Dare to shine.
After twenty years as an award-winning writer, editor, art director, blogger and Internet marketer, I decided to follow my passion for film and television by originating, writing and developing my own slate of projects. Soon I was invited to join forces with Media Classics Ltd, a UK production company whose mission inspired me.
I served as Executive Development Producer for VIVLING, a biopic feature film about actress VIVIEN LEIGH that focuses on the impact her battle with bipolar disorder had on her marriages (including SIR LAWRENCE OLIVIER), family, and career relationships. The film is now in a formal co-production with Media Classics, MGR Films and producer MICHAEL ROBINSON (Two Women feat. RALPH FIENNES; We Need to Talk about Kevin featuring TILDA SWINTON; Mr Nice, The Sea, The Secret Scripture featuring ROONEY MARA, AIDEN TURNER, THEO JAMES) and Crude Fiction.
Sameera Steward (Screenwriter) made the "BRIT LIST 2014" for the film script. The "BRIT LIST" is compiled by a mix of the top UK film agents, producers, distributors and sales companies from the scripts they have all read but which have not yet turned into a film. The alumni of this list in recent years include THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL starring DAME JUDI DENCH and DAME MAGGIE SMITH, "The Riot Club" starring DOUGLAS BOOTH, JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY and "Salmon Fishing" in the Yemen starring EWAN MCGREGOR.
Currently, I'm slated to direct and produce a feature film with support from the makers of the Oscar-winning films A BEAUTIFUL MIND, ABOUT SCHMIDT and ALI (Check out the trailers in the VIDEO section here at Stage 32).
Below are a sample of the Director's Notes I provided that led to my being selected to direct the film after a lengthy search by the filmmakers for the director position:
1) Director's Notes - TUCHT - Page 3 - Scene 4A, EXT - CENTRAL PARK - NIGHT: http://voicebo.com/X7BBLV
2) Director's Notes - TUCHT - Scene 4B, INT - BACK AT HIGHRISE LOFT (CONTINUOUS FROM 4) AND Scene 5A, INT - IN THE BEDROOM (MOMENTS LATER): http://voicebo.com/M4q5ON
Also, I had an option proposal on my plate from a production company based in the U.K. for my original, historical-based, period-drama/crime/mystery/suspense TV series co-created and written by Jacob Larch (an award-winning screenwriter) who I met here at Stage 32. We passed on the offer and are seeking a producer to create the business/financial aspects and pitch deck for production companies, networks and financiers.
On my heels is re-writing two short stories as short films: Gifts and Holidaze. People have suggested these stories would make great shorts, so I'm finally listening to them. If interested, you can read them at the Healing Artist Studio Project blog: GIFTS: http://tinyurl.com/jk3h38v and HOLIDAZE: http://tinyurl.com/zhd2tpl.
I am valued for being a one person creative and ideas lab. I was a semifinalist in the Best Marigold Hotel Ideas for Good contest for my award-winning Reach 4 Freedom: Heal Child Abuse Music Project for which I am the music supervisor and producer.
In 2006 in Peru, I had a near death experience, so it's no surprise that I enjoy films and TV shows with metaphysical, spiritual, supernatural and inspirational themes, and am focused on making the days count. Also, I enjoy "outside-the-box" love stories.
Happy days and thanks for visiting!
Name: Valerie Michele Oliver
Lives in: Wanaque, New Jersey
Occupation: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Music Supervisor and Director of Development
Unique traits: Those who know me say I have a talent for bringing people together. I'm valued for connecting people to what they need in ways that blow them away sometimes. Provide award-winning Ideas that are original. Innovative. Excellent at suggesting answers and solutions for issues, problems, and challenges. Visionary.
Film by ASAOPE Independent FilmWorks Producer
Film by ASAOPE Independent FilmWorks Director
"Marigold Ideas for Good" | Semifinalist (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
Constant Contact All Star Award Winner | Top 10% Email & Event Marketing Partner
International Top Child Abuse Blog Award | Heal Child Abuse Music Project
PopMatters Best Music Scribing Award, Superior Silver Medal
Heritage of Pride Outstanding Media Coverage Award | NYC
New York University (New York, NY)