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Personal Details

Name: Mario Moreno

Last visit: Oct 24, 2012

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Interests

Writing, film production, film history, history, technology, sports, music, art, politics, countercultures, astronomy, astrology, psychology, swimming, breathing, eating, blueberries, my friends, family, wife, and my cat.

Books

On the Road, The Great Gatsby, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Adventures in the Screentrade, Which Lie Did I Tell?, Kite Runner, Carter Beats the Devil, The Subterraneans, This Side of Paradise, Flappers and Philosophers, Shawshank Redemption Screenplay, Aviator Screenplay, American Beauty Screenplay, The Devil in the White City, Bonfire of the Vanities, Making Movies by Lumet, The Poet, Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe, Complete Outkast Song Lyrics, Complete Sherlock Holmes, Elements of Style, Writing for Emotional Impact, Save the Cat, Writer's Journey, Screenwriter's Bible, Breakfast With Sharks, Easy Riders/Raging Bulls, James Bond Movie Book, Book of US Presidents, US Presidents Coloring Book, Roget's Super Thesaurus, DK Visual Dictionary.

Movies

Almost Everything written or directed by Kubrick, Scorsese, Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Tim Burton, Francis Copolla and family, Cameron Crowe, Coen Brothers, Soderbergh, Spielberg, Hitchcock, Alfonso Cuaron, Ernest Lehman, William Goldman, Ganz and Mandel, Tarantino, Michael Mann, Robert Towne, John Logan, Christopher Nolan, Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Torro, Fernando Meirelles, David Fincher, Sam Mendes, Nancy Meyers, Eastwood, Bertolucci, Zemeckis, Ridley and Tony Scott, Scott Frank, Shane Black, Judd Apatow, Milos Forman, Curtis Hanson, Ivan Reitman, Peter Weir, Rob Reiner, Sydney Lumet, Wes Anderson, PT Anderson, Terry Gilliam, Bob Fosse, Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges, James L. Brooks, Mel Brooks, Danny Boyle, Frank Capra, Almodovar, Fellini, Leone, Mamet, Pakula, Vincent Minnelli, Carol Reed, Mike Nichols, John Hughes, Michele Gondry, Polanski, Alexander Paine, Elia Kazan, Spike Lee, Ron Howard, Howard Hawks, John Huston, Hal Ashby, Chan-Wook Park, Baz Luhrmann, David Lean, Orson Wells, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, George Lucas--others as well, but these are the first that come to mind.

Television

Turner Classic Movies, West Wing, Dexter, Daily Show, Cobert Report, Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, Justice League, Sportscenter, Entourage, Sopranos, Weeds, Studio 60, CSI, Law and Order, Monk, Everything on History Channel, Seinfeld, Fraiser, Friends, Dharma and Greg, Dobbie Gillis, Patty Duke, other oldies...too many to type...

About Me

Mario Moreno is a Writer Consultant at The Writers Store by day, and a budding screenwriter by night (also on his lunch hour). He has a Bachelor's Degree in Film from Miami International University, where he won an Outstanding Filmmaker Award for his thesis "The Sellout." Mario has written over a dozen feature film scripts and has pitched executives at Paramount, Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney, Universal, and Sony.

Goal

To write, produce, and direct films I've always wanted to see.

Professional Experience

Instructor
Writers University
September 2006 - Present

As an extension of my work at Writers Store, I teach the Screenwriting Basics Course on Writers University. This interactive, four-week, online course consists of lectures and exercises that are posted each week, along with the opportunity to ask me unlimited questions about the craft. Most of my students have either never started a screenplay or never finished one. I make it my goal to supply them with all the information and inspiration they'll need to unlock the feature film screenwriter within.

Product Consultant
Writers Store
February 2006 - Present

At The Writers Store, I use my knowledge of and passion for Screenwriting and Filmmaking to help customers. They range from aspiring novices to seasoned professionals and have a multitude of needs including books, software, supplies, and advice.

Screenwriter
March 1986 - Present

I've been making movies since my parents gave me my first camera, a VHS Camcorder bought at Macy's, two days before my sixth birthday. I wrote my first short story at ten and my first attempt at a screenplay, a Beatles' Biopic, at eleven. I worked on theatrical plays extensively during high school; writing, stage managing, and acting. I also took four years of photography in preparation for film school. In film school, I wrote, produced, directed, and edited eight shorts. Since then I average two completed feature scripts a year and have an overflowing folder full of pending ideas. My desire is to eventually have my own production company where I can work with a close group of collaborators and produce a steady stream of films following the model of Woody Allen (with higher budgets and less controversy), Stanley Kubrick (strike the "steady stream"), and the Coen Brothers (although they don't have their own company)--in other words, to rule the Film World!

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Robert Williams

Aug 28, 2007 10:17 PM

Mario is one of the coolest guys I've had to pleasure to meet -- and to work with. He is, however, a Yankees fan -- so while I applaud his writing efforts I lament his choice of team sports. Just kidding - sort of;) Congrats on your Argentinian Big Adventure and let us know how things progress. I look forward to when I can tell friends "I knew him when...." Oh, and he owes ALL his musical taste in McCartney to me :P~

Sam Simkin

Mar 22, 2007 4:47 PM

Mario is one of THE BEST writing teachers that you might have the fortune of meeting. I have had the honor of working with him and seeing him interact with students and strangers alike and his knowledge base and approach are truly personal and effective. His advice should be treasured but if you'll looking to get him to collaborate on a project with you you'll have to get in a long and growing line.