Will Akers, assistant professor and chair of Belmont’s new motion pictures program, provided script consultation for the screenplay “The Important Man,” which has recently won great acclaim. In addition to landing in the Top 10 of the Fresh Voices Awards, the screenplay was honored as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 Fade In Award, and it also placed in the Top 10 of the Nantucket Film Festival and won the Omaha Film Festival. “The Important Man” has also been named a semi-finalist in the top screenwriting contest in the United States: the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowship, sponsored by the Motion Picture Academy. This year, the Nicholl received a record 7,200 entries.
Colleen Schukei, who co-wrote the screenplay with Heather Petersen, said, “Will has played such an important part of this entire process. His advice is sound. His feedback, incredibly insightful. And while it’s not easy to hear you need to cut the first 50 pages of your beloved story, we knew he wanted what we wanted — to make this the best script possible. Will became the mentor we so desperately needed, someone who believed in us and knew what he was talking about.”
Legendary script guru John Truby, author of Anatomy of Story, said, “When I heard that Will Akers’ consulting clients had won the Grand Prize in the Fade In screenwriting contest, it just confirmed what Hollywood insiders have known for a long time, that Will is one of the best script consultants in the business.”