Craig Fernandez

Craig Fernandez is the screenwriter of cult favorites “From Prada to Nada” and “Biker Boyz”.

Craig FernandezHe was born in Sacramento, California, and raised in Los Angeles. After graduating with B.A. in theatre from Bard College, Fernandez returned to LA and eventually became a reader and then a Creative Executive at Michael Mann’s production company, Forward Pass.

After leaving Mann, Fernandez launched his writing career, selling two scripts in rapid succession (a period adaptation of Prosper Merimee’s “Carmen”, and a Mexican Masked Wrestler fantasy “El Phantasma”).

In his twenty-five-year career, Fernandez has worked in every conceivable genre, from political thrillers (“Days of Rage”/Disney) to teen rom-coms (“Q”/Developed with Kenny Ortega). He’s adapted comic books “Beasts of Burden”/RealFX), classic literature (“Frankenstein”/Sony), and newspaper articles (“Biker Boyz”/Dreamworks).

Beyond his work in feature films, Fernandez has also worked in Feature Animation (“Everything Must Go”/Dreamworks), Children’s Animation (“Batwheels”/Warner Animation). He’s developed network pilots (“Red Ball”/Fox Network) and has written two four-hour mini-series (“Time’s Eye”/SciFi Channel and “Illegally Yours”/Lifetime).

Fernandez is repped by Jordan Bayer at Original Artists and Alex Lerner at Kaplan Perrone Management. You can find him on Twitter or Instagram at Craig Fernandez @Cauhtli.

Testimonials

I loved Craig’s teaching so much that I signed for two classes with him this summer. He helped me crank out a pretty solid draft of my feature in just a few months. He was always encouraging, kind and creative as an instructor. You could tell he cared about each student’s work yet he never tried to mold or morph people’s ideas into something they weren’t or push his own ideas. He always had extremely valuable notes, and nurtured each writer’s unique voice. I’d take another class with him in a heartbeat. Highly recommend him!

- Yagmur Tok

I have thoroughly enjoyed Craig’s class and I want to continue to take classes with him. Craig is incredibly knowledgeable about a wide variety of films, literature, performers and general creative culture. He shares his breadth of knowledge as inspiration and reference points to encourage us to move forward. He’s generous with his time and makes it clear he wants us to succeed and is willing to meet us where we’re at on every level. He’s brilliant and it’s a pleasure listening to his lectures. 

— Kelly Parker

Craig was a generous and warm instructor who went out of his way to make sure people made it through their first draft and grew as writers. You can tell he really cares about telling stories and just genuinely loves the process of taking them apart and helping you put them back together, better than before.

- Caroline Connolly

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