Geoffrey D. Calhoun
Best-selling author of
Geoffrey D. Calhoun (Finding Nicole - Heroes from Heaven - S.O.S.) is the best-selling author of The Guide For Every Screenwriter and is the Instructor for Advanced Screenwriting at Screenwriters University. As the founder of We Fix Your Script. He is sought out as a script consultant and a re-writer for various stages of development and production.
Geoffrey is known for his fast-paced thrillers but has also won awards for comedies and dramas. He has received honors in several film festivals and contests including the Louis Mitchell Award for Excellence in Writing. He believes everyone is a writer at heart and has dedicated himself to help others learn the craft. His seminars are designed to break down the mysteries of screenwriting by using easy to follow templates, outlines, and modern popular films as examples.
Kristy Leigh Lussier
Kristy Leigh Lussier is a multi-award winning screenwriter/actress who has contributed to and produced over 20 short and feature independent films, as well as worked on and off camera for major studio features.
Kristy has a background in unscripted television work and is currently a story producer for a new reality show set to premiere in 2021. Though a dramatic and comedy girl at heart, she loves all genres but has a special passion for horror. She has great experience in evaluation and polish techniques, along with a keen eye for sharp dialogue and historical accuracy.
Her screenplay, An Unbalanced Line, won Best Drama Screenplay at the 2019 Script Summit, Best Sports Screenplay at the 2017 Las Vegas Intl Screenplay Contest, and her romantic comedy screenplay, The Wreckers, won Best Comedy Screenplay at the 2018 Die Laughing Film Festival.
Bill is an ex-rocker from Cleveland, Ohio. His feature film directorial debut 'Dave Made A Maze' (which he co-wrote) won the Audience Award at its World Premiere at Slamdance and has gone on to win over 20 Audience and Jury Prizes, a Saturn Award, is distributed in over 40 countries, and is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Bill's primary focus is fantasy and adventure with a comedic bent. He has written several features, his own and works for hire, and sold an original TV property to Netflix. He has written and directed puppet-forward music videos for Greg Felden and for the OKGo side-project X.X.T., and directed a fantasy teaser for comic book legend Paul Dini. He is currently writing an original television project for Village Roadshow and The Jim Henson Company.
Ann Kimbrough has a TV commercial production background, working in NYC for the production department of Jordan, McGrath, Taylor & Chase advertising agency, then in Los Angeles on projects like Quaker Oats and Chrysler cars, as well as music videos with David Fincher and Ridley Scott's RSA.
She is an optioned/produced screenwriter of children’s and action films, as well as a member of SAG/AFTRA, and is currently the VP of Development for Media Distribution Partners, a creative production company with a post-production arm. She is the creator/host of YouTube show “Screenwriters Beat” and the creator/talent for podcasts “Lyric: a Mother of a Faery Tale” and “5 Curses.” Ann also created the value screenwriting tool: “The 100 Script Challenge Journal” on Amazon.
Marlene Sharp is a creative and business-savvy entertainment multi-hyphenate who originally hails from New Orleans but is now a (San Fernando) Valley girl. Firmly ensconced in LA life, Marlene recently served as Director, Production at LEVEL-5 abby, home of YO-KAI WATCH and other hit video game-based franchises.
Formerly, as Producer, TV Series, at Sega of America, Marlene worked on much more than the Teen Choice Award-nominated Cartoon Network series SONIC BOOM. For example, her Hedgehog duties took her to the heights of nerd-dom as an official San Diego Comic-Con 2017 panelist and a seat on the advisory board of #kidsfirst.
As a freelance journalist, Marlene concentrates on popular entertainment for buzz-worthy fan destinations, such as DOGTV, ToonBarn.com, and Geekified.net. As a short film auteur, she has snagged prizes at the Canine Film Festival, the San Luis Obispo Film Festival, and many more.
