- A strong handle on the English language, all in vocabulary, poetics, and grammar.
- An understanding of Communication skills, both for linear and concise organization, and heart-mind communication of human connection.
- A Rhetorics and Philosophics background, for development of both archetypal characters and thematic human touchstones, and the ability to pose an argument instead of preaching.
- A comprehensive understanding of human nature and behavior, in other words: Human Psychology.
- A thorough understanding of the craft of storytelling and writing for the screen.
- And what’s a nice added touch?
- A sharply trained eye and a strong knowledge of screen composition, lighting, and camera operation.
Jennifer’s first feature film script, Rain Beau’s End, wrapped Principle Photography in March of 2019 and is currently in post-production. Her script attached A-List actors Ed Asner and Sean Young, along with a host of extraordinarily talented TV and Chicago stage actors. She played a pivotal role on set during filming, contributing to the telling of the story, and working synergistically with her cast and crew. She has been intrinsically involved with the fruition of the project since its conception, and intends on seeing it through to its best manifestation in the world.
Jennifer received her education at the prestigious Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. There she completed two majors, in English, and Communication & Rhetorical Studies, with two minors, in Psychology and Philosophy within four years. She received a Bachelor of the Arts Degree, graduating with Honors. Post-graduation, she received further accreditation by completing professional certification programs in screenwriting, both online and in New York City, film production in New York City, and photography, both online and in Paris. Jennifer participates in screenwriting seminars in NYC and Los Angeles, and devotes countless hours to independent study. She has been published in three Best Emerging Poets anthologies, for her home state of Pennsylvania, for the Northeast Region, and for the nation of America. She is currently working on several other original scripts, in various stages of development and heads her own production company, HalfJack Generations. She is repped by The|Machine in Los Angeles and intends to produce and direct her own scripts.
“There aren’t many writers I’ve met who can manage being attentive, focused, thoughtful and above all creative all at the same time. Jennifer is one of those rare talents.”
Joe Orlandino, Producer
“Jennifer Cooney ate my screenplay! (And when I got it back it was significantly improved in all kinds of ways, from character and structure to dialogue and action – how did I manage to miss so much?) Best script mastication ever.”
Geoff Dupuy-Holder, Award-Winning Screenwriter, 36-Time Published Author
“She is one of the most balanced individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Jennifer is not only a real human being but a human doing.”
Joe Orlandino, Producer
“Jennifer Cooney is the rare writer who enthusiastically welcomes collaboration, while at the same time maintaining her distinctly individual voice. She’s a pure joy to work with and bounce around fresh ideas and insights. Her characteristic wit, approachability and passionate conviction make the whole experience beyond rejuvenating.”
Lucia Mauro, Writer-Director
“Jen is a dynamite ally on any writing project! She’s one of the most balanced and versatile script doctors I’ve worked with. Her feedback strikes a great equilibrium of her own expectations as a fellow writer, audience member, and reader with a genuine concern for getting into your head to understand the story that YOU want to tell and helping you realize that vision. In terms of story construction, she’s as adept with pointers on shaping the overall structure as with down-and-dirty micro adjustments you can make immediately to straighten out individual scenes. Her personal commitment, as well as her credibility as an accomplished writer in her own right, come through in the fact that her comments simply aren’t a stack of generic, clinical tripe, but have a voice of their own. When Jen and I first worked together, there was a sizable pool of writers in our program to shake down for notes, but for the aforementioned reasons, Jen was someone I went to time and again for critiques that I knew would leave me with something clear and actionable, that would elevate the quality of my screenplay.”
Jason Montgomery, Screenwriter
“She is always a source of fresh ideas, compelling characters, dialogue that grabs you, and settings that make you feel like you’re in the scene. Her enthusiasm for the story manifests itself in the interactions and moods she creates. Her ability and willingness to work closely with directors and producers assists in providing a creative framework that helps develop the film’s mission and target audience.”
Joe Orlandino, Producer
“Working with Jennifer on rewrites of LOVE IS FREE WILL allowed me to open up my story to new avenues. Not to mention I cannot say enough about her eye for formatting and spelling errors which our mind starts to over look. After her feedback my script began placing in contests. She was and is an invaluable resource.”
Amanda Samaroo, Screenwriter