Scott Taylor – Producer/Playwright
Scott is a Portland-based producer and playwright with a passion and plan to create independent commercial feature films in Maine. Building on the success of Kyle Rankin’s “Night of the Living Deb,” Taylor sees great potential in developing an independent film-and-new-media economy in Portland. Scott served as line producer, locations manager and publicist for the low-budget film. It’s a Zom-Rom-Com with heart… and guts, starring Maria Thayer, Michael Cassidy and Ray Wise.
As a Producer on the hit CBS show “Big Brother” his team was always under the gun to create and execute three elaborate competition segments per week, especially the live Thursday show. This required exceptional planning, communication and follow through with the different departments and the executives. He also wrote on-air copy for CBS host Julie Chen.
Other reality TV highlights include building a rig to peel a potato with a drift racer at 35 miles and hour, converting a garage into a mancave for HGTV and bobbing for ducks in a bathtub for Game Show Network. Taylor has written or produced over 50 scripts and treatments for film, television, web, books and comics. His most recent is a three act comedy about the greatest myth of the 20th century, “Summer of ’74.” One of Taylor’s most exotic assignments was writing, producing and teaching in the Philippines for Bigfoot Studio. He was tasked with creating two scripted TV series, teaching writing workshops to young filmmakers, coaching a young actress in her first film, and rewriting a feature thriller about the Large Hardron Collider. Taylor began his career at Hyperion Studio where he wrote an episode for the Discovery series Adventures of A.R.K. starring Christopher Gorham, and worked on projects for Disney, Paramount, Fox, Canal+, Tomy, ABC, HBO and USA Network. And finaly, a few favorites – managing script revisions on Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) with Akiva Goldman and Simon Kinburg, getting script notes from David Milch and and developing a sitcom with Saturday Night Live’s Victoria Jackson (1999).
Stanner E.V. Taylor – Producer/Playwright/Director (Founder)
Stanner Edward Varley Taylor (1874-1948) was a newspaper man who borrowed a typewriter at the New York Herald to write plays, while the rest of the city slept. His plays impressed a producer and was hired to write stories for the new moving pictures. Taylor became a writer for the Biograph Company and for two years wrote 85% of their pictures including, D.W. Griffith’s first film The Adventures of Dollie (1908), the first movie filmed in Hollywood, In Old California (1910), the first interfaith romance A Child of the Ghetto (1910).
Taylor married his leading lady, Marion Leonard, and left Biograph to start his own studio. It was reported that Ms. Leonard’s salary was $1,000 a week at a time when no one had heard of Mary Pickford. In 1912 they founded The Monopol Film Company. Taylor expanded to writing, directing and producing and made over 100 films before retiring in 1926. As a silent film pioneer, he was the first director to receive on screen credit (1910), the first screenwriter to work on retainer, the first producer to be pictured in a film advertisement, and his 1913 production of Carmen contained 426 scenes. S.E.V. Taylor created the first quadruple exposure visual effects shot in Monopol’s The Dead Secret (1913) with Marion Leonard playing a dual role and in 1914 he invented the light-saber.