Woodward, Okla. —
Bryan Dick found his passion for screenwriting when he was a freshman at Woodward High School.
Now after pursuing that passion for more than 20 years, Dick is eagerly anticipating the first nationwide public screening of one of his scripts. The full length movie "Gone Missing," staring Daphne Zuniga, will premiere on the Lifetime cable network on June 15 at 7 p.m. CST.
PURSUING FILM SCHOOL
"I've always sort of written," Dick said, but noted that he "would have to credit my mom (Kathy) who was an English teacher at Woodward High School for 20 years" for awakening his passion for script writing.
"I was in her humanities class as a freshman and we did a film unit and that was when I was introduced to screenwriting. From that moment on it clicked, I knew that's what I wanted to do," he said.
Dick was so committed to pursuing a career as a screenwriter that when it came time to apply for colleges, he said, "my parents and I researched which were the best for film. The University of Southern California (USC) was rated number one, so I applied there and to OU and that was it."
By the time he graduated from Woodward High School in 1995, he learned he had been accepted to the undergrad program at USC, but not to the film school.
But he didn't let that small setback deter him.
"My parents and I discussed it and thought that it would be okay for me to go and get out there and make connections to help me when I applied for film school again," Dick said. "It wasn't until my third time to apply to the film school that I got in."
He said it turned out that he and his parents had been right in feeling that going to California would be a good networking experience for him.
"Because I was out there, I became friends with a professor of mine who wrote me a letter of recommendation," which finally secured his place in film school, he said.
Dick graduated from USC's Cinema School with his bachelor's in critical studies in 1999.