Scott Myers has written over twenty movie projects at every major Hollywood studio for Larry Gordon, Dawn Steel, Wendy Finerman, Chuck Gordon, Castle Rock Entertainment, Working Title, Outlaw Productions, and others. His writing credits include K-9, starring Jim Belushi, Alaska, starring Vincent Kartheiser, and Trojan War, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.
He is a member of the Writers’ Guild of America West, and currently teaches screenwriting at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In addition, Scott has taught through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program since 2002, receiving its Outstanding Instructor Award in 2005.
Scott graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s Degree (with Honors) in Religious Studies and Yale University, where he received a Masters of Divinity Degree cum laude. Introduced in college and graduate school to the writings of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung, Scott continues to explore the relationship of their theories to screenwriting and storytelling.
Scott’s blog, GOINTOTHESTORY.COM, is a major resource for screenwriters and filmmakers all over the world, and has been named “Best Blog for Aspiring Screenwriters.”
In His Own Words:
Unless you happen to share the last name of a studio mogul, the most direct way to break into the movie business is by writing a screenplay. Why? Because screenplays are the lifeblood of the entire filmmaking business. Studio executives wage war over them, agents make 10% from them, producers schlep them all around town, actors audition for parts written in them, directors give a year or more of their life to them, readers provide endless coverage on them, every key grip, best boy, and production assistant on down makes a living off them. In short, nothing moves in Hollywood without a screenplay. Which means The Powers that Be are always on the lookout for “The Next Great Script.” That budding screenwriter could be you. I speak from personal experience. I was an utter and complete industry outsider when I wrote and sold a spec script to Universal studios in 1987. The screenplay turned into a hit movie, two sequels, and a twenty-year career for me. I love screenwriting. It is a wonderful craft. As instructor, my goal is to teach you the nuts and bolts of that craft: concept, structure, plot, subplots, characters, dialogue, scene construction, theme, subtext, and the ins and outs of what works and what doesn’t work. But most importantly, I want to guide you on a journey into your own story world, enabling you get in touch with your unique creative voice, hopefully resulting in 120 pages of three-hole punch paper bound together with these cool little brass brads. Who knows? Maybe through hard work, serendipity, and good old-fashioned luck, that screenplay you’ll be holding in your very own hands will be “The Next Great Script.”