About Stéphanie Joalland

Stéphanie is from Brittany, France, but lives in London. She earned a masters degree from a French business school, Audencia Nantes. She soon decided she’d rather become a screenwriter and began her career as a reader for French studios TF1 International and Canal Plus, thus gaining a deep understanding of storytelling. She then worked for the Youth and Drama Department of TF1 as a story editor, where she developed dozens of international animated shows coproduced between Europe and North-America. She created an animated SF TV show VALERIAN AND LAURELINE for Luc Besson (Europa Corp). She also wrote, produced and directed four short films, among which is a Sci-Fi thriller set in the Californian desert, CONFLATION, that was selected for festivals all over the world. She then moved to America to study producing, directing and screenwriting at UCLA. In summer 2013 Stéphanie wrote, co-produced and directed her first feature film THE QUIET HOUR, a sci-fi thriller starring Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass) which screened at Raindance in 2014. She’s now developing her sophomore movie, “Seedling”, a sci-fi thriller involving time travel and bio engineering. Stéphanie is an alumnus from Berlinale Talent and IFP Emerging Narrative in New York.

Here are my most recent posts

6 Rules of Screenplay Research

6 Rules of Screenplay Research

It’s often said in screenwriting books that scribes should write about what they know. I personally think it’s advice that needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Oftentimes when you are hired to pen a script you have to write about something you know nothing about...

5 reasons your script needs a paper edit

A movie is essentially written three times. Once (many times!) on the screenwriter’s laptop, the second time during production and the third time in the editing room. And quite frankly I’m learning more about screenwriting from editing my first feature film “The Quiet...
7 Rules for Writing Short Films

7 Rules for Writing Short Films

A short film script can be a great calling card for a writer. Short films aren’t a lesser form of cinematic storytelling. In fact writing them requires the exact same skills as writing a feature length script – though on a smaller scale. Although TV broadcast...