August 2014: Row River Trail, Cottage Grove, Oregon.
Emily Koopman was born and raised in the small town of Campbell River, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. A city girl at heart, after graduation she moved to the mainland to attend the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program where she completed the course with an award for her feature Sci-Fi/Comedy screenplay. Her love of film stems from watching an unfathomable amount of Disney movies as a child, and then allowed backstage at a taping of a Disney TV show and given a script for the episode. She fell in love with the idea of being able to direct her passion for writing into something visual, and finally decided to focus her energy on features when she was blown away by the 1986 film, Stand By Me. Nowadays, she spends her time between her home on the Island and the city of Vancouver, writing, working in tourism, doing occasional PA jobs, running the website for actor Colin Ford, continuing her humanitarian efforts, and running her blog, EmilyKoopman.com where she features interviews up and coming talent (who have included The Vamps, Christian Collins, and Osric Chau), as well as fellow screenwriters, prop masters, stuntmen, and more. Aside from film, she has also taken courses on music marketing from Berklee College of Music and promoted a number of local Vancouver-based musicians. From here she plans to pursue screenwriting, continue traveling the globe, and relentlessly look for innovative ways to make a positive impact and better the world for humans and animals alike.
When asked about her film inspirations, she credits Hitchcock, Hughes, Reiner, Lucas, Wilder, Columbus, Friedkin, Foner, Kubrick, Zemeckis, and Schumacher (yeah, even after that Batman movie) and a lot of other people she just can’t remember right now.
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