Joe Leone

Joe Leone

Screenwriter

Queen Creek, Arizona

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About Joe

Joe Leone is an American Screenwriter with nearly 6 years of experience as a Marketing Coordinator for Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Marketing Administration, and another year as a Story Analyst for Prelude Pictures and Kamin & Howell Entertainment. While attending Chapman University in Orange, California, I produced an award winning student film, which was purchased and distributed by Pyramid Films (Santa Monica, CA).

Screenwriter of COOP (FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY) - selected in (21) Film Festival/Screenplay Competitions in the past 5 months, which include: (3) Award Wins, (6) Finalist Selections, (6) Semi-Finalist, and a Quarterfinalist Placement to date.

Script Rank: COOP on (as of 04/13/20)
Overall 32 1049 - Top 5 percent
Drama: 18- 498 - Top 5 percent
Family: 8 - 123 - Top 10 percent
Sports: 4 - 26 - Top 25 percent

COOP - Feedback received from the Austin Screenplay Awards - Analysis/Coverage (02/08/2020): Call me a sucker for dog stories, but COOP struck me as the type of narrative that’s made to tug at the emotions. The writer really does a great job of this without getting too heavy handed in the delivery. That’s not as easy a task as it sounds with a plot that has a career ending surgery, abused dogs, and the comeback story of a lifetime. All of these plot points beg for hokey speeches and cheesy dialogue, but the writer does a great job of presenting these plot points with grounded realism. The writer certainly embraces the dramatic elements, but doesn’t overplay them to the point of parody. It all amounts to a very touching story made of equal parts heartwarming healing journey and crushing loss. The dialogue really is one of the easiest aspects of the script to fall in love with because the writer is so great at imparting a sense of individuality to the characters.

There are a wide variety of personality types on display in this script, but the writer effortlessly flirts between different styles, verbal quirks, motivations, and manners of speech with ease. They also don’t shy away from conflict in dialogue, making what could otherwise be mundane conversations filled with tension. Watching the various combinations of characters interact was a genuine joy, as each maintained their motivations and backstories when speaking, not just gabbing away to deliver exposition or expedite the plot. Of course we do get exposition in the dialogue, but it’s masked with personality and proper character motivation, keeping the level of authenticity in the conversation high. In this script, dialogue is a tool for understanding character, not just developing the plot.

Overall, this script succeeds because it maximizes the drama inherent to the concept and setting. The writer has a great understanding of when to let moments breathe for maximal effect and when to inject the writing with energy, short sentences, and active word choice to convey tension and forward momentum. It all amounts to an engrossing tone that I could lose myself in. There’s a lot of complexity to this narrative, not always in the plot points, but in the character development and relationships. It makes the script feel dense and meaningful, worth another read even to parse through the heady questions it raises. Still the real entertainment is in Gabriel and Coop’s journey. This central relationship holds the whole script together.
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COOP - Feedback received from the Chicago Screenplay Awards - Analysis/Coverage (12/07/2019): There can be no doubt that this script pulls at the heart strings and demands audience investment thanks to an incredibly sympathetic lead and a truly inspiring concept. It’s really nice to see a script that all audiences can contend with, and the subject matter makes for a very marketable film. There’s athletics, and all the trials and tribulations that comes from intense competition. There’s a beating heart with the supporting cast including my personal favorite character in Coach Sanderson. And most importantly, there’s a great lead who undergoes real hardship, has an obvious goal, and must undergo real change in order to achieve this goal. Rarely is there a more clear cut case of the hero’s journey in action.

All of this is supported by some really great writing. Early on I worried that the lengthy action description depicting the opening race would be indicative of inefficient use of the page space. However, this scene turned out to be an example of how the writer is able to infuse an event everyone has scene and inject it with energy and distinction by paying focused attention to the moment. It’s a showcase for highly visual action description, although the entire stretching routine might have been a bit overkill.

In total though, the script has great pacing, delivering the highs and lows at the appropriate times. It really earns its bittersweet ending without feeling hackneyed, which can be tough for this type of story. This script just makes you feel good, and with realistic characters and a plot that keeps the pages turning, Coop stands out as a family film of note.
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COOP - Feedback received from Barnstorm Media (11/25/19) - Strength(s): The dynamic between Coach Sanderson and Gabriel is well crafted. Strong beat: "You’ve changed me in so many ways. And, I am so close to fulfilling my Olympic dream...all because of you, Coop." This screenplay was a joy to discover. Thanks for sharing.
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Screenwriter of DIRE CONSEQUENCES (SHORT SCREENPLAY) - selected in (23) Film Festival/Screenplay Competitions in multiple Countries over the past 10 months. (2) Award Wins, (6) Finalist, (6) Semi-Finalist, and (4) Quarterfinalist finishes to date.

