Henry Tjernlundis creating Screenwriting and short films.
There are some things I
can no longer do, but I can still write. And I write a lot! I
currently have about 10 feature film scripts and TV pilots, and 20
short film scripts. Unfortunately, I have no financial means to
produce these feature films or TV shows. But with a little help, I
would be able to make some very entertaining short films.
My most pressing issue is
that my car is out of service. The engine is good but there are
issues with the exhaust system, brakes, and tires. I have to burden
others with taking me shopping and I am dependent on rides from a
medical van service to get to doctor appointments. With a reliable
car, I can be independent again. I could actively participate in
local film projects and get back to making some of my own. I would
be able to attend meet-and-greets for cast and crew that are held in
the city, do location scouting and participate in the local
The short film projects
themselves can sometimes be funded by crowd funding campaigns.
However, I need a body of work so I can show donors what I can do. I
can't use my film school work as it was shot on actual film. You
know, the stuff with sprocket holes. After a bunch of moves over the
decades, I don't know where those reels of film are. So, I need to
create a new body of work for fundraising purposes.
That brings me to
equipment. I have collected some old items like an analog audio
pre-amp field mixer. I have a boom mic on an improvised painter's
pole. I also have a factory refurbished DSLR camera which can shoot
video. I lucked into some used photo lighting gear for lighting
equipment. I have been shooting scenes for a short project but I can
only afford to film 2-3 scenes a year. I hope to finish this year.
If lack of money wasn't
such an issue I could be putting out film after film after film after
film. My main hope is to sell a feature screenplay or TV series
teleplay. But one of the roads to getting picked up by an agent is
having made my own films, especially ones that win awards at film
festivals. Submission to film festivals costs money. Several scripts
have done well in screenwriting contests (listed below), but there
are submission fees. Protecting a script costs money - scripts should
be registered with either Writers Guild of America or the Library of
Congress before showing to others. Since I don’t have the money for
registration, I am unable to share my compelling screenplays with
If I can get several films “in the can,” as they say, this would increase my chance of getting crowd funding. But I need a jump start. So, once again, here is what I would be so grateful for –
- Get my car back on the road.
- Complete several short film shoots.
- Get more scripts protected.
- Enter protected scripts into writing contests.
- Enter short films into film festivals.
- Get an agent.
- Sell some scripts.
Here is a list of my
scripts which have done well in contests.
WHAT YOU KNOW (crime thriller feature)
[2015 ScreenCraft Action & Thriller screenplay contest semi-finalist (top 5%)]
QUESTERS (medieval fantasy feature, co-written)
[2014 PAGE Awards quarter-finalist (top 10%)]
SMALL BLUE (science fiction feature)
[2015 Scriptapalooza Science Fiction screenplay contest quarter-finalist (top 20%)]
[Zoetrope 1 of 3 highest reviewed screenplays for the month of Nov. 2014]
MECHANITY (science fiction, TV pilot) (aka UNITY)
[2015 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch teleplay contest quarter-finalist. (top 20%)]
SICKLE MOON (kung-fu horror feature)
[2015 ScreenCraft Horror screenplay contest quarter-finalist (top 20%)]
Here are some literary short stories which sold before
turning to screenwriting.
HARD PORT, (science fiction short)
[2004 PARSEC Short Story Contest 2rd place winner.]
[Published in Triangulation 2004, science fiction and fantasy anthology
EXHIBIT 628 (science fiction horror short)
[Published in Triangulation 2005, science fiction and fantasy anthology.]
FRESH (science fiction horror short)
[Published in Escape Velocity 2008#2 science fiction anthology.]
NOCTE FINEM (science fiction novelette, aka THE SEVENTH
ECLIPSE adapted as a script)
[Published in Triangulation 2012: science fiction and fantasy anthology.]
ORDERED PAIR (science fiction short)
[2010 PARSEC Short Story Contest finalist.]
[Published in GlassFire online magazine, 2013 summer issue.]
[2014 Pushcart Award nominee.]
QUEST FOR SLEEPING HANDSOME (co-written medieval youth
fantasy novel, pen-name Henry T. Lund)
[Published by Triplicity Publishing, 2014-2016]