Feb 2, 2022
Zack Ford is a New York-based
screenwriter who sold his first screenplay right out of New York
University’s Tisch School of Arts. The screenplay, originally
entitled Scribbleface, would become Scar 3D, the first stereoscopic
3D horror film. Zack’s film,
Watcher, premiered at
Sundance 2022 and was recently purchased by IFC Films for
theatrical and VOD distribution. Directed by Chloe
Okuno and starring Maika
Monroe and Karl Glusman,
Watcher is about a young
American woman who moves into an apartment with her fiancé in
Bucharest, Romania, only to be tormented by the feeling that she is
being stalked by an unseen watcher in an adjacent building. This
all happens while a serial killer is terrorizing the
What you will learn:
- What first sparked Zack’s
interest in screenwriting at age 6, how he wrote his first
screenplay at age 12, entered a screenplay in the Nicholl
screenwriting competition at age 16, and sold his first screenplay
right out of NYU.
- How Zack struggled in the
industry after his first produced film, Scar 3D, was panned by
critics, inspiring him to hack into Hollywood by creating a fake
agency and submit screenplays under pen names.
Zack’s Script Magazine article
about this journey is linked under Resources
- How Watcher finally got
produced, years after writing it, after being optioned multiple
times, going into production, and then being shut down due to
covid, before finally getting produced during the pandemic in
- Zack describes his work flow
and writing process, which typically results in six completed
screenplays per year.
- How Zack’s approach to
outlining has evolved over the years.
- Where Zack would like to see
himself professionally over the next few
- What projects Zack is working
on and is attached to in 2022.