Jeff Lyons is a published author, screenwriter, editor, and story development consultant with more than 25 years' experience in the film, television, and publishing industries. He has worked with literally thousands of novelists, nonfiction authors, and screenwriters helping them build and tell better stories.
Jeff is an instructor through Stanford University's Online Writer’s Studio, University of California at Riverside's Extension Program, and is a regular guest lecturer through the UCLA Extension Writers Program. He is a regular presenter at leading writing and entertainment industry trade conferences, as well as a contributor and advisor to leading entertainment industry screenwriting and producing fellowship programs, such as the Producers Guild of American's "Power of Diversity Producing Workshop," and the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab. Jeff is also a regular guest blogger on major writing industry blog sites like Script Magazine and Stage32.com. Over the years, he has been a trusted story development consultant to many indie producers, produced screenwriters, production companies, and VR and new media content developers.
Jeff has written on the craft of storytelling for Writer’s Digest Magazine, Script Magazine, The Writer Magazine, and Writing Magazine (UK). His book, Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success, is the only book available devoted solely to the topic of story and premise development for novelists, screenwriters, and creative nonfiction authors. His other book, Rapid Story Development: How to Use the Enneagram-Story Connection to Become a Master Storyteller, will be published by Focal Press in late 2017.
Jeff's author site can be found at: www.jefflyonsbooks.com
STEPHEN DAVID BROOKS
Stephen David Brooks is a former Visual Effects Supervisor who learned his craft under the tutelage of Oscar winners John Dykstra and Richard Edlund. Stephen added the title of screenwriter to his resume when he adapted Stephen King’s short story The Mangler for New Line Cinema, under the supervision of Stephen King himself. Stephen is now a Stephen King approved screenwriter. Stephen not only wrote The Mangler, but also directed 2nd unit and supervised the Visual Effects.
Stephen’s next three projects were for Nu Image where he wrote the screenplays for Spiders and Spiders 2 and also directed 2nd unit on both films.
The world premiere of Stephen’s feature directorial debut Heads N Tailz was in Los Angeles at the 2005 Dances With Films festival winning the Fusion Audience Award. Heads N Tailz also received a Special Jury Prize from The Festival Du Film De Strasbourg.
Stephen’s short Binky screened in the Shorts Corner at the 2014 The Cannes Film Festival and had its US premiere at Dances With Films. Binky also won the Best Screenplay and Best Actress Awards at the 2014 Monaco International Film Festival and an Award of Merit from Best Shorts.
Stephen’s feature Flytrap had its World Premiere at ECU The European Independent Film Festival in April 2015 and won the Best Non-European Independent film prize, as well as the prestigious Remi Award from Worldfest Houston. in addition, Flytrap to the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Chelsea Film Festival in New York.
Stephen's website can be found at: www.stephendavidbrooks.com