A WRITER OF SCREENPLAYS, NOVELS, NOVELLAS, CHILDREN'S BOOKS and JOURNAL & MAGAZINE ARTICLES
Duncan has works both produced and waiting to be produced, as well as several book manuscripts in search of a publisher. In 2014 he created the Script Anvil (www.scriptanvil.com) as a writing collaborative to work with other talented writers to turn his original concepts into compelling screenplays.
"HALF PINT" – This ½ hour TV pilot is being produced by OCD Associates. Each episode takes a kid that has no interest in history and throws them back in time for a day. The pilot episode takes a young boy and sends him back to the early morning hours of D-Day in 1944 where he falls in with four US Airborne soldiers acting as forward observers in a windmill near Carentan, France. And, when he returns to the present, he has a better appreciation for history and the every day people who make it. Half Pint is currently being screened at the Utah Beach Museum in France, the National D Day Memorial in Bedford, VA, the CAF Airpower Museum in Midland, TX and other museums as part of their educational outreach to our youngest generation for the 70th anniversary of D Day.
WINNER: Van Gogh Award for Best Short Film Screenplay 2014 Amsterdam Film Festival, PREMIERE NIGH FILM: 2017 Normandie-World War II Film Festival
"PARTNERSHIP RUNS DEEP" – the historic dramatization portion of the documentary “AUV Fest / Partnership” produced by Second Wind Films and Pop Art Film Factory for the US Navy and NOAA about the sinking of several Royal Navy frigates near Newport in 1778 during the battle of Rhode Island. In addition, several versions were made for: the Redwood Library in Newport, the Smithsonian Institution, and NBC.
WINNER: Best Documentary & Best Short Form - 2009 Gold Screen Awards
"CANISTERS" – a public service campaign produced by Flickers for the Academy Award qualifying 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival about the power of film to inspire people and motivate them to change their lives.
WINNER: Best Public Service Campaign - 2009 New England Emmy Awards
"R.I.I.F.F. AROUND THE WORLD” – an ongoing public service campaign produced by Flickers for the 2013, 14, 15 & 16 Rhode Island International Film Festival featuring filmmakers from many countries around the world hitchhiking or making their way to Rhode Island, USA for the festival.
NOMINATION: 2014 New England Emmy Awards
"Macy's Goes to War" (OCD Associates, LLC) is a fictional short film telling of Macy's Department Store's contribution to America's war effort in 1942 told in the style of a black and white newsreel of the period.
"AND THEN..." and "RIIFF Around the World" (Flickers) ongoing public service campaigns for the Rhode Island International Film Festival featuring filmmakers from around the world telling the stories of the filmmaker's journey from idea to screenplay to production to festivals and beyond.
"Deputy Douglas" (Eris Zhao, producer/DP) is a dark comedy short that tells the story of a young boy who plays cowboy on Christmas eve and turns a meeting with Santa into High Noon.
"CHRISTMAS SPIRITS" essay published by "This I Believe" and recorded for National Public Radio. (c)2014
"POCKET CHANGE" (mystery novelette 11,000 words) Ray Boon is compelled by the annoyingly persistent little voice in his head to find the reason for the apparent suicide of a local Wolfeboro, NH man. His search begins with a newspaper story about a skeleton found in a Massachusetts quarry leading him to Gloucester to attempt to discover the identity of the victim of a twenty-year-old murder, and then to find her killer. "A compelling little mystery that can be savored over a cup of coffee."
SDP Publishing (c)2015 e-book available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble .
Audio book voiced by Chris Cuilla available at Audible.
"…This reader was struck by the high quality of the writing in the prologue, which was a surprise- generally, both prologues and books-within-books are quite hard to pull off. In Pocket Change, however, both the prologue and the actual narrative work quite well together….”--3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards
"a sprightly tale that leaves you wishing for more." -- Alan Rosenberg, Providence Journal (7 April 2016)
Finalist - 2017 Waterford Film Festival (Ireland) Screenplay Writers Competition
Nomination - 2016 New Hampshire Literary Awards
GRAND PRIZE WINNER - 2015 FLICKERS - Spotlight on New England Screenwriting Competition.
Emmy Nomination - 2014 New England Emmy Awards / Public Service Campaign
"RIIFF Around the World"
Quarter-Finalist - 2014 ScreenCraft Comedy Script Competition
VAN GOGH AWARD for BEST SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY - 2014 Amsterdam Film Festival
"Half Pint" produced by Original Concept & Development Associates
Semi-Finalist - 2013 ScreenCraft Action/Thriller Script Competition
Selected Essay - 2014 This I Believe (National Public Radio)
SOLA AWARD - 2013 Dixie Kane Memorial Competition for Unpublished Inspirational Romance
(Louisiana chapter of the Romance Writers of America.)
IMAGINNAIRE AWARD – 2013 Imagine Publishing
For writing, producing, directing, industry leadership and for creating the 7DayPSA competition.
