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Mr. Stallone wrote Rocky while attending courses at Sherwood Oaks. We were fortunate enough for him to come back and speak at Sherwood Oaks and to be among our famous alumni. Although best known as an actor, he is an avid writer and taught a writing class for Sherwood Oaks. He does his best to write everyday even if it is two words – FADE IN.Read More
Founded in 1971
The mission of our non-profit 501 (c) (3) educational organization is, and has been for almost half a century, to provide the opportunity for any person interested in working in the entertainment business to connect with and learn directly from actual working professionals, not teachers, who have achieved substantial success in the industry. We remain dedicated to the legacy of founder Gary Shusett to keep alive, for decades to come, this regular platform where hundreds of successful writers, directors, producers, actors, musicians, and others have already come to "pay-it-forward" by generously sharing their experiences, advice, and hard-earned wisdom with newcomers who share their passions.Read More
Classes offered at Sherwood Oaks Film School
For almost half a century, we have offered one to four day seminars where people learn and meet Hollywood professionals. We open our contact lists to you. No where else in the world is there an opportunity for this unprecedented access for such a small investment of both time and money.Read More
Our ALUMNI Say It All
Megan JohnsonMegan Johnson, Director/Writer
Sherwood Oaks introduced me to Alexia Melocchi owner/producer of Little Studio Films at a Sherwood Oaks class. Stealing roses starred John Heard who starred in Home Alone and Cindy Williams who starred in Laverne & Shirley
Bruce B. GordonCannes Film Festival,
A director, screenwriter, producer, editor and songwriter. While working at Aaron Spelling Productions in production accounting, Bruce wanted to transfer over to the creative side. Bruce attended Sherwood Oaks discovering insight into the creative process while obtaining contacts, catapulting him to a new level. The CEO of Bruce Gordon Media, Bruce directed his award winning short film, “Whole ‘Nother Level” selected for the much esteemed Cannes Film Festival. Bruce Gordon has returned to share his insight with Sherwood Oaks students.
Joany KaneGenre writer,
Sherwood Oaks Alumnus and genre writer Joany Kane has had an unstoppable trajectory in Hollywood. Joany Kane focuses on a particular genre of Christmas films, and along with a bit of Sherwood Oaks insight and an extraordinary amount of talent, Joany wrote nine films produced shown on Hallmark and ION. We are honored to have her be part of Sherwood Oak’s recent successful alumni.
Claire V. RileyTheatrical Distribution,
Sherwood Oaks Alumnus, Claire V. Riley is a comedy screenwriter specializing in heart-felt, female lead-driven comedies. After attending Sherwood Oaks, Claire wrote THE PERFECT FAMILY, starring academy-award nominee Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel, Richard Chamberlain and Jason Ritter. THE PERFECT FAMILY film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and in theatres in both LA and NYC. US Theatrical distribution is one of the hardest thing to achieve in Hollywood. Congratulations to Claire!
Autumn McAlpin(Concept to Screen in 6 years),
Utilizing the Sherwood Oaks one-sheet technique, Autumn optioned her film WAFFLE HOUSE at a Sherwood Oaks seminar, utilizing Sherwood Oaks speaker (producer). WAFFLE HOUSE went to screen on Amazon, Hulu and has been featured in a CNN article. Despite a hectic schedule of taking care of four growing children, Autumn has achieved five writing credits within a four-year time span. She has also gone the extra mile and directed LOOK FOR A FEW MINOR DISTRACTIONS, which she also wrote. So excited to see what is next for SWO alumni, Autumn McAlpin.
Michael YuenMichael Yuen, WGA Writer
UCLA engineer and Sherwood Oaks Alumnus Michael Yuen has achieved an enormous amount of success in Hollywood. After attending multiple Sherwood Oaks seminars, Michael landed a CAA agent, and won best pitch for a feature film at Sundance Producers Conference. Michael sold his script SPAGHETTI VS. NOODLE to a powerful Hollywood producer and then was initiated into the prestigious Writers Guild of America.
Mark Mahon (International student)Mark Mahon, Film Director
"Thanks to Sherwood Oaks, I met Richard Chamberlain and Michael Madsen and got my film made, Strength and Honor. I was fortunate to be on the Today Show and have over 18 wins and 32 nominations. I am working on two more projects. William Morris has asked me if I would like representation. Thank you Gary Shusett!"
Chris BillettChrist Billett ,
Chris Billett came to Sherwood Oaks's Agent and Manager seminar and immediately got representation. A rarity in Hollywood. Also, Chris worked on projects with Sherwood Oaks' speaker, Gale Ann Hurd, mega-producer of such films as Terminator-Genisys.
Michael DukeMichael Duke, Producer/Director
Sherwood Oaks has propelled my career, Hitman for Hire, my proposed film, was recently in the press and am working on my next TV series! Thanks Sherwood Oaks for the Hollywood insight and amazing contacts.
Hilliard GuessWGA,Hilliard Guess has progressed through Hollywood, not only being a member of the Writers Guild Association (WGA) but sits on numerous committees. Hilliard Guess not only writes and acts, but also directs. He heads his own production company, Hilldog Productions which sits on THE LOT studio in West Hollywood. Hilliard Guess still returns to Sherwood Oaks and has come back as a speaker and mentors other students.We are so proud of Hilliard!!
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