Kathie Fong Yoneda: …And a lot of them are branching out in genres. Whereas a lot of them are “Oh, I only like to do romantic comedy.” And nowadays I hear them branching out more and wanting to do “You know, I thought I’d challenge myself so I do something a little different, so I’m doing a mystery.” And it’s nice to hear that now, that they’re doing that. For a lot of the agents, it’s not just looking at material and saying “Where’s that big Tent Pole thing?” It’s also what does this particular writer have? Do they have that…what’s the best word to use? Do they have that sense of adventure of wanting to go further with their talents as a writer. To go further and look at other pieces of material and write about something that is totally different than what’s out there.
Film Courage: That’s interesting. How do you think they can tell that someone has this sense of adventure?
Kathie Fong Yoneda: I think just by talking to them and reading them “What are you working on?” Because they want to know what it is that you’re working on.
If they give a one line answer like “Oh, I’m working on another action-adventure (Watch the video on Youtube here).
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With over 25 years of industry experience, Kathie Fong Yoneda has worked for such prestigious studios as Paramount, Columbia, MGM, Universal, 20th Century Fox, and Disney, specializing in story analysis and development of live action and animated projects. Her career includes executive positions with Walt Disney, Touchstone, Island Pictures and Walt Disney TV Animation where she has evaluated more than 18,000 submissions (Read more here).