Ray Schillaci is a professed film enthusiast whose wife thinks he’s downright obsessive. She insists he loves film more than her, their kids and their dog. Not true, he loves that dog!
He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and has over 25 years experience in the motion picture and television industry. The last five years he shared duties running one of the major unions in Hollywood. He went onto be a V.P. of Sales and Marketing for a small Burbank production company and later became an advertising executive for Republic Media. During his time in the studios, he also did a brief three-year stint on the comedy circuit working along side Arsenio Hall, Louie Anderson and Jenny Jones, to name a few.
After quitting comedy, he decided to put all his efforts into writing. His first script, a coming-of-age horror flick, nabbed him an agent. Subsequent scripts later received option deals but have not been produced yet. He continued to write with a great deal of help from his mentor, Karl Schanzer, an old Roger Corman protégée. The man was a producer, a high profile executive at Fox and worked with a variety of talent from Coppola to Cameron. He was also the co-author of the industry book, American Screenwriters and would be an invaluable sensei for Ray.
Schillaci was a contributor (movie critic and film commentary) to FRED Entertainment (formerly known as Quick Stop Entertainment) since 2007 and currently is finishing up his first novel, a supernatural spaghetti western. He is also the Film Presenter Coordinator for the Phoenix Film Festival and International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival. His tastes vary and he appreciates commercial as well as independent film. His only beef is boredom, re-treads and a story that has nothing to say. His credo; life’s too short not to be entertained.
LINKS TO RECENT WORK
La La Land: A Second Opinion
The Bye Bye Man
A Monster Calls
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Eyes of My Mother
Hell or High Water
Asperger’s Are Us
Ouija: Origin of Evil
The Dark Tapes
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Highlights from The 17th Annual Phoenix Film Festival 2017 – Part 2
Highlights from The 17th Annual Phoenix Film Festival 2017 – Part 1
The Top Ten Films of 2016: Take Two
Coming Soon: The 60-Yard Line
“La La” Lands Fourteen Nominations…Much to My Astonishment
Top Ten Creepy Clown Movies
Giallo: The Best of Italian Horror
Characters Gone, But Not Forgotten: Banshee & Penny Dreadful
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