screenwriter

Career Plan

My ultimate goal is to become a professional scriptwriter for British film and television (I’ve no major interest in Hollywood as I want to write stories that directly relate to me, but I wouldn’t ignore them if they came calling). Directing and other aspects of filmmaking are of secondary interest to me, so my main focus is on writing. I plan to achieve my ambition with small steps. Since leaving university, I’ve set myself yearly targets (e.g. have a film selected for a festival, have a film win a festival, get selected for It’s My Shout) and each year I’ve achieved my goal. I’m not pursuing my ultimate goal for stardom or riches, but because I believe I’m capable of it and wish to fulfil my full potential and also reach as many people as possible, arousing thought and discussion and hopefully inspiring future artists as my heroes have me. Whether I achieve my ultimate goal or not, I won’t stop writing and constantly working as I’m driven by a passion, and I’ll continue to document my life experience through my work, have fun and entertain people.

Unproduced Scripts

My unproduced scripts are available upon request. Please feel free to email me at jrees256@gmail.com if you are interested in reading one, especially if you would like to produce it or are a prospective employer interested in seeing more of my work.

The Artists

The Artists are a musical duo whose dynamic street performing is sure to propel them to the big time. If their hard work can generate enough pennies to keep them going that is!

2-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 19/01/2017

Betrayal

Greg is attending rehearsals for a school play, helmed by the pompous and vindictive drama teacher, Ms Armitage. The play – written by Ms Armitage of course – is titled Betrayal. But it is a series of real-life deceptions that pull Greg into a genuine tale of love, hate and vengeance!

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 17/02/2018

Bottle

Tim arrives at his best mate Mart’s with a gift of beer, hoping for a game of FIFA. Surely nothing could be more innocent? But secretly, Tim has something to confess…if he’s got the bottle.

10-minute radio play                                                                                 Copyright: 27/05/2014

Connection

Nia is an artistic teen desperate to form a connection. Her art teacher, Mr Owen, seems to be her only hope as her parents show no interest. But when the school bullies find out about Nia’s secret crush, she risks forming a connection she never asked for.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 22/03/2018

Deep Trouble

Mike lives in an isolated fishing village, spending his days looking out to sea, dreaming of adventure. But when John, a dangerous gangster, inexplicably rows up to shore, Mike’s desire for adventure gets him in deep trouble.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 17/07/2020

Doctor Huw

Doctor Huw! The BBC’s flagship show, featuring the titular time-travelling protagonist battling aliens, ably assisted by his trusty companion, Bronwyn. Shot on location in London, England…definitely not Cardiff…honest.

3-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 10/01/2019

Duckface

Ava is awaiting the horror of her first day at a new school, but little does she know, her goofy school uniform is the least of her problems, as the school has been taken over by a terrible curse, and unless she can hold onto her individuality, it might just take over her too!

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 19/03/2018

Fart Kid

An embarrassing incident at school leads to Eli being mocked and ostracised by his peers. He is left with a choice: sit out his school life as a figure of derision or set out on a quest to track down a mysterious figure who may be able to free him from his torment.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 07/03/2018

Fish Stew

Alf and Stu have committed the heist of the century and are hiding out in a cottage by the sea, waiting to be whisked away to the south of France. But when their ride is postponed, tensions mount and distrust brews, and if they’re left to stew any longer, they’ll reach boiling point!

20-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 02/08/2019

Gaul and Credo

In a primitive post-apocalyptic world that has forgotten about religion, two lowly thieves, Gaul and Credo, are desperate to get ahead in life. With their discovery of an ancient church and the relics held within, they think they may have found the means to do it. But will their newfound knowledge bring a new age of prosperity, or will playing God bring nothing but trouble?

20-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 19/09/2019

If You Can’t Laugh…

Ken, Sue, Tom and Val, a family separated at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown. Their only means of communication, video conference calls. They try their best to keep their spirits up, but when Ken’s temper threatens to pull them further apart, there’s only one cure.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 26/03/2020

The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands (Stephen King Short Story Adaptation)

George meets Henry during a poker game. The enigmatic Henry refuses to shake hands, and when he leaves the game without his winnings, George sets out to return them to him and also discover the mystery surrounding him. But will his quest bring fortune or nothing but losses?

20-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 27/03/2020

Mr Plank’s First Day (Written for the Class Dismissed Series)

It’s the new woodwork teacher Mr Plank’s first day. But will his innovative use of earwax (nature’s glue!) be enough to convince the students, he didn’t just get the job because of his name?

2-minute sketch                                                                                        Copyright: 04/05/2017

Nice Guy

Tim is obsessed with Jennifer and does everything for her but gets nothing in return. She sees him as just a nice guy. How can he prove he’s nothing of the sort?

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 15/10/2015

Odd Customers

Chloe, a cheery shop assistant, is our guide as she details all the odd customers you meet working in retail.

3-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 13/03/2019

Odd Hobbies – Episode One – Bird Watching and Golf

Mike, suicidal after the relationship from which he generated his self-worth ended, makes an unexpected connection with John, a selfish OAP with a penchant for destruction, and they set out on a perilous quest for redemption.

30-minute episode (from a planned six-part series)                                  Copyright: 10/11/2018

The Shearing of the Lambs

Byfflo Bill’s disco heyday is long behind him, and in his old age, he’s developed a passion for stalking young girls. But what he wants from his victims might not be what you’re expecting.

3-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 10/04/2018

Spit

If there’s one thing Jim hates, it’s spitting in the street. So when Bob accidentally hocks a giant loogie on his shoe, there will have to be consequences.

