FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards (FISA)

The 14th Annual
FilmMakers International
Screenwriting Awards (FISA)





Winners | Biography | Logline | Synopsis | Script Excerpt

Doug The Pug's Final Adventure


Rainie Amber Ovenden

of Victoria, Australia

Doug The Pug's Final Adventure


Rainie Ovenden

Rainie is a 32 year old mother of two from a small country town in Victoria, Australia. She is currently on maternity leave from her Administration Manager position at a Construction and Engineering company, with which she has worked at for the past 13 years. Although she enjoys her job, writing has fast become her passion. A passion she one day hopes to evolve into a successful career.



When the neighbor’s pug is kidnapped, a girl, her elderly pug Doug, her cat, and the boy-next-door embark on a rescue mission to find and retrieve the missing dog without alerting the new babysitter of their absence, and before the sickly Doug kicks the bucket.


Interview Part 1.

I knew I wanted to be screenwriter after a trip overseas with my girlfriends inspired me to write. The 3 week adventure was packed full of hilarious moments that continually made me think they belonged in a movie; so I wrote one. The whole process was so rewarding and exciting that I've been writing ever since. I fell in love with all things screenwriting.

I know I've succeeded when I sit in a theatre and hear moviegoers laugh or cry at something I wrote.

My inspiration to write "Doug The Pug's Final Adventure" came from my very own Doug The Pug. My husband and I adopted him from the RSPCA here in Melbourne when he was 6 years old. The RSPCA rescued him and 40 other dogs from a horribly disgusting puppy mill. I wanted to write something that shone a spotlight on the puppy mill industry as well as the close connections and love people have for their pets and how they deal with losing them.

Interview Part 2.

FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?
Rainie Ovenden: The overseas trip with my girlfriends was the initial inspiration. Now I'm inspired by my imagination and the excited feeling I get when an idea for a story strikes.

FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete?
Rainie Ovenden: This was my second screenplay. The first draft flew out of me in a matter of days. I then took around 6 weeks to polish it.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
Rainie Ovenden: Not at all, but I hope to one day. Most of my writing is done when my young children are either napping during the day or once they've gone to bed for the night. My day job restricted me also but as long as I get 5-6 hours a week to sit at my laptop and write I find I'm happy with my word count. I'm always thinking about my current and future works though. My phone is full of notes that come to me at all hours of the day. Then when it comes time to write, I collate my notes and get cracking.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
Rainie Ovenden: Most definitely. The prize of getting your work seen by members of the industry is priceless. Prizes aside, contests provide confidence. Just to see your name listed as a quarter finalist gives writers positive affirmation that they're doing something right.

FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards?
Rainie Ovenden: I've researched every contest there is and only submit to the ones I believe provide the best bang for your buck. The FISA was recommended to me and once I looked into it I could see its value to my career.

FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Rainie Ovenden: It would have to be E.T. It's such a timeless script and Melissa
Mathison was a brilliant screenwriter. E.T, apart from being a fantastic story, is a master class in character dialogue. The kids sound like kids and each character has their own distinct voice. It's certainly helped me as a screenwriter.

FilmMakers Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
Rainie Ovenden: As cliché as it sounds, my family. Having children completely blows your life apart, but in the most glorious way. All I want most in life is to keep them safe, and make them proud.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?
Rainie Ovenden: Writer? J.K Rowling. Her world building ability is genius. Screenwriter? Judd Apatow. His work just flows so well and reads like it was so easy for him to write. When I read his work it's like he's sitting in front of me reading it to me, making me laugh all the while. He's a comedic mastermind and hugely underrated.

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with and why?
Rainie Ovenden: Paul Feig, without a doubt. He can do no wrong in my eyes. Comedies are by far my favorite genre and his movies never fail to provide the laughs. I also admire that his recent string of films are predominately female driven stories. Whether intentional or not, he's helping lead the way for equality in the industry.

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
Rainie Ovenden:
Rebel Wilson. Even though I believe she could ad-lib her way through an entire movie, I'd give my first born for the chance to work with her, and have her say my words. Okay not my first born... maybe my 2nd (he cries a lot). Everything she does is hilarious. I just completed a first draft on a script titled "Soo-Jin's List"; a bechdel smashing comedy feature set in Australia with her cast in my head as my lead. Asking myself "what would Rebel do?" whenever I got stuck, or was looking for a one-liner.

FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
Rainie Ovenden: Outline, outline, outline! Everyone's process is different but I like to handwrite pages and pages in my notebook until I have the bones of the story mapped out. I cast every character so I can see the scenes more clearly in my head as I write. I find it also helps me keep their voices distinct when writing dialogue.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?
Rainie Ovenden:
On top of polishing Soo-Jin's List I'm nearing the end of the first draft on a Goonies-like teenage kids adventure feature. Also the recent birth of my 2nd child (the crying one) gave me an idea for a half hour comedy about the trials and tribulations of midwifery. I'm part way through working on its pilot.

FilmMakers Magazine: Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
Rainie Ovenden:
 Sharing a bottle of champagne with Rebel Wilson, toasting the success of Soo-Jin's List. Or waking up from that dream and getting stuck into writing my next script.

Although Hollywood is the pinnacle of screenwriting success I'd love to have at least one of my Australian set scripts produced here. Aside from the Hollywood films made here, sadly the local movie industry isn't exactly thriving or profitable, but it can be. With Australian powerhouses like Rebel Wilson, Hugh Jackman, Hemsworth Brothers, Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Rose Byrne, and newcomers like Alycia Debnam-Carey, Margot Robbie and Eliza Taylor having such huge acting success in Hollywood, I fail to see how anything they were involved in could not be successful. There's a plethora of writing talent in Australia but little means to see much success as a career without moving to the U.S. The industry here could certainly see success internationally, and I'd be proud to be a part of it.

At the end of the day (or 5 years), as long as I'm still enjoying writing and my family are happy and healthy, I'll be blessed.


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