She is the winner of 2019 LA Shorts International Film Fest Script Competition (an Oscar and BAFTA-qualifying fest), at which her backdoor sitcom pilot received a staged reading by The Groundlings. And as a human being, basically, she loves dogs. For proof of the aforementioned, please see her website www.pinkpoodleproductions.com.
Kevin Hanna co-produced and directed the award-winning mockumentary short film The Exorsister (watch and vote for it here!), which won Best Screenplay and Best Use of Genre at Filmapalooza 2007 Film Festival.
He most recently won the Gold Medal for Concepts/Treatments for his television pilot Public Access, from the World Series of Screenwriting, with the script itself placing Top Ten. You can watch the trailer here.
The pilot also won 2nd Place in Comedy TV Pilot categories for the Cinerockom Film Festival and The International Indie Gathering Film Festival in 2015, among others.
In both tv and theater, Kevin looks for stories that have never been told, or never told in a particular way because these are the ones that give him the best challenges, like recent stage projects: The First and Last Musical on Mars, and as co-writer and director of the new musical The Cowboy and The Showgirl Cycle.
Multiple-Genres/Clean & Polish
Neil Chase is an award-winning screenwriter with produced screenplays in film, television, and VR. He has a strong background in write-for-hire work in all genres, as well as in consultation, rewrites and story coaching, including detailed feedback and analysis of outlines, treatments, and scripts.
With extensive experience in a variety of genres, including action, sci-fi, drama, horror, and comedy, Neil has over 80 international writing awards, including from Script Summit, Las Vegas Film Festival, FilmQuest, A Night of Horror Film Festival, Screamfest, West Field Screenwriting Awards, and Cinequest, among many others. He is most proud of winning the FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards Grand Prize, the Neoverse Writing Competition Grand Prize, and the Arthur Rosenfeld Award for Excellence in Dramatic Writing. Neil is also featured in the book, "The Top 100 Indie Writers in the World".
Patty Sandoval Sralla
Patty Sandoval Sralla is an award-winning journalist and screenwriter from San Antonio, Texas. She has been writing screenplays for 12 years and has consistently placed in the top 10 percent of the Austin Film Festival, PAGE International and Nicholl’s Fellowship.
She founded and co-organized the San Antonio Screenwriters Guild in 2011, where she conducts monthly screenwriting workshops.
As a journalist for 20 years in Michigan and Texas, Patty won several awards for her writing and editing from the Detroit Press Foundation and the Michigan Press Association. She was a 2009 screenwriting fellow with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers in Los Angeles, and a Poynter Institute journalism diversity fellow.
Alumni Staff Writer
JoAnn Hess is a multi-award winning and optioned screenwriter who specializes in character-driven Drama. Her work is highly demanded by producers and has written several scripts on paid-assignment in Crime Drama, Thriller and Action/Thriller genres. Her dramatic and romantic comedies have also earned placement in numerous contests, including the New Hope Film Festival 2014 WINNER for Best Comedy.
JoAnn was named one of ScreenwritingU’s, “Most Recommended Writers,” and is a judge for Cinequest’s Screenwriting Competition. JoAnn’s scripts have placed in numerous, prestigious award competitions including PAGE Awards & Final Draft’s BIG BREAK. She was recently inducted into the Indie Gathering International Film Festival's Hall of Fame.
Alumni Staff Writer
Ryan is a multiple award-winning screenwriter. He has produced screenplays which have netted 43 festival selections, 29 awards (including 8 “Best Feature” and 3 “Audience Choice” awards) and an additional 37 award nominations.
He has worked in, and loves, a variety of genres: horror, action, comedy, science fiction, fantasy, drama, children’s films, and based-on-a-true-story dramas. In addition to his work as a screenwriter, Ryan has also worked alongside top industry professionals in casting, producing and production management. His varied experiences enable him to give advice on all aspects relevant to production, including those typically beyond storytelling: budgeting, location, insurance issues, casting, etc.