3-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 12/02/2019

STUpid

Stu and Paul, a pair of idiots, have bought a delicious Caramac and are trying to eat it in peace, but they’re stopped at every turn as they suspect a robot from the future is trying to steal it.

6-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 05/03/2020

Tammy and the Invasion of the Booby Snatchers (Written for the Class Dismissed Series)

Tammy has finally been released from isolation but discovers all the students have been mesmerised by their mirrors. Is it a simple cultural misunderstanding or the start of the invasion of the booby snatchers!

2-minute sketch                                                                                        Copyright: 05/05/2017

The Tart

Elissa’s dream is to be a rock star. She has the personality and creativity to achieve it, but those who should be encouraging her only suppress her, forcing her into either isolating herself or acting out. But when pushed too far, Elissa makes her final act one to remember.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 28/07/2016

Toast

James is an uptight neat-freak, and Mike is a carefree slob with a taste for toast. James is desperate to get Mike to wash the dishes. But will he get the message before he himself is toast!

4-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 07/01/2017

The Trip

Jon and Nat, chill stoners and best buds, set out on a surrealistic quest to find the other half of the moon, encountering a host of colourful characters and dark dangers along the way.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 29/05/2020

The Witch of Endor Lane

Magic has been outlawed around the world! Endora, an eccentric old witch, has gone undercover, helping those in need using online chatrooms. But when tempted to meet a client in person, her involvement has world-shattering consequences.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 26/07/2020

CV and Contact Information

JOHN REES

Mob: Available Upon Request                                                               Email: jrees256@gmail.com

Personal Statement

A highly driven and productive writer and filmmaker. Quick-thinking, perceptive and creative when it comes to both problem-solving and generating new ideas. Has the ability to propel any project forward and is strongly determined to create inspiring, original work of the highest quality, with the fundamental aim of arousing thought, discussion and enjoyment.

Work Experience

Independent/University Films                                                                                 2010-Present

I have amassed a vast amount of film production and writing experience through my university and independent films. I specialise in directing, producing and scriptwriting, having taken on these duties for the majority of these films.

Many of my films have achieved great success, being nominated for and winning multiple awards, including Short Film Sharer’s Featured Winner for Bob (May 2017), Cardiff Mini Film Festival’s One Minute Wonder award for The Prophet (2017) and MedFF’s Best Idea award for The Last Goodbye (2020). See Filmography for full list of awards and nominations.

Film Focus Wales                                                                                                     2017-Present

As a leading member of the Film Focus Wales community filmmaking group, I have been responsible for writing and editing scripts and producing films that follow Film Focus’s criteria, often using my skills and experience to guide and assist less experienced filmmakers.

It’s My Shout                                                                                                                         2018

My script That’s What I ‘Eard was selected out of hundreds of submissions to be produced by It’s My Shout and broadcast on the BBC. The process also involved attending script development classes at the BBC and communicating with the director.

Other Achievements

My script If You Can’t Laugh… was submitted to the BBC’s InterConnected and reached the last 8%. My pitch for The Witch of Endor Lane was submitted to The Pitch 2020, reached the final 60 and is featured on The Pitch’s website.

Key Skills   

  • Communication
  • Extensive use of Adobe Premiere Pro editing software
  • Extensive use of Canon DSLR and DJI Osmo cameras
  • Extensive use of Celtx scriptwriting software
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Reliability
  • Teamwork

Education

  • 2009-2010 Coleg Glan Hafren, Cardiff. A-Level Film Studies – Grade ‘A’
  • 2010-2013 University of Glamorgan. Film & Video Degree – Grade ‘First Class’
  • 2013-2014 University of South Wales. Scriptwriting MA – Grade ‘Merit’

Filmography [Selected Credits – Writer/Director of All – Unless Otherwise Stated] – Viewable on My Website [That’s What I ‘Eard is Viewable Upon Request]

  • Bamboo House (1 x Nominated, 1 x Official Selection)
  • Bob (1 x Award Winner, 5 x Official Selection)
  • Goldfish (2 x Finalist, 3 x Nominated, 5 x Official Selection)
  • The Housemate from Hell (No Submissions)
  • How Not To Be Single – Episode Two: Party (Directed by James Musgrove)
  • The Last Goodbye (Directed by Nat Pearse) (1 x Award Winner, 1 x Finalist)
  • The Prophet (1 x Award Winner, 1 x Finalist, 3 x Official Selection)
  • Tell Me About It, Sam (1 x Nominated, 2 x Official Selection)
  • That’s What I ‘Eard (Directed by Michael Gilhooly)
  • Total Investigation Television (1 x Nominated, 1 x Official Selection)
  • The Veil (Directed by Nat Pearse)

Unproduced Scripts [Selected Credits] – Available Upon Request

  • The Trip ­(Short Film)
  • The Witch of Endor Lane (Short Film)
  • Odd Hobbies – Episode One – Bird Watching and Golf (30 min TV Episode)

Website

  • johnreeswriter.com

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About

John Rees graduated from the University of South Wales with a First Class Degree in Film & Video and a Master’s Degree in Scriptwriting. He has gone on to write, produce and direct many short films that have been nominated for and won multiple awards. His script That’s What I ‘Eard was selected for It’s My Shout 2018 and broadcast on the BBC. He is also a leading member of Film Focus Wales, script editor for the comedy series Long Shots, and has worked as a Film Studies and Scriptwriting tutor and a videographer for companies such as Avant Cymru.