Sam and some other writers are making a multicamera web series pilot, and are raising money on kickstarter. Check it out.
The video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8731wo2jV8k
Ten writers met through an email group and formed a writers room. They produced a 22-minute pilot episode which they are distributing as the web’s first multicamera web series. They’re trying to raise funding to shoot five more television-length episodes. They are the largest crowd-sourced writers room of its kind and many of its members have professional credits working with writers in both television and features.
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ORIGINALLY POSTED 5/18/12:
Sam worked as a Writers’ Assistant on Desperate Housewives, and is now on the Nickelodeon live action show Supah Ninjas. Before that, he worked in comedy development at ABC Studios, and is a writer who got to the phone interview stage in the ABC Disney Writing Program. I met him through the yahoo tv writers group.
What is your background, and how did you break in with your first industry job when you got to LA?
I started screenwriting in high school with some short films. I went to college at Vanderbilt which had a small film program so I was able to take three screenwriting courses, ending with two feature scripts. The year I graduated, a Vanderbilt alum, Chad Gervich, started a program called “Vandy-in-Hollywood” which got students internships in Hollywood. Chad got me an internship at ABC Studios in creative affairs. He also wrote a business guide for TV writers called SMALL SCREEN, BIG PICTURE which I cannot recommend highly enough. You know how they say there’s no manual for becoming a TV writer? Chad actually wrote a manual. It’s been my Bible.
Writers’ Assistant jobs are super competitive. How did you first get that job?
After working at the studio for three years, I met with my boss’ boss’ boss’ who referred me to a production executive that set me up for an interview on Desperate Housewives for a Writers PA gig. I interviewed with three people, including a friend I met through a studio co-worker, and was offered the job in the room because they knew I’d already done food runs as an intern.