Screenwriter of TRUE DESTINY (FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY) – selected in a total of (55) Film Festival / Screenplay Competitions in (7) Countries over the past 16 months. The script has been an Award Winner in (13) of the (55) Competitions to date.
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SCREENPLAY COMPETITION AWARDS (as of 04/13/20): FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY - COOP

AWARD WINNER(S):
COOP - Show Low Film Festival - FINALIST - AWARD WINNER (Feb, 2020)
COOP - Depth of Field International Film Festival - GOLD SCRIPT WRITING - AWARD WINNER (Jan, 2020)
COOP – After Hour Film Festival - AWARD WINNER – BEST SCREENPLAY (December, 2019)

FINALIST:
COOP - Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards - FINALIST - Top 100 out of more than 3,500 entry/submissions received (Feb, 2020)
COOP - Miami Screenplay Awards - TOP 10 FINALIST - out of 632 Entry/Submissions (Feb, 2020)
COOP - Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival - FINALIST (Jan, 2020)
COOP - Chandler International Film Festival - TOP 10 FINALIST (Jan, 2020)
COOP - Pitch Now Screenplay Competition - FINALIST (December, 2019)
COOP - Desert Pitch - Film Fest Tucson - TOP 5 FINALIST - PITCH COMPETITION (October, 2019)

SEMI-FINALIST:
COOP - Atlanta Screenplay Awards - SEMI-FINALIST (April, 2020)
COOP - Circus Road Screenplay Contest - SEMI-FINALIST (March, 2020)
COOP - New York City International Screenplay Awards - SEMI-FINALIST - FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (March, 2020)
COOP - Chicago Screenplay Awards - SEMI-FINALIST - FEATURE SCREENPLAY (Feb, 2020)
COOP - BLASTOFF - Master of the Logline - SEMI-FINALIST (Feb, 2020)
COOP - Logline to Movie Screen Contest - SEMI-FINALIST (Jan, 2020)

QUARTERFINALIST:
COOP - StoryPros International Screenplay Contest - QUARTERFINALIST (Nov, 2019) - 20% of all submitted screenplays made it to the Quarterfinals

OFFICIAL SELECTION(S):
COOP - Block Island Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION (Feb, 2020)
COOP - Gold Canyon Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION (Jan, 2020)
COOP - Lake Travis Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION (Jan, 2020)
COOP - Barnstorm Fest - OFFICIAL (SHORT LIST) SELECTION (Dec, 2019)
COOP - L.A. Live Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION (Nov, 2019)
COOP - Lift-Off Global Network Limited, Pinewood Studios, England, UK - 2nd ROUND | CONSIDERATION FOR REPRESENTATION - "We really loved the sound of your project and it has sparked the interest of the Lift-Off team. Therefore, we are delighted to include your project in the second round of the selection process."
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SCREENPLAY COMPETITION RECOGNITION/AWARDS (as of 04/13/20): SHORT SCREENPLAY - DIRE CONSEQUENCES

AWARD WINNER(S):
Show Low Film Festival – BEST OF FESTIVAL - SCRIPT (October, 2019)
Central Florida CineFest - AWARD WINNER - SHORT SCREENPLAY (September, 2019)

FINALIST:
Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards - FINALIST - Top 100 out of more than 3,500 entry/submissions received (Feb, 2020)
LA Live Film Festival - FINALIST - BEST FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (Nov, 2019)
Las Vegas International Film & Screenwriting Competition - FINALIST - Screenplay - Drama Feature (July, 2019)
Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards - FINALIST - Short Film - Drama (June, 2019)
Low To No Film Festival and Writers Competition - FINALIST - Short Screenplay (May, 2019)
Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition - FINALIST - Short Screenplay (May, 2019)

SEMI-FINALIST:
Circus Road Screenplay Contest - SEMI-FINALIST (March, 2020)
Irvine International Film Festival - SEMI-FINALIST (March, 2020)
Lake Travis Film Festival - SEMI-FINALIST (Feb, 2020)
Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival - SEMI-FINALIST (Jan, 2020)
The Southern California Screenplay Competition - SEMI-FINALIST - SHORT SCREENPLAY (Jan, 2020)
Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards - SEMI-FINALIST - SHORT SCREENPLAY (August, 2019)

QUARTERFINALIST:
Atlanta Screenplay Awards - QUARTERFINALIST (April, 2020)
Chicago Screenplay Awards - QUARTERFINALIST - SHORT SCRIPT (Nov, 2019)
HollyShorts Screenplay Contest - QUARTERFINALIST - Short Screenplay (June, 2019)
New York City International Screenplay Awards - QUARTERFINALIST - Short Screenplay (June, 2019)

