Hilary Van Hoose

Hilary Van Hoose

Director, Editor and Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

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About Hilary

Hilary is a director, writer, and editor whose recent resume includes work at Bad Robot Productions, Amazon Studios, Illumination Entertainment, NBC Universal, CBS Television Studios, and Laugh Factory. Her western adventure “Night Coach from Sonora” made Coverfly’s Red List and was chosen for the October Live Reads event just after being an official selection for this year’s Script Summit Competition. While her horror-comedy “The Big Rubout” recently won Best of the Festival at the Die Laughing Film Festival and is a finalist for the 2020 Women in Horror Film Festival, her other horror-comedy “Sherlock Holmes, Vampire Detective” just ranked as a quarterfinalist in Screencraft Pilot Launch in addition to also making Coverfly’s Red List – and her short upon which it was based, “Sherlock Holmes Meets Dracula,” was not only an official selection for the 2018 UK Drunken Film Festival but also this year’s HollyShorts Film Festival. Her original pilot script “Freshman” was a Best Screenplay finalist in the 2018 Moving Parts Film Festival. She currently has 6 TV pilot scripts, 1 feature, and a number of shorts and specs available as work samples.

As an editor, her Try Not to Laugh and Flashback Fridays video compilation series for Laugh Factory have become consistently the most-viewed videos for the company’s web platforms, including Amazon Prime, YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook.

She loves working on uplifting, adventurous, and funny content with strong female characters. Movies like A League of Their Own, Indiana Jones, Spy, and the Harry Potter series; and TV shows like 30 Rock, Star Trek: TNG, Lucifer, Daria, Are You Being Served?, and Psych are some of her favorites.

While earning her MFA in Film and Television Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, her thesis was comprised of 2 student-produced half-hour sitcom pilots for the school’s flagship television production class (as an editor for the first, and as a director for the next year’s pilot episode). Hilary contributed her time and skills a board member of the student organization affiliated with USC’s unique Comedy Studies program, where she acted as the first ever Archivist for the program’s digital assets and videos. Her last year at USC, she was awarded a Jack Oakie scholarship, the first ever Dale C. Olson “You Heard it Here First” Award for Excellence in Entertainment Communication in Honor of Victoria Oakie for her work in comedic writing and filmmaking.


  • Night Coach from Sonora

    Night Coach from Sonora Adventure Western Inspired by true events. A farm girl dresses as a man and journeys to the Wild West in search of her last living relative, discovering her own inner strength and finding justice for her family along the way.

  • Sherlock Holmes: Vampire Detective

    Sherlock Holmes: Vampire Detective Horror Crime When Sherlock Holmes awakens in present-day Los Angeles as a vampire, he teams up with street-smart private detective Jess Adler to solve paranormal mysteries.

  • The Big Rubout

    The Big Rubout Horror Comedy When a Hollywood producer’s old filmmaking colleagues start dying mysteriously, he and his horror director friend race to prevent their own murders by an unknown foe linked to their beginnings as adult filmmakers in the 1970s .

  • Freshman

    Freshman Comedy Family After a whole life of home-schooling, a gifted teen goes to high school and runs headlong into her first crush, her first rival, her first BFF, and her first public humiliation.

  • Odd Job Penny

    Odd Job Penny Comedy When thirty-something Penelope realizes she’s been in a dead-end job since high school, she makes a plan to finally figure out what her dream career is by trying out one new kind of job at a time. Based on the short film Standing Up.

  • Family of God

    Family of God Historical Comedy When a pair of monks and a pair of nuns simultaneously discover an abandoned castle, they begin a man vs woman of God struggle to assume ownership for the rest of their group (monastery versus nunnery). They fight, they debate, they try dividing and sharing, but they can’t get along. Who will win?


  • Laugh Factory

    Laugh Factory (2018 - 2020)
    TV Series (Comedy, Talk-Show and Short) Producer-Editor Stand up comedy, talk show, and sketch comedy content streaming on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • Fam

    Fam (2019)
    TV Series by CBS TV Studios / Kapital Entertainment (Comedy and Family) Office Production Assistant Sit-com pilot for the CBS TV series.

  • Occam's Razor

    Occam's Razor (2016)
    Film (Horror) Assistant Editor / Data Wrangler

  • North Platte

    North Platte (2015)
    TV Movie by University of Southern California Co-Director A situation comedy pilot about the dysfunctional Newberry family who, upon their matriarch’s death, each believe they are solely entitled to inherit her house.

  • Standing Up

    Standing Up (2014)
    Film by Hilary Van Hoose (Comedy, Romance and Short) Director and Writer Penelope is a bagger at a convenience store who dreams of doing stand-up comedy. When a handsome customer named Cecil asks her out to an open mic night at a comedy club, she must overcome her stage fright to live her dream and to be with Cecil.

  • Entitled

    Entitled (2014)
    TV Movie by A.J. Frydman (Comedy) Editor and Gaffer After the family's matriarch dies, the estranged Newberry family moves into her home, each of them believing they are entitled to the property.

  • This Is Not a Bollywood Movie

    This Is Not a Bollywood Movie (2014)
    Film by Uttera Singh (Short and Comedy) Cinematographer

  • Red

    Red (2014)
    Film by USC Graduate Student Film Editor / Producer

  • Blink

    Blink (2013)
    Film (short) (Comedy and Western) Writer / Director / Editor In a place where duels are fought with quick-draw staring contests, newcomer Elektra is challenged by the local "gunman," Cass, and shoots him down with her stare. Elektra starts on a spree, but meets her match in an unexpected opponent.

  • The Gold of San Francisco

    The Gold of San Francisco (2012)
    Film by John Jota Leanos (History, Animation and Short) Editor, Sound Designer, Writer, Co-Director Featured Short at the Santa Cruz Film Festival Student Showcase


  • Official Selection, Women in Horror Film Festiva for "The Big Rubout"

  • Semifinalist, Stage 32 Television Writing Contest for "Night Coach from Sonora"

  • Quarterfinalist, WeScreenplay Feature Contest for Night Coach from Sonora

  • Quarterfinalist, Screencraft Action Adventure Contest for "Night Coach from Sonora"

  • Quarterfinalist, Screencraft Pilot Launch for "Sherlock Holmes, Vampire Detective"

  • Live Performance, Coverfly Live Reads, "Night Coach from Sonora"

  • Quarterfinalist, HollyShorts for "Sherlock Holmes Meets Dracula in the 21st Century"

  • Best of the Festival, Die Laughing Film Festival for "The Big Rubout"

  • Official Selection, Script Summit for "Night Coach from Sonora"

  • Finalist, Moving Parts Film Festival for "Freshman"

  • Official Selection, Drunken Film Festival for "Sherlock Holmes Meets Dracula in the 21st Century"

  • The Dale C. Olson “You Heard it Here First” Award for Excellence in Entertainment Communication in Honor of Victoria Oakie for merits in comedy


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