WORKSHOPS FOR FILM & TV
Workshops coming soon!
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
DANIELA SAIONI is a comedy writer and performer whose stand-up developed at her long-running West End Girls monthly live show at Comedy Bar and was featured on CBC's Laugh Out Loud to over 1 million listeners. Her raucous female ensemble comedy screenplay The WBI, co-written with Annie Bradley, received the 2014 Best Reserve Screenplay Award at the Female Eye Film Festival and was named CFF Harold Greenberg Fund's Top Ten in 2016. Her directorial debut mockumentary short, First Person Plural: Copy Cat, aired on The Comedy Network and premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival. She also co-created the pilot and series proof of concept Ir-Reverend/i> with Annie Bradley, starring Nikki Payne, and her new magic realism dramedy feature script Jiyan is based on a story by filmmaker Mazdak Taebi. In her other life on the front lines of film sets as a world-class script supervisor, Daniela has been lucky enough to crawl around inside the comedy brains of directors like Rodman Flender, Greg Daniels and Paul Feig. Her script supervision achievements include the notorious comedy features My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Three to Tango, Shazam! and the upcoming Netflix teen dance movie, Work It. She has been training comics and improvisers in the art of original sitcom writing since 2012 through her From Schtick to Script intensive program, where multiple alumni went on to get staffed in Canada's writing rooms. She trains directors in the art of visual storytelling through her Am I Covered? program and has been the script supervision mentor for the CFC director and producer residents since 2010. Suffice it to say, she has a thing or two to say about comedy filmmaking from multiple informed perspectives.
Anne is a writer/story editor, teacher and TV development
executive. A graduate of the University of Toronto and
Canadian Film Centre, Anne has over 20 years' experience
writing comedy for film, TV, radio, stage and print and has
extensive experience as a development executive (Back
Alley Films, Amaze Film & Television, CTV). She loves
teaching and just completed her ninth year of teaching
Sitcom Writing at Humber College's Comedy Writing &
Performance program. Anne's diverse experience also
includes stand-up comedy, satirical songs for CBC Radio,
and most recently, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative
Nonfiction from King's College/Dalhousie (2018).