Instructor Tom Vaughan
Story and Plot
Screenwriting Classes in Los Angeles and Online
Tom Vaughan studied at the University of Houston with Broadway legend Jose Quintero and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee. It was his work as a writer and director in Houston theatre that got him recognized by Hollywood.  
He was soon writing screenplays for, among others, Phoenix Pictures, Spelling Films, Rysher Entertainment, TNT, MTV Films, Castle Rock Entertainment, Sony Pictures, ABC, NBC, Warner Brothers and Disney/Touchstone. He has developed screenplays for Matthew McConaughey, Nicolas Cage, Barry Sonnenfeld, Chow-Yun Fat, Simon West, and many others.
Production is currently underway on WINCHESTER, the feature film of the infamous Winchester Mystery House that Tom adapted starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke with The Spierig Brothers directing. Most recently, he set up his feature script BACK UP at Universal to be adapted to a television series and was brought on to rewrite VESSELS, about one of the most haunted places in the world, the HMS Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Tom's feature film debut was UNSTOPPABLE, starring Wesley Snipes. In 2011, he completed his directorial debut, PLAYING HOUSE, based on a script written with Kristy Dobkin. His past productions include BLACKOUT with Jane Seymour for CBS, and CRITICAL ASSEMBLY with Katherine Heigl for NBC. He served as writer as well as Co-Producer on ATOMIC TWISTER with Sharon Lawrence and DEAD IN A HEARTBEAT with Penelope Anne Miller and Judge Reinhold, both for TBS. 

He has been teaching and mentoring screenwriters for over ten years and finds it as gratifying as actually practicing it

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