My name is Sam Thompson, and god damn, I love writing movies. Anything from short films, to features, if it can be filmed it can be written! SO, I guess you're reading this because you want to know more about me, right? Awesome! Well, strap in, and get ready for the unofficial weirdest Bio on this website. Originally hailing from New Jersey (And to answer your question, no, I don't gym tan and laundry, bruh), I moved to West Virginia to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism, where I discovered the school's film club. After pitching them a script idea in the first meeting I ever went to, the group loved it, and quickly produced it. After getting a taste of what it was like to see my words come to life, I was hooked. That was in 2014. Since then, I have interned at the Sundance Film festival twice, the Cannes Film festival, Vandalia Entertainment, and Ecclectic pictures. In that time span, I have written, produced, and directed 13 short films, ranging from horror, to comedy, including a short film about a haunted toaster (yes you read that correctly, no need to clean your glasses). Without a film degree, and having gone to school in the only state without a film office, I had limited resources to learn the craft. So, being the massive nerd that I am, I spent all my time in school reading, watching movies, and studying, rather than going out and partying with my college classmates. I wrote countless short scripts, and devoured every book on screenwriting the internet has to offer.
From humble beginnings raised by a single mother who plyed her trade as a teacher by day, and super hero mother by night, I have never had access to much money, or financing. What does this mean and why is it important? It means that I write as if my life depended on it because, well... it pretty much does. It's important because it's my motivation. I write because I can't NOT write, but also, in the hopes of providing the future security for my mother that she deserves. With this in mind, it's important to note that each of my scripts are inherently driven by morally ambiguous female characters in situations beyond their control. My favorite genre to write in is horror, but with a little dash of comedy sprinkled in for good measure. And while I one day hope to write something in every genre and in every format, horror is the genre I find myself coming back to most often.
Not to be redundant, but I've written, directed, and produced 13 short films in the past few years, with a feature on the horizon, and a 14th short film in the works, as financing for it has recently been secured. Why should you care about this, you ask? Well, reader of this odd bio, I'll tell you why! Because you want to do one (or both) of two things: Find a script to produce, and/or find someone to develop/produce a script or an idea that you have. It just so happens I can do all of those things.
If this awkward bio didn't get your attention, then maybe one of my scripts, or award winning films will. Feel free to ask for any materials your heart desires. And oh yeah, before I go, I should probably mention some last minute details about my future and what not, since you're probably curious if you didn't click out of this page by now. Right now, I am writing a few different feature films, with one of them slated for production in the summer of 2020, and with me attached as director. A lot of people ask me if I like writing, or directing more. And my answer is always "both." I also have interest in writing pilots, and one day working in a writers room. But until that day comes, I will continue producing my own work, making my own seat at the table no matter what, and hosting meetups for writers in Hollywood.
At the end of the day, I know this is a business. I wasn't born yesterday (as far as you, the reader, know). So I'll leave you with this: I've spent years interning with international distribution companies, and studying trends about film sales both domestically, and abroad, because I'm as serious about making you money as I am about making a difference in people's lives. If you hire me, or buy one of my scripts, you will not just be investing in a writer. You will be investing in a filmmaker hungrier than any hippo out there (board games be damned), who will go to the ends of the universe and back to deliver a film that satisfies your wallet, and your expectations.