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Shaun Needham

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Shaun Needham
Sheffield, United Kingdom

 

Full-time, disgruntled secondary school teacher; part-time screenwriter and singer. 

My parents actively encouraged me to take part in as many different things as possible and take my opportunities.  Without their influence, I would not have the creative passions and intuition that I have today.  I have always loved stories but, for one reason or another, when it came to university choices I made the (with hindsight, incorrect) decision to pursue a career as a PE teacher and have now spent twelve years working in an inner-city school in Sheffield.  Don't get me wrong, I love being able to help kids pursue their dreams and ambitions but, after about six years of it, I had an epiphany and realised that I had never really pursued my own.  Randomly, I applied to go on a National Lottery game show and ended up winning it.  That stroke of luck really inspired me to push on and get screenwriting - if I could be selected from thousands of applicants and wind up lucky enough to win on the night, surely, if I put my mind to it, I could achieve something that was completely within my control.

Six years on and here I am; author of seven features (one of which has been optioned and is currently in development in the US), three TV pilots and one quarter-final place in Shore Scripts.  I have freelanced with a commercial production company where I wrote a short film for a large UK telecommunications company as well as developing storylines for live, immersive experiences.  As a reflection of my personal tastes and influences, I enjoy writing across various genres but my stories always have a relatable theme, usually to do with family and loved ones, at their core.  I would love to leave my day job and become a full-time writer, leaving behind the political-correctness and mind-numbing OFSTED number crunching to inspire kids in a different way - through the themes and messages instilled at the heart of my writing. 

As a footnote, the singing is just something I love to do and wanted to tick off my bucket-list.  Weddings, casinos and hotels are my current venues but I pick and choose where and when I want to do this.  Maybe, one day, I could do a Frank Sinatra/Seth MacFarlane and become successful in multiple industries. 

But, for now, I'd be happy with just this one!

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Scripts By Shaun

Steel Rose
To provide for her young son during World War Two, a strong-minded single mother takes a job in a steelworks where a cocky ex-soldier becomes supervisor to her and three other women.
Feature Drama, War For sale 85pp
3 readers love this script
Black Friday
On the busiest shopping day of the year, a squeamish marine braves the sales to save his relationship with his unfaithful girlfriend. There's just one problem; the mall is infested with blood-sucking vampires.
Feature Action, Comedy, Horror For sale 88pp
1 reader loves this script
Calling out to Tommy
Disillusioned with the horrors of World War Two, a compassionate British soldier forms an alliance with a German prisoner of war as he attempts to get home to see his new born daughter.
Feature Drama, War For sale 98pp
1 reader loves this script
Closing the Gap
A disillusioned school-teacher takes the law into his own hands when a young pupil is stabbed to death by a notorious local gang.
Feature Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller For sale 94pp
Original Sinners - No Law in Limbo
Using methods not of this world, a faithless priest teams up with a near-death experiencing CIA agent to bring down the mafia family responsible for the murder of his wife.
TV Pilot Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi For sale 57pp
Reminding Sheila
When a depressed widow is told she has dementia, she plans to end her life. However, a chance meeting with an optimistic swing singer forces her to reconsider.
Feature Drama Under Option 91pp
1 reader loves this script