In this episode of Gateway Radio I interviewed Sophia Stewart. She is the writer and creator of the Matrix and Terminator films. Her story was stolen and created into movies without her knowledge. In the interview she explained how unfair the film industry is and how this is done all of the time to writers and creative people. Stealing is common in the industry. This is why she explains the importance of copywriting your material and source work. For more information on Sophia Stewart check out the links below and read the bio at the end of this Blog post.
Writer of the Terminator and Matrix movies, Child prodigy, prolific writer, poet and creative genius are just a few of the terms used to describe Sophia Stewart. Stewart entered the City University of New York and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in journalism and minors in law and psychology. While attending the University, she studied under the guidance of many celebrated authors and writers such as:
- Max Segal, a former journalist of the New York Times,
- Emile Capouya, publisher, editor, essayist, and critic,
- Paul Cherry, a playwright for Broadway.
She, also, served as an intern for television at the Public Broadcasting Station WNET Thirteen, where she worked with Oscar winning film documentary producer, Perry Miller Adato. Her graduating class was honored with a special letter/citation from President Jimmy Carter.In 1979, her love and skills for writing motivated her to move from New York to Los Angeles where she studied cinema at the University of Southern California (USC).It was there she had the opportunity to study film under the auspices of producer Leon Roth; father of Eric Roth, screenwriter of the movie Forrest Gump.By the early 80’s she had started writing professionally. It was through her association with the entertainer Janet Jackson that she became involved in a special project that enabled her to write her first television scripts entitled “My Special Love” and “Blue Short”. During this period Ms. Stewart also had the opportunity to work at Columbia Pictures in the office of Vice President Dick Berres. It was at Columbia Pictures where Dick Berres supported her aspirations to write and gave Sophia five first draft scripts. One was called “From Here to Eternity”. She is an accomplished award-winning poet who has published over one hundred poems. NAACP Award In December, 2005, Sophia Stewart was awarded the NAACP Rosa Parks Award for her contribution to the film industry.Stewart, a gifted writer visionary, has also worked for individual celebrities who include former Knick player Dick Barnett, Louis Gossett Jr., and Shelly Winters. Her background is diverse and many of her writings reflect ground breaking literature that is undeniable before it’s time. She has received numerous awards for her achievements over the past few years.After earning the Rosa Parks Award’ from the NAACP in December 2005, she also got the honor award for empowering the people from the Las Vegas Music Awards in September 2006. On June 2, 2007 she was nominated for the international award called: ‘Lifting Up the World with a Oneness Heart.’ An award offered to people who have made exceptional contributions to the human family. Some of the receivers of this award include: Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul, Jesse Jackson and many others.