Residence: Ottawa, Canada
Sharon Buckingham is a well-known screenwriter and producer with both television and feature credits. She teaches the Syd Field screenwriting method® and acts as a script editor and consultant.
As writer and producer, Sharon was the creative force behind STICKS & STONES, a movie for television for the CTV network. STICKS & STONES won the Shaw Rocket Prize for Best Canadian Family TV program, the award for Best Foreign Film at the International Family Film Festival and was nominated for Gemini and Canadian Indy Awards as best movie for television.
Sharon worked as a story editor and writer on the long-running US/Canada television series BEASTMASTER and also as a script consultant on the CBC series REPUBLIC OF DOYLE. She created and is developing HARM’S WAY, an original drama series for television as well as EYE WITNESS, a game show. She recently developed ANGELS & ASSASSINS, an hour-long drama for television with Bud Gorman, the creator.
- Writer/Feature Films
Sharon’s feature film credits include the Genie Award Best Picture nominee TO WALK WITH LIONS starring Richard Harris and OWD BOB starring James Cromwell. She was also an unaccredited writer on features NICO THE UNICORN and FOR HIRE. Her treatment for the original comedy feature SWEET DREAMS was funded through Telefilm Canada’s Writer’s First program. She’s just completed a treatment for LOVE & LOGIC, a film about John Maynard Keynes and a page one rewrite on the script for BAKER’S DOZEN, a romantic comedy.
- Editor/Script Consultant
Sharon provides story editor and script consultant services on a wide variety of both feature scripts and television projects for broadcasters, production companies and individual screenwriters.
On the producing front, Sharon currently holds the option on two properties she’s now developing for television. THE DART LEAGUE DIARIES created by Jennifer Mulligan is a half-hour comedy series. And THE DRIVER is a half-hour dark comedy series created by Rick Kaulbars.
Using the Syd Field Screenwriting method®, Sharon works as an instructor in both the Screenwriting and Writing for TV and Film programs at Algonquin College and also leads one night a week, ten week-long workshops for emerging writers.
Sharon is represented by Linda Saint at The Saint Agency, Toronto.
BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE WITH SYD FIELD
- First met Syd at the Sherman Oaks Experimental College in the early to mid-1970s where he led weekend workshops for emerging screenwriters.
- Wrote my first two scripts in ten-week-long workshops (one night a week) held at Syd’s home in Beverly Hills in the mid to late1970s.
- Thanks to an introduction by Syd, Barbara Levy of Bloom, Levy and Shorr agreed to represent me (my first agent in California).
- Began to lead workshops, using Syd’s method with his blessing and with the agreement to quote and credit him appropriately, in the mid-eighties at Ottawa’s Summer Institute of Film & Television and for the Canadian Screen Training Center.
- Arranged for Syd to be a guest lecturer and honored guest at the Summer Institute of Film & Television in the mid-eighties
- Using Syd’s method, I’ve taught both the Screenwriting and Writing for TV and Film courses at Algonquin College in Ottawa and his book, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting is a required resource.
- I now teach and lead two ten-week-long screenwriting workshops (one night a week) each winter similar to the model Syd established when I wrote my first two screenplays and based on the successful Syd Field Screenwriting method®.