When it rains, it pours. This is exactly what young screenwriter Bill Kennedy learned when he started his first season on House of Cards and it was exactly then that a script he wrote, Sex Ed, got picked up by a prominent director.
“You get 10 days to write the first draft of your episode… and I’m working 12 hours a day,” Kennedy says of writing for House of Cards. But what happens when you also have to write scenes on a feature at night? Well, you don’t sleep.
But that’s a good problem to have. Kennedy came to Hollywood just after college and got a job as an assistant. It was that hard work and diligence, working long hours in the day and writing feature specs at night that paid off. “Movies are really my first love,” says Kennedy. Sex Ed was one of the first specs Kennedy wrote. The story is about a young 20-something looking for work. Ed Cole, played by Haley Joel Osment of The Sixth Sense and A.I. Artificial Intelligent fame, is a guy who loves teaching but can’t seem to find the right job. When he happens upon an open position as a detention teacher, he soon realizes the kids in his class need more than discipline—they need to learn about the birds and the bees, too.
Sex Ed releases in theaters November 7 and co-stars Laura Harring, Abby Elliot, George Eads and Lorenza Izzo. ScreenwritingU sits down with the promising young writer to hear how he broke in and continues to make waves in Hollywood.
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