Starting in 1996, I wrote features for the producers of "Revenge of the Nerds," "Wilde," "Arlington Road" and others. On the side, I taught a 6-week, invitation-only class in screenwriting. We met in the evening at my agent's office (so glad she had AC). The writer's strike of 2007 taught me that ownership (producing) is the first goal.
2012-13: I served for a year on the board of We Make Movies, a groundbreaking Hollywood filmmakers' collective. I consulted on strategy, new business & managing investor relations, and raised money to produce, write & direct original content using WMM's talent-pool. I also directed "Strong Love," a short ghost-story I wrote & production-designed. A new short, "The Time-Traveller's Tale," is up next.
I also taught two sessions of the Script Kitchen, a screenwriting class I co-founded with actor-producer Tara Samuel. See https://www.facebook.com/ScriptKitchen.
Tara won Best Actress at the 2012 Manhattan Film Festival for her feature "Ruby Booby" (Jon Ranells, Dir.). They've just shot some pickups with a major music star who agreed to deliver a startling cameo in the movie.
The Script Kitchen developed two feature scripts which have gone on to production:
"Way Down in Chinatown" (Eric Kochmer, Writer/Dir.), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2165160
"Deaf Ghost" (Paul Raci, Writer), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2214957
I completed producing duties on More Than a Parade, a large-scale online digital archive of Rose Parade memories and artifacts. That project includes a feature documentary and possibly a coffee-table book in 2015.
2014: I'm in talks to produce two web series (we'll see which one dies on the vine) and to write and direct my first feature. Still putting together the business case on the latter.
2015: Web series development nearing completion. We'll be shooting at one of the oldest & largest cemeteries in California. The feature is taking longer & requires tender nursing (translates: still on the money-hunt).
I'm in a new partnership to develop and deliver original dramatic web content (series episodes & short films) to vertical industries. I can't share details yet, but it's an interesting tangent to conventional ad-marketing strategies.
I renamed my writing class the Story Kitchen and opened a new section in the Los Angeles area. The first session opened in January—we have 2 novelists and a screenwriter among the students. For more see the old Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/ScriptKitchen
Name: John Sandel
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Director, Producer and Screenwriter