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My name is Annika Tuneld and I live in Sweden. After going through a divorce and trying to create a new life for me and my two daughters, I decided to start writing movies. I wrote my first words in English in July 2010 and three months later, I finished my first screenplay, NEVER FOREVER. In May 2011 the script was considered for development by a production company. At the same time, I finished my second screenplay, WILDFLOWERS, with a writing partner. The whole script was written over Skype late at night and early in the mornings.
In January 2012, a very rough 1st draft of WILDFLOWERS was a finalist in the Table Read My Screenplay competition. My co-writer and I decided to seriously query WILDFLOWERS in March 2013. In April, with no agent or manager, we signed an option agreement with a Hollywood based production company. Right now I'm in the final phase of the rewriting.
I just wrapped up negotiating an option agreement for my feature-length horror screenplay 'Investigation 13', which was discovered via the ISA website. Rolando Vinas with Gorilla Studios and Miami Equity Entertainment placed an ad on the ISA site recently, and after reviewing my submission, contacted me with the offer to option.
In October, 2013, German screenwriter/producer Mike Fuhrmann,posted in the ScreenwritingU Alumni website. Mike and his sister, a wheelchair-user who is active in the German disabled community, had an idea for a disabled heist movie, and Mike was looking for a collaborator who could write comedy.
Texas-based screenwriter/playwright Don Fried, a dual US/UK national who speaks German, responded. Don screenplays, most of them comedies, had advanced in 15 screenwriting competitions, and he was currently negotiating an option for his comic screenplay, Senior Moments.
With days, Mike and Don had reached agreement, and come up with the concept ofThisAbility.
Using marathon Skype-based brainstorming sessions (Mike and Don still have never met in person) the first draft was completed in 2 months. In April, ThisAbility took second place in Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition. 4 companies -- 2 in the U.S. and 2 in Germany -- are already interested in the screenplay.
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