Steve Vidler is a screenwriter, script consultant, developer, director, actor and teacher, with over 30 years professional experience in the film and television industry. He is a graduate of Australia’s premier drama school, NIDA and both its leading film schools, VCA / Swinburne and AFTRS. Steve also received a fellowship to study writing and directing at UCLA while working as an intern for producer Ross Grayson Bell [Fight Club]. His VCA Graduating short, Fishing won the Cinevex Award, and his AFTRS Graduating script Hell, Texas and Home was nominated for an AFI Award and Dendy Award for best short film.  His mini-series A Difficult Woman, co-written with Nicholas Hammond, won the Silver World Medal for best mini-series at the New York Festival.  His debut feature as director, Blackrock, received a prestigious premiere screening at Sundance and was nominated for five AFI awards including Best Film.

Steve has been nominated for and won AFI Awards as an actor. He has also shared his professional expertise as a lecturer, consultant and script assessor at AFTRS, Macquarie University, Sydney Uni Open Program, NIDA, SAE Institute, Actors Centre, Screen NSW, Screen Australia, NSWFTO, Screen Tasmania and AFC Indivision Lab.

He is currently completing a PhD by research on Screenwriting at Macquarie University, with a thesis on viewer empathy in narrative film.  He has written several feature film scripts and series pilots that have been optioned, including Horrendo’s Curse for 403 Productions, Cream for Fox and Challenge for Enjoy Entertainment.  His comedy feature film The Wrongest Guy is  currently in development through ScreenNSW Aurora program.

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Script Dojo is the screenwriting blog of Steve Vidler, screenwriter, script consultant and film-maker. It's where I come to wrestle with ideas about what makes great screenwriting. After more than 20 years in the business I still find it challenging and exciting every time I take on a new story idea. Sometimes I emerge victorious. Sometimes I get kicked in the face. All part of the fun. By sharing my thoughts here I hope to help you get kicked in face less often.

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