Sandi Goff, SOA'03, is spending the year in Los Angeles as part of the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project (WFP). A playwright, Goff joins five other writers in the program. Each will create two original, feature-length screenplays.
Goff is paired with writing mentor Sam Harper, writer of Cheaper by the Dozen , Just Married and Rookie of the Year, and executive mentor Pam Abdy, former head of Danny DeVito's production company.
At the end of the year, WFP writers are introduced to literary agents and agencies. Program participants have been hired for writing assignments and had scripts acquired by Tom Hanks, Quincy Jones, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Wesley Snipes and Francis Ford Coppola, as well as various studios and production companies.
Recently, 15 films by WFP alumni have been produced, including A Walk to Remember, The Matchmaker and Free Willy 2.
"I've been writing plays exclusively, so it has been a very encouraging place for me to learn a new medium," says Goff, who currently is working on a romantic comedy. "I feel so lucky to have studied with Eduardo Machado and Kelly Stuart at Columbia , and have found that my work with them has prepared me for my first ' Hollywood ' experience."