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MSU Student Gains International Recognition for TV Episode

Missouri State University Student, April Clore, has earned a spot as a finalist against students, professionals and freelance writers from around the world in the Acclaim Scripts TV competition.
Showtime's TV Comedy, Shameless
Showtime's TV Comedy, Shameless Photo Credit: IMDB

Missouri State University Student, April Clore, has earned a spot as a finalist against students, professionals and freelance writers from around the world in the Acclaim Scripts TV competition. Clore’s screenplay is entitled “Take Fi out to the Ball Game,” a speculative screenplay of Showtime’s hit TV comedy, Shameless. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports.

In Clore’s words, the show Shameless is about an alcoholic man who lives in a perpetual stupor while his six children, who he lives with, cope as best they can.

Her speculative screenplay, or spect script, is an hour long episode she wrote for the show featuring the children. At times, these unguided children must do despicable things just in order to get by, as Clore explains.

 “When I wrote the spec script I wanted to bring out their humanity and their heart and make them likable…When you are writing for television you really want to have a strong theme. And the theme of this one was loyalty,” said Clore.

Majoring in electronic arts, Clore is a senior at MSU. She, along with the other finalists, was awarded the opportunity to have their work considered by thousands of affiliated production companies; in hopes that the episode will be purchased.

While Clore hasn’t decided if she wants to go to graduate school or not, she has already been contact by Capital Creations, a production company based out of Los Angeles, for her Shameless episode.

For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers.