TheFilmSchool is a non-profit film program located in Seattle, WA that focuses on intensive training in screenwriting and directing. TheFilmSchool's mission statement 'to elevate the art of cinematic storytelling' guides the curriculum to heavily emphasize character, structure, and understanding the principles of storytelling. The program was founded in 2003 by Stewart Stern, John Jacobsen, Rick Stevenson, Warren Etheredge, and Tom Skerritt.
TheFilmSchool launched the Great American Short Screenplay Contest in 2008, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival. Christopher McQuarrie, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects, called TheFilmSchool "probably the best place in the world to study story.” [page needed]
Actor Robert Redford joined TheFilmSchool Advisory Board in 2008. All the founders still teach in the 3 Week Intensive. Various other producers, writers, and directors teach at the establishment. These include: John Jacobsen, Rick Stevenson, Warren Etheredge, and Stewart Stern, screenwriter of Rebel Without A Cause.
Award Winning Alumni
Bert and Bertie, the writing and directing duo, are BAFTA Award winners.
Winda Benedetti won Washington State Screenwriting competition in 2006 and was a finalist in 2007.
Andrea Seybold and Kate Wharton's Drill Queen was selected as a semifinalist in Script Pipeline's 2008 TV Writing Competition.
Alumni Festival Showings
Steven Schardt produced two films that were shown at the Sundance Film Festival, Humpday in 2009, and Your Sister's Sister in 2012, which starred Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt. His own film, Treatment, which he wrote and directed was selected to play at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival.
Lautaro Gabriel Gonda directed two short films that premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. Love and War played at SIFF in 2011 and went on to play several other film festivals. Brightwood played at SIFF in 2012 and the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sam Graydon worked on two short films that screened in the Seattle International Film Festival in 2012. He was the director of photography on Bunker and wrote and directed Pretty Face. Gary Busey starred in his 2011 short film Jenny, which he wrote and directed.
Sue Corcoran’s film Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas (later released as Switchmas), which she co-wrote and directed, was accepted into the Seattle International Film Festival in 2012. Its cast included Elliott Gould, David DeLuise, Elijah Nelson, and Cynthia Geary. In 2005 her short film Circus of Infinity screened at the Science Fiction Fantasy Short Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Seattle International Film Festival. Sue also worked as associate producer on Humpday and has written, directed and produced multiple other films.
Additional Alumni Works
Bert and Bertie's first feature length film, Lucidity, is set to shoot in 2013.
- Seattle Magazine, October 14, 2009
- "Advisory Board". TheFilmSchool.com (official website). Retrieved 1 November 2012.
- Dietrich, Heidi. "Talking with Tom Skerritt, actor and faculty member of TheFilmSchool". Bizjournals. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 1 November 2012.