Nicholas Z. Scott

Nicholas Z. Scott graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas, which The Atlantic named one of the “Top Five Most Innovative Programs” in America. Specializing in story structure, Scott has taught screenwriting, TV writing, and film at various institutions such as the University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute and NYU Shanghai. He currently teaches at the Shanghai Vancouver Film School, where he holds a Visiting Professorship in the Writing for Film and Television program. Scott has also given guest lectures on storytelling at Duke Kunshan, the Shanghai Theatre Academy, and the University of Southern California – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry.

Since moving to Shanghai, Nick has written, directed, and produced over a dozen award-winning short films, winning awards in the Shanghai 48 Hour Film Project, the Shanghai International Short Film Competition, and the Shanghai International Film Festival. His first professional writing job was developing a 13-episode crime series for the Pearl River Movie Channel titled “The Fortress”. He’s also been hired to write two screenplays for the China market. The first is a family drama about organ donation and the second is a cross-cultural family drama developed as a Chinese-Australian coproduction. Finally, putting together all his years of indie film experience, Nick wrote, produced, and co-directed his first independent feature, a Mandarin-language superhero noir.

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