Skye Emerson specializes in feature and television dramatic comedy screenplays. Her scripts converge between a little bit of levity and a great deal of heart.
When guarded, yet brilliant astrophysicist Sally Ride joined the first astronaut class to include women, her fight to get to space seemed her greatest challenge, but Sally's mission to find the truth about the Challenger explosion, and her own identity, would soon threaten her foundation, and her future with NASA.
Based on True Events
A cross between Friday Night Lights and The Atomic City Girls, When The Men Were Gone is a debut historical novel based on the true story of Tylene Wilson, a woman in 1940's Texas.
In 1944 Brownwood Texas, English teacher Tylene Wilson is popular and well-loved, but when World War II takes the life the head football coach, Tylene must take up the mantle as head coach, in spite of extreme opposition, in order to keep her students from enlisting and going off to war.
Optioned by Writ Large
The origin story of The Beast, this story tells of a time when a timid and insecure enchantress must find the power within herself and the powers she holds to help a prince become the loving king his country needs and not the beast he is foretold to be by the spells that will be cast on this young prince.
A spirited and earnest young girl growing up outside of a salt mine town in Utah, hopes to follow her dreams and become the scientist hero her town needs. With a new best friend, the girls endure misadventures, leading to a baking competition which could be the catalyst in her dreams coming true, but a tragic accident and her resentful mother may derail her plans.
An overly cautious guy takes his first big risk and enters a "Best Joke Ever" competition, but when his joke falls incredibly flat, a famous comedian takes him under her wing - which happens to lead to night of car chases, animal theft, and general debauchery- as he works to find his inner entertainer.
Newly divorced gay father, Wes, needs to make a new home for he and his son in the suburbs of Connecticut. A popular Twitter personality with the handle @GAYATHOMEDAD, Wes is a New York City fish out of water who must navigate mommy cliques, a town without any flavor, his emotional fragility, and the kitchen oven as he tries to keep his followers and find his feet.
TV Pilot Assignment
Salt Lake City, Utah, 1995 High school senior Zack spends his days making Slurpee Durpees at the local Dairy Freeze alongside a hodgepodge crew of misfits, including wild but beautiful Kayla, and gregarious and gay Toby, awaiting his impending Mormon mission, but when his domineering stepfather mistakenly suspects Zack to be gay, a trip to conversion therapy camp sets in motion an escape mission and a personal journey that will shape Zack’s conviction in himself, his friends, his faith, and his future.
A&R Rep Assistant Joe Lyon is looking to sign THE band, the one that will finally land him a spot as a true A&R Rep; but when he mistakenly suggest a band on a whim to his boss, he learns that the group, Hello Moon, broke up 15 years ago. He’ll trek the Western U.S. with his best girlfriend and the aging guitarist who is just as determined to convince these former rockers that they haven’t yet had their true day in the sun while simultaneously trying to save his fledgling A&R career.
In the sweltering Texas summer of 1984, 11-year-old Arlo knows three things to be true; Duran Duran is the greatest band, the Dallas Cowboys are the greatest team, and, though born into a girl’s body, Arlo knows he’s really the greatest boy; but when this information comes to light, Arlo’s conservative parents upend everything he’s always known, thrusting him into life as a boy at a new school, as they work to hide the identity, and their own shame, about the daughter Arlo used to be.
When Army Vet Tim Sears boards a Carnival Cruise ship in 2003, he expects to have the time of his life, but when he comes to hours later in the middle of the ocean, with the ship nowhere to be seen, he must brave the elements, and his own fractured mind, in an effort to survive.
Based on True Events
Working Title- Maddening Horizon
When young teens Charlie, Zeke, Milo, and Brady sneak out of their house in 1983 to see the premiere of Return of the Jedi, only three of them will make it back home, but it will fall to the trio of friends, not the local authorities, to uncover the secrets and evil goings-on within their small town in rural Utah that led to the disappearance.
New Orleans 1850’s Antebellum: Delia Swift, aka Bridget Fury, and Mary Jane “Bricktop" Jackson, both fiery redheads formed, not only one of the first female street gangs in the United States, but also one of the most feared universally by men and women of New Orleans. When a mysterious murder is pinned on “Bricktop,” it’ll fall to Bridget Fury and her gang of street smart women to battle corrupt Ursuline Nuns backed by the Catholic Church, vicious slave traders, and even the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans herself, Marie Laveau, to save Bricktop’s life.
Based on True Events
Graphic artist Courtney Davis has just landed in Los Angeles, eager to start her new role as Editorial Cartoonist at a lesbian-centric magazine, but letting go of her conservative past in Utah, and adapting to the "out and proud" lifestyle of West Hollywood, is proving more difficult than she anticipated.
When aimless Jess discovers she has a sibling her parents kept a secret, her life collides with that of Haley, her sassy, shoplifting sister with Down Syndrome, her caseworker Ollie, and the residents of a Group Care Home, all of whom have their own secrets to keep.
2019 Feature Drama Script Competition
2018 - 2019
Grand Prize Winner
2018 Emerging Screenwriter
Grand Prize Winner
Feature Drama Winner
2018 Feature Screenplay
2018 Drama Pilot Script Competition
Shining a Spotlight on Emerging Talent
Eleven screenwriters are selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s seventh annual Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles
Sloan Commissioning Grant
These fellowships are part of the Sundance Institute Science-In-Film Initiative, which is made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Carl David Memorial Fellowship
Awarded to graduates in Directing and Screenwriting to promote a positive image of gay and lesbian pride and culture.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowships promote science fact in film and television
Skye Emerson is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, receiving her MFA at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, & Television wherein she received the Best Drama Feature Award at the 2018 Screenwriters Showcase, as well as the UCLA TFT Sloan Foundation Grant. Skye has been nationally recognized for her writing achievements, including the 2019 Fresh Voices Grand Prize winner, and received the Grand Prize in ISA’s Emerging Screenwriter’s Competition in 2018. Skye's continued professional development includes acceptance and participation in the 2019 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive Program. She was also awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Commissioning Grant through the Sundance Institute Fellowship program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Most recently, Skye was named a Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch in 2020 by the International Screenwriters Association. Skye is currently working on a feature film adaptation of the novel, "When The Men Were Gone" for her LA-based literary management firm, Writ Large.
She is passionate about all things art and storytelling, emphasized in her work, which features strong female protagonists and/ or members of the world's minority-class. She's an advocate for the oppressed, a voice for the voiceless, and believes that film has the power to change minds and lives.
Skye's lived multiple lives, including as an Advertising Project Manager, Sports App Product Manager, and Volunteer Dog Walker. She shares her time between her homes in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, which means that her wardrobe is in constant flux between snow boots and stilettos.
Skye loves to read suspense novels and watch true crime TV, both of which have contributed to her growing insomnia and irrational fear of basements. Feel free to reach out any time, especially at night, as she's usually awake.
Skye is a proud member of Women in Film