FINALIST – 2013 Hill Country Film Festival Short Screenwriting Competition
“Icarus of Normandy”
Selected Script – 2011 The Green Chair Reader
FINALIST (2nd) – 2011 Spotlight on Rhode Island Screenwriting Competition
FINALIST (3rd) – 2011 Wood Hole International Film Festival Short Dramatic Screenplay Competition
“Icarus of Normandy”
WINNER – 2010 Going Green Film Festival Screenplay Competition
“Icarus of Normandy”
EMMY AWARD – 2009 New England Emmy Awards: Best Community Public Service Campaign
GOLD SCREEN AWARD – 2009 Gold Screen Awards: Best Documentary and for Best Short Form
“Partnership Runs Deep”
WINNER - 2009 RI 48 Hour Film Project Best use of character, Best use of genre, & Audience favorite
FINALIST - 2008 International Family Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
“Passing the Bar” (sitcom pilot)
Selected Writer – 2007 Central Productions and Grub Street Screenwriters Salon Series
Quarter Finalist - 2007 Scriptapalooza TV Scriptwriting Competition
“How I Met Your Mother” (Spec Sitcom Script)
Quarter Finalist - 2005 Page International Screenwriting Awards
WINNER - 2003 Woods Hole International Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition
FEATURE LENGTH SCREENPLAYS:
All feature screenplays are WGA Registered
THE RESURRECTIONISTS (dark comedy) A tale of honest grave robbers. As Haley's Comet crosses the heavens two young men turn the fabric of 1835 Boston upside down when their unique crimes are discovered and interpreted in a variety of ways.
SPIRITS OF 76 (family adventure) The unhappy ghosts of all of the founding fathers come back to take a modern family for an adventure in democracy. Finished in the top 10% in the 2007 Austin Film Festival screenwriting competition.
SUAGOTHEL (period action/horror) A group of America's first special forces find themselves in a land where the sun goes down and never comes back up, where the dead exist as shadows lurking on the edge of the darkness.
OLD HOSS (period baseball drama co-written with Kevin Faria) The true story of baseball pitcher "Old Hoss" Radbourn who overcomes crippling arthritis, a drinking problem, and a broken heart to lead his team to the pennant win in 1884 and on to win the first World Series against the New York Mets. The script scored in the top 20% of the 2013 Nicholls Screenwriting competition .
LOOKING FOR LEONARDO (family holiday drama co-written with Dean Huh) A widower takes his son on a holiday trip to Italy to find DiVinci's last living descendant.
PERSPECTIVE (horror in development at the Script Anvil) A class of photography students discover the secret of photographing a ghost and the soon to be dead.
ROGUE ISLAND (horror) A late seventeenth century pirate ship returns to Newport, Rhode Island every one hundred years so the captain can purchase a new crew from the local jailer. Newport's police chief needs to find fifteen men for Captain Sterling and a busy summer community is a great place to find young drunks from out of town that nobody will miss. This script won the 2015 Spotlight on New England Screenwriting Competition sponsored by the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Rhode Island State Office of Film & TV.
SHOP KIDS (horror in development at the Script Anvil) There is something wrong at the local high school when everything appears to be going right.
THE CHEATING VACCINE (detective SciFi thriller in development at the Script Anvil) A female detective goes head to head with a female CEO when the company's good intentions turn deadly. Co-writing with Pamela Lambert.
SHOOTOUT (modern action/thriller western in development at the Script Anvil) Four friends on a on a cross country trip find themselves forced to take the law into their own hands when the local lawmen are really outlaws. Co-writing with Eric Lutes.
All short screenplays are WGA Registered
ICARUS OF NORMANDY (fantasy) A mild mannered egg farmer uses his imagination to trade his bicycle for a pair of wings.
PASSING THE BAR (sitcom pilot) The best divorce lawyer in the city quits his firm to open up a coffee shop where people can meet up instead of break up.
THE KARMA OF BOCCE (fantasy) A young boy meets a young girl, his heavenly muse, while watching three magical old men play bocce at his local city park. They meet for the second time when the young writer stops by the old neighborhood park and runs into an attractive young woman.
WAKING UP DEAD (comedy co-written with Gare Trahan) A young man wakes up dead but doesn't realize it until he after he gets to work.
Several are in the works including a stage version of Duncan's screenplays The Learning Curve with multimedia elements, as well as stage versions of The Karma of Bocce and The Resurrectionists. He is also working on a new play titled Haven and a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
All manuscripts are WGA Registered
“Broom” (Fantasy Adventure Novel 90,500 words) In the dark age of another world, a young boy called Broom discovers that he possesses one of the long lost royal gifts of the old kingdom; he can cause a broom to fly.
“Storm Windows” (Inspirational Romance Novella 26,000 words) When her life falls apart in Boston, a woman buys an old firehouse in a gulf coast fishing village, loads her car and drives south to arrive at her new home in the middle of a hurricane. She finds that rebuilding her life and helping to rebuild a battered town go hand in hand.
"The List" (short story) Diana's blog about a list that she and her husband both keep goes viral and sends Hollywood knocking on her door, just not in a good way.
“A Boy Named Baseball” (Children’s Book co-written with Beth Glass) Young Timmy is small for his age and too small to join the kids playing ball, but not to small to become the bat boy for the Providence Grays professional baseball team of 1884 where he can grow into the job.
“Room to Play” (Children’s Book co-written with Beth Glass) A young boy is stuck inside his room because of a freak spring snowstorm on opening day in 1884 and uses his imagination to have a game of his own.
“Fiona’s Fair Day” (Children’s Book co-written with Beth Glass) A young girl with a bad attitude goes to a fair with the family where she learns to look for the positive in life.
“Icarus of Normandy” (Children’s Book co-written with Beth Glass) Based on the award wining short screenplay.
“Hello Owl” (Children’s Book) A sad and forgotten bronze owl over the door of a closed bank gets a new lease on life when the building is turned into a theater.
“Snip” (Children’s Book) The local tailor is too short to join the Washington's army until they realize that this man who is short is stature is tall of heart and has unique skills to offer.
"A Movie Moment"