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24 Wayfaring Rd
Posted: September 05 2016
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 4 Part-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionI am a TV writer with 6 Emmy nominations and a WGA Award and almost 20 years experience writing for shows on networks like CBS/NBC. I can be found on Wikipedia and IMDB.
I have also had several plays produced in NY and regional theatre as well as writing screenplays for hire.
I have a manager in L.A. who is currently shopping an hr TV dramedy that I created/wrote.
I have taught how to write scripts at Brown U and Tisch (NYU).
I was on a meteoric rise, writing for stars like Julianne Moore/Jordana Brewster, when I went to a local ER one night and in a story crazier than anything I ever wrote, I fell down a rabbit hole of malpractice that led to 35 surgeries, over a decade in/out of hospitals fighting for my life. But on the upside, there was nothing to do in all those beds but write and watch the TV/film 24/7 so I became an expert on the marketplace. I left the hospital a year ago with a dozen new scripts that are the kind of show I want to watch that no one else is writing.
My writing style is Nora Ephnron (queen of romcoms) meets Hitchcock (kind of suspense). I like my stories to have lots of twists and turns but, in the end (as opposed to real life) the good guys get a happy ending and the bad guys don't. I love playing God of each world I create on paper - and I love choreographing two dozen characters who all have detailed bios.
Having been trained in one of the best writers development programs in NYC, I can write breakdowns, scripts and longterm. And I produced my first webseries last year without a budget when my investor bailed the night before we were set to start shooting. So I pushed the start date up a week and rewrote the first 2 hrs of my show, "The Grass Is Always Greener", about the opening of the first medical marijuana dispensary in Ct., so it could be shot on a shoestring budget. And I was lucky enough to have over two dozen actors/crew all waive their pay and I got SAG waivers and we shot the first three webisodes that can be seen on Vimeo. The screening was held at Magno Sound in NYC last year.
I am looking for an intern who can help me at least 15 hours a week with everything from writing loglines, synopses and scripts, to doing research for stories (past interns have researched everything from polo to WWII to the most expensive car on the market in 1960.)
I need someone who is smart and self-motivated with good computer skills as well as someone who is a good problem solver.
Also someone presentable who can accompany me to work meetings in NYC.
Driving is a must. I provide a car for my interns to use.
Whoever does this internship will learn how to write a well crafted script from the precipitating event that sets a chain of events in motion that once started can't be stopped to the end.
Hours can be flexible...the advantage of being a writer is you can make your own hours!
I also need someone who can work with me in my home office in Norwalk, Ct.
ResponsibilitiesMy interns would be spending some time on m the computer typing scripts for me and sending work to various producers. I would also need them to do research for different projects - I am currently working on one TV show set in 1960 and another during WWII.
It might also involve helping me to set up readings of my work in NYC. They could be involved with everything from casting through to taping the event for me.
I also would use them proofread TV scripts and screenplays.
And they are responsible for bringing at least 10 pages a week to be read in my house, so they can hear how they're dialogue sounds out loud. (NOTE: Dialogue is one thing that can NOT be taught in my experience. It's like having an ear for music. Either you have an ear to hear different nuances in voices or you don't.
This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to learn how to write for TV and film and theatre.
It is also important they drive because I had spine surgery that impedes my walking (but not my brain.)
I am a member of the WGA East, NYWIFT, The Dramatists Guild, NATAS, IFP and ISA
RequirementsI need someone who is smart, ambitious and has a talent (and passion) for writing for TV/film.
Education is not as important as raw talent and a strong desire to learn. Experience helps but I have learned from working with past interns, few schools teach students about writing in the real world.
I have had years of experience writing everything from TV show breakdowns, scripts, and longterm story to plays that have been done Off-Broadway/regional theatre and I've written feature films for hire.
Therefore, I teach every aspect of this craft.
My former interns have all moved on after polishing their work with me - one is in LA after having her script optioned (after I helped her through many re-writes) and another is working for a TV show in NYC.
I have no problem helping interns realize their dreams and move on to better jobs once they leave me.
But they have to put in the work. I can open doors for interns who have what it takes to make it in this competitive and completely subjective business!
And as a voting member of the Academy Awards I get invited to all of the screenings in NYC with directors/writers/producers/actors present. And I always bring one or more interns to events that are worth going to. So I need people who are presentable in public.