|novelro·mancen.by Emily Skopov|
Emily Skopov was born and raised in New York, where she was blissfully ignorant of anything and anyone related to the entertainment industry. An unfortunate and persistent desire to pursue a filmmaking career (the reality of which she had absolutely no conception), eventually drove her to Los Angeles, where she naively joined the ranks of similarly deluded creative types who pursue their cinematic dreams in the face of horrendous odds and against all reason.
After an absurdly typical initiation period of trials and tribulations sufficient to cure her of all youthful optimism and illusions, yet not long enough to render severe emotional and psychological damage, Emily received the opportunity to serve as an assistant to a writer-producer working in television. After an intense education in the workings of television development and production, Emily landed her first job working as a writer on the CBS drama “John Grisham’s ‘The Client’”.
Although her desire always had been to write and direct films, Emily enjoyed working and learning in the fast-paced medium of television, and continued to rise through the writer-producer ranks on several episodic shows. But she finally found herself one step closer to her dream when she pursued and received the opportunity to direct a few episodes of television. These experiences confirmed a passion for directing and reignited the desire to work in film.
Fortunate to have worked consistently since her career began, Emily did what many (including her now former agent) considered pretty much insane and voluntarily took a potentially permanent hiatus from television. While writing the script for her first feature, “Novel Romance,” which centers around a driven career woman’s unorthodox pursuit to become pregnant, Emily also became pregnant with her first child. Clearly fate must have been telling her something, because after a few years spent in honing the screenplay and raising financing, Emily found herself nearly nine months pregnant with her second child as she actually shot the film. A few days after wrapping production, a much less technological (and far more painful!) kind of labor took place, and the second of two new “babies” came into the world.
With the completion of her debut feature, Emily’s cinematic child has grown up, allowing her to move into the next phase of her career as a writer and director.