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Ron Shears

He was born in 1935 in Kent, England grew up in Bomb Alley during WW2. He served a 5-year apprenticeship as a Compositor Typographer. Met Patricia, an Art Student at age 17, married in 1957. They have a daughter, two son's eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

He left a print after 11 years to start a roof tiling and slating business, eventually employing 52 trade's men. Nine years later, lost a fortune to bad debts when oil price increased 400% in four days. Builders large and small went broke, taking him with them. Some years later, he migrated to Australia. Broke, did building site laboring work to support the family., started writing to keep sane, never showed anyone for about 20 years - fear of failure. A sad mistake, finally, he did many favorable comments spurred him on. With heaps of concepts in progress, he needed help, Aimee Lamb came on board to co-write the screenplays, and it continues.

 Age 54, 60-80% invalid diagnosed with chronic Asthma, son suggested Tae Kwon Do - he thought it a Chinese take-w-way he'd not heard of. At 57, he did, nearly killed him, Asthma gone. Recommends asthmatics make their lungs earn their keep. He graded for 1st Dan Black Belt at 61.

He trains and teaches Tae Kwon Do in Australia, a 4th Dan Master, and 4th Dan in MMA.

Enjoys making furniture, writes screenplays and stories daily for many hours. One feature screenplay; Where the Devil says Goodnight nominated for US Heritage and cultural award. Placed 10th in US competition 2,100 entries. Contracts signed to shoot then plug pulled at the last minute—top English actress in the lead role.

Five books completed, deleted them from Amazon. Had an agent, she closed her company after a few years.

Passionate about our planet, it's wildlife from small insects to the Blue Whale. Believes we should delete the word 'Retirement' from all languages.

Two 60-second visual pitches

Where the Devil says Goodnight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jFS4w5NQwg

The Legend and Adventures of Tae and Kwon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Jy3IPhQlI

Sir Kenneth Branagh. bRig., Calvert  Mad Mike, A Chindit. Dear Ron Shears, Thank-you for bringing your script MAD MIKE, A CHINDIT to my attention. It's a very clear synopsis and the story sounds ambitious and intriguing. I am not, however, drawn to the subject matter and therefore I shall decline your kind offer to participate in bringing it to the screen. Thank-you very much for considering me and my best wishes for the project.

Lord David Putnam; Enigma Productions London. Ref Cast of Eagles. There are a couple of projects I would dearly love to produce, and sadly I’m unable to help you develop this further. I do hope you understand and appreciate my decision, and I wish all the luck in the world with this project. (Lord Putnam took up two government Task Force appointments)

Producer Pearl Catlin asked if I'd write a screenplay on 'spec.' That story is, SAS Commanding Officer; Brig. James Michael Calvert DSO 2 bars. Mad Mike a Chindit.

Short Stories. Through the Keyhole. Editor, writer Michelle Goode. You have an interesting collection of stories; it's fascinating how much you have experienced and the stories you have learned from others. I don't see why they shouldn't deserve to be shared with the world. I also think that you write in a manner that is lovely to read; it feels like we're sitting in the same room telling stories over a log fire.

Bill Gunstone. Manuscript. Cast of Eagles. Do not hesitate to let me know if I can help in any way. I say this because I think you have a winner. Bill helped with some technical stuff here. He’s the best when talking Aircraft.

Lucy V Hay (Bang2write) "I am a script editor and have read much of Ron's portfolio and had the pleasure of working with him on several screenplays. Ron's enthusiasm knows no bounds; he grabs a story and tackles it head-on. His arenas and characters are colourful and always larger than life. I wish him the best of luck Lucy Hay.

Lucy V Hay (Bang2write) Ron, you clearly know loads about your time period - as always - and you have great visual style. Thank you for this, it is not the concept I’m looking for currently. Good luck placing it. (Forgot which)

Cast of Eagles Again, this is a vivacious piece and you’ve set your war arena up well. This is obviously your strongest point as a writer

Enigma Productions London (Lord David Putnam). Ref Cast of Eagles. I would dearly love to produce a couple of projects, and sadly I'm unable to help you develop this further. I hope you understand and appreciate my decision, and I wish you all the luck in the world with this project. (Lord Putnam took up two government Task Force appointments)

Mabel Kaplan.  English lecturer, writer.  Saddle the Wind. This story has strength and charm, and enough magic and mystery to lift it above the mundane.

