Dorie is an actress, a screenwriter, and has been a script consultant for over a dozen years. She has worked in the story departments of major studios and production companies, and works in development for independent producers. She also loves to work directly with writers, helping them make the most of their material before it gets to the “reader”. Her favorite movie of all time is “Die Hard”, and she has a soft spot for 80’s romantic comedy and noir thrillers of all decades. With her background as an actress, character development is in her heart, but her virgo right-brain specializes in analyzing screen structure.
Beatrice was a journalist in a former life who worked for People Magazine and CNN before landing at Pixar Animation in development. At Pixar she worked on such movies as Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and Cars. She has an MFA in Film from UCLA and worked for NewMarket Films and Raygun Productions (Memento, Whalerider, Donnie Darko, Monster) for producer Aaron Ryder. While at Raygun, they produced such films as The Prestige, Hamlet 2, The TV Set and the upcoming My One and Only with Renee Zellweger. She is currently the Production Executive at FilmNation, a newly formed production and foreign sales company.
Nate graduated from the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College with a degree in Screenwriting and has worked in both Los Angeles and New York City at production companies, management agencies, and distribution companies. He asserts that the two best screenplays of all time are Paddy Chayefsky’s Network and Robert Towne’s Chinatown. When reading a screenplay, he looks for compelling, developed characters and a well thought out story. “Hollywood rarely does anything original anymore, it’s about how you can put a spin on an old idea and make it unique”.
John graduated from NYU with a degree in film and has worked under several prominent independent producers in Los Angeles and New York. He has read for Benderspink and many other production companies in Hollywood. John enjoys scripts that employ strong fundamentals, but innovate on story and style. His favorite filmmakers include Tom Tykwer, Woody Allen, Alan Ball, and David Fincher.
Don began his screenwriting education with a two week seminar taught by Syd Field, at the 1987 Maine Photographic Workshops. Don went on to earn his BA in Folklore from U.C. Berkeley as well as an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. Don won the Action-Adventure genre award at the Screenwriter’s Expo3 AAA Screenwriting contest and has several projects in development. Don is currently working on various writing assignments and is polishing his latest script with former mentor and writing partner Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Total Recall). Don has a passion for all genres, with a special love for Action-Adventure, Thriller, Horror, and Science Fiction.
James is currently involved in script development and project financing for Goldcrest Films and Triboro Pictures in New York. His list of favorite films covers a broad spectrum of genres, and he agrees with Richard Walter’s theory that all movies fall into one of two categories: good or bad. He believes that with proper care and commitment, though, any story can be molded into a great script.
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