What Makes Sherwood Oaks Film School Special?

 
…our HUGE list of famous teachers, alumni and guests going back all the way to our earliest classes.

…our history – and our alumni – is part of what MADE Hollywood!

…our students who personally collaborate with professional creatives in the industry TODAY!

What the Pros Say…

“Sherwood Oaks is essential because it takes a person who has no chance of interacting with someone who matters in the business, and it gives them that chance”
~ Gary Solomon

“I LEARNED the entertainment business by going to Sherwood Oaks”
~ Darryl Marshak

“The thing about Hollywood is they are always looking for the next voice, they are always looking for the next person who tells them a story they’ve never seen before”
~ Mark Fergus: Iron Man Oscar-nominated Writer

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The SUCCESS of OUR ALUMNI SAYS IT ALL

New Comers to the Industry: Successful Alumni On the Rise!

Autumn McAlpin

Screenwriter & Director

Using Sherwood Oaks’ one-sheet technique, Autumn optioned her film Waffle House at a Sherwood Oaks seminar. The film screened on Amazon and Hulu, and was featured in a CNN article. Despite a busy life with four children, Autumn achieved five writing credits within only four-years. She’s also both written and directed Look For a Few Minor Distractions. Excited to see what success is next for Sherwood Oaks alumni, Autumn McAlpin.

Hilliard Guess

Producer, Actor, Screenwriter & WGA Member
Hilliard Guess is well-established in Hollywood. He’s a member of the Writers Guild Association (WGA) and sits on several committees. Guess not only writes and acts, he also directs. He heads his own production company, Hilldog Productions on THE LOT Studios in West Hollywood. Guess often returns to Sherwood Oak as a speaker and a mentor other students. We are so proud of Hilliard!!
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Bruce B. Gordon

Director, Producer, Film Editor, Screenwriter & Songwriter

Cannes Film Festival Film Screening!
Working at Aaron Spelling Productions in accounting, Bruce decided to explore his creative side. At Sherwood Oaks he discovered insight into the creative process while meeting contacts, catapulting his creativity to a new level.  As CEO of Bruce Gordon Media, he directed his award-winning short film, Whole ‘Nother Level, selected for the Cannes Film Festival.  Bruce returns to teach and share his insight with Sherwood Oaks students.

Joany Kane

Genre Screenwriter

Sherwood Oaks Alumnus and genre writer Joany Kane has had an unstoppable trajectory in Hollywood.  Joany Kane focuses on the niche genre of Christmas films. Along with a bit of Sherwood Oaks insight and her extraordinary amount of talent, Joany wrote nine films – all produced and shown by Hallmark and ION.  We are honored to name her as one of Sherwood Oak’s recent successful alumni.

Megan Johnson

Director and Screenwriter

“Sherwood Oaks introduced me to Alexia Melocchi owner and producer of Little Studio Films at a Sherwood Oaks class… to Stealing Roses star John Heard (who also starred in Home Alone) and to Cindy Williams who starred in Laverne & Shirley.”

Mark Mahon

Award-winning Director & International Sherwood Oaks Student

“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!”

Claire V. Riley

Screenwriter with 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, a film starring academy-award nominee Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel, Richard Chamberlain and Jason Ritter. The Perfect Family 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!

Chris Billett

Book Author & Screenwriter

Chris Billett came to Sherwood Oaks’ “Agent and Manager Seminar” and immediately garnered representation – a rarity in Hollywood.  Chris worked on screen projects with Sherwood Oaks’ speaker, Gale Ann Hurd, mega-producer of such films as Terminator-Genisys.

Michael Yuen

Screenwriter & WGA Member

UCLA engineer and Sherwood Oaks alumnus Michael Yuen has achieved enormous 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 was accepted into the prestigious Writers Guild of America.

Michael Duke

Producer & Director

“Sherwood Oaks has propelled my career, Hitman for Hire, my proposed film, was recently in the press and I am working on my next TV series! Thanks Sherwood Oaks for the Hollywood insight and amazing contacts.”

Meet Sherwood Oaks Film School’s Famous Alumni & Teachers

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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. Stallone does his best to write everyday even if it is two words – FADE IN.

What Happens In Sherwood Oaks Film School Classes?

For almost half a century, we have offered one to four-day seminars where small groups of people meet with Hollywood professionals learning the methods and techniques that made their careers a success. Students also have access to our extensive industry contact lists! Nowhere else in the world is there an opportunity for you to experience this personal access and creative collaboration with successful film industry professionals for such a small investment of money and time.

Who Is Sherwood Oaks Film School For?

SCREENWRITERS  ~  ACTORS ~ DIRECTORS ~ PRODUCERS  ~ CAMERA/FILMCREWS

Are you even the slightest bit interested in any aspect of the film industry? Then Sherwood Oaks Film School is for YOU.

Our seminars cover screenwriting, acting, directing, producing and filming/camera work. Are you looking for a creative Muse or a kickstart to your next project?  Hollywood is a hard network to break into. Everyone is busy and often locked behind security walls on studio lots ar at events. Casual meetups with successful professionals are nearly impossible.

In Sherwood Oaks Film School classes you will experience a collaborative learning environment working directly with successful professionals from the industry. You will get personalized advice and input about your ideas or work-in-progress. There are even opportunities for you to make a pitch to well-known top level professionals in the industry.

Our classes are deliberately small. When you are sitting at our seminar roundtable you will have have plenty of time and opportunity to meet and talk to people on a personal level. It’s informative, educational, and above all, you will have a blast! Our speakers dedicate their time to give back what they freely received form Sherwood Oaks and mentors in the early years of their careers. Many of them love nothing more than this opportunity to “let their hair down” and brainstorm with other creatives. If you want to get up close and personal with successful professionals in the industry, Sherwood Oaks Film School is for YOU!

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