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C. S. Haviland

Screenwriter

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Christopher Sirmons Haviland
Novels * Short Stories * Screenplays * Movie Production
10720 Sexton Drive, McKinney, TX 75070 – 413.313.9127 – chris@cshaviland.com

Christopher Sirmons Haviland, also published as C.S. Haviland, has a Bachelor's degree in Radio / TV / Film from the University of North Texas.

EDITOR, "THE SYNOPSIS TREASURY" (WRITING REFERENCE)
Published in 2015 by WordFire Press, THE SYNOPSIS TREASURY is a collection of actual synopses and story proposals written by established authors (ranging from international bestsellers to multiple award winners to rising stars) and submitted to market for publication.

The purpose of this book, for writers and fans alike, is to show what story submissions worked for the professional. It's a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how novels get accepted and published, with some chapters revealing the responses from the publishers. Featuring work by: H.G. Wells, Jack Williamson, Andre Norton, Robert A. Heinlein, James Gunn, Frank Herbert, Ben Bova, Piers Anthony, Michael Bishop, Joe Haldeman, Terry Brooks, Robert E. Vardeman, Orson Scott Card, David Brin, Connie Willis, Janny Wurts, James P. Blaylock, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Bruce Coville, Margaret Weis, Judith Tarr, Nancy Varian Berberick, Robert J. Sawyer, Irene Radford, Sara Douglass, Louise Marley, Roberta Gellis, Ian R. MacLeod, Julie E. Czerneda, Jacqueline Carey, Chris Roberson, and Eldon Thompson, with an original introduction by former Del Rey Vice President and Senior Editor, Betsy Mitchell, and publisher feedback from Damon Knight and Frederik Pohl.

AUTHOR, "FAITH & FAIRIES" (SCREENPLAY: FANTASY) [former title "THE TREE")
Accomplishments:
* Quarter-Finalist in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting (sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
* Quarter-Finalist in the New Century Writer Awards
* Quarter-Finalist in the Screenwriting Expo (sponsored by Creative Screenwriting Magazine)
* Two time Semi-Finalist in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project (sponsored by Amblin' Entertainment & Universal Pictures)
* Semi-Finalist in the Maui Writers Conference National Screenwriting Competition
* Finalist in the People's Picture Show contest.

AUTHOR, "FAITH & FAIRIES" (NOVEL: FANTASY, based on screenplay)
Published in 2005, advance edition in 2004. (www.FaithAndFairies.com)
Accolades:
* "As one can truly say—a good read!" --Grandmaster fantasy author Andre Norton
* "An enchanting tale full of humor and whimsy, reminiscent of such young adult classics as THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA...full of wonder and imagination, yet feels familiar and real. There is much to like..." --Fantasy author Eldon Thompson
* "...a finely crafted, haunting tale of adventure, sacrifice and love that fondly recalls the young adult fantasy novels of C.S. Lewis, Andre Norton and Madeleine L'Engle." --The St. Augustine Record
* "Haviland is in the class of L. Frank Baum, Terry Brooks, or Stephen Donaldson..." --MidWest Book Review

AUTHOR, "CODE & CREATION" (SCREENPLAY: SF)
Formerly entitled CODE & CHEMISTRY, this spec script was written to be shot on a very small budget with very few locations. It is a multifaceted science fiction with a blend of satirical metaphors and hidden meanings. Most of it takes place on a single set with a single actor and deals with tech-isolationism (like THX-1138, MOON or CUBE), and symbolizes the multi-reality theories of Quantum Physics.
Accomplishments:
* Semi-Finalist in the 2012 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting (sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences). It was one of 129 best out of 7,197 entries, making it among the 1% best unproduced screenplays in the world according to the Academy, in the biggest screenwriting competition in history until that time. It was  listed at Oscars.org.
* Semi-Finalist in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project screenplay contest some years ago, managed by Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg's Amblin' Entertainment.
* Quarter-Finalist in the New Century Writer Awards

AUTHOR, "HARMLESS" (SCREENPLAY: CRIME DRAMA - BASED ON TRUE STORY)
Based on the true story of the murder of an 8-year old girl in 1969. Accomplishments:
* 2-time Quarter-Finalist in the Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest (judged by Francis Ford Coppola)
***** This screenplay is currently under option *****

AUTHOR, "FANG HUNTERS" (SCREENPLAY: HORROR-COMEDY)
Accomplishments:
* Finalist in the AAA Screenplay Contest (sponsored by Creative Screenwriting Magazine)
***** This screenplay is currently under option *****

AUTHOR: "PARENTAL CONTROL" (SCREENPLAY: COMEDY)
* Quarter-Finalist in the ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Contest

AUTHOR: "PHANTASMAGORIUM" (SCREENPLAY: HORROR)

AUTHOR / CREATOR: "PREHISTORIC" (TV SERIES CONCEPT: SF-MYSTERY) [on back-burner]

AUTHOR: "THE CELESTIAL SEPTOLOGY" / "THE SYMPHONITRON SEPTOLOGY" (NOVEL SERIES: FANTASY-SF-SPACE OPERA) [in rewrite]

AUTHOR: "WAR OF THE ETHERGISTS" (NOVEL SERIES: FANTASY) [on back-burner]

AUTHOR: "THE REALITY DIVISION" (SHORT STORY: FANTASY)
Published in BAD-ASS FAERIES 2: JUST PLAIN BAD (2009/2008).
Accomplishments:
* Winner of the 2009 EPPIE award.

AUTHOR: "CHANGE" (SHORT STORY: FANTASY)
Published in PRONTO! WRITINGS FROM ROME (2002), which includes work by bestselling authors Terry Brooks and John Saul.

CO-PRODUCER, "THE FIRST OF MAY" (HBO)
Mr. Haviland was Co-Producer on the feature film THE FIRST OF MAY in 1997, starring Julie Harris, Dan Bird, Mickey Rooney, Charles Nelson Reilly, Gerard Christopher, Tom Nowicki, and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio in a cameo role. The movie was distributed to foreign theatrical markets, then HBO worldwide, and DVD. Mr. Haviland was also its Location Manager. (www.FirstOfMay.com).
Accomplishments:
* Award of Excellence by the Film Advisory Board
* The Dove Award from The Dove Foundation
* two Best Film Awards from the Burbank International Children's Film Festival
+ a half dozen other awards.

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Mr. Haviland studied writing under Terry Brooks, Ben Bova, John Saul, Dorothy Allison, and Lawrence Montaigne.

Mr. Haviland regularly works in the internet business and was involved in the startups that eventually became About.com and Mail.com, and he's a highly sought thirteen-year veteran in online advertising operations. He was recently Director of Ad Operations at OpenX, named one of the top 10 most promising companies by Forbes, and the Mobile Commerce Operations Manager for Softcard, a Mobile Wallet app acquired by Google in Q1 2015. He currently works as a Business Analyst.

my screenplays

Harmless
Feature
Optioned
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Fang Hunters
Feature
Optioned
 
Code & Creation
Feature
 
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Faith & Fairies
Feature
 
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Parental Control
Feature
 
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Phantasmagorium
Feature
 
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