Melissa Dearr

Melissa Dearr

Marketing/pr and screenwriter in Salt Lake City, Utah

About Melissa

A native Utahn, spent I my youth creating stories with paper dolls, my sandbox village full of grasshoppers, and commercials for my Ninja Turtles. Early on I found my passion for storytelling, writing my own brand of fiction about my favorite bands and tv shows. My dream to be a screenwriter was solidified after Star Wars Episode I was released and I was able to see behind the scenes as creator George Lucas spoke with such fervor about the worlds, characters, and stories he’d created. It clicked. Screenwriter; filmmaker, I had a name for my passion and now, direction.
I quickly transferred high schools to take a filmmaking class. I made my first claymation short and dramatic short. Both shorts were entered into the Murray Film Festival where I won best comedy for the claymation short, and best screenwriting for the dramatic short. From there it was off to the races. Next up was the Academy of Art University, then the University of Utah. Script after script came pouring out, the end of ideas never in sight.
Most recently my TV pilot, Apocalypse, placed in the Top Ten of the Writer’s Store Industry Insider TV Writing Contest and in the Semi-Finals of ScreenCraft’s Pilot Launch competition. I continue to hone my craft, spending my time reading and writing screenplays and taking classes at the Academy of Film Writing, all while hard at work on a web series.


Name: Melissa Dearr

Lives in: Salt Lake City, Utah

Occupation: Marketing/pr and Screenwriter

Awards

  • Writer's Store Industry Insider TV Writing Contest - Finalist
    (2014)

  • ScreenCraft Pilot Launch -Semi-Finalist
    (2014)

  • Murray Film Festival - Best Comedy
    (2003)

  • Murray Film Festival - Best Screenplay
    (2003)

Education

  • The Academy of Film Writing
    (2014-2015)

  • University of Utah
    (2010-2011)

  • Academy of Art University
    (2005-2010)

Melissa's Profile Statistics

  • Since: June 2015
  • Last online: > 2 weeks ago
  • Invites sent: 5

Melissa's network

Tommy Shinaberry
Steven Zunich
Bill Beatts
Pete Majkowski
Michael Ricks
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