Mabel Kaplan. The Penalty. I found this a powerful story. The opening is excellent.  I'd like to edit just a few spots with your permission.

Michelle Goode Editor. Here is the T&K file Ron :) Excellent writing in there.

The American Gem Literary Festival. Been a Nice Year for Roses short screenplay Your Entry has been recognized a first round qualifier. The official list to be published on the filmmakers.com website on or by December 6th2017.

Launching Pad Productions Perth, W. Australia Your work is very well written; most lends to the traditional animation style. Tae and Kwon could look brilliant if well animated; try an Asia partner. Saddle the Wind has distinct possibilities, the one best suits our age group at a letter stage, and I like the idea of Garbage bins coming to life. The company moved I lost contact

Maverick Television UK Thanks for your various proposals. It was a pleasure to receive so many stimulating ideas; I'm discussing proposals with the BBC and seeing what they are looking for. (Never heard from them again, the writer changed companies)

Blue Heaven Productions London. I want you to know I have read all this material; buried here are some excellent stories; there is so much it is difficult to know where to begin. Why don't you send The Ghost and the Harley or Saddle the Wind? Choose the best.

Barron Entertainment Perth, W. Australia. Unfortunately, many of your submitted projects' epic scale prohibits our company from supporting further development. Almost all the historical stories (particularly those set in WWII) could not proceed without a major Hollywood studio's backing. That said, let me say how much I enjoyed reading such a diverse range of story ideas.

Penguin, Australia. Ref; Saddle the Wind. However, the editors have seen your work and feel it shows real promise; we trust that we are unable to publish will not discourage you from continuing to write. (My m/s is 35,000 words; they want 60,000 min) As I'm writing 2nd story, I didn't add more words.

Hammerwood Producers, UK May I say the diversity of some of your storylines provoked me into a rare occurrence? I read them all avidly and am impressed to keep them all on file for future reference. Is Where the Devil says Goodnight based on a true story?

Seifert Dench London. Though some of your ideas show real potential: Saddle the Wind and The Ghost and the Harley. I am afraid we are not expanding our writer's list.

British Screen I see from the numerous log lines you have a good imagination. However, it may well be that some of these ideas fall somewhat outside of our remit. If you'd like to send me the script of THE GHOST AND THE HARLEY, I'd be happy to take a look at it. Emma Berkofsky, head of development. (I didn't send)

Working Title Films London. Where the Devil says Goodnight and Cast of Eagles. While I found both intriguing and commercial ideas, we are currently developing two WW11 projects, and as such, I can't see a way in which we'd be able to pursue these with you. Press on with Cast of Eagles.

BBC Commissioner South West, Sue Daziel. I've lost the commissioner's letter, the gist after I sent; The Ghost and the Harley and Saddle the Wind. The lady said they were both better than a Hollywood feature script she and her location manager had just read. Please send the completed scripts. I didn't, as I'd never written one before in Final Draft.

Bill Kerr, Australian Actor: Cast of Eagles, "Best script I've read in years. Ask Russell Crowe to read."

Andelko Jurin, LA-based award-winning West Australian Director: Cast of Eagles. "Just gone through your scenes again, and they are unreal. You are on the gas. We have a script on our hands."

Bill Gunstone. Manuscript. Cast of Eagles. Do not hesitate to let me know if I can help in any way. I say this because I think you have a winner. Bill helped with some technical stuff here. He's the best when talking about Aircraft.

Oxygen Films. Canada.  Thanks for this. It sounds like a great storyline. I won't say move forward just yet, but I will run this concept past a few people! I love your zeal and ambitious writer's spirit!!

Oxygen Films Canada. Where the Devil says Goodnight. I believe the more concise version (97page) was, ultimately, the better script. And I sent it. I was torn, though, because the 107-page script had many different details; it was more wordy and used perhaps a more PROPER ENGLISH, which may have given it more credence for Oscar potential...Ultimately, after comparing it line by line, page by page, I think the shorter one runs a little smoother. It was a tough choice because both had certain aspects that were better than the other. But, as mentioned, I've made them aware a more extended version is also available, and they may choose to read both.

