We’re growing our Outreach Team with the addition of Doug Slocum! That means more great content for you, writers.
Doug will help us create video content from screenwriter and industry professional interviews, to support you and help you along through the screenplay process. And he knows plenty about storytelling; Doug has worked with some of the biggest names in the business! I feel so lucky that he made his way to San Luis Obispo, and now SoCreate.
Doug started his career in New York City working on TV commercials but moved to LA to pursue a career in feature films. Since then, he’s worked on “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” “Good Fences” and “Lovelace.” He also has many TV shows under his belt, admitting that the struggle of a video editor sometimes parallels that of a screenwriter. Timing is everything!
“I worked on one pilot as an assistant editor for David E. Kelley, and it was picked up by CBS,” Doug explained. “It was canceled after five episodes, because it was on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m., and that time slot was a graveyard for TV shows until “CSI: NY.” Later, he was an assistant editor on “The Beverly Hills Cop,” directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (“Men in Black) and written by Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”), but it was never picked up. He also worked on the HBO series “John from Cincinnati” with David Milch (“Deadwood”). “But that series has the misfortune of premiering 120 seconds after the infamous “The Sopranos” series finale, you know the scene in the diner where “Don’t Stop Believing” was playing over the jukebox, and 80% of the viewing audience stopped watching HBO after that ending to figure out what just happened,” he recalled. “It was a disastrous lead-in.”
Luckily, Doug later found success as the assistant editor on “The Starter Wife” with Debra Messing, “Eureka” for the Sci-Fi Channel, and the final season of “Las Vegas.” He also edited several indie features.
Doug recently returned to the Central Coast for a more relaxed pace away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood.
“I enjoy the Central Coast for its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. I'm hoping to go scuba diving soon when I have the time,” he said. Although he added, time is slim when you’re raising two young kids!
Doug joined SoCreate because he felt like it would be exciting to be on the ground floor of a new endeavor. “This is the first time I've ever worked for a start-up company,” he said. “I would equate the experience to working on a TV pilot or a first-year episodic television series that's trying to get off the ground.”
Doug is a major movie buff. We’ve yet to stump him on any film or TV trivia. But I did throw him a bit of a curveball when I asked him to name his favorite movie quote. He said it changes depending on the day of the week.
On this day, keeping our startup status in mind, I thought his quote choice was apropos.
Gal: “I’m going to have to turn this opportunity down.”
Don: “No, you are going to have to turn this opportunity yes!”
Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) "Sexy Beast"
I think we’ll be learning a lot from Doug,
Courtney Meznarich, Director of Community Outreach