Sarah Cornelius is the Creative and Production Executive at Whitewater Films, which recently premiered their feature Thriller THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR. In 2019, they released STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN starring Billy Crystal & Ben Schwartz with first-time director Matt Ratner.
Their film, THE LAST SHIFT premiered at Sundance 2020 with two time Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins. In addition they produced FIRST GIRL I LOVED (Sundance winner), HALFWAY THERE (Sundance Episodic Showcase winner), SMALL ENGINE REPAIR (SXSW premiere).
Whitewater Film's mandate is to discover new writers with unique voices and to produce their projects. The company spearheaded by veteran producer Rick Rosenthal whose more than 100 credits include BAD BOYS, HALLOWEEN 2, TRANSPARENT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, and SMALLVILLE.
Whitewater has produced numerous notable films which have won Independent Spirit Awards, the Sundance Directing Award, a Primetime Emmy, as well as collecting nominations for an Oscar and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize.
Whitewater has produced projects for Paramount Classics, The Orchard, Showtime, CNN Films, Netflix, IFC and Samuel Goodwyn Films.
What your fellow writers are saying:
"I seriously doubt there's a master class in the world that better equips a writer than working with a consultant like Sarah. Her love for the art comes through in her incredible insight, attention to detail, and willingness to really read your script...Sarah's talent in getting to the heart of your story and flushing out the clutter is priceless. There's no better way, in my opinion, to excel as a writer, than working with an amazing exec like Sarah!" - Kelly Namely
Sarah Specializes in Comedy, Drama, Crime (true and non) and Thriller/Suspense screenplays under $10MM. She's looking for material with heart!
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Tips on pitching to Sarah J. Cornelius
Within 15 minutes of your scheduled pitch, the exec will reach out by Skype or Phone. Your pitch session will last approximately 8 minutes.
Written Pitches will be no more than 2 pages submitted as a PDF or WORD document. Any written pitch uploaded past the deadline will not be shown to the executive and will result in a non-refundable forfeiture of your pitch.
Within 3-4 weeks of your pitch session, you will receive a Pitch Scorecard on which the exec you pitched will provide pitch feedback and note if they are PASSing, or would like to REQUEST your material.
If you are requested, you will be notified via email with further instructions. The execs will have 2-3 months to review your material and note if they are PASSing, or would like a MEETING. If a meeting is requested, we will introduce you via email.
Please understand that these are working executives, and their schedules are subject to change at a moment's notice. We always strive to give you at least 24 hours of notice if a session has been cancelled, and we will recommend another executive for you to pitch your material to.
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