Mabel Kaplan, Editor, Saddle the Wind. This story has strength and charm and enough magic and mystery to lift it above the mundane.

HRH Prince Charles Ref. The Penalty, HRH, sent me his best wishes for this.

FIFA Congratulated me on my noble effort; please keep us informed on the project's progress. And send us any additional information along with a copy of the film once available.

Competitions. Where the Devil says Goodnight, 10th 2001 entries, glowing critique with suggestions to improve. In another comp nominated for a US Cultural and Heritage award.

A Smuggling We Will Go-quarter finalist. Jungle Katz-quarter finalist. There are more, but the above gives you the gist.

Saddle the Wind. Hello Mr. Shears, I'm a hobbyist screenwriter, and I'm writing you to let you know how much I enjoyed reading Saddle the Wind. The mysterious adventure with Jess and Jazz keeps the pace of the story. Amanda is adorable, and her desire to beat Penelope is overwhelming. I read the entire script in no time. It's well written. I thought you would appreciate the feedback.  Regards Palsy Script Revolution Member

The Legend and Adventures of Tae & Kwon

Tae & Kwon: Feedback from a class of 15-year olds (Year 10's) and all above average literacy for their age. Each comment is from a group of four students:

"Very original and creative, with an interesting storyline. Clear and easy to understand - overall very good."

"Easy to understand and intriguing."

"A good story, very easy to get into. Needs a monkey." (Now a Snow Leopard)

"Pretty good. We enjoyed reading it."

"A very interesting read. We thoroughly enjoyed this and would not change a thing. Brilliant work."

"Very interesting with a good back story."

Tascha Katharina Adult Tae Kwon Do student. I have just finished reading "The Legend and Adventures of Tae & Kwon" (in one sitting). It's an amazing story, and I hope there will be a sequel.

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Scripts By Ron

Where the Devil says Goodnight
This was back door survival in the harshest environment on earth. ‘The gates of hell.’ Camp Yaya. A female Gulag 442 miles below the Arctic Circle. Life behind barbed wire
Feature History For sale 100pp
3 readers love this script
Where the Devil says Goodnight
Young and Polish by marriage, this Lithuanian heiress, is studying agriculture and forestry in Warsaw. Then WWII breaks. For Beata Karp, the real hell and survival began, behind a Siberian Gulag barb wire fence.
Feature History For sale 97pp
2 readers love this script
Bomb Alley to Hellfire Corner
WW2. The skies are full of British pilots battling foreign warplanes. In Kent's "Bomb Alley," 5-year-old Ron, his gang of "ragamuffin" friends laugh and play, oblivious to the significance of the excitement in the skies.
Feature Biography, History For sale 65pp
1 reader loves this script
Been a Nice Year for Roses
Overweight Ruby and forensic scientist husband Robert hate each other. Robert’s passion? A 1st at the Chelsea show. While forking his rose bed, he’s confident with ‘fresh’ Blood and Bone he can. So will he?
Short Comedy For sale 20pp
1 reader loves this script
Cyanide in my Shoe
A 'secret army' of 60 ladies in extraordinary, terrifying situations from many backgrounds and nationalities, and one is just 19, some middle-aged with families. The greater the danger inspires them even more. One was different.
Short History For sale 11pp
1 reader loves this script
Saddle the Wind
For three hundred and sixty-two years, the spooky storm of October 21, 1638, held a dark secret.
Feature Family For sale 97pp
Brigadier Calvert. Mad Mike. A Chindit
Chindits' never die; they go to Heaven and regroup; they've already been to Hell!
Feature Biography For sale 111pp
Cast of Eagles
Air combats not exactly chivalrous. You sneak up behind the enemy and shoot him in the back. In the end, you die alone in a cockpit.
Feature Action, Drama For sale 208pp
Jungle Katz
They're running out of space and time after we destroyed the habitat; now, they're running for their lives.
Feature Animation For sale 108pp
The Legend & Adventures of Tae & Kwon
Princess Tae and Prince Kwon must get the writings and drawings of the ancient scribes of martial art origins into the safe hands of the 20th century. One mission, they are not alone.
Feature Action For sale 90pp

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