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Chocolate Potato

An illicit spam email arrives at the wrong time and pushes a man over the brink when his wife thinks he's having an affair. Unable to convince her otherwise, he inflicts an horrific death on the spammer. The story turns from a raunchy 'British black comedy' to a dark tale of murder, copycat killings and revenge.

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  • Monaco International Film Festival
    December 6, 2014
    Best EPIC/Historical Screenplay
Writer Biography

Resume for Neil O'Neil

The Writer

Name: Neil O'Neil
Address: Milrose House
City: Scaldwell
State: Northants
Zip: NN69LB
Country: United Kingdom
Phone: 00447973662021
Cell/Pager: 00447973662021

Neil O'Neil

Mob: +44 7973 662021,

Screenwriter, Producer and Director

Writing and Film Education: -
2015 Scriptwriters Coaching course – Raindance, London
2015 Directors Foundation Certificate – Raindance, London
2014 Winner of best Epic Screenplay – Monaco International Film Festival
2014 London Screenwriters Festival - Oct
2014 Writing for TV and Film – Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) 10 weeks
2013-14 Advanced creative writing – Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) 20 weeks
2013 London Screen writers summit – Truby, Volger, Hauge and Seger
2013 Movie Money – Raindance, London
2012 Digital Film School (distinction) – Open University Milton Keynes (OU)
2009 Writers foundation certificate – Raindance, London
2008-9 Screenwriting course London – BlueCat – Gordy Hoffman
2009 Producer’s Foundation Course – Raindance, London
2006 Writer’s Lab - London
2006 Filmmakers foundation certificate – Raindance, London
2006 Director’s Foundation Course – Raindance, London
2005 Film Screenwriting Course – Raindance, London
2005 Towards publication – Advanced writing – City University, London
2004 Intermediate Fiction writing – City University, London
2002-3 Diploma in Creative Writing – University of East Anglia (UEA)
2002 Film and Screenplay writing – University of East Anglia (UEA)
2001 Introduction to creative writing – University of East Anglia (UEA)

Elliott Grove – Director, Producer, FoundeNeil O’Neil
of Raindance Film Festival
Michael Lionello Cowan – Director, Producer, CEO Stealth Media Group
Jeff Naylor – Director, Producer – UK Prime Series – TV (ITV, BBC, Channel4, RTE)
Mark Rogers – Writer, Script Analyst – Deadly Virtues
Danny Stack – Writer, Director – Script Analyst for Miramax, Working title, Pathe
Rosie Cullen – Writer – Theatre (Royal Shakespeare Theatre)
Tim John – Writer – UK Prime time animation – TV (CBS, BBC, ITV)
Chris Thomas – Director and trainer, Raindance

Red 7 - Writer, Producer - released and acheived 4 Stars at BIAFF - 2016
I.E. – Best Epic Screenplay –Monaco International Film Festival -2014
The Magpie – Winner of the Tabula Cup 2014 (West Sussex)
What if? – 2nd prize in John Butler-Walton Trophy 2014 (Dorset)
Maid in his image – A rockumentary (short) – Winner ‘Bournemouth Film Competition’ 2013
Lonely People (short) – Winner ‘Music to my video’ competition 2013
5 minute Rockstar (short) – Second ‘Bristol Film Competition’ 2012

Member of Raindance, London
Member of ‘The Writers Guild of Great Britain’
Member of ‘The Film and Video Institute’ of Great Britain’
Member of Bristol Video and Film Club
Member of Bournemouth Video and Film Club

Films in Production:
I.E. (feature) – Writer, Co-producer – Pre-production (casting and funding)
Just Another Love Story? (short) – Writer, Producer – released - minor Post-production
Wake up, or sleep forever (short) – Writer, Producer – Spin off from musical video which reached number 1 in online charts.
Out of the Blue (short) – Writer, Producer – Shooting in July 2016

Introduction to Neil O’Neil

My life in entertainment and visual media started in 1975 when I bought a bass guitar and formed a rock band
called Ricochet. Our first concert was 02 September 1977 and in 1980 we released a single, followed by a tour
of Germany. I ended up staying in Germany for 10 years and formed a new band (Damien) for which we got a
record deal, with our first Album reaching 19 in the German Rock charts. These early experiences put me on
the road and world of adventure, which is now firmly rooted in the film industry.
Whilst working in Warsaw, Poland (1999) I wrote the treatment for my first film idea (The Shooting Gallery),
quickly followed by The Queen Mother. As a song writer with Ricochet and Damien I had many creative ideas
but no formal writing skills or experience, so in 2001 I signed up to the University of East Anglia to officiallystart my writing career. I also started to appear in a number TV productions, including a prime time documentary for Granada TV's South Bank Show.

Over the years I have written a number of scripts/treatments, many are registered with the Writers Guild of
America (West and East). I have also extended my education to now include film making as a Producer,
Director and more recently an Editor; winning a distinction at the Digital Film School at the Open University.

Last year I was commissioned by Jillian Haslam to write a script for her memoirs (Indian English), a harrowing story of how she, as a white girl, survived the slums and abject poverty of the backstreets of Calcutta to be nominated in 2012 as Asian Woman of the year in the humanitarian category. This script has been finished with renowned US TV Director Cyrus Yavneh (Supernatural and 24) currently working on the project.

In the last few years I have made a number of short films, to learn my trade, some of which have won
parochial film competitions. Things have now turned full circle as last month Ricochet was back in the studio
recording a new song for the film, which has the working title of I.E. The film has already been picked up by
the press (see attached article from The Telegraph).

The I.E. Script has been reviewed by industry experts and comments are as follows;
‘This script stands out with a lot of appeal…… plenty of drama, conflict, antagonist, obstacles, objective,
and so on – great!’ - Danny Stack

‘…this is clearly a fantastic script. The story is exceptionally interesting with a wonderful protagonist in Jillian -
Mark Rogers

‘The understanding that Mrs. Cleofas really suffered from schizophrenia and was as lonely as the girls is
actually incredibly moving.’- Bluecat script panel

‘There are some touching and affecting moments in the story – particularly during Jillian’s speech at the
country club……. This is a powerful ending to the film.’ - Phil Shelley – Script doctor, London

‘…the writing is poetic and the scene descriptions are rich and vivid.’ – Blacklist Panel

‘…a brilliant story and one I hope to one day see in a cinema!’ - Script vault

I just finished my 2nd feature, Chococlate Potato;
Raunchy Dark Buddy Murder Comedy -
An illicit spam email arrives at the wrong time and pushes a man over the brink when his wife thinks he's
having an affair. Unable to convince her otherwise, he inflicts a horrific death on the spammer. The story turns from a black comedy to a dark tale of murder and revenge.

other scripts in the works:
Are there Dinosaurs in Heaven? – Feature – Religious Murder drama
A youth from a troubled family befriends a young alternative priest and starts to study theology. He meets
two other troubled people in his theology class and between them they unwittingly get the priest murdered.
The youth then goes on a quest to seek justice.

Zero Tolerance – Feature – Social Rebellion thriller
John Chasty has a personal mission to teach the youth of today respect. He uses direct and effective methods
that impress Rosie. They become the new and bloody Bonny and Clyde of social etiquette until they bump up
against a drug mafia.

After 13 years of learning the trade of a script writer and the mechanics of the film industry, it is now time to step into the big league.

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