I feel like I'm still just starting out in screenwriting! But here’s what I’ve managed to do so far:
I've completed eight feature scripts - five set in the U.S. and three set in Ireland, as well as three shorts.
I've been writing for most of my life and started writing scripts four years ago. So far I've completed seven feature scripts - four set in the U.S. and three set in Ireland, as well as three shorts.
One of my shorts, Regards to the Chef, was produced and screened during the Darklight Film Festival in Dublin in October 2009 as part of their Hotel Darklight series.
In November 2009, I won a place in a screenwriting workshop at the Bristol Short Encounters Festival, organised by The London Film Academy. My short script was directed for the workshop by BAFTA-winning director Richard Kwietniowski.
My script All I Want for Christmas was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Writers Network screenwriting competition. It was then optioned by a U.S. TV film company.
I had two scripts in the 2010 StoryPros screenplay competition semi-finals - Star on the Run and At All Cost. At All Cost also reached the finals of the contest and was a PAGE Awards quarter-finalist.
In addition, The Heartstoppers was a second round qualifier in the 2010 Kaos Films British Feature Screenplay Competition.
I also produced my first short film in 2010, based on fellow writer Colin Scuffin's script. Prodigal Son is part urban western, part crime thriller, with a graphic novel feel. It won the award for best horror/sci-fi film at the 2012 Dare Media UnderGround Short Film Festival in Cork, Ireland.
My short play, "Maebh and the White Bull", was performed by a professional theatre group at the Padraig Pearse museum in Dublin in June 2011 and was also performed as a radio play in September 2012.
I was honoured to have been chosen by the Irish Film and Television Academy to take part in a one-to-one script consultation with Walk the Line writer Gill Dennis at the 2011 Galway Film Fleadh.
I was delighted when my script Star on the Run won the Atlantis Feature Screenplay category at the 2011 Moondance Film Festival.
And to top off a good year, my short script Tiger was one of 12 finalists shortlisted for Best Short Script at the Waterford Film Festival in November.
Tiger was produced in February 2012, directed by award-winning director Cathal Nally. I also co-produced the film. The film is currently being entered into festivals and has already been screened at the 2012 Underground Cinema and Waterford Film Festivals.
My script Last Girl Standing was a Second Rounder in the 2012 year's Austin Film Festival screenplay competition, reaching the top 10% of entries.
I was also script editor on the award-winning Irish short film The Rattle of Benghazi, directed by Paco Torres, which has to date been accepted into 27 festivals worldwide.
I spent 3 months in Los Angeles in autumn 2013 and completed an improv course at the famous Groundlings comedy club as well as studying comedy writing with a Groundlings alum.
Tiger was accepted into the Short Film Corner at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and the U.S. broadcast rights have recently been licensed to Shorts HD, a subsidiary of Shorts International. I am currently turning it into a TV script.
I have been shortlisted as one of five writers taking part in the 2013 Pitching Competition at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, competing for a prize of €3,000.