School of the Arts Faculty

Diane Lake

Associate Professor (2006)

B.F.A. Drake University
M.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
http://www.dianelake.com


Diane Lake

Diane Lake, who previously taught screenwriting for UCLA's acclaimed Writer's Program, has been a working screenwriter since 1993 when she sold her first story idea. Since then, Lake has been commissioned to write screenplays for Columbia, Disney, Miramax, and Paramount, as well as numerous independent producers.

Lake co-wrote the screenplay of the acclaimed film Frida,a biography of the artist Frida Kahlo. The movie, starring Salma Hayek and directed by Julie Taymor, opened the Venice Film Festival in 2002 and was named one of the best films of the year by numerous Top 10 lists, including The National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. Frida also was nominated for six Academy Awards in 2003.

Her original screenplay "Ada," about Ada Byron Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron, has been optioned by producer Jeff Apple, whose credits include the films In the Line of Fire and The Recruit. Lake's scripts in development have included Distance, the story of the French Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot, optioned by Columbia and subsequently by Blue Collar Films; Chandler, a film noir set in 1930s Los Angeles, by Roth/Arnold Productions; and A Thousand Cranes, an epic love story set against the backdrop of the bombing of Hiroshima in World War II, by Digital Domain Studios. 

Professor Lake won Boston's 2011 ProArts Consortium Award given for creating a course in Writing the FIlm Musical, judged to be "the most innovative course involving students from more than one institution" in the Consortium.

Lake speaks around the world on the subject of screenwriting. She has served as keynote speaker at numerous events in the U.S. and abroad, including at a recent international conference on American Studies, organized by the U.S. State Department and held in Turkey. A longtime member of the Writer's Guild of America, Lake serves as a Guild arbiter determining writing credits for films.

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Contact

Office: Ansin 909

Phone: 3845

E-Mail: diane_lake@emerson.edu

Current Courses

Writing the Feature Film (VM320)
Top: Writiing the Comedy Feature Film (VM324)
Top: Writiing the Comedy Feature Film (VM324)
Topics in Screenplay Genres: Writing the Biopic (VM324)
Changed to VM420-05 (VM400)
Top: Disaster Movies (VM400)
Top: The Hollywood Renaissance (VM400)
Top: Cyberactivisim: Crashing the System (VM400)
Top: Surveillance in a Digial Age (VM400)
Top: They're Heeeeeeer: An Exploration of the Horror Film Genre (VM400)
Top: They're Heeeeeeer: An Exploration of the Horror Film Genre (VM400)
Topics in Media Arts Studies: Czech Film History (VM400)
Topics in Media Arts: Sports, Media and Spectacle (VM400)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Los Angeles on Film (VM400)
Top: Transmedia Development (VM420)
Top: WGBH Partnership Prod (VM420)
Top: Writing the Film Musical (VM420)
Top: Directing and Producing the Narrative Motion Picture (VM420)
Top: Ed Tech Times: Content Development and Web Design for an Online Information Hub (VM420)
Top: Improv Comedy: Upright Citizens Brigade (VM420)
Top: Magic Hour: The Art of Cinematography in LA (VM420)
Top: Magic Hour: The Art of Cinematography in LA (VM420)
Top: Production Design:Craft and Practice in the Art Department (VM420)
Top: Research and Creative Production in Virtual and Agumented Reality Public Art (VM420)
Top: Studio Independents: Navigation the Motion Picture Industry (VM420)
Top: Technical Craft of the Narrative Motion Picture (VM420)
Topics in Media Arts Practice: Prague Film Program (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Aesthetics of Film Editing: Storytelling Through Images (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Aesthetics of Film Editing: Storytelling Through Images (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Analysis and Production of Web Videos (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Feature Film Development (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Feature Film Development (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Writing and Producing Games (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice: Production Management (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice: Production Management (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice: Screenwriting Lab in Patmos, Greece (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice: The Business of Directing (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice: The Business of Directing (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice: Videogame Writing and Producing (VM420)
Topics Visual and Media Arts: Practice: Production Design: Craft and Practice in the Art Department (VM420)
Topics VMA Pracitice: Research and Creative Production in Virtual and Augmented Reality Public Art (VM420)
Feature Writing Workshop (VM428)

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