Sherwood Oaks College Offers Screenwriters Access to Actors & Directors January 31 through February 2

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Top Actors and Directors Production Companies Slated To Attend

An impressive lineup of production companies and directors is building for the Sherwood Oaks College Bankable Actors & Directors class beginning January 31st and running through February 2nd, 2012. The list includes the companies of Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman and many more who have either indicated that they will attend or have expressed strong interest in attending.

An optional day of pitching has been set-aside for Friday, February 3rd. The location for each day of class will be provided to registered participants.

Sherwood Oaks has strived for 30 years to provide students with unparalleled movie-industry access to leading business professionals and this year’s Bankable Actors and Directors class is no exception.

The class is limited to 20 writers who will meet representatives from the production companies of some of the top actors and directors in Hollywood. Gaining access to this type of influential talent would be a coo for the most seasoned writer but for the unknown or beginning writer it’s unheard of.

Kevin Pollak who had pivotal roles in the Usual Suspects and A Few Good men has indicated his interest as a guest speaker as well. Last year, Mike Farell from Mash spoke to the fortunate 18 students enrolled.

The class provides undiscovered writers with an opportunity to access the top talent in the industry by meeting at least five guests each day for three days, followed by an optional fourth day devoted just to pitching. Class participants will have full access to meet the attending companies and pitch their concept.

In addition to the class, Sherwood Oaks College founder Gary Shusett will be available for Hollywood Coaching sessions for $25. Mr. Shusett’s coaching, vast knowledge of the Industry and ability to coach pitching is widely sought-after.

Following this class, Sherwood Oaks will host another teaching event beginning February 22 and running through February 24 introducing screenwriters to Studio Heads, Executives and Big Budget Producers.

The following companies have indicated their attendance or expressed interest:

  •     Tom Hanks (DaVinci Code, Toy Story)*
  •     Will Smith (Hancock, I am Legend, Men in Black)*
  •     Natalie Portman (Black Swan, V for Vendetta, Thor)*
  •     Johnny Depp (Pirates, need I say more …)*
  •     Drew Barrymore (Scream, My Date with Drew, Charlie’s Angels, WhipIt)
  •     Curtis Hanson (Director of LA Confidential, WonderBoys)
  •     Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever, Phatom of Opera)
  •     Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder, TowerHeist)
  •     Harry Gittes (About Schmidt – Jack Nicholson)*
  •     John Malkovich (Burn After Reading, Being John Malkovich)
  •     Francis Ford Coppola (Godfather, Apocalypse Now)*
  •     Morgan Freeman (Dolphin Tale, Dark Knight)*

Registration for the class can be completed online at

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

For media inquiries concerning the Sherwood Oaks College Pitch to the Bankable Actors and Directors class please contact Christine Owens at 323-878-2226 or at sherwoodoakscollege(at)gmail(dot)com.


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