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Tim Curnen, M.F.A.

Guest Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Work Phone: 213.740.3303

Tim Curnen teaches writing from the perspective of both a screenwriter and an editor. He has written screenplays for 20th Century-Fox, Universal Pictures, Interscope Communications, Walt Disney Productions, New World Pictures, Ed Pressman Films and others. His titles include Tunnel in the Sky  (from a novel by Robert Heinlein) for 20th Century-Fox, Forbidden World for New World Pictures, Ghost Warrior for Empire Productions and The Soul Catcher for Universal Pictures. Curnen also wrote Supreme Warrior, a full-motion video interactive game for Digital Pictures (BIMA Gold Medal winner for Best Game of the Year).

On the cutting side, Curnen served as co-editor of The Rehearsal, directed by Jules Dassin (with Melina Mercouri, Laurence Olivier, Maximilian Schell and Olympia Dukakis), editor of the award-winning documentary Inside Out – Saving Our Upper Urban Schools, directed by Jack Robertson for the Ford Foundation/PBS and several projects (as assistant editor and sound editor) for the Maysles Brothers and numerous others.

Curnen was the writer/co-developer of several special-venue mixed-media productions including The World of Shakespeare  (Stratford-Upon-Avon, England) with the Royal Shakespeare Company, major installations at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Exploration Place in Wichita and the Bunker Hill Pavilion in Boston, among others.

Besides working at USC, Curnen has taught filmmaking extensively at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where he was honored with the 2008 Outstanding Instructor Award for his screenwriting classes.