An Award Winning Screenwriter, his 45 scripts include 11 sales, 1 option, 4 scripts for a renown studio, and over 1000 feature critiques.
His screenplay and stage play “If Loving You Is Wrong”, using a remake on the megahit title song, is capturing the eye of industry pros and investors in both media. An exhibition stage performance was met with a highly pleased crossover audience.
"Stolen Lilies", a drama on human trafficking, is before investors and an Atlanta Producer.
His rewrite on "Beneath The Stairs" literally saved the $4M project according to their Producer.
“Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”, inspired by the famous Helnwein painting, won the 2012 Phoenix Comicon Best Fan Film Screenplay.
WHAT INSIDERS SAY OF YANNI'S WRITING SKILLS:
“Script is too good not to get produced. So well written it practically directs itself.”
Producer Terry Donnelly (12 Angry Men, The Exorcist, The French Connection, Midnight Cowboy)
“The best writer I’ve encountered, except for Robert Towne. I thought I was the hardest worker in Hollywood, but Yanni’s right up there with me. His work is meticulous. He’s a perfectionist.” First AD Benjamin Rosenberg (Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, 9 1/2 Weeks, Prizzi's Honor)
"Thank you for sending your script. You are a good writer. The script is very well written.” Producer/Director Hilbert Hakim (Krews), First AD (Batman Returns)
“You are an extremely talented scriptwriter.” Producer Marc Bienstock, Mainline Releasing
“Very good script. Recommending for our higher-budget production level.” Producer Steve Hadju
Selected to the 1st Annual Sundance Independent Producer's Conference at Sundance, UT.
He spring boarded that invaluable experience by making AZ history when writing, directing, producing the rokumentary “When Legends Meet” that secured two world distribution deals featuring Latin superstars Secreto of Tumba La Casa Fame and Latin Grammy Winning El Gran Combo. To secure the artists’ rights from the record label, Yanni negotiated “pen to pen” with the world’s most renown music entertainment attorney, William Krasilovsky (author of the famous “This Business of Music”).
An energetic, inspirational speaker and Adjunct Screenwriting Instructor at The Film School, Scottsdale Community College, Yanni has given highly attended seminars for Hamilton and Basha Libraries, City of Phoenix, AZ Screenwriters Association, PFP, IFP-Phoenix, Phoenix Writers Club.
Yanni worked for his mentor at Hollywood Script Analysis from 1990 - 1996, critiquing over 1000 scripts. The method evaluates the script three times: once for correct format, second for dialogue and expo, and the final pass for story structure. After each evaluation, the writer makes the improvements and the critique advances. A comprehensive process writers find worthy.
"Screenwriting Kept Simple", his instructional book, is available on Amazon and Kindle.
TESTIMONIALS ON YANNIS' TEACHING & CRITIQUING ABILITIES:
“Yanni’s simply the best screenwriting teacher I’ve had. And I read all the books, been to the college film programs, the seminars.” SM (student)
“I thought your lectures were outstanding and motivating. Your understanding of the material is almost intimidating. I made it to almost every class and I live 150 miles away.” MatM (student)
"I read your book, and used your formula... It really works! Tying together structure and character are tough for me. Your book helped me so much!" LK (student)
“Thank you for being such an inspiration to the art of screenwriting, it has changed the way I look at the whole process of film. Your class on top of all others truly inspired me to pursue a career in writing. Your passion for the craft left me wanting the same thing for myself.” MB (student)
“Your Screenwriting Workshop was not only informative but enthusiastic, positive and fun! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and learned a great deal. I am truly grateful for the education I received, both astounded at and appreciative of how graciously you offered your time and knowledge to us.” CL (student)
“Congratulations on an excellent workshop series - you are awesome!” SD (student)
"What great guest speakers! I especially enjoyed listening to Yanni. He spoke with so much passion and intensity. The film business is a very tough business. He was very honest and open with his opinions and his personal experiences. I could have listened to him for hours. I wish he could come back and talk more about screenwriting. I am so glad you had him speak to the group. It isn't a normal occurrence to have the fortunate opportunity to listen to someone in the business speak with so much HONESTY and PASSION. Listening to someone like Yanni speak and share in his personal stories is a rare treat and privilege.” ST (student)
“I like your approach as I think most of the rest of the class did, too. Knowledge coupled with inspiration… Keep up the great work.” JT (student)
“Thanks again for all your hard work at the classes. I am learning a lot, and have made leaps in progress with my project. Your classes are very insightful and motivating. Your class can give me the basic building blocks that I've needed to produce a great screenplay and realize my dream. Thank you very much for sharing your passion and your wisdom." CL (student) (Student)
“I really enjoyed your workshops, and the energy you put into teaching.” LK (student)
“You can teach Yanni! One of the best and entertaining classes I took.” LP (student)
"I attended your workshop at Collins yesterday. I’m writing to thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and wisdom about the screenwriting process and your experience as a writer in the film business. You had mentioned how important it is for you to share your knowledge with others, and I feel that is one of the greatest gifts to give. I have been in the film business a long time, and your workshop is one that I went home feeling ‘buzzed’ from the wealth of information. I enjoyed your class very much." AL (Writer / Producer)
The Class Analysis
Film (Short, Drama and Sci-Fi) Writer In a quiet mining town's local bar, an Aryan Brotherhood biker, a wealthy black businessman, a peaceful Muslim, a poor Hispanic couple, and the Vietnam Vet bar owner are thrust into a corrosive argument. Race, class and religion violently disrupt this group of diverse patrons bringing them to peace in the most unexpected way. Written by Anonymous
When Legends Meet
Video (Music) Writer When Legends Meet, Latin Grammy Winning El Gran Combo and Secreto aka the Godfather of Latin House, great music is the outcome.
Phoenix Comicon Best Fan Film Screenplay for Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Arizona State University