Ashley James Louis

About Ashley James Louis

Ashley James Louis is an award-winning screenwriter based in Los Angeles. 

His taut and thought-provoking screenplays have earned praise from multiple industry professionals and organizations, including The Black List, The Austin Revolution Film Festival, The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, ScreenCraft, The Inroads Fellowship, The Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition, The Oregon Film Awards, The Filmmatic Screenplay Awards, and Shore Scripts

In 2017, his dramatic thriller A LONG SHADOW AT NOON was the  Grand Prize Winner at the Hollywood Hills Awards.

Louis has also had numerous original screenplays make it to The Red List, with A LONG SHADOW AT NOON, becoming the #3 highest-rated thriller with a chart-topping Industry Score of "536" and his darkly comedic horror/thriller CLAY climbing to  "463". 

In addition to screenwriting, he has also been a contributing writer to The Black List Blog.


Coming Soon!

A new dramatic thriller from Louis is set to begin pre-production, soon. 

Check back for more info!


Praise for Screenplays by Ashley James Louis


An alcoholic cop in rural Oklahoma accidentally kills a man during a routine traffic stop and in covering it up, draws the suspicions of a new transfer to the small town police force.

"Tight as a drum and entirely character driven, this thriller mines plenty of tension from its close-knit cast of characters, all of them brought to life through an attention to realistic detail. 8/10." 

- The Black List, Professional Review

"With the right character actors and prestige director, this film could live on shelves next to early Coen Brothers masterpieces. 7/10."

- The Black List, Professional Review

"This script does a great job of balancing the morally and emotionally ambiguous material with and absorbing dramatic tale about a murder investigation. This is the type of movie that eschews mindless gunplay in favor of confident pacing and full-bodied characters. 7/10." 

- The Black List, Professional Review


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"The plot consistently escalates with great intensity, twisting and turning, keeping the audience guessing and raising the stakes all the way towards a very climactic and satisfying finish. This, along with the project's modest, possibly micro budget production requirements makes the premise stand out and gives it genuine commercial potential. 7/10."  

- The Black List, Professional Review

"[This script] immediately had me on the edge of my seat waiting for what was to come... I was reminded of THE SHINING. 8/10" 

- Fresh Voices Screenplay Evaluation 


When three convicts escape from a local prison, they find their way to the homestead of a deeply religious family and quickly take them hostage. However, as the situation escalates, the convicts start to realize that they may be the ones in danger - and the police may not be able to help.

"It's clear that the writer has genuine talent and a distinct point of view, as both shine through on every page. Even the action lines are interesting and engaging while remaining succinct, which is a very thin line to walk. The writer has an amazing sense of tension, cutting back and forth between scenes with expert timing. 7/10." 

- The Black List, Professional Review

"The script is incredibly well-written, the plot is taut and engaging, and the premise feels at once timeless and very current. The diversity of the cast and the complexity of the characters means that this script will likely be able to attract a very high level set of actors, and it's easy to imagine the script inviting the interest of both major studios and indie producers. 7/10"

- The Black List, Professional Review

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