For examples of scripts written in the 1990s by Hunter, click here: 1990s Scripts
Coming out of the pitch room at Story Expo in New York
At the NOVA International Film & Music Festival in the Mosaic District of Northern Virginia

About Hunter Ridgway

In 1990, Hunter Ridgway began studying and cataloging fundamental and advanced elements of how to write an engaging, moving, screen story, and the endeavor continues to this day. While working full-time in the political arena in Washington, D.C., Hunter wrote several scripts during the 1990s; four screenplays for lower-budget production in D.C., the mid-Atlantic region, and New York during the 2000s; and several screenplays for commercial marketing during the 2010s. He continues to be engaged in the latter effort, as well as fundraising for production of the middle group of scripts.

During this decades-spanning writing, Hunter meticulously outlined and strategically ordered creative, thought-provoking screen story writing points spanning the topics (and delving into the subtopics) of visuality, conflict, pressure, emotional journeyism, motivation, characterization, backstory, complications, suspense, momentum, timing, subtext, crisis points, theme, dialogue, and writing style, among other elements.  In 2017, he launched Pen It by Hunter Ridgway screenwriting classes to engage other writers and share information about what makes a great story.

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Hunter grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and Mobile, Alabama. He earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia and is a law review graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU) law school in Dallas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia Bar, the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, and the Capitol Hill chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Hunter served as a Congress-Bundestag/Bundesrat staff exchange member during the 112th Congress, a John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership congressional fellow for the 114th Congress, a Hoover Institution congressional fellow in the 115th Congress, and a Woodrow Wilson Center foreign policy fellow in the 116th Congress.  He is a member of the National Writers Union, the Middle East Institute, and the Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute. Hunter lives on Capitol Hill in D.C.

At the Austin Film Festival with his AFF semifinalist script, MARIA ISABELLA SILVALESSA, which won Best Original Feature Screenplay at the London Independent Film Awards, Best Feature Screenplay from the Festigious International Film Festival (Los Angeles), Best Feature Script and Best Concept at the Queen Palm International Film Festival (Palm Springs), Best Screenplay at the Milestone Worldwide Film Festival (Italy), a Gold Award from the Latitude Film Awards (UK), an Award of Excellence from Cinema WorldFest (Ottawa), and an Award of Merit from the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood and was also named a Best Unproduced Script by the Nice (France) International Film Festival; the Second Runner-Up in the Indie Wisconsin Festival; a finalist in the Amsterdam Film Festival and the Southeast Regional Film Festival (Jacksonville); a semifinalist in the StoryPros International contest, the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards, the Page Turner feature & TV pilot competition (Santa Monica), the Courage Film Festival (Berlin), and the New Renaissance Film Festival (London); an official selection of the Prisma Rome Independent Film Awards, the Austria International Film Festival, the CKF International Film Festival (Swindon, UK), the Woodbury Film Festival (Salt Lake City), the NOVA International Film & Music Festival, and the Heart of England Film Festival (Birmingham); a quarterfinalist in the PAGE Awards and the Shore Scripts feature competition; and the sole Honorable Mention script in the Kay Snow Writing Contest in conjunction with the 49th Willamette Writers Conference

 

In the pitching “bullpen” at ScriptFest in Los Angeles
Hunter’s I HATE THE SMART ART CLUB! script, an official selection of both the Houston Comedy Film Festival and the Atlanta Comedy Film Festival

For examples of scripts written in the 1990s by Hunter, click here: 1990s Scripts
Coming out of the pitch room at Story Expo in New York
At the NOVA International Film & Music Festival in the Mosaic District of Northern Virginia