About Ruth

Ruth is a Los AngScreen Doctor Ruth Atkinsoneles-based script consultant and story editor who has worked in the film and television business for 20 years. Films Ruth has consulted on have won awards at festivals and been distributed around the world including  My Awkward Sexual Adventure  screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and named one of Canada’s Top Ten best films, acclaimed short  film ‘Lil Tokyo ReporterThe Perfect Family starring Kathleen Turner which was the closing Gala Film at Outfest 2011, released theatrically and aired on Lifetime. As well as the Genie nominated Who Loves the Sun starring Molly Parker and Adam Scottcelebrated indie The People I’ve Slept With and the New Zealand hit Predicament starring Jemaine Clement.

Ruth is a story analyst for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Screenwriting and Directing Lab and Screen Queensland in Australia. She is also a screenwriting advisor and story editor for Project Involve, Film Independent’s (FIND) signature diversity program, where she helps develop short film scripts which are produced and showcased at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Many have gone on to win awards and play at festivals across the country. In addition Ruth is a consultant for the inaugural Whistler Film Festival Screenwriters Lab to be held this winter in British Columbia.

Ruth is a sought after presenter and has given seminars at The Great American Pitchfest, Screenwriters World Conference West, Scriptwriters Network, The Writer’s Store (workshops and webinars), On the Page Podcast, International Screenwriters Association, and at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival including Scene & Heard and Framed West.

Ruth’s experience spans all facets of the business from script development, production, post production and distribution. “I’ve sat in an edit suite for days on end, worked on set at three in the morning, covered the festivals looking for movies to pick up and developed stories with writers, producers and directors.” This range of experience gives her a unique take on material and informs the feedback she gives.

Ruth’s career began in Victoria, BC at a local production and post-production facility in the late 80’s just as the film business on the west coast of Canada was beginning to take off. She soon moved to Vancouver where she worked on set in production on both studio features (Warner Bros., New Regency, Morgan Creek) and network television movies (CBS, ABC & FOX).

In 1996, after several years of working in the rain, Ruth made the jump to sunny Los Angeles where she worked as a development executive developing features, network television series and network television movies at Unapix Films and Alliance Atlantis including several Hallmark Hall of Fame productions.

As a script consultant Ruth works on screenplays that range in readiness from writers looking to complete an outline or polish a first draft to projects that are fully financed and ready for production. Ruth has worked individually with writers, writer/directors and on projects involving a writer, director and producer.  “I love the synergy that’s created when people come together to develop a script. Sharing ideas as we work towards a common vision. That moment when everything clicks and a story problem is solved or the theme revealed. There’s nothing better.”

As a writer, Ruth’s first love is literature and she was drawn to film development because of her love of story. “Every script is an invitation into another world and though I’ve read well over two thousand screenplays I still feel a thrill when I have an unread script in my hands. As I turn to the first page I’m filled with the anticipation of a well-told story. Strong stories make the best movies and I’m passionately committed to helping writers tell their story and write the best script they can.”