. It really earns its bittersweet ending without feeling hackneyed, which can be tough for this type of story. This script just makes you feel good, and with realistic characters and a plot that keeps the pages turning, Coop stands out as a family film of note. 

COOP - Feedback received from Barnstorm Media (11/25/19) - Strength(s): The dynamic between Coach Sanderson and Gabriel is well crafted. Strong beat: "You’ve changed me in so many ways. And, I am so close to fulfilling my Olympic dream...all because of you, Coop." This screenplay was a joy to discover. Thanks for sharing. 

Screenwriter of DIRE CONSEQUENCES (SHORT SCREENPLAY) - selected in (33) Film Festival/Screenplay Competitions in multiple Countries over the past 13 months. (4) Award Wins, (8) Finalist, (9) Semi-Finalist, and (4) Quarterfinalist finishes to date.

Screenwriter of TRUE DESTINY (FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY) – selected in a total of (57) Film Festival / Screenplay Competitions in (8) Countries over the past 18 months. The script has been an Award Winner in (14) of the (57) Competitions to date. 


COOP - The Hollywood Jumbo 2020 Screenplay Festival - AWARD WINNER - FEATURE SCREENPLAY (July, 2020) 
COOP - Queen Palm International Film Festival, 3rd Quarter, 2020 - SILVER AWARD WINNER (CROWN SELECTION) - FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY - BEST CONCEPT (June, 2020)
COOP - The Good Dog! International Film Festival - BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY (May, 2020)
COOP - Show Low Film Festival - FINALIST - AWARD WINNER (Feb, 2020)
COOP - Depth of Field International Film Festival - GOLD SCRIPT WRITING - AWARD WINNER (Jan, 2020)
COOP – After Hour Film Festival - AWARD WINNER – BEST SCREENPLAY (December, 2019)

COOP - Storyteller's Cottage Annual Feature and Short Screenplay Contest - FINALIST (May, 2020)
COOP - FilmMatic - Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship - FINALIST Selection out of 1,200 (+) submitted entries (May, 2020)
COOP - Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards - FINALIST - Top 100 Selection out of more than 3,500 submitted entries received (Feb, 2020) 
COOP - Miami Screenplay Awards - TOP 10 FINALIST out of 632 submitted entries (Feb, 2020)
COOP - Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival - FINALIST (Jan, 2020)
COOP - Chandler International Film Festival - TOP 10 FINALIST (Jan, 2020) 
COOP - FilmMatic Pitch Now Screenplay Competition - FINALIST (December, 2019)
COOP - Desert Pitch - Film Fest Tucson - TOP 5 FINALIST - PITCH COMPETITION (October, 2019)

COOP - Tirota/Finish Line Social Impact Script Competition - SEMI-FINALIST (June, 2020)
COOP - Austin Screenplay Awards - SEMI-FINALIST - Top 10% finish out of 1,104 submitted entries (May, 2020) 
COOP - Atlanta Screenplay Awards - SEMI-FINALIST - Placed in the Top 4-10th Percentile out of nearly 1,100 submitted entries (April, 2020)
COOP - Circus Road Screenplay Contest - SEMI-FINALIST - Placed in the Top 30% of all submitted entries (March, 2020)
COOP - New York City International Screenplay Awards - SEMI-FINALIST - FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY - Top 10% finish out of 829 submitted entries (March, 2020)
COOP - Chicago Screenplay Awards - SEMI-FINALIST - FEATURE SCREENPLAY (Feb, 2020)
COOP - BLASTOFF - Master of the Logline - SEMI-FINALIST (Feb, 2020)
COOP - Logline to Movie Screen Contest - SEMI-FINALIST (Jan, 2020)

COOP - CWA (Creative World Awards) Screenwriting Competition - QUARTERFINALIST (Aug, 2020)
COOP - StoryPros International Screenplay Contest - QUARTERFINALIST - Top 20% finish out of all submitted entries (Nov, 2019)

COOP - Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards - OFFICIAL SELECTION (June, 2020)
COOP - Block Island Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION (Feb, 2020)
COOP - Gold Canyon Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION (Jan, 2020) 
COOP - Lake Travis Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION (Jan, 2020) 
COOP - Barnstorm Fest - OFFICIAL (SHORT LIST) SELECTION (Dec, 2019)
COOP - L.A. Live Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION (Nov, 2019)  
COOP - Lift-Off Global Network Limited, Pinewood Studios, England, UK - 2nd ROUND | CONSIDERATION FOR REPRESENTATION - "We really loved the sound of your project and it has sparked the interest of the Lift-Off team. Therefore, we are delighted to include your project in the second round of the selection process."

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