Screenwriter to study at Universal Studios

UCLan student Maria Dewhurst is off to Hollywood
UCLan student Maria Dewhurst is off to Hollywood
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Lights, camera, action. The bright lights of Hollywood are calling for screenwriting student Maria Dewhurst.

When she graduates with her BA (Hons) television and film screen writing degree in the summer she will jet off to the USA to take her place on the coveted New York Film Academy screenwriting programme.

Hollywood sign on Santa Monica mountains in Los Angeles

Hollywood sign on Santa Monica mountains in Los Angeles

The University of Central Lancashire student will spend eight weeks a on campus in Los Angeles, which is based at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

It is a dream come true for the film enthusiast, who, will have to write a feature length script of around 120 pages during her two month stay.

She is also hoping for plenty of chances to network with major players in the entertainment industry and do some work placements.

Maria said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been picked to attend the course – it’s such a dream come true.

“I couldn’t stop crying for hours after because I was so happy.

“My family and friends are all so proud of me and I can’t wait to get out there.”

She 21-year-old added: “I’ve already got a couple of ideas in mind but it’ll be great to get out there and pick up tips from the very best in the business.

“My course at UCLan has really helped to develop my skills. Bill Nighy came in once and gave us a talk, and I was inspired.

“That excitement has grown with each guest speaker, with each script we analyse or film we watch, that pure unadulterated joy of knowing ‘that could be me’. Every time we are taught new skills in how to present our work or formatting the scripts,

“I feel as though my course is taking me one step closer to making my dream possible, and this new opportunity in Los Angeles will propel me even further.”

While studying in Preston Maria has notched up some work experience , visiting the BBC’s Media City at Salford to work on animated safety video ‘No Bones’ with young children and has attended writing master classes in London.

She is also part of a UCLan team which is travelling in March to Guangzhou, in China to create a contemporary portrait of life in a dynamic city with 12 million inhabitants.