Shanee Edwards


Shanee Edwards graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in Screenwriting and is currently the film critic for She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her pilot, Ada and the Machine, is currently in development with America Ferrera's Take Fountain Productions. You can follow her on Twitter: @ShaneeEdwards

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Disney in the slums of Uganda: How one screenwriter struggled to get it right for Queen of Katwe

ScreenwritingU looks at how one writer adapted an ESPN article about a child prodigy from Uganda, traveled to African and played a little chess along the way.

The Dressmaker writer/director Jocelyn Moorhouse talks Spaghetti Western-style revenge, the mother-daughter bond and Liam Hemsworth chasing an emu

Writer/Director Jocelyn Moorhouse, best known for such films as How to Make an American Quilt and A Thousand Acres, describes her new film as “The Unforgiven with a sewing machine.”

MacGyver creator Lee Zlotoff reveals the personal reasons he fought to reboot the show

How does one of the best TV shows of all time get back on the air after two decades? We sat down with MacGyver creator Lee Zlotoff to get the details on how he brought America's favorite duct tape do-it-all hero back to life.

Morgan: Screenwriter Seth W. Owen mashes up Frankenstein and current headlines in this sci-fi flick

Screenwriter Seth W. Owen is an American actor and writer who grew up in Canada, where he found success in both careers but came to Hollywood to cast his net in a bigger pond. Morgan became his breakthrough project, not only making it onto the 2014 Blacklist, but also catching the eye of director Luke Scott at Scott Free Productions.

Max Minghella talks the power of the Hitchcockian blonde as well as his father, Anthony Minghella’s, influence

The Social Network's Max Minghella turned to screenwriting to adapt the thrilling drama The 9th Life of Louis Drax. He sat down with ScreenwritingU to discuss the process and his famous father writer/director Anthony Minghella.

Southside with You: Writing the Unconventional Biopic

Not all biopics are the same. Some tell a long epic. Others give a slice of life. The new romance drama about the first date of Barack and Michelle Obama takes a look at one day.

5 things to learn from the Seinfeld TV spec script that went viral

If you want to be a TV writer, you need to write a spec script -- that's your own personal episode of a popular TV show. So, like many fledgling TV writers, Billy Domineau -- who works as a tutor -- paid his dues to the spec gods and crafted his own TV spec script. But unlike most writers, Domineau took a big risk. He wrote an episode of ...

Sausage Party: 7 ways the film adheres to Pixar rules then totally destroys them

Sausage Party is an R-rated animated film for adults that has a lot of fun turning the sacrosanct Pixar genre on its head. Then, slashing it with a knife. Then lighting it on fire, while throwing in some social commentary on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Yes, the movie does all those things and then some.

How a “stupid” cat movie saved screenwriter Matt Allen’s life

In person, screenwriter Matt Allen is a friendly, attractive man with salt and pepper stubble, and a cat-that-ate-the-canary grin. Little did I know when I went to meet him at Pete’s Coffee in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood that he would reveal an outrageous story of survival that’s probably only possible inside the magical bubble of Hollywood.

Into the Forest’s Patricia Rozema on creating character-driven drama

The Ellen Page thriller Into the Forest is like most indie films in that character - not plot or action sequences – fuels the movie’s central story arc. Here are 5 tips according to writer/director Patricia Rozema to distinguish your character- driven indie film from the rest.

Ghostbusters: 5 keys to successfully rebooting a franchise

Want to create a successful reboot? Here's 5 things the Ghostbusters writers did right.

The Secret Life of Pets and the gruesome pet incident that forever changed writer Brian Lynch’s career

ScreenwritingU sat down with The Secret Life of Pets screenwriter Brian Lynch to find out his secret to balancing lightness and darkness in family-focused movies. But before we could get into the nitty-gritty of storytelling, Lynch revealed to us that he was almost a cartoonist – not a screenwriter. Ironically enough, a can of cat food changed the course of his career forever.
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