Bio of Claire Hutchinson, M.A.
Ms. Claire Hutchinson, M.A., received her training in screenwriting from UCLA. She is an accomplished writer of multiple screenplays and plays in a wide range of genres, and the co-writer of two film soundtracks. Her Master's thesis, "Conrad and the Idea of Progress" is an accepted critical work on the writings of Joseph Conrad, the late 19th-early 20th century novelist. She has also worked as an editorial assistant for the past eight years for Canadian Ethnic Studies, an academic journal, where she edits Ph.D.'s research papers. In 2006, Claire's drama-comedy play, "Harry and Marge," won third place in the Humana Festival of New American Plays for the Actors' Theatre in Louisville, KY. Her short screenplays have consistently placed highly in the American Gem Short Screenplay Contests. In 2009, her short drama, "That’s Amore," was a Top Ten Finalist in the Mafia Short Script Competition sponsored by Pavaline Studios. In 2010, Claire finished writing a WWII documentary entitled "For the Love of Freedom" for Jeffrey Worthington, Producer/Director of Worthington Media. In 2011, Claire's Nazi period drama, "The Doctor," was the first place winner in the script category at the Life Fest Film Festival held in Los Angeles, CA. Assist News Service interviewed Claire on her win and the story can be found at www.oldassistnews.net/stories/2011/s11050089.htm. In 2012, "The Doctor" won the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival held in Winnipeg, MB. The interview can be found at www.oldassistnews.net/Stories/2012/s12040017.htm. In May of 2015, Claire wrote "Lucky's Treasure" for Shane Hawks of Grace Alone Films. Photography has been completed and the film will be distributed early in 2016 by Pureflix Entertainment, the producers of the smash hit, "God's Not Dead." "Lucky's Treasure" stars Michael Ironside, of "Total Recall" and "Top Gun" fame.
Claire has been critiquing scripts for a number of years. She contributed to a client achieving 2nd Place in the Kairos Prize with "The Shoe Box." Her clients have been satisfied with her work. See the Recommendations section and the letter from Ken Berry of Living Water Media regarding his script "Giant Stride."
Under her company Ambassador Communications, Claire has been publishing the Christian Screenwriters' Newsletter since 2005. The newsletter has a subscriber base of over 550 screenwriters, producers and others interested in faith-based filmmaking. To subscribe, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claire is the Founder of the Faith and Values Screenwriting Competition, a competition geared to finding the best faith-based and family oriented screenplays for production. The first place winner of this competition went on to sell his script to Believe Pictures (Michael Landon, Jr. and Brian Bird). After Claire critiqued the second place winner’s script, the second place winner later rewrote the script, and in 2010, submitted the script to the Kairos Prize Screenwriting Competition and won 2nd place and $15,000. (Contest is closed at the present time).
SCREENPLAYS IN PRODUCTION
- 2015 — Claire finished writing a feature script called "Lucky's Treasure" for Grace Alone Films. The film will be distributed in 2016 by Pureflix Entertainment, who produced the smash hit, "God's Not Dead."
- 2014 — Claire wrote the first MOW of a three-part Christmas series called "The Mystery of the Christmas Stars." The script is now at Hallmark for consideration.
- 2011 — "The Third Day" for Marc Villiger of Visual Productions. Claire did a polish on the script and the film about the resurrection of Jesus. The film has been produced and was nominated for five Crown Awards including Best Picture and Best International Film. The film is distributed by Vision Video.
- 2007-2010 — "For the Love of Freedom" for Jeffrey Worthington, Producer/Director of Worthington Media. I was the writer.
AWARDS AND HONORS
- 2012 — "The Doctor" — 1st Place in the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival
- 2011 — "The Doctor" — 1st Place in the Life Fest Film Festival held in L.A., CA
- 2009 — "That’s Amore" — Top Ten Finalist in the Mafia Short Screenplay Competition sponsored by Pavaline Studios
- 2006 — "Harry and Marge" (Play Version) — 3rd Place in the Humana Festival of New American Plays for the Actors Theatre in Louisville, KY
- 2005-2008 — "The Sisterhood of Women Helping Women," "Caleb the Colt" and "The Coat" — Quarterfinalist and Special Mention in the American Gem Short Screenplay Competition
SCRIPT CONSULTATION HIGHLIGHTS
- 2013-present — Judge of the 168 Film Festival
- 2012-present — Development Executive for the Write of Passage Screenwriting Competition sponsored by 168 Film Project.
- 2012-present — Judge of the Life Fest Film Festival, LA, CA
- 2014 — Judge of the ICVM Crown Awards
- 2007 — I consulted on the script "The Shoe Box," which was the second-place winner of my Faith and Values Screenwriting Competition. In 2010, after the writer rewrote the script, she entered it in the Kairos Prize and won 2nd Place and $15,000.
OTHER SCREENPLAYS/PLAYS WRITTEN
- "Hadleyburg" — Musical play adaptation based on Mark Twain's short story, "The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg."
- "The Best Christmas Ever" — Play adaptation of tract entitled "The Cobbler."
- "Harry and Marge" — Play adaptation of screenplay, "Harry and Marge."
- "The Coat" — Play adaptation of screenplay, "The Coat."
- "Caleb the Colt" — Musical play adaptation of screenplay, "Caleb the Colt."
- "The Magic Pen" — Comedy
- "The Star of Bethlehem" — Animated Musical
- "Crocodile Love" — Animated Musical
- "Senior Stuntman: Episode 1: Be Brave, Be Strong" — 1 Hour TV Action-Comedy
- "Flat Rock Indiana: Episode 1: The Treasure of Flat Rock" — 1/2 Hour TV Comedy
- "Status Update" — Romantic Comedy
- "The Battle for the Kingdom" — Fantasy
- "Supermom" — Sci-Fi Action Adventure/Comedy
- "Flower Power" — Children’s Animated 1-Hour TV Series Pilot
- "The Woman at the Well" — Religious Period Drama
- "Finding Mary" — Drama
- "I'm Worth the Wait" — Short Drama
- 2004-2005 — UCLA – Certificate in Professional Program in Screenwriting
- 2002-2004 — UCLA – Certificate in Feature Film Writing
- 1994 — University of Manitoba – Master of Arts (English)
- 1987 — University of Winnipeg – Bachelor of Arts (Honours) English