Our Mission

Dedicated to the legacy of Gary Shusett

Helping ALL PERSONS interested in working in Hollywood to achieve their dreams.

A non-profit 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization

Hi, I’m Christine! After having the honor of working with Gary for over 15 years, I now have the honor of being able to carry on his dream.  He had a dream that came from the heart because he simply cared about people. Please join me and help me continue his mission won’t you?

Yes Christine, ...I Can Help. I Can Teach A Class!

If you would like to give back to Sherwood Oaks and carry on Gary’s dream by teaching a class, please give me your contact information so I can get a hold of you. (I guarantee the security and integrity of your contact information!! I seriously understand the importance of this and no one will see it but me.)

The Sherwood Oaks Mission

The mission of our non-profit 501 (c) (3) educational organization is to provide the opportunity for any person interested in working in the entertainment industry to connect with and learn directly from actual working professionals who have achieved substantial success in the industry, not just teachers or educators without practical experience. Sherwood Oaks Film School remains dedicated to the legacy of Gary Shusett who requested that the Sherwood Oaks continue with its giving of practical knowledge and know-how continue for decades to come. This is a platform where hundreds of successful writers, directors, producers, actors, musicians, and others have already benefited, to return to “pay-it-forward” by generously sharing their experiences, advice, and hard-earned wisdom with newcomers who also share their passions. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, We are comitted to keeping our fees as low as is realistically possible to just cover the expenses, in order that any new artist starting out may be able to attend.

Values: The Dream of Gary Shusett

I Have A Dream...

Against great odds and with a handful of funds from his own pocket, Gary Shusett launched the non-profit school and founded Sherwood Oaks Experimental College in 1971, almost 50 years ago, and today it is still thriving. Gary Shusett’s altruistic philosophy was to find individuals who were highly successful in a particular field in the motion picture, television, or music industry and put them into a small, intimate setting with newcomers who were seriously dedicated to learning from them.  In a short time, Shusett and Sherwood Oaks gained international exposure and were featured in People magazine and popular books on filmmaking. It was the place where Syd Field started teaching screenwriting, followed by Robert McKee and Michael Hauge. Shusett’s instincts about what would sell in Hollywood was renowned.  In fact, his expertise in analyzing the commercial potential of story ideas became so renowned that Universal Pictures offered him a job just to determine which of their possible remakes might make the most money.  Equally famous was his impressive track record of helping writers hone a pitch that would sell. At Sherwood Oaks, literally thousands of guest speakers later, we still believe in what we do. We believe in our students and we will believe in you.

Others Have Followed

Since those first days many of his former students have become major Hollywood successes, among them Sylvester Stallone, James Cameron, Jerry Zucker, Matt Groening, Paul Haggis, Nancy Meyers, and Todd Durham.  Gary’s brother, famed screenwriter Ronald Shusett, wrote and produced Alien, Total Recall, and Minority Report. And out of their gratitude for getting their start at Sherwood Oaks, so many of them are GLAD to come back and teach, and to give back the same thing that they themselves recieved. And the circle of life in Hollywood continues to this day.

Christine Owens

Christine “C.E.” Owens worked extensively and intimately with Gary Shusett for many years. Chris Owens founded the new non-profit Sherwood Oaks Film School on the same principles that Gary Shusett lived and breathed for nearly a half of a century. Christine has run endless successful seminars at the school which proved to be highly popular and continues to receive many requests to continue them in the future. She is well-known for her ability to organize events that get to the core of what her students most need to know. Her passion to see students become successful make her the ideal leader  and successer to carry on the Sherwood Oaks name. She is very excited to carry on Gary’s Dream and possibly even take it to new levels. She also shares Gary’s altruistic heart for the entertainment industry and those that aspire to succeed in it, still donating many many hours on many projects as time allows, in addition to Sherwood Oaks.

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If you are able and want to give back to Sherwood Oaks Film School (formerly Sherwood Oaks College) by donating your time and teaching a class to other aspiring future actors, screenwriters, directors, and producers, we would be honored to have you. Please just tell us how to reach you, and what, if any, time accommodations you need to be here. (We understand not everyone lives in southern CA.) and we will do our absolute best to accommodate.


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