Jeff Bollow is an award-winning producer/director, best-selling author, film festival organizer and TEDx speaker. He is the author of Writing FAST: How to Write Anything with Lightning Speed, co-author of Apple's iLife 08 Training Series, and producer/director of the ATOM Award-winning DVD Making Fantastic Short Films.
Jeff began as an actor at age 12 in his native Los Angeles (credits include Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead and TV'sColumbo) before working nearly every job in production, from camera to sound to lighting — and including jobs in development, post-production and distribution. He has worked on feature films, TV series, commercials, music videos, radio, and corporate productions for companies such as Universal, Castle Rock, Propaganda Films, DNA and the Oxygen Network.
After migrating to New Zealand, where he directed television for TV3 and co-founded the Big Mountain Short Film Festival, he moved to Australia, where he launched Embryo Films and Screenplay.com.au. Through his company, Jeff has reviewed over 25,000 project submissions, and has edited, assessed and/or mentored over 550 projects. He has script doctored in Singapore, Australia, NZ and the US; and has conducted over 80 live weekend workshops to over 1200 writers in 9 cities in 5 countries, with a unanimous "recommend" approval rating.
In May 2015, he delivered a TED talk at TEDxDocklands in Melbourne, Australia, called "EXPAND YOUR IMAGINATION... EXPONENTIALLY". Jeff believes that technology is pushing forward faster than our imagination is keeping up with it. To survive and thrive in the decades ahead, we need to expand our imagination as well. A MUST-WATCH for writers.
Jeff's students have been optioned, produced, won and placed in competitions worldwide. He designed FAST Screenplay in 2004, and began officially building it in 2009. Its official launch is set for November 2015. When he's not busy with FAST, he is working on a new book, developing a television series, and planning two feature film projects.