In 4th grade, Brandy Finmark’s mom picked her up with a new man in the car and said, “this is your new dad”. But Brandy knew better; there would be many new dads to come.
Brandy’s made a career out of making sad things funny. She grew up in the small meth-filled town of Simi Valley, California, and attended a 2-year college for 5 years because if you’re gonna do something, do it right. She wrote one act plays and comedic monologues and joined her first improv group. From there, she attended the New York Film Academy in Burbank, studied sketch comedy at UCB and improv at IO West (RIP).
In 2013, she met her writing partner, Jessica Blackwell, and the two of them networked and wrote as much as possible could for years until they eventually signed with a manager, Matt Shictman at Gotham.
In 2016, Brandy and Jess wrote and sold a sketch to Comedy Central called “The Glass Ceiling Board Game for Girls” which went viral. Shortly after, they sold their first spec script to Paramount Studios in 2016, with Paul Feig’s company Feigco attached to produce.
Brandy currently has a feature in development at Paramount, and recently sold a show to Freeform. In the past, she’s sold a feature pitch and an original feature spec, and has staffed on “Chelsea” on Netflix, “Crank Yankers” on Comedy Central, and “Crossing Swords” on Hulu.
Brandy is repped by WME.
The features class was phenomenal. Brandy and Becca are huge fans of film and so knowledgeable. Their enthusiasm was infectious and made the class so fun. If you want to learn structure and character for features, take this class!
I took Script Anatomy’s feature writing class taught by Brandy Finmark and Becca Gleason. Brandy and Becca are so cool and funny that I looked forward to each class and wanted them to be my best friends! I learned so much in this class. Brandy and Becca methodically go through the mechanics and break down every component and step of writing a successful feature, removing the guesswork and making the process feel very manageable. Their love of movies and passion for dissecting character arcs, story structure, what works and what doesn’t work is amazing. If you are intimidated by writing a feature or just want to get helpful notes from professionals and hard deadlines to start your next spec, then take this class immediately!