Shelly Paino

Shelly Paino

Screenwriter and Script Consultant

Boise, Idaho

Member Since:
February 2013
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About Shelly

Shelly Paino is a produced and award-winning screenwriter and script consultant who has been writing for over twenty years, completing 18 features, 29 short scripts and four series pilots. Produced works include a feature film and two award-winning shorts.

Born in Arizona, Shelly landed just outside Hollywood at an early age where she fell in love with story-telling and filmmaking.  After taking a screenwriting course at Cal State Fullerton, while crunching numbers at her day job and raising a family, she began writing film scripts, finally leaving her day job in 2020 to write full time. She now regularly writes on assignment.

She served as the organizer of the Orange County Screenwriters Group for several years and often provides feedback to other writers and filmmakers.  She has also worked on several sets as an extra and production assistant. 

In other writing, Shelly has a published freelance article and compiled and wrote the introduction to a published historical memoir currently for sale on Amazon titled On the Horizon: From British Society to the American Frontier.




  • Church of Ed

    Church of Ed Family When a large, eccentric family moves into a defunct church building, the townspeople mistake the troubled, enigmatic grandfather for a minister and start showing up for church on Sundays. 

  • Hannah's Dream

    Hannah's Dream Drama A Christian woman escapes her life of persecution in Pakistan, but after a deadly bomb blast at a Christian church, God reveals to her a spiritual gift that she can use to help those she left behind.

  • Altered

    Altered Comedy Romance After his fiancee loses her memory of him, an unsentimental groom must recreate their courtship’s most romantic moments in hopes of restoring her memory in time for the wedding.

  • Show Me Life

    Show Me Life Romance Drama When a workaholic talent agent is challenged to find hidden talent in a randomly chosen homeless man, she finds that his tragic story holds a lesson for her future.

  • The Rider

    The Rider Action A stunt biker must hunt down his friend’s murderer and steal back the cutting edge motorcycle prototype that was his life’s work.

  • Street

    Street Drama Abandoned by her friends in downtown L.A., a spoiled Orange County girl embarks on a journey home with the help of an inner city teen.

  • Son of a Preacher Man

    Son of a Preacher Man Comedy Romance When his audacious first love whirls back into his life, a young pastor struggling to find his voice embarks on a whirlwind trip with her, finding inspiration in the last place he expected.



  • Best First Time Screenwriter, Content 2020 (Hannah's Dream)

  • Best Screenplay, Canadian Int'l Faith and Family (Hannah's Dream)

  • Semifinalist, Utah Film Festival and Awards (The Son of a Preacher Man feature)

  • Semifinalist, Utah Film Festival and Awards (Unhooked short script)

  • Winner, Poe Contest (Simon short script)

  • Finalist, Twin Falls Film Festival (Unhooked feature script)

  • Finalist, Christian Family Film Festival (Unhooked feature script)

  • Winner Diamond Award, International Independant Film Awards (Unhooked short script)

  • Finalist, Twin Falls Sanwiches Film Festival (Unhooked feature script)

  • Quarterfinalist, Script & Storyboard Showcase (Unhooked short script)

  • Finalist, Las Vegas Screenwriting Contest (Unhooked feature script)

  • Finalist, Storypros Awards Screenplay Contest (Unhooked feature script)

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