I’m currently writing and co-producing three features for Paul Saltzman’s Sunrise Films in Toronto. “Thief River” is a coming of age Minnesota drama exploring how it takes a town to raise a team; “Second Line West” is a drama about how a single mom with four children opens her house for those in need so too they can experience family love, and get their lives back on track. I’m also co-writing and co-producing the “Beatles in India” documentary.
I’ve recently worked as a writer-consultant for the Red Bull Media House, Disney’s Maker Studios and Shopify in Toronto. I wrote the HBO documentary Prom Night in Mississippi with Morgan Freeman, wrote and co-executive produced The Last White Knight: Is Reconciliation Possible? featuring Harry Belafonte, and was story consultant on the Academy Award-winning film, Nowhere in Africa.
I’ve been fortunate to teach storytelling workshops for over 10,000 students at Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm, Ltd, The American Film Institute, the WGA, the DGA and at film schools internationally. With a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA, I’ve facilitated Human Potential seminars including: Art as Transformation at UCLA; Myths, Dreams and Movies at the Esalen Institute, the Saybrook Institute and The California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology: and Creative Flow: the Inner Reaches of Outer Space, at the Academy of Art in Munich and the Working Group in Toronto.
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The Storytelling Workshop at Disney’s Maker Studios
THE NUTS AND BOLTS of STORYTELLING
Do you ever set out to tell great stories and then hit a wall of confusion and frustration? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by what seems to be insurmountable story problems and feel like giving up?
I know how you feel. These stressful story development problems actually had a negative impact on my moods, relationships and earning a living as a writer and storyteller.
How did I change my life around so that now I enjoy storytelling and make a handsome living at it? By creating a step-by-step story development process based on the essential elements of all great stories from blogs to myths: The Nuts and Bolts of Storytelling video course.
This story development system has helped thousands storytellers break through creative blocks and win Academy Awards, sell their projects to HBO, and reach millions of people with their stories.
Tom with Academy Award winning filmmaker Caroline Link
(photo by Jessica Hahner)
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