Alan Pannell

Alan Pannell

Script Coach at Screenplay Academy
Script Consultant, Screenwriter and Story Analyst

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September 2017
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About Alan

I’m a script coach, screenwriter, occasional movie extra, and veteran contest script reader for the Austin Film Festival. I've read for all genres, as well TV specs and pilots.

Recent movie faves include Dune, Minari, Land, and Power of the Dog. TV faves (and ones I do contest reading for) include Yellowstone, 1883, Homecoming, Yellowjackets, Dexter: New Blood, Katla, and Cobra Kai.

Besides doing contract script coverage, I do script coaching through my contest rewrite studio, Screenplay Academy. Side projects include finishing my own short film script for this year's spring contests.

Formerly, I’ve done many movie-related jobs, including film projectionist, film booking, video store manager, and movie critic. Once upon a time, I was an Instructor and Head of Reference at the University of Colorado-Boulder Law School where I specialized in teaching law with film and created the blog Law in the Reel World.

A few years, I finally went to film school, which was an early dream before choosing law school. (Yes, I’ve always been a lifelong learner.) After getting my master’s degree in Film & Popular Culture with a focus on film & TV screenwriting, I was certified as a Screenreader by Hollywood Gatekeepers.

Feel free to message with any questions about contest screenwriting. I have a lot of thoughts on the topic and some helpful suggestions to share.


  • The Stink of Flesh

    The Stink of Flesh (2005)
    Video (Comedy and Horror) Actor Wandering a zombie wasteland, matool survives by his wits and animal instinct, often employing his trusty hammer and gigantic nails to fend of the ravenous hordes of flesh eating undead. But when he is kidnapped by a mysterious couple, he must rely on an entirely different weapon in his arsenal to survive. Written by Grant Chapman


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