Stephen Woodward (’08) will pursue his Hollywood dreams this summer after winning an international screenwriting competition.
Woodward recently won the Write Movies International Screenwriting Competition #31 with his screenplay Crush. The competition, sponsored by WriteMovies.com, received more than 1,000 entries from all over the world.
On top of a cash prize and guaranteed agency representation, Write Movies will help Woodward develop his script and pitch it for him to the appropriate studios – in hopes that it will be purchased.
“It’s quite an honor,” said Woodward, who teaches Composition at Northeast State Community College and as part of the Jumpstart program at Sullivan Central High School in Blountville, Tenn. “I often feel like I’m writing in a vacuum, so to be recognized like this is surprising. I love movies, so my process is as simple as trying to write something I would like to see on screen – something both funny and heartfelt.”
Woodward was an English major at Emory & Henry and obtained his master of fine arts degree in fiction from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. He also completed the M.Ed. Professional Studies program in the summer of 2012.
While Woodward began writing screenplays in graduate school, he cites his love for film, which was nutured while attending Emory & Henry.
"It was Dr. Boltwood's 'Introduction to Film' class that truly introduced me to the great films: Citizen Kane, Vertigo, and Rashomon. If it wasn't for that class, I wouldn't be writing screenplays."
Stemming from his love of music, Crush is about a blues guitar player named Wallace Crush who’s at the end of his rope after his tour gets canceled. After he meets a young songstress playing on the streets of Nashville, Crush is inspired to write a pop song that propels them both into international superstardom. Their paths now intertwined, Crush is consumed by both fame and jealousy of her burgeoning success, leading him to a crucial decision: choose fame or the woman he loves?
Woodward plans to travel to California this summer to pitch Crush¸ as well as other projects, at the Great American PitchFest, where Hollywood producers seek new material. Updates on his progress can be found on his website, www.stephenwoodward.net.