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William Parsons
Columbia, United States

"Do not fear death; fear the unlived life." Ever since I read that advice given by Pa Tuck in Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, I have thought of that as my rallying call.  I do not want to come to the end of my days (at 52 years old, still—so I hope—a ways off) and look back and realize to my horror, "Wow, what a waste!"  A product of a bad childhood, I have stumbled through my adulthood, always though managing to keep on the path of my own happiness.  The one constant through all of it has been my writing, which has lived in symbiosis with my meandering that path.  My writing has served as my journal of that journey, and my journey has provided me the well of emotions and experiences to embue my writing and give it meaning.  For that I have always loved my writing, whom I consider my friend (at low points in my life, my only one—but, at those lowest points, I have never been alone, and that has made all the difference).  Though my short stories and novellas have served those dual roles well, it has been these screenplays which have truly fed my soul. I'm not even sure why, but the screenplays channel my emotions more than any other form of writing, and, when I combine that quality of them for which I am so grateful with the intellectual and creative challenge of my being able to tell an entire story, in all its layered complexity, only via the two mechanisms of what can be seen and what can be heard, I'm glad I came upon this medium of storytelling, which I have come to adore.  My screenplays make me feel something, and I'm proud to say they, at times, have made me feel the ecstatic agony which signals that I am truly alive and living the moment—Joseph Campbell's "the rapture of being alive".  I hope my screenplays will make others feel the same.  After all, we read stories, we tell stories, we watch stories, we hear stories, all so that we may feel something.  As I constantly remind myself: "Heart first; head second."

Awards

Coverfly All-time Overall Top 25% for
Dirty Windows
Coverfly All-time Overall Top 35% for
High Tide Line

Endorsements

Script Reader Pro - Recommended for
Dancing Under a Buzzing Streetlamp
Script Reader Pro - Recommended for
Dirty Windows

Scripts By William

Encounters
A seemingly-happy college grad faces reconciling the repeated loss he’s running from when he encounters a terminally-ill hitchhiker who refuses to give up on the joy of life.
Short Drama Example of work only 19pp
2 readers love this script
Dirty Windows
A closeted teen in the South must go on the run with his two friends when his homophobic father with a dark past vows to kill them.
Feature Drama For sale 104pp
Script Reader Pro - Recommended
Coverfly All-time Overall Top 25%
1 reader loves this script
High Tide Line
When he pulls one reckless stunt too many, a cocky teenager with a mysterious ability to heal clashes with his loving but overwhelmed father, who sees his once thoughtful and kind son teetering on...evil.
Short Drama Example of work only 28pp
Coverfly All-time Overall Top 35%
1 reader loves this script
Dancing Under a Buzzing Streetlamp
A young man risks a life of obscurity unless he can overcome the walls his family has put up that force him to stay in the closet and not pursue his passion to dance.
Feature Drama, Music Example of work only 120pp
Script Reader Pro - Recommended
1 reader loves this script
Finding the Path
A man, horrifically abused all his childhood, must accept the protracted death of his boyfriend if he has any hope ironically to achieve the human connection he lost so long ago.
Feature Drama For sale 84pp
Darkest Before the Dawn
After falling into the brutal hands of agents of a murderous autocratic regime, a devil-may-care, impetuous young Australian war photojournalist, after he's horrifically tortured for months, struggles to rebuild his shredded humanity.
Feature Drama Example of work only 8pp