Melissa's script, “No Tomorrow without Merci,” recently won "Best Short Film" at LA Cinefest 2015, and also won "Best Screenplay" at the World Music and Independent Film Festival 2016. One of her short scripts, “Angel Food” was recently optioned and is scheduled to start filming in Los Angeles later this year. Melissa also wrote the screenplay adaptation of Elena Locklies stage play called "Shattered," released in October 2016. In addition, Melissa was recently hired to write a dark comedy screenplay, “Hard Laughter,” which is set to start shooting in New York in 2017. She will receive a "Writer" and "Producer" credit for this film. She is currently at work on a new film she will write, direct, and co-produce. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction, called “On the Green Earth Contemplating the Moon,” which was published in 2012.
Terrence has had a distinguished career in advertising. As a Creative Director with major international agencies he has either produced, directed, or written hundreds of television commercials for such clients as McDonald’s, United Airlines, BMW, Universal Studios Hollywood, Kellogg’s, and General Mills. He has won every conceivable creative award. Terrence is currently on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley.
After reading Hermann Hesse’s masterpiece, “Siddhartha,” in high school, I was forever changed. The effects of this book were so life-altering, it was akin to a religious experience for me. Not only because I was young and impressionable, but because I had never before felt so moved or transformed by the written word on the page. I knew then I wanted to be a writer so I could create characters that touched other people’s lives in profoundly meaningful ways. I then wrote several novels. And over the course of time I found that my strengths lie in shorter works; in short stories and screenplays, with a limited amount of space to tell a story.
My last several scripts have all been set in the San Francisco Bay Area; everything from a Romantic Comedy, a Dramedy, a Coming of Age story, to a couple ensemble Indie Dramas. San Francisco is a dynamic and inspiring place to live and work and it has been a life-long dream of mine to be here. I thank God for this each time I drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. It still gives me chills to see the city spread out on the peninsula beyond the bay. It does indeed feel like coming home.
My love for movies started at a very young age. Every Saturday afternoon my mom and I went to the movies. Back then there were mostly double bills. We saw everything from the early Universal-International horror and science fiction to Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Jane Wyman dramas to wacky comedies.
I was fortunate to be brought up in Chicago where some of the great movie palaces of the world still stand and be able to cultivate my love for film in these magnificent venues.