Sherwood Oaks College to Host Leading Producers, Writers & Directors in Two-Day Class September 19 and 20

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Avatar executive producer and Ironman 3 director among guests who will share advice with screenwriting and film students at Sherwood Oaks College event.

Sherwood Oaks College has secured an impressive list of Hollywood’s leading Producers, Writers and Directors to provide a unique glimpse of the Industry in a two-day class that will run on September 19 and 20, 2011.

Confirmed writers for the class include Laeta Kalogridis, the writing partner for Director and Writer James Cameron who was also Executive Producer on Avatar, Nicholas Kazan, Writer for Bicentennial Man and Fallen; Paul Guay, Liar, Liar; and Bill Marselii who teamed with Terry Rossio to write Déjà Vu among many other titles.

Also confirmed is writer and director Shane Black, most currently the writer and director for Ironman 3, currently in development and Nicholas Meyer, the Writer of three of the Star Trek sequels and the Director of two of them.

With the intent to provide screenwriters and filmmakers with seldom-experienced access to successful film-business professionals, Sherwood Oaks has designed the two-day event to provide insights from writers, directors and producers in a rare interactive teaching and learning environment.

On the first day of The Hollywood Writers, Producers and Directors class on September 19th, students will hear from and share insights with writers and directors. The opportunity to listen to and mingle with well-known writers and directors in a single intimate session is a trademark of the Sherwood Oaks teaching philosophy.

The second day on September 20th, students will participate in a panel discussion with top Hollywood Producers from both large and Independent companies. The Independent companies, especially, attend this class with open perspectives on meeting new talented writers and filmmakers.

In addition to gaining knowledge about the film industry and contacts for future use, students will also be allowed to share a current project by giving a one-page synopsis to each professional guest for their review.

The cost for each day of the class is $99 if registration is done before the event. The cost for day-of registration is $150 per day. Location of the class will be provided following registration.

For more information about this and other Sherwood Oaks College seminars, please visit:

For media inquiries concerning the Sherwood Oaks College Hollywood Producers, Writers and Directors Class, please contact Christine Owens at 323-878-2226 or at sherwoodoakscollege(at)gmail(dot)com.

Invited guests for writer and director day include:

Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island)* Shutter Island writer
Paul Guay (Liar Liar)*
Nicholas Kazan (Bicentennial man, Fallen)
Bill Marselii (DejaVu)

Writer-Directors on September 20th

Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II, IV, VI, Prince of Egypt, Sommersby)*
Shane Black (Ironman 3)* Jim Brooks (As Good as It Gets, The Simpsons)

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Invited big producers include:
Davis Entertainment (Grumpy Old Men, I-Robot)
Radar Pictures (Runaway Bride, Amityville Horror, All About Steve)
Original Films (Fast and Furious, I am Legend)
Outlaw Entertainment (Santa Claus 1-3, Sex Lies and Videotapes)
Rhino Films (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
Groundswell Productions (Illusionist, Sideways, 40 Days/40 Nights) Informant Media (Crazy Heart)
Todd Garner (Rock and Road) – Zookeeper, Mall Cop, Night and Day
David Foster – The Thing, Collateral Damage, the Fog, Mask of Zorro
Howard Rosenman – Family Man, Father of the Bride
Mark Riddell – On Golden Pond
and many more.


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