Screenwriters down pens and prep for awards

The 15th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards will take place Monday night at Maro in downtown Toronto, with Laurie Elliott hosting.
Scriptwriting

Canadian screenwriter Russ Cochrane wrote an impressive screenplay for Hot and Bothered, but director David Wellington made it a memorable Rookie Blue episode, along with series leads Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith.

Such is the fate of film and TV scripts that they go on to be interpreted by producers, directors and actors, much as a musicians interpret musical notes, long before ordinary film and TV audiences make their final judgments.

So Cochrane is excited his Hot and Bothered script is up for a best TV drama trophy at the WGC Screenwriting Awards Monday night.

Finally, his script will be judged solely for his words on the page.

“In this business, we’re some of the few writers who write words that are meant not to be read by the end-users, only enjoyed by the end-users,” Cochrane told Playback Daily.

And that’s no small mercy for WGC members that can finally put down their pens for one night and celebrate their achievements over the last year.

“It’s an opportunity to recognize your fellow colleagues who toil and slave in writing rooms across Canada,” says Chris Sheasgreen, nominated in the best comedy script category for his Coming Home episode for the second season of Less Than Kind.

The HBO Canada comedy has been richly rewarded so far by the WGC judges, who only consider screenplays by guild members for nominations and trophies.

Sheasgreen will square off in the best comedy script competition with two other Less Than Kind screenplays, “The Deluge,” by Garry Campbell and Jen Beasley, and “Fasto Loves Lebso,” written by Jenn Engels.

Rounding out the best TV comedy field is Kids in the Hall: Death Comes To Town‘s “Cause of Death,” penned by Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney.

Sheasgreen, who created Less Than Kind with Marvin Kaye, already snagged a best comedy writing prize at the 2010 Gemini Awards.

“We work very hard on the show, so it’s nice to see some recognition,” Sheasgreen said.

The 15th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards will take place Monday night at Maro in downtown Toronto, with Laurie Elliott hosting.

Guest presenters include Helene Joy (Murdoch Mysteries), Chris Potter (Heartland), and Jonny Harris (Grown Up Movie Star).