Script writer for hire and Script Consultant UK
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Script Writer for hire
As a script writer I’ve written for EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Family Affairs. I was BAFTA shortlisted for my work on Emmerdale and was the winner of the first ever Lloyds Bank Film Challenge and the Oscar Moore screenwriting award. Here’s a partial list of my credits on the IMDb.
My first short film ‘Family Style’ was made for Channel Four in 1993 and starred a then unknown actor called Ewan McGregor and was directed by Justin Chadwick (The Long Walk to Freedom).
After selling a feature film script age 21 to a Hollywood major, I went onto write for the soaps – including the iconic episode of Eastenders where ‘Alfie’ told ‘Kat’ he loved her for the first time.
UK Script consultant
In 2006, while writing Hollyoaks I was bitten by the YouTube bug and created one of the first ever web serials for YouTube. ‘Dylan Ogden’ as the series was called was produced by Martyn Smith (Dragons Den) and directed by Ian Bevitt (Coronation Street).
The series was about to be sold to MySpace before the platform collapsed, and ultimately the series proved too ‘early’ to find an online audience. But along the way I built up digital skills, including SEO knowledge, social media marketing expertise and a firm interest in YouTube optimisation.
I started this website in 2012, so clients could hire me directly, and its been a huge success. I work with producers, directors, production companies, brands, broadcasters and content creators from across the globe on all manner of film, TV and creative content which requires scripting, script editing or story lining.
I’ve also, through this website turned player/coach, offered my services to new and experienced writers in the form of script reports or script coverage service– where you’ll get the opinion of a BAFTA shortlisted scriptwriter at an affordable price.
Director and producer
As well as being busy with scriptwriting and script consultancy work I’ve also started a career as a director.
In 2020, my first feature film as a writer / director ‘Markham‘ was released to good reviews. Markham is a dark psychological horror which mixes H.P. Lovecraft and the new trend for ‘rubber reality’ cinema, it’s the first film in planned trilogy of H.P. Lovecraft adaptations.
My second film as a writer/ director ‘At The Mountains of Madness‘ was released in July 2021 – and forms the second part of the planned trilogy. The film was well received with interest from across the world – especially as the film was shot during the UK Coronavirus Lockdown.
The third film in the trilogy will be released in 2022. You can find out more about my work as a director here matthewcooperdirector.co.uk
All three films in the trilogy are shot in black and white and use old school VFX and SFX techniques (as well as featuring sequences shot on Super 8mm cine film). You can find out more about how the films are made on the Warehouse Transmedia website.
I’m a Leeds United fan, and I love the music of Joe Strummer. I’m a dog person as well (with three pups at the present time).
I’m a Super 8mm cine camera geek, as well as a collector of analogue photography equipment.
Like everyone else I’m a frustrated musician, but unlike most people I love shooting guns, including air rifles (targets only) and clay pigeon shooting.
I like playing poker, reading, and watching films of course (nothing Marvel thanks!) And I’m a bit of a BMX buff and own a couple of (retro) bikes.
I also drive a Mazda Bongo – which is huge hobby in itself (its a 1995 model – Japanese import) and has over 200,000 miles on the clock, this mileage is an equivalent distance to the moon and back so I’m told. Bongos are a fun mini camper van, but you need to be a fan of fixing things (and paying mechanics a fortune).
I’m married to Alison Pennells and I have a step daughter. I live and work in West Yorkshire (you know it makes sense).
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If you want to contact me, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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