Irish Johnston

Screenplay and Song Writer

 

About Me

Writing has always been a passion of mine, and being able to turn it into a career has been an incredible journey. But tracing it back, I'd have to say, in 2015 when I had my first feature screenplay become a finalist in the Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition, that is when my focus sharpened.  Since then, I’ve continued learning and improving my writing skills. I have had a fantastic time getting to understand the film industry, finding recognition and awards in many festivals and competitions. Add my love for story telling to my 1918 Sterling piano, and I found the recipe for songwriting; a skill and passion I have no doubt I inherited from my talented father, who is also a writer.

Read on to learn more about my work and feel free to contact me.

I’d love to hear from you.

 

Songs by Irish

Here's just a few examples of songs I've written and managed to get into a rough demo format.

 

They each have their own unique sound. I would love to find the right artist to put them out there.

 

So many other songs I've created that haven't found their way to this stage.

Love the process.  Hope you enjoy.

 

Short Screenplays/Films

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"THE HOLE TRUTH"

Dark Comedy - When a suicidal woman in a dead end job, breaks the rules to overhear the confessions of strangers, her initial excitement quickly unravels into despair. As she carries out her “exit strategy” she encounters love in an unexpected way.

WINNER - ONE POTATO AWARD - SUN VALLEY

WINNER - BEST SHORT NARRATIVE - NASHVILLE

WINNER - BEST DARK COMEDY - PORTLAND

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"HOLDING COURT"

Comedy - Two employees on the Diversity Training Team are tasked with competing for a company organized racquetball league; and they learn more than just who's better at racquet ball.

SEMI FINALIST - SUNDANCE TABLE READ

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"SEISMIC ATTRACTION"

Two scientists struggle to follow workplace "rules" as their attraction to each other escalates during a cataclysmic earthquake event.

OFFICIAL SELECTION - PORTLAND COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL

AWARD OF RECOGNITION - BEST SHORTS COMPETITION

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"HEY MOTHER EARTH"

On a farm in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee, two Nashville songwriters bring their talent and hearts to write a song for Earth Day in hopes of inspiring children about the future of our planet.

OFFICIAL SELCTION - NASHVILLE EARTH  DAY WEBSITE

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"ISOLATION"

In the not so distant future, where the onslaught of disasters has left the world a very isolated place, one nineteen-year-old young man finds himself alone, starving, and really really bored. With no more grocery stores, no electricity, no socialization, his hunger increases, and he finds an unexpected answer to the question "What's for dinner?".

Feature Screenplays

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"TWENTY DOLLARS AND A GNOME"

Sunny turns 18 and decides it's time to venture beyond her foster parents' mushroom farm, put on her bright colored roller blades, and make her way down south to Birmingham. It’s a promise she made to her terra-cotta garden gnome, Ajax. He's the only possession she has from her deceased parents. It's the early 80’s. A world full of John Hughe’s movies, video stores and glamour shots. Along the way, Sunny gets sidetracked, beat down, and when Ajax is stolen from her run down trailer home, Sunny's real journey begins. With the aid of a mysteriously acquired “smelling power”, Sunny finds her inner strength, fights to save Ajax, and learns about true love.

CURRENTLY SUBMITTED  - TO FILM FESTIVALS

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"REDHANDED"

Action Comedy - At the dawn of the internet, one clunky website, "Redhanded", designed to assist ordinary people to spy on friends, family and loved ones, who they are suspicious of infidelity or wrong doing. One disappointed wife finds herself hiding in bushes, lying, taking secret trips to casinos, all in the name of finding out the truth about her sneaky husband. Some relationships crumble, others ignite. Of course there is a gun that makes the amateur rounds, and an earthquake, to remind everyone that none of us has any control over anything.

SEMI FINALIST - NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

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"THE RETREAT"

When a cut-throat self-help publishing company takes it’s top managers on a retreat to a remote mountain lodge, what starts as a team building event, escalates into a fight for survival, and “corporate downsizing”, as supernatural ghosts of local miners, dead long ago in a mining explosion, become insatiable in their hunger for revenge, in the surrounding woods. Nicky, a rising book agent, finds her natural skills to be polite, supportive, and agreeable, are of no help in this monstrous encounter, and she digs deep to find her inner A-type, and save her co-workers from nightmarish deaths.

CURRENTLY A WORKING OUTLINE

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"MCBEAR"

Animated Musical - McBear, a young impressionable bear cub, growing up in the Great Bear Kingdom in the Alaskan mountains, is about to have his loyalties tested. It has been arranged that McBear will marry Princess Ellie. And even though McBear would admit that the princess is cute (and funny), he truthfully is more interested in being a fisherman. However, the whole arrangement falls apart when his own father and mother conspire to kill the Bear King so they can take the thrown for themselves. Princess Ellie flees the kingdom for her life with the help of the White Bear King. Should McBear remain devoted to his family, despite their sinister ways?  Or stand up for the Princess, the rightful heir to the thrown? These adult questions are too much for the innocent McBear, and he flees the kingdom in search of the princess. McBear is joined by Half’n’Half an arctic fox who secretly works for McBear’s father. They find Ellie and the White Bear, and together the group ventures across the Alaskan countryside. Along the way they face the challenges of a native Kwakawaki village, blizzards, ice cliffs, a volcano, the Lost Kingdom, and Moby the Great Arctic Whale. 

As McBear’s love for the princess grows, so does his fear of returning home. He insists they find a safe place to make a new home. They stumble upon the Lost Kingdom, and settle in for a long winter’s nap. When they awake, they are baffled by their large, mature appearance, and are surprised by three new, rambunctious baby bear cubs. McBear and Princess Ellie are a mom and dad themselves now!  This responsibility pushes McBear to accept his role in confronting his father and mother, and bringing order back to the kingdom.

McBear’s love for Ellie and his new family gives him the strength to do what’s right. However, the confrontation leads to ambitious blows, and McBear’s mother falls into the rushing river. When his father attempts to save her, they both lose their grip and tumble over the Falls to their deaths.  McBear and Princess Ellie, now the Queen and King, show that they plan to lead the kingdom with honor and fairness. McBear finally catches a fish on the river. He smiles proud at his family.

CURRENT WORKING DRAFT - BEING PITCHED

Screenplay and Song Writer

One of the greatest perks of my job is getting feedback and interacting with readers, creatives and other writers.
Contact me if you have any comments or questions for me. I’d love to hear from you.

Nashville Tennessee

 

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