Writer include scribes for 'Transformers,' 'Castle'

Eleven writers have been chosen as finalists for the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The Nicholl committee of writers, cinematographers, producers and executives will read each finalist’s script and choose up to five recipients for $30,000 prizes.

During the following year, each recipient of the fellowship is expected to complete a feature-length screenplay.

Past Nicholl fellows include Ehren Kruger, who co-wrote this year’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and Andrew W. Marlowe, who created ABC’s “Castle.”

From a pool of more than 6,000 submissions, the finalists are Matt Ackley, “Victoria Falls”; Vineet Dewan and Angus Fletcher, “Sand Dogs”; John Griffin, “Dream Before Waking”; Hiram Martinez, “Ansiedad”; Marleine Pacilio, “Born Elizabeth Jane”; Adriana Brad Schanen, “Gifted”; Neil Swaab, “Eddie Fantastic!”; Nidhi Anna Verghese, “Jallianwala Bagh”; Dan Lee West, “Abroad”; and Jeff Williams, “Pure.”

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