Local teen wins screenwriting competition; film debut Saturday

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The Greater Columbus Film Commission has announced the winner of its 2018 Screenwriting Competition for Teens where the winner had their script transformed into a five-minute film

Shayla Losey, 16, is the 2018 winner.

She lives in the Hilltop and goes to school at the Columbus Preparatory Academy.  

“I consider myself to be like a naturally creative person,” said Losey. “I love to create. It is my passion.”

She is a typical high school teenager who just happens to excel at writing.

“When I first started showing my writing pieces to my English teachers I got a lot of positive feedback.”

Even during her interview with NBC4 she tapped her foot and clenched her hands both nervous about the interview and excited to talk about her winning script called the “Black Pill.”

“It was honestly a very nerve-racking process,” said Losey.”

The 2018 Screen Writing Competition for Teens asked contestants ages 12 to 17 to submit a film script, three to five pages in length.

Losey did that and her script stood out.

“Getting this script from Shayla gives me a lot of hope,” said John Daugherty, the executive director of the Greater Columbus Film Commission.

He added Losey’s script had it all.

“This just has all the elements of everything we were looking for,” said Daugherty. “Everything from a beginning, middle, and end to making it at one location easy to film.”

Losey’s script is about three teenage boys struggling with dating in the modern world.

She said the idea came from a sub-community on Reddit.

“It’s an online community of men pining for love and I found this like both concerning and amusing. So we wanted to do something that inspired both humor and also a little bit of sympathy.”

Why the name the “Black Pill?”

“So the movie is titled the ‘Black Pill’ because that is the ultimate hopelessness,” said Losey. “All I can tell them is to think about pop culture, think about the Matrix.”>

That’s one way to get people to watch her masterpiece on the big screen.

The film will make its debut at 11am Saturday at the Drexel Theater.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door only. Students will be admitted free.

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