Hi and welcome to my website,
My name is Matthew Cooper I’m a BAFTA shortlisted script writer for hire, and Script Consultant with credits across all the UK TV networks.
As a scriptwriter I’ve written award winning episodes of Emmerdale, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Family Affairs.
My first short film ‘Family Style’ was the winner of the Lloyds Bank Channel Four Film Challenge in 1993 and starred a then unknown Ewan McGregor. I was also winner of the Oscar Moore Screenplay Prize in 1999 and shortlisted for various BBC scriptwriting awards.
I’ve worked on produced feature film scripts as a script consultant and advisor for directors like John Baird, Justin Chadwick, Ian Bevitt and Mitu Misra. You can find a partial list of my TV and Film broadcast credits on the IMDb.
Writer and Director
In 2020 I made my feature debut as a writer and director with the low budget horror thriller ‘Markham’ which was released in 2020. My second film as a writer and director ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ hit the screen in 2021, and my third film as a director – ‘‘When the Earth Gives Up the Dead’ was released in late 2022.
All three films make up a rough – H.P. Lovecraft inspired horror trilogy and have had decent reviews and pick up for what are essentially zero budget films. The three films however led to bigger budgets with my film ‘H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ current in post production after I shot in last year on the North Yorkshire coast.
In April 2023 my film Sober – written by myself and the actors Deans (Waterloo Road, Still Open All Hours) Smith and Tom (Funny Cow) Gibbons went into production – Sober was directed by me – and shot locally in Leeds. The film is nearly complete and set to be released in 2024 – we have very high hopes for the raucous comedy – Sober has its own website Sober – the movie – Wetting the baby’s head since 2023… and you can find out more about my work as a director here..
I was born in Leeds, and attended Victoria Primary and Middle School, Temple Moor High School and did a brief stint at Boston Spa Comprehensive School. I grew up in east Leeds, mostly in the village of Barwick In Elmet. I still live and work in Yorkshire, I’m married and have a stepdaughter (and three dogs, one rabbit but no cats!)
I was an early adopter of ‘Digital’ and created one of the UKs first dedicated YouTube serials (with backing from one of the Dragons from ‘Dragons’ Den’).
Scriptwriter and script consultant for hire
I built this website in 2010 – what started as a blog on films and filmmaking soon became a viable business, which today provides me (and a few other scriptwriters) with screenwriting /scriptwriting work and commissions from all over the world.
I work without an agent, and often under the radar – I have completed rewrites on high profile films, series and serials. Sometimes providing ideas or solutions, in other instances actual nuts and bolts rewrites and redrafts. Often this work is done without credit (and in many instances in secret).
I also run the production company – Warehouse Transmedia. Which specialises in low budget horror films made using a mix of old school prosthetic effects, stop motion animation and in camera special effects mixed in with the very latest cutting edge virtual production, AI assisted image generation – and gaming software (Unreal Engine) filmmaking techniques.
If you’re down with the whole social thing, you can find me on Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram and LinkedIn. And I update this website with fresh blogposts, news, views and details of my work availability as often as I can – so keep checking back.