Michael Hauge Interview
by Christopher Wehner
Michael Hauge, author of the award-winning book
Writing Screenplays That Sell, is a script consultant, story editor,
writer and independent producer who has made his living in the Hollywood
film and television industries since the mid-seventies.
Christopher Wehner: Can you give us a little background?
Michael Hauge: I've been working in Hollywood since the mid-seventies.
I went to film school and then became a reader for a variety of
producers and agencies. I became a story editor, and ever since
my primary occupation until teaching was in the area of development--basically
it was my job to find potential movie or television material for
the production companies where I was on staff. This could include
developing my own ideas, those of other writers, or finding novels
or true stories for adaptation. I've been doing that on and off
my entire career, although now I have my own company, occasionally
developing projects to set up with other independent producers.
I always wanted to teach, so I started teaching screenwriting
through the UCLA extension program. The focus of my early classes
was to re-create this development process for my students.
Those classes eventually evolved into a weekend seminar on screenwriting,
providing a complete "A to Z" approach to both the craft and business
in two intensive days. I started out in the United States, but over
the last fourteen years have offered the class throughout Canada
and Europe as well. I now do about 20 seminars a year.
About the same time as I began teaching, I started consulting
with writers and production companies, critiquing completed screenplays
or helping them develop their projects for submission or production.
This has now become my primary activity.
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