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Southeastern International Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION - SHORT SCREENPLAY (Sep, 2019)
Eden Studios International Film Festival and Writers Competition - OFFICIAL SELECTION (Aug, 2019)
Anabelle Munro's Most Important Films and Scripts In The World - OFFICIAL SELECTION - SHORT SCREENPLAY (July, 2019)
Hollywood Dreams 3rd Annual International Film Festival and Writers' Competition - OFFICIAL SELECTION - Short Screenplay (June, 2019)
Fabulosis Short Film Night - OFFICIAL SELECTION - Short Film Screenplay (May, 2019)
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SCREENPLAY COMPETITION AWARDS (as of 04/13/20): FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY - TRUE DESTINY

AWARD WINNER(S):
Space and Time Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION - BEST FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (March, 2020)
LA Live Film Festival - AWARD WINNER - BEST FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (Nov, 2019)
Show Low Film Festival – AWARD WINNER - SCREENPLAY - DRAMA category (October, 2019)
Hollywood Screenplay Contest - SILVER AWARD WINNER - THRILLER Category (October, 2019)
New York Screenplay Contest - PARK AVENUE AWARD WINNER - THRILLER Category (September, 2019) - over 1,000 submitted entries
Depth of Field International Film Festival – AWARD WINNER – SCRIPT WRITING GOLD (July, 2019)
Milan Film Awards - WINNER - BEST WRITER (July, 2019) - this competition had over 2,340 film and screenplay submissions
Block Island Film Festival - WINNER - BEST FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY - FICTION CATEGORY (June, 2019)
Las Vegas Screenplay Contest - FINALIST/AWARD WINNER - THRILLER/SUSPENSE (April, 2019)
Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest – SILVER AWARD – THRILLER COMPETITION (Feb, 2019)
Olympus Film Festival Los Angeles – WINNER – BEST FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (Jan, 2019)
Back In The Box Competition – WINNER - BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (Dec, 2018)
Queen Palm International Film Festival - SILVER AWARD - BEST CONCEPT, FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (Oct, 2018)

FINALIST:
Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards - FINALIST - Top 100 out of more than 3,500 entry/submissions received (Feb, 2020)
Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay and Music Festival - FINALIST - FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY - (Top 12%) finish out of 638 submitted entries (August, 2019)
Austin Revolution Film Festival - AWARD NOMINATION - FEATURE SCREENPLAY, GENRE CATEGORY (July, 2019)
Las Vegas International Film & Screenwriting Competition - FINALIST - SCREENPLAY - DRAMA, FEATURE (July, 2019)
Filmmatic Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship - FINALIST - FELLOWSHIP SCREENPLAY/PILOT ENTRY (May, 2019)
"Euro Fest" European International Film Festival - FINALIST - FEATURE SCREENPLAY - (Top 10) finish out of more than 600 submitted entries (May, 2019)
Bedford International Film Festival - FINALIST - SCREENPLAYS (May, 2019)
Northeast Mountain Film Festival - FINALIST - BEST SCREENPLAY (May, 2019)
Oaxaca Film Fest X - FINALIST - BEST GLOBAL SCRIPT (April, 2019) - Competition has already received nearly 10,000 film & screenplay submissions
Pasadena International Film Festival – FINALIST – BEST FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (March, 2019)
Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival - TOP 3 SELECTION - FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (March, 2019)
Olympus Film Festival Los Angeles - FINALIST – BEST ORIGINAL CONCEPT, FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (Jan, 2019)
Olympus Film Festival Los Angeles - FINALIST – THRILLER CATEGORY, FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (Jan, 2019)
2019 Pitch Now Screenplay Competition - FINALIST - THRILLER CATEGORY (Jan, 2019)

SEMI-FINALIST:
Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition - SEMI-FINALIST - FEATURE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION (Nov, 2019)
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival - SEMI-FINALIST - SCREENPLAY COMPETITION - Oscar Qualifying Festival (July, 2019)
San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition - SEMI-FINALIST - BRILLIANT SCRIPTS (May, 2019)
6° Firenze FilmCorti International Festival - SEMI-FINALIST - SCREENPLAYS (May, 2019)
Circus Road Screenplay Contest - SEMI-FINALIST - SCREENPLAY (April, 2019)
Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition - SEMI-FINALIST - SCREENPLAY (March, 2019)
Independent Talents International Film - SEMI-FINALIST - SCREENPLAY COMPETITION, FULL-LENGTH, FEATURE FILM SCENARIO (Jan, 2019)

