Screenwriting student Graham Jones excitedly shares, “I’ve got lots going on and most of it is to do with the Writers’ Program. And all of it has to do with UCLA Extension.” Graham’s feature-length screenplay, The Devil’s Own Work, was a finalist in the Canadian #1WILDsound.ca screenplay competition. It’s a war film about the friendship between Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman. He developed the screenplay in Billy Mernit’s Writing the Character Driven Screenplay: Advanced Workshop and says, “Billy is like a wizard: he seems to know more about your script -before you write it- then you do! His background in studio development gives him this uncanny ability to draw the idea out of the student very efficiently.”
Last year, Graham also wrote Washington in Monte Merrick’s Advanced Feature Film Writing Workshop, a biopic about the battles of love, war, and politics in the life of George Washington. He says, “Monte provides the magic that motivates you to write and finish a first draft.” The script made it into the finals of the 2006 Writers’ Program screenplay competition, and also placed second at the 2007 Worldfest Houston in the biographical screenplay category.
His projects don’t end there. Graham also made a short film recently through the UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies Program class Concepts to Screen: Making Your First Short Movie, taught by AG Melkom. “I just sold the five year rights for internet and TV for it last month, and got my check the other day. It’s a nine minute romantic comedy called Chance—about finding love with the help of a dog… and a little magic.”
Graham sums it up best: “As you can see: I get a lot out of Extension.” And we enjoy hearing about your great news, Graham. Congratulations!