Episode 227 – Ashley Scott Meyers (Indie Film Masterclass)
Ashley Scott Meyers is a screenwriter and host of the Selling Your Screenplay podcast.
After graduating from college Ashley moved from his childhood home in Annapolis, Maryland, to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career as a screenwriter. During his first three years in Los Angeles, Meyers wrote or co-wrote eight feature length screenplays, earned his first few dollars as a screenwriter, and saw two of his original screenplays get produced.
Meyers sold Dish Dogs to 7.23 Productions. Dish Dogs was co-written with long time friend and writing partner, Nathan Ives. It’s a semi-fictitious account of their travels across the country working as dish washers (“dish dogs”) in various restaurants. Dish Dogs stars Sean Astin, Mattew Lillard, Brian Dennehy, Shannon Elizabeth, Maitland Ward, and Richard Moll.
Independent producer / director Douglas DeMarco produced Meyers’ screenplay Reunion which eventually found distribution in some art house theaters around the world.
During his initial years in Los Angeles, Meyers returned to school and earned a Masters degree in Mass Communications, with a screenwriting emphasis, at Cal State, Northridge (CSUN). Over the next few years Meyers continued to option and sell many screenplays. Some of the highlights include Rushlight, a film noir script Meyers wrote while at CSUN was produced and stars Josh Henderson, Beau Bridges, Aidan Quinn, and Haley Webb. Meyers was hired to write a martial arts action screenplay by Big Boss Creative entitled, Ninja Apocalypse. It stars Ernie Reyes Jr, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Christian Oliver. Man Overboard, also co-written with Nathan Ives, was sold to and produced by Treasure Entertainment. It’s a broad comedy anchored in the world of boat sales. It won the Los Angeles Film & Script Festival. Meyers co-wrote a feature comedy script, Turkey Day, with Mark Brown (Barbershop) that was optioned to Evergreen Pictures, LLC (based at Universal).
His directorial debut, The Pinch, is out now.
When a low level mobster is nearly rubbed out by the boss, he decides to take the bonus he was promised by force, so he kidnaps the boss and demands a hefty ransom.
Pre Show Notes
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— [00:03:03] – Show starts
— [00:04:29] – Writing the Script
— [00:07:46] – Finding Locations
— [00:12:22] – Finding time to write
— [00:15:29] – Project Management Triangle
— [00:18:23] – What do Producers Look For?
— [00:28:56] – Experience putting the Pinch on The Black List
— [00:31:34] – Experience putting the Pinch on Inktip
— [00:35:07] – What if my screenplay doesn’t do well in a competition?
— [00:38:18] – Scripts that make better movies than scripts
— [00:42:08] – Crowdfunding
— [00:59:48] – Filming the Pinch
— [01:06:28] – Biggest Challenge
— [01:08:34] – Distribution
— [01:11:03] – Buying The Pinch online and a free 3 hour making of webinar