Disney General Entertainment Writing Program Finalist and WGA-East member Colin Francis Costello is a biracial comedy and genre writer. He has won and finished as a finalist in numerous screenplay contests with his comedy and genre scripts.
The former award-winning advertising copywriter has written two family feature films. 2013's, “Star Wars” - influenced theatrical release, "The Stream" which stands at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
After writing two episodes for the PBSKids series, "Moochie Kalala Detective's Club," the educational show was nominated for a Midwest Emmy award. His debut short film, which he wrote and directed, 2018’s "The After Party" has played in 25 festivals internationally and won five. His other short film, 2019’s "Dreamwisher" has won ten awards in the United States and internationally. Colin most recently won Best Director and Best Comedy for an LGBT webseries titled “From Russia with Motive”
Colin’s writing has gotten the attention of In late 2018, he was selected by The Champions’ Program supported by the WGA Committee of Black Writers and designed to obtain writers of color representation or staffed. It was based on his one-hour pilot “Bad Cook” about a Las Vegas sous chef and her rise to becoming a crime boss.
When Colin’s not writing (which is rare), he is an active member of the WGA West Committee of Black Writers, Activities Committee and Genre Committee. Colin volunteers for Young Storytellers, helping Latinx and Black 5th graders develop their screenwriting voices. He also teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension and is a freelance journalist for Reel 360, an online outlet that covers advertising and entertainment.
Unique traits: My genres include: family comedies, romantic comedies, teens, horror
Bedbugs Horror. Award-winning script about mutated bugs attacking a small Illinois town. If this script doesn't make your skin crawl, it's on too tight.
The After Party
Film (short) by Ela Road Films/Colin Costello (Drama, Horror, Mystery and Thriller) Writer A notorious social media queen stops in a bar for a night cap only to encounter a group of bitter women shooting pool and who seem to know more about her than she does about them.
Lost n' Found
Internet by A Zaffarano Production/Monica Zaffarano (Comedy) Writer In this 2015 LGBT web-sitcom, Marty with the help of her friends, lesbian Harvey, stalker Devon, Sam and cousin Pat, goes on a journey to find true love in Los Angeles. Along the way, she also finds herself.
Film by Beatnik Films/Terry Ziegelman (Comedy, Romance and Short) Writer In this charity fan film, The Joker and Harley Quinn seek out couple's therapy.
Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission
Film by Fresh Films/Estlin Feigley (Adventure, Family and Sci-Fi) Writer Mickey, high-schooler and younger sister Alexis investigate their deceased mother's old string-theory physics project. The results send them to an alternate universe where they are dead but their parents are alive. Adventure ensues as they try to right wrongs, save their parents, and save the universe before the clock runs out.
The Great Chicago Adventure
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Moochie Kalala Detectives Club
Television (Family) Writer Two young kids form the Moochie Kalala Detectives Club to uncover the truth behind their grandpa's wild stories. Every Saturday, Grandpa (Tim Kazurinsky) comes over and shares a ridiculous story that twists the kids thinking about science. To uncover the real story, the kids head to Museums and Zoos and meet with real scientists to discover the truth. Episodes feature museums and scientists from Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science & Industry, Lincoln Park Zoo and Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.
Scriptwriters Network Presents: The Stream - A Feature Comedy Detailed Event
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Film by Dreaming Tree Productions/Estlin Fiegley Screenwriter
Little Man of Steel
Film by Zaffarano Productions/Larry Ziegelman Screenwriter
Realitory: Welcome to the Machine
Film by Realitory Pictures/ Michael Condro Screenwriter
Film (Short and Comedy) Writer A budding screenwriter faces the most difficult of writer's block.
Film (short) by Lloyd Stein Screenwriter
Beverly Hillls Film Festival, Finalist, Escape From the Friend Zone
Shriekfest, Finalist, Tagged
Shriekfest, Semi-Finalist, Overkill
Shockfest, Finalist, Tagged
Shriekfest Semi-Finalist, Bedbugs
Chicago Horror Film Fest Finalist, Bedbugs
Scriptapalooza Quarter-Finalist, Bridezilla vs. Deer
Next TV Entertainment Quater-Finalist, Shock Therapy
LA Film & Script, Best Horror, Sentenced
LA Film & Script Fest, Honorable Mention Wish You Were Here
Shriekfest Finalist, Sentenced
Shiver Films Short Screenplay Contest, 2nd Place, Overkill
Filmaka Short Screenplay, Finalist, Hooked
Filmmakers Int'l Screenplay Contest, Best Comedy Bridezilla vs. Deer
Penn State University