About

UPDATE:

I’m now making short videos.

After years of working talented crews: cinemaphotographers, editors, production designers, I’m now able – with the new accessible technology – to create every aspect of a video.  I’m writing and directing as always, but now I’m shooting and editing.  It’s the ultimate creative ego trip.  I get to do it all.   Check out my new videos at my YouTube Channel:

Let me know what you think.

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“THE BENCH” a short film I directed in October 2015, written by Robert Austin Rossi, is an official selection in four film festival: Culver City, LA Short Film Festival, La Jolla Film Festival and the NY Shorts Festival.  

It won a special AWARD OF RECOGNITION FOR DIRECTING at the La Jolla festival.

Tom’s recent play THE PRINCES OF KINGS ROAD  has finished it’s sold out, well reviewed run at the Neutra Museum in Silverlake, CA., and he is now writing his new play ARS GRATIA ARTIS which should have its first public reading in March 2016.

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BIOGRAPHY

Tom Lazarus’s first career was in entertainment advertising, where he created advertising for the major motion picture studios.  He also designed album covers and was nominated for a Grammy.  His second career was writing, directing and producing educational and business films.  He won more than two dozen international film festival honors including Best Educational Film of the Year at the San Francisco Film Festival.  He was nominated for a CLIO for directing a Fair House Public Service TV spot.

Then, Mr. Lazarus started writing for television, writing seven Movies of the Week including Hear No Evil and The Ordeal Of Bill Carney and working as a staff writer/producer for nine network series such as Hunter, Jake And The Fatman, Starman, Stingray, Mike Hammer and War Of The Worlds.

His feature credits include the original story for George Burns/Brooke Shields motion picture Just You And Me, Kid and the script for the Swedish made Revenge And Justice and the #1 film in America upon its release Stigmata.   He has had nine feature films made from his original screenplays.

Tom Lazarus has directed five feature films: Movies Kill, Word Of Mouth, House Of Love, Voyeur Confessions, and Exhibitionist Files.

Mr. Lazarus wrote, directed and executive produced five seasons of the cable TV hit 7 Lives Xposed.

He has a new book on screenwriting The Last Word – Definitive Answers To All Your Screenwriting Questions, published in August 2012, and has published two books through St. Martin’s Press, Secrets Of Film Writing and Rewriting Secrets For Screenwriters.

Mr. Lazarus is teaching Advanced Screenwriting Workshop and Advanced Rewriting Workshop at UCLA Extension, Writers Program, as well as The Master Class In Screenwriting.

He has taught undergraduate screenwriting at the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master Class at California State University Northridge.  He is also teaching screenwriters  around the world with his Private Consultations.

Tom recently wrote and directed the sold out theater piece THE PRINCES OF KINGS ROAD, which has been selected as ONE OF THE BEST OF 2015 by Ernest Kearney at Bitterlemons.com and directed THE BENCH, which finished post in 2016 and has been selected by four film festivals and garnered an award for Direction.

 

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