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"Bigly" by Justin Shady.

I write at least one spec feature script for myself every year. In 2016, I wrote Saving Charlie Chaplin, which obviously got some love and attention.

Unfortunately, I finished 2017’s script far too late in the year for it to get any real traction or make any lists. But that doesn’t mean I’m not proud of it.

I released my ninth spec on November 8th, 2017, one year to the day that Donald Trump shockingly (and appallingly) won the presidency. That date was consciously chosen because the script, titled Bigly, is a humorous account of Trump’s inauguration. Or at least how I had hoped his inauguration had turned out.

For the holidays, I thought it might be fun to share my script. Consider it a present from me to you. Of course, feel free to share it with friends and family. Especially friends and family who voted for Trump. It will be a fun conversation starter around the dinner table this coming weekend.

Download your copy of Bigly here.

Now on to number ten… and eleven,

-Shady

The Black List 2016

Last week, I mentioned how humbled and honored I was that my newest script, Saving Charlie Chaplin, had made it onto this year’s The Hit List.

This morning, things got even better when I found out that Chaplin had also made it onto 2016’s The Black List. To make matters even more awesome, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris officially made the announcement on Twitter.

Again, I can’t express how much this means to me, and I’m so thankful for all of the love, encouragement, and support.

Guess I better get started on a new script now, huh?

Learn more about The Black List (and see the entire list) here.

2017 is the year,

-Shady

The Hit List 2016

Yesterday, The Hit List—an annual ranking of the best spec screenplays of 2016—named my newest script, Saving Charlie Chaplin, as one of the best of 2016. The list is determined by members of the film industry who vote for their favorite script of the past year.

To put it in perspective, 372 scripts were eligible. Of those, 92 made the list. And of those 92 scripts, Saving Charlie Chaplin came in at #14 with 47 votes.

"Saving Charlie Chaplin"

For those of you who aren’t all that familiar with the film industry (or this list), this is a pretty big deal. I’m so honored to be on The Hit List this year, and am super appreciative of everyone who voted for Saving Charlie Chaplin.

Now… let’s sell this thing!

Robert Downey Jr. should reprise the title role,

-Shady

PS: You can view the entire list, and learn more about The Hit List, here.

Old Poop!