QUARTERFINALIST:
Chicago Screenplay Awards - QUARTERFINALIST - FEATURE SCRIPT (Nov, 2019)
New York City International Screenplay Awards - QUARTERFINALIST - FEATURE SCRIPT (June, 2019)
Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards - QUARTERFINALIST - FEATURE ENTRY (Top 10%) over 3,400 total entries - Judges are Members of DGA, PGA, WGA and SAG (Jan, 2019)
StoryPros International 12th Annual Screenplay Contest - QUARTERFINALIST - SCREENPLAYS (Top 19%) of over 1,000 submitted entries (Nov, 2018)

OFFICIAL SELECTION(S):
San Angelo Revolution Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION (March, 2020)
Gold Canyon Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION (Jan, 2020)
Austin Spotlight Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION - SCREENPLAY (Oct, 2019) - over 1,000 film & screenplay submissions received
TalNexus Screenplay Competition - OFFICIAL SELECTION - FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (Oct, 2019)
Orlando Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION - SCREENPLAY COMPETITION: FEATURE (September, 2019)
Lucky Strike Films Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION - SCREENPLAY (August, 2019)
Indie Visions Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION - FEATURE SCRIPT (August, 2019)
KAPOW Intergalactic Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION - SCREENPLAYS (August, 2019)
Austin After Dark Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION - DRAMA SCREENPLAY (August, 2019)
Rome Independent Prisma Awards - OFFICIAL SELECTION - FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (August, 2019)
Anabelle Munro's Most Important Films and Scripts In The World - OFFICIAL SELECTION - FEATURE SCREENPLAY (July, 2019)
Action on Film MegaFest 15th Annual Film Festival and Writers' Competition 2019 - OFFICIAL SELECTION - WRITTEN WORD/SCRIPTS FEATURES (June, 2019)
Crash Landed - OFFICIAL SELECTION - SCREENPLAY (June, 2019)
Hollywood Dreams 3rd Annual International Film Festival and Writers' Competition - OFFICIAL SELECTION - FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY (June, 2019)
CARE Awards - OFFICIAL SELECTION - BEST SCREENPLAY (May, 2019)
L.A. NEO NOIR, NOVEL, FILM, AND SCRIPT FEST 7 (LANNEFF)! - OFFICIAL SELECTION - SCREENPLAYS (TOP 10%) out of nearly 1,000 entries (April, 2019)
Life After Life Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION - FEATURE FILM SCRIPT (March, 2019)

READER COMMENTS (TRUE DESTINY): “You’ve written an intense and well paced opening. Isabel is an excellent protagonist, she’s fully rendered and pops off the page. There is a lot of enjoyable intrigue and suspense built into this script. It's obvious that you have a lot of screenwriting skills at your disposal.” – Barnstorm Media (2018)

"True Destiny" Feature Length Screenplay, Written by Joseph Leone (Arizona) has been named an official selection of Austin After Dark Film Festival 2019. This Political Drama with Futuristic Science Fiction flavor, caught the eyes of our Texas based judges on the Film Festival Circuit

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  • DIRE CONSEQUENCES

    DIRE CONSEQUENCES Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama The demanding, insensitive actions of a mid-level manager toward his former employee cause a catastrophic chain of events to occur -  DIRE CONSEQUENCES (SHORT SCREENPLAY) - selected in (26) Film Festival/Screenplay Competitions in multiple Countries over the past 11 months. (3) Award Wins, (7) Finalist, (7) Semi-Finalist, and (4) Quarterfinalist finishes to date.  After Hours Film Festival (Interview) - https://www.afterhourfilmfesti… FilmFreeway:   https://filmfreeway.com/DIRECONSEQUENCES

  • TRUE DESTINY

    TRUE DESTINY Budget: $10M - $30M | Sci-fi Thriller A mysterious shadow organization launches the political career of a dynamic woman, pre-destined to change the world. Yet, this same organization has other plans, as it conspires with the VP candidate to take her out, and overthrow the country -  FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/TrueDestiny497 TRUE DESTINY (FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY) – selected in a total of (57) Film Festival / Screenplay Competitions in (7) Countries over the past 16 months. The script has been an Award Winner in (14) of the (57) Competitions to date.

  • COOP

    COOP Budget: $5M - $10M | Sports Drama An inspirational drama about a disabled dog who assists a recently disabled young athlete find renewed purpose in his life -  COOP (FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY) - selected in (25) Film Festival/Screenplay Competitions in the past 6 months, which include: (3) Award Wins, (8) Finalist Selections, (7) Semi-Finalist, and a Quarterfinalist Placement to date. After Hours Film Festival (Interview) -  https://www.afterhourfilmfesti... FilmFreeway:  https://filmfreeway.com/COOP865

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