Introducing Rhys Freeman
Writer and Screenwriter
Rhys Freeman is an award winning screenwriter who adapts his original style and unique perspective to every project he works on - striving to create unforgettable screenplays that are thought-provoking and entertaining to all audiences. Rhys currently has an array of completed feature-length screenplays, with a US and UK based series in development. The rest of 2020 bringing new and exciting opportunities and projects.
To request to read scripts by Rhys, get in contact via Twitter @rhysfreemanscr1
The Night We Met
3x Shortlisted, Award Winning Comedy/Drama Pilot
One young man looks to navigate his way into adulthood after falling for his best-friend’s, girlfriend’s, friend. Yes, it’s complicated. Despite past and present hardships, it can be said, that sometimes the wheels of love are unstoppable if the right souls encounter one another; but it’s a big if.
2x Shortlisted and Finalist, Gritty Law Drama
Rhys worked on the 'Boston Lawyer' project for around seven months, using research and building character profiles and what started out as a gamble to create something gripping, turned into a much more complex undertaking. 'Boston Lawyer' is a gripping law drama that follows a young, yet experienced lawyer given the responsibility to prosecute a man charged with a heinous crime with little evidence to suffice. It is a case that tests to the limit, his beliefs in the legal system and those who operate within it.
The Road To Ride
'The Road To Ride' tells the story of a man trying to find his way back to his ex-wife. Through flashbacks we learn the story of two people, being drawn into their world at every turn. It uncovers the highs and lows of life that are experienced everyday, painting a picture that nothing is as simple as it seems.
On The Day You Leave
Semi Finalist Placed, Life Drama Script
A tale of love, heartbreak and desperation, 'On The Day You Leave' is a story about people leaving our lives and how we begin to adjust to that empty void that was once so easily filled. It's a tale of three different people and how they are all connected by the loss of a person in their lives, in one form or the other. The way they navigate through it, will be the test of faith and believing that there is always a way back to what made you before.
The Art of Screenwriting
For me, I believe that writing in any capacity shouldn't be a challenge. It should be something embraced and enjoyed and never restricted. The best stories are told by those who let their mind's run free. Yes, screenwriting may seem like a daunting approach to writing because of the layout and 'rules', but strip that back and it is just another form of writing that has a beginning, a middle and an end. It's a story for the silver screens, one that should have the potential and the ability to change the way people look at life. The thing that I find makes screenwriting stand out among other forms of writing is that as a script writer, you will find it near impossible to obstruct details like you can do with a novel. In order for it to be understood, it has to be an open book. The best scripts are the ones that the writer has taken on a journey through the depths of their mind, exposing their fears and thoughts; you have to be willing to be vulnerable.
There are no rules to writing, we should write what we want. The way I approach constructing a script is firstly through looking at life in its day to day appearance and think how I can tell a real story. Inspiration for a writer is found in the cool, the reckless, the quiet and the madness, and it’s important that in your own way you find solace and light from something that everyone else leasts expects to tell a story from, and the way for a writer to do that is to take in everything they see and listen to. Be inspired by people on the street you have never met, be inspired by those who you know best, let conversations bounce off one another to create a picture in your mind of the perfect story. Sometimes it can just be a simple conversation or situation that may well lead to the creation of a world so unique.
Whilst developing an idea is essential, what follows is even more important- the process of creating characters. When I develop characters I start by thinking of a name and build from there. The name is rarely essential but it has to be done, what is essential is who that person then becomes. Who are they when you find them? When the script opens, where do they stand in this world that has been created? To be believable, characters have to be real because when that script gets read, it has to feel like they are there in the room with you. The best way this is achieved is by not detaching your characters from the real world. Build their lives around other lives, make it flow by making them seem three-dimensional. In order to invoke emotion within the viewer is by leaving them thinking how much those characters you have created are like people they could know or do know.
Don't overthink what you want to say, let the words fall out and if they don't create meaning at first glance, try it again and again until they do. Patience is a virtue and you need it in order to write that script and to be one of the greats, whose name will be one of the last to fade to black. There is always a story to be told, but it’s how you tell that story that tells the world just exactly who you are.
More About Rhys Freeman
The Full Story
Rhys has always been passionate about writing. Before entering the world of screenwriting, Rhys predominantly worked in writing music. He has written and produced his own music, releasing an EP in 2018 titled, 'The Great Unknown.' 2020 also saw his single, 'When You Say The Words,' released on major streaming services and his album 'Hopes, Dreams & Lies' following. As well as this, Rhys was the lead singer of the band, 'The Last Stop', writing and co-writing songs from their EP, 'Half Time.' Rhys extended his branch of writing, gradually becoming more and more involved in the screenwriting field, falling in love with the industry and the creative process of coming up with novel ideas and new ways of telling a story.
In the 2017 edition of the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, Rhys was shortlisted and was a finalist award winner with Boston Lawyer. At the 2018 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, Rhys picked up the same award with the same script.
In 2020 Rhys' feature length script 'On The Day You Leave' was shortlisted and became a Semi-Finalist at the Red Flight Screenplay Awards, and his comedy/drama pilot for his new series 'The Night We Met,' became an award winning script picking up the Critic's Choice Award at the Tagore IFF. The script was shortlisted elsewhere and made it through to the finals, becoming nominated for Best TV Pilot at the SWN Competition.
The rest of 2020 is full of exciting prospects with more work and opportunities arising as well as more awards.
Get in touch if you’d like to ask Rhys a question about screenwriting.