Hester Schell – WRITER

WRITER FOR HIRE: Completed, Under Contract, or “in development”

TRUE STORY, BIOGRAPHY

RELEASE YOUR MIND AND LIVE AGAIN
by Irene Huston
THAT DOOR, a play by Hester Schell, based on the book by Irene Huston

LOG LINE:  A shattered soul recovers from child sexual abuse through faith, forgiveness and service to others in this true story of God’s intervention to heal us.

SYNOPSIS: Sexually abused at a very young age, followed by motherhood at 16, Carmen’s trauma affects every aspect of her life and mental health: school, work, motherhood, intimacy, self-esteem. Under soul crushing PTSD, she attempts suicide. The healing begins when the light of the Lord, Jesus Christ, gives her a path forward, literally steering her car off the road, twice. By forgiving her abusers and making a commitment to help other victims she becomes a whole human being. A true story of human triumph, faith and healing.

TRUE STORY, BIOGRAPHY

A MATTER OF TIME
by Don Kirschner
Book to FilmScript:
Story by David Wisnievitz (Training Day, Marvin’s Room, Searching for Bobby Fisher)
Screenplay by Hester Schell

LOG LINE: He searched for freedom in the skies, he found it in a prison cell.
SYNOPSIS:
A Matter Of Time is a true story of an American Dream gone wrong…a nightmare of one man’s journey through hell as he descends from all-around good guy, decorated military pilot, father and entrepreneur into the depths of despair in the brutal federal prison system. In order to survive, he must find the courage and self-respect to overcome terror and adversity. When all seems lost and hopeless, he finds purpose and meaning in his life by helping others.

AMATY IN SPRING by Tom Brim
From Journal notes and logs to a manuscript in preparation for publishing.
SYNOPSIS: An ambitious young teacher spends a year in hell teaching at the university in Kasakhistan. For he and his wife to survive the school year they must learn the local customs: corruption, bribery and extortion All in a day’s work.

AUTHOR. BOOKS.

CASTING REVEALED: A GUIDE FOR FILM DIRECTORS by Hester Schell
1st Edition, Michael Wiese Productions, Los Angeles, 2011
2nd Edition, Routledge Press, London, 2016
Also Available at Amazon, both editions
2nd edition Available through Routledge Press, London

“Commendable…A very enjoyable read.”
Carolyn Pickman, CP Casting, Boston

“Finding the right performers… is no easy task… but thanks to Casting Revealed, it just got  a bit easier.”
Chad Gervich, Producer

“This book reminded me of how much the Academy needs to award an Oscar® for casting directors. Because casting is an art form, and Hester’s book is the best I’ve read on demystifying the process”. Jon James Miller, producer

 “ …even old pro’s will find this valuable.”
Steve Michelson, producer

BACKSTAGE REVIEW:
In her (new 20211) book “Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors” (published by Michael Wiese Productions), author Hester Schell explores the intricacies and importance of the casting process.

The book’s primary goal is to help filmmakers navigate the casting waters, including tips and step-by-step instructions for handling union paperwork, announcing auditions, running casting sessions, contacting agents, and finding the best actors. However, actors and aspiring casting directors should find plenty of insights here as well, since the book promises “insider know-how” that will shed light on the entire casting process.
MORE:
Backstage Review. Click Click.

BOOKS: CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NOW WRITE! Screen Writing Exercises by Today’s Best Screenwriters, Teachers and Consultants  Tarcher/Penguin Books

HOW TO BE A WORKING ACTOR, 5th Edition Watson/Guptill

PUBLISHED: Embedded SEO Articles                 

SCRIPT MAG: Contributing Writer
Script Formatting: A bit of history

Casting and Acting Magic:
Table Read your Screenplay, Hold the Acting


CASTING AND ACTING MAGIC:
Master Class with Director Catherine Hardwicke


CASTING & ACTING MAGIC: How’s Your Logline Working? VP Shares Insights

OTHER FILM & MEDIA MAGAZINES AND BLOGS
Movie Maker Magazine:  Going Green On-Set
CineSource Magazine: Casting in Pilot Season         
CineSource Magazine: Making Casting Work for You
Burbank: The Writers’ Store: Scripting for Celebrity

PRODUCED SCRIPTS

COMPLETED Short Films: (writer/producer/director)
SANDWICHED by Hester Schell   Social Change film for festivals.
– WINNER: Best Shorts Competition, December 2017.
– WINNER: Audience Award, Portland Underground Film Festival
Ju$T UNDER A MILLION by Hester Schell Festival Short.
– World Premier: Beverly Hills HD Festival
BLANKETS FOR AFGHANISTAN by Hester Schell.
– Distribution: Free Speech TV

PRODUCED THEATRE: One Act Plays                                   
A CUP OF COFFEE by Hester Schell
New England Russian Theatre Festival, 2010, Boston, MA. World Premiere.

IN A MOMENT’S NOTICE by Hester Schell
Summer Theatre Festival, Notre Dame de Namur University, 2007. Belmont, CA.
World Premiere.

PRODUCED WEB SERIES
Adventures in Staying Young Aging and comedy for health and well-being. Distribution: Comic Zoo/Roku.
BAIT & SWITCH: TV News Satire, Segment Producer/Writer
2013-2015.

COMMERCIAL, PRODUCT LAUNCH                       
STUDIO 3, Portland, Oregon   Concept to storyboards
ANKEE Lightbulb Video.
Click on VIDEO in the far left column at the Amazon link. 2016.                       

AVAILABLE SCRIPTS
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FEATURES (un-produced and available):
INVISIBLE (co-write) by Gabriell Debear Paye & Hester Schell
Semi-Finalist, Women Who Write In Film Competition, 2019
Quarter Finalist: Portland Screenplay Awards, 2021
Recommend: Extreme Screenwriting, FIX MY SCREENPLAY
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TRAGIC FLAW
“Recommend” Extreme Screenwriting
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COLONY COLLAPSE
Quarter-Finalist, Screen Craft TV pilot competition.
FINAL PASSAGE  Faith Based/environmental
THE DARK ROOM   Revenge Thriller
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TV & WEB SERIES:
LET’S TAKE A WALK…. Environmental Education/ Children, Series

SEVEN GENERATIONS: Colony Collapse Environmental, Family Drama

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