Everclass - Conversation with John Meise August, JO'92, Hollywood Screenwriter and Author

John Meise AugustJoin fellow alumni and friends to hear from John Meise August, JO’92. During a Q&A facilitated by Associate Professor of Practice in Marketing, Mary Edrington, John will discuss his career path, including how curiosity has been a driving force leading him from Drake to Hollywood.

John is a screenwriter whose credits include Aladdin, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie and the first two Charlie’s Angels movies. He directed the 2007 film The Nines starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa McCarthy, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

He earned a BAFTA nomination for his script for Big Fish, and a GRAMMY nomination for his song in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In 2016, he received the Writers Guild of America West’s Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts and civic service.

In addition to his work in film, John wrote the Arlo Finch middle-grade novel trilogy, and the book for the Broadway musical of Big Fish.

Since 2012, he has co-hosted the popular weekly screenwriting podcast Scriptnotes. His company, Quote-Unquote Apps, makes utilities for writers (including Highland and Weekend Read) along with Writer Emergency Pack, which is used in 2,000 classrooms nationwide.

Born in Boulder, Colorado, John received a BA in Journalism from Drake University and an MFA in Film Producing from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

Session Details:

Where: Zoom
When: Wednesday, March 15
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm (CT)
Registration: Free, please register via this link.

Questions? Contact Andy Verlengia, Director, Alumni Relations at andrew.verlengia@drake.edu or by phone at 515-271-3077.

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