This all happened quite accidentally.
By day, I’ve spent years behind a desk working in corporate PR and marketing gigs. Always having the urge to write and in need of an outlet, I – like many others in the early 2000s – started blogging, which forayed into freelance journalism and before I knew it, I had bylines in several Canadian publications.
In 2013, said bylines helped me to secure a press pass for the Toronto International Film Festival and a spot on the red carpet interviewing some of the most well-known actors in the world. While standing face-to-face with legends like Denzel Washington or Jane Fonda, it was the screenwriters I was always in awe of (Jane is fabulous, though). All this fuss and frenzy because of a story they dreamt up and wrote? Words on a page actually creating the hysteria unfolding before me? Fuck yes.
The real clincher, though, that inspired me to even consider a career in screenwriting was a conversation with Craig Borten during the world premiere of Dallas Buyers Club. As Matthew McConaughey sauntered his way towards the end of the carpet where myself and other print media were always sequestered, I spotted Borten and skipped my A-list celebrity sound bite for a conversation with him instead. The screenwriter behind this incredible film.
Completely inappropriately, I took advantage of our few minutes to gush about the film. Having just come from a screening – eyes still puffy, heart still full – I couldn’t help but marvel over the 25-year journey it took for the film to finally be made. Then I asked Borten if he had any advice for up-and-coming screenwriters. He said “write often, have people read your work and be open to feedback. But above all else, just keep writing.”
That was it. That was the moment I knew I wanted to dedicate all my spare minutes to putting all the stories swirling inside my fiercely wild imagination into script form. That was the moment I began dreaming of what it might feel like to be on the other side of the red velvet rope, answering the earnest and fervent questions of someone just like me.
Heather Magee is a Canadian independent filmmaker originally from Vancouver, British Columbia and now based in Venice, California. She is a writer, producer and director known for The Shop Around the Corner (2019), a film born from her award-winning script. Heather's greatest creative influences are the romantic comedies and dramedies penned by Richard Curtis, Nancy Meyers, Cameron Crowe and Diablo Cody.
Unique traits: I've traveled 40+ countries, play a few instruments, am irritatingly proud to be Canadian and have psychic abilities during menstruation.
With Love, Lucy Comedy ⋄ Romance While spying on a neighboring high-rise, a curious newspaper editor is compelled to carry out anonymous acts of kindness, until a nosy neighbor threatens to expose her, unraveling her good deeds and the relationships she holds dearest.
The Shop Around the Corner (Short Film) Budget: $0 - $100K | Romance ⋄ Fantasy The quirky owner of a small flower shop is determined to find love despite her tendency to hide amidst the day-to-day demands of her business, until a mysterious regular customer unearths her longing for romance and unlocks a glimpse into her future.
East and West Drama ⋄ Romance Amid an era of free love and social revolution, two young women struggle to carve out their own paths in life while, unbeknownst to each other, are entangled with the same famous musician.
One Year Left to Live Comedy ⋄ Drama Two strangers form an unlikely friendship and embark on an adventure together, until a life altering event ensues, forcing them to choose between a welcome escape or picking up where real life left off.
Side Hustle Comedy ⋄ Drama Series Logline Best friends who slog it out at the same 9-5, dream of blurring the line between what feeds their bank account and what feeds their soul, and must choose between uncertain opportunity or the safety of status quo.Pilot Logline When a new boss is introduced and rumors spread around the imminent elimination of a team member, Agnes and Maddie contemplate the freedom unemployment would bring, while battling their own personal dramas.
The Package Family ⋄ Fantasy While relocating her family to the suburbs, a once-famous photographer longs for an inspirational spark, when a misdirected package surfaces, unlocking the key to her comeback.
The Shop Around the Corner (Series) Romance ⋄ Fantasy Series Logline The quirky owner of a small flower shop fantasizes about a more adventurous life despite her tendency to hide amidst the day-to-day demands of her business. Unbeknownst to her, the shop is a paranormal portal that links the spirits of past patrons to present day, leveraging its current tenant to relay messages to the living. Pilot Logline When a vaudevillian dancer who frequented the shop in the 1900s returns in spirit form, she aims to relay a message to a living relative. Meanwhile, a mysterious customer shines a light on Sophie’s longing for family, unlocking a glimpse into her future.
The Shop Around the Corner
Film Director, Writer, Producer
Semi-Finalist :: Hollywood Screenings FIlm Festival
Official Selection // Top 5 Scripts of 2019 :: Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival
Finalist, July 2018 Live Read :: LA Live Read
Quarterfinalist, Spring 2018 Film Fund :: Screencraft
Gold Award for Best Screenplay :: LA Shorts Awards
Gold Award for Best Short Script :: Mindfield Film Festival
Official Finalist for Best Screenplay :: Los Angeles Screenplay Contest
Best Comedy Screenplay :: LA Film Awards