SOME PAST SPEAKERS

Edward Anhalt

J.J. Abrams

Don Adams

John Alonzo

Robert Aldrich

Steve Allen

Robert Altman

John Amos

Susan Anspach

Edward Asner

Alan Arkin

Max Baer, Jr.

Lucille Ball

Richard Baskin

The Beach Boys

Richard Benjamin

Shelley Berman

Elmer Bernstein

Tony Bill

Karen Black

Shane Black

Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bonerz

Timothy Bottoms

Barbara Boyle

Jeff Bridges

Albert Brooks

Mel Brooks

Richard Brooks

David Brown

Carol Burnett

James Cameron

Frank Capra

George Carlin

David Carradine

Keith Carradine

John Cassavetes

Richard Chamberlain

Candy Clark

Brandon Cobb

Tim Conway

Hal Cooper

Jackie Cooper

Roger Corman

George Cukor

Joan Darling

Robert DeNiro

Brian DePalma

Bruce Dern

William Devane

I.A.L. Diamond

Joan Didion

Richard Donner

Brian Doyle-Murray

Richard Dreyfuss

Todd Durham

Peter Falk

Marty Feldman

Syd Field

Milos Forman

William Fraker

John Frankenheimer

William Friedkin

Sam Fuller

Herb Gardner

Allen Garfield

Larry Gelbart

Robert Getchell

Gary Glushon

William Goldman

Jerry Goldsmith

Carl Gottlieb

Elliott Gould

Lee Grant

Tom Gries

Matt Groening

Clu Gulager

Paul Haggis

Conrad Hall

Marvin Hamlish

James B. Harris

Howard Hawks

Buck Henry

Colin Higgins

Dustin Hoffman

Ron Howard

John Huston

Willard Huyck

Peter Hyams

Marty Ingels

Glenda Jackson

Henry Jaglom

Madeline Kahn

Carol Kane

Hal Kanter

Gloria Katz

Sally Kellerman

Harvey Korman

Laszlo Kovacs

Stanley Kramer

Gary Kurtz

Fritz Lang

Tom Laughlin

Joanna Lee

Shun Lee

Ernest Lehman

Jack Lemmon

Mervyn Leroy

Barry Levinson

Lenny Lipton

Paul Lynde

Nancy Malone

Henry Mancini

Abby Mann

Darrell Marshak

Mardik Martin

Steve Martin

Strother Martin

Marsha Mason

Malcolm McDowell

Tom McLaughlin

Steve McQueen

Nicholas Meyer

Nancy Meyers

John Milius

Harvey Miller

Keith Moon

Monty Python

Marsha Nasatir

Taylor Negron

Rick Nelson

Paul Newman

Warren Oats

Chris Osbrink

Christine Owens

George Peppard

Eleanor Perry

Sidney Poitier

Roman Polanski

Sidney Pollack

Michael Ritchie

Mickey Rose

Herbert Ross

Richard Pryor

Cristina Raines

Al Ruddy

Mark Rydell

Waldo Salt

Jay Sandrich

Alvin Sargent

Paul Schrader

Martin Scorsese

David Seltzer

Rod Serling

Maximilian Schell

Avery Schreiber

George C. Scott

George Segal

Martin Sheen

Talia Shire

Gary Shusett

Ron Shusett

Sterling Silliphant

Neil Simon

Phil Spector

Steven Spielberg

Sylvester Stallone

John Sturges

Daniel Taradash

Joan Tewkesbury

Ernest Tidyman

Grant Tinker

Robert Towne

Francois Truffaut

Renee Valente

Brenda Vaccaro

King Vidor

Jimmie Walker

Nancy Walker

Raoul Walsh

David Ward

David Warden

Jennifer Warren

William Wellman

Orson Welles

Haskell Wexler

Gene Wilder

John Williams

Paul Williams

Jonathan Winters

Shelley Winters

Robert Wise

Tracy Keenan Wynn

Bud Yorkin

Daniel Yost

Burt Young

Vilmos Zsigmond

Jerry Zucker

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  • Meet some of our famous alumni and teachers at Sherwood Oaks

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Our ALUMNI Say It All

Our Mission at Sherwood Oaks

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.

Recent Students

Read about our recent students & their accomplishments.
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    Megan Johnson

    Megan 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

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    Bruce B. Gordon

    Cannes 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.

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    Joany Kane

    Genre 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.

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    Claire V. Riley

    Theatrical 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!

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    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.

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    Michael Yuen

    Michael 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.

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    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!"

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    Chris Billett

    Christ 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.

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    Michael Duke

    Michael 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.

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    Hilliard Guess

    WGA,

    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!!