A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Mario Moreno is a screenwriter, author, filmmaker, speaker, and creative coach with many years of experience.
His credits include Maker Studio’s LA Series, which was executive produced and co-directed by James Franco, and Omission, produced by the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA).
Additional projects include an adaptation of the book Reckless Road for Rabbit Bandini Productions. The resulting script, Appetite for Destruction, chronicles the early days of Guns N’ Roses. And an untitled, original feature-length script for Sony’s Columbia Pictures. His novel Killa: A Mixtape Novella is available now.
Mario often writes and provides commentary on the craft of screenwriting across several platforms, including the Screenwriter’s Guidepost column for Script Magazine. He also co-authored the screenwriting how-to book The Pocket Screenwriting Guide: 120 Tips for Getting to FADE OUT.
Mario holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from Miami International University, where he gained experience writing, producing, directing, and editing short films. He won the Outstanding Filmmaker award for his thesis film The Sellout. He has also been an Academy Nicholl Fellowships quarterfinalist, a Final Draft’s Big Break semifinalist, and an Austin Film Festival finalist.
He was Senior Story Specialist at The Writers Store for eight years, where he coached seven winners of the Industry Insider Contest through their writing process, one of whose script made the BlackList and was acquired by Universal Pictures after a bidding war.
He is also the Product Manager for Final Draft, driving the design and development of the industry-standard screenwriting software while advocating for storytellers and content creators.