Sara Snow is a Gemini and Leo award-winning writer who has worked on drama, comedy, youth, and sci-fi series, including stints as writer/producer on Arctic Air, head writer on season 1 of Mr. D., and a season as show runner of Degrassi: The Next Generation. She has story-edited features and short films, including work by Karen Lam and Sharon Lewis and is currently developing a dystopian sci-fi series with award-winning graphic novelist David Robertson and a comedy series with filmmaker/actor Michael Seater. Sara is particularly interested in adaptation, as well as thrillers, dystopian and supernatural stories, and dark comedy projects.
Sara worked with 2015 From Our Dark Side winner Shereen Jerrett, in 2016 she worked with Ana de Lara, and she joined the mentor pool again for Season 3 to consult with Elle Wild on her project Strange Things Done. We spoke with her about working in genre.
Why is genre important?
The genre we’re working in is important and exciting because it allows us to see how the world would play out if we turned it upside down. I also think that working within any definitive genre leads to stronger work. Within some set restrictions we find freedom to play.
Why are you involved with this contest?
Because I love talking about story, because I like the non-linear structure some women come to naturally, and because I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with wonderful story editors and would like to continue the discussion.
Who are some of the filmmakers or artists who inspire you?
Russell T. Davies, J.J. Abrams, Nicole Holofcener, Neil LaBute, Shonda Rhimes, John Sayles, Hans Rosenfeldt, David Simon, Richard Linklater, Jane Campion, Mira Nair
What can mentees expect when working with a story editor like you?
Open communication and honesty. Someone who respects the writer’s vision without trying to make it her own.
Q&A by Katja De Bock