Ashley James Louis

Ashley James Louis is an award-winning screenwriter. His "tight as a drum"* and "incredibly well-written"** screenplays have earned praise from multiple industry professionals and organizations, including The Black List, The Austin Revolution Film Festival, The Inroads Fellowship, The Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition, and The Filmmatic Screenplay Awards, among others. 

In 2017, the screenplay for his dramatic thriller A LONG SHADOW AT NOON was the Grand Prize Winner at the Hollywood Hills Awards and in 2019, his screenplay CATALINA won Best Sci-Fi Feature Script at the renowned Hollywood Horror Fest

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 "547" and his darkly comedic horror/thriller CLAY climbing to  "468". 

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

*Black List Review: A LONG SHADOW AT NOON

**Black List Review: CLAY


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A new dramatic thriller written by Ashley James Louis is set to begin production in 2019.

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Praise for Screenplays by Ashley James Louis


"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


"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 


"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


"We all loved your script CATALINA and wish it all the success it deserves...  It was a tough competition, but your work thoroughly deserved to be a winner." 

- Hollywood Horrorfest 

(Winner - Best Sci-Fi Script - 2019 Hollywood Horrorfest)

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