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Shelley Winters On Fire!

Friday, May 16 2008 @ 01:18 AM UTC
Contributed by: Jimbo
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Free Film SchoolI don't know about you, but I really like "how I broke into the business" stories. Howie Wiseman just sent me a great one about Shelley Winters and the low-budget film City on Fire:

My first production job was driving a famous Hollywood legend on a disaster picture in Montreal called "City on Fire". She freaked out and fired me when she claimed that her trailer was too cold, though I had twice cranked up the heat to "11" so that it was dripping humidity. I was re-hired the next day and instructed to wait in a car by her trailer with the car heater blasting in order to drive her 20 meters to the set. It was mid August.

Soon after, while working as a waiter in New York, I wrote a spec murder mystery about my neighborhood by the old police station in Little Italy called "Shadowman". I created a cool cover page in a copy shop, which you're not supposed to do. Robert Altman's then producer Matthew Seig just happened to be standing next to me and remarked on the cover. I gave him a copy. He soon optioned the screenplay, resulting in my being signed to William Morris. It's been optioned several times since.

My agent in Toronto is Charlie Northcote. Contact for more info, or contact me at

Howard (Howie) Wiseman