Song Samples From The Great Gilly Hopkins Musical

The Great Gilly Hopkins Available Now

OnDemand and at Amazon and iTunes


Before it was a Movie, it was a Broadway Musical!

No Big Deal [Sample]

Big Mouth [Sample]

Finalé [Sample]


Acclaim For David’s Speaking

“I can’t thank you enough for your participation in the 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference. Your enthusiasm is infectious!… You are a hero in my book.”

Cathy Rescher
Founder 3 Rivers Screenwriting Conference

“Paterson’s presentation was both impressive and inspirational. Very grateful for him enlightening and entertaining my students.”

Mark Allen – Professor of Advertising Graduate Program
Savannah College of Art and Design

“The Great Gilly Hopkins” Now Available on DVD, On Demand, Amazon, AmazonPrime, Fandango and iTunes

Starring: Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer and Julia Stiles.


Stage 32 Interviews with David Paterson has posted 2 webinars they have held with David Paterson.

Short Film Marketing

Here David discusses finding a market for your short film. You’ll learn how to maximize the marketing of your short films. Where and why to submit to festivals and how to get distribution for your short.

Click to view the introduction to the webinar here: Is-There-A-Market-For-Your-Short-Film.

The Ins and Outs of Product Placement

David speaks about the benefits of product placement and the potential downfalls. Product placement can stretch your film-making budget but done wrong it can end up costing you money you didn’t have to spend.

EXTREMELY helpful! Yeah, now I know how to cover 98% of my props and craft expenses. Thanks for the help.” – C. Masi

Find out more in the introduction to this webinar here: Product-Placement-Friend-or-Foe.

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David Paterson Interview: 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference

David discusses his writing and film-making history with Crystal Smith of the 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference.


3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference 2016: David Paterson Interview from Crystal Smith on Vimeo.

Lectures and Articles by David Paterson

Recent Lectures and Articles by David Paterson:

  • The Power of No: Avoiding Pitfalls and Roadblocks in Filmmaking
  • Anatomy of a Short: Taking the Audience from Concept To Completion of a Short
  • Product Placement: (Friend or Foe?)
  • Dealing With Creative Conflict: How To Negotiate When the Writer Is Not the Director
  • Please and Thank You: The Lost Art of Independent Filmmaking
  • Make Art a Part of Your Life: Not Your Life About Your Art
  • When To Self-Censor: Selling Out Or Not Willing To Compromise?
  • Making A $500,000 Movie For 10¢ on the Dollar
  • WTF: There Are No “Happy Accidents” In Indie Filmmaking
  • Film School vs. Taking On The Business: What Are My Options?
  • The Future Of Indie Filmmaking
  • Improv for Idiots: It’s not just for Actors
  • Is There A Market For Shorts?
  • Fall Down, Get up, Laugh: finding humor in hardship
  • Production 101: Know Your Crew, Don’t Hire Family or Friends
  • To Stay On Time-Keep On Budget-Hire Women
  • We Need A Bigger Boat: Finding Additional Funds/resources DURING Production
  • FAITH IN FILM: A turn-on or turn-off for distributors?

David Interviewed on ‘Director’s Cut’ from Wisconsin Public Television

David Paterson discusses places independent filmmakers can film free.

Watch the full interview with Paterson on Director’s Cut from Wisconsin Public Television.

Five Questions For David from The Actors Fund

Visit the Auction of 1000 Stars to bid on David’s autographed memorabilia!

David Interviewed by Kevin Smith on The Tonight Show

David Paterson on The Tonight Show

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David Paterson is interviewed by Kevin Smith at Sundance for The Tonight Show.



An Award-winning playwright and screenwriter, David Paterson has penned over two-dozen plays, 15 of which are published through Samuel French, Inc. His works have been performed on Broadway, Off Broadway and throughout the world. He is the only playwright ever to have three plays premiere on the New York City stage in one month.

In 2005 David began writing for film. He adapted his play FINGER PAINTING IN A MURPHY BED into a screenplay and produced it. As LOVE, LUDLOW, the film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews; “Another Sundance treasure!” Roger Ebert reported. David sold the film to The Sundance Channel, Starz Channel and Warner Home Video. LOVE, LUDLOW was one of the few success stories of Sundance 2005. The screenplay was nominated for the HUMANITAS award for excellence in screen writing. David has also written for The New York Times, Moviemaker Magazine, Filmmaker magazine, and IndieSlate, among others.

David’s second feature, Disney’s BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, was one of the most successful studio releases of 2007. His short, OPEN AIR, starring MUNICH’s Lynn Cohen, won numerous awards on the festival circuit and will premiere with Shorts International in 2015. David’s films and documentaries have been seen in over 100 festivals worldwide. His most recent documentary, DON”T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’s JOURNEY was a hit on the Festival circuit, winning multiple awards, including the Palm Springs IFF Audience award and was also nominated for a Gotham Award.

David’s latest film, THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS, starring Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer, Kathy Bates and Julia Stiles premiered through LIONSGATE in theaters this fall October and is now available on DVDand multiple on Demand platforms including Amazon and Itunes. Through his own production company, Arcady Bay Entertainment, he is currently at work on three other major family market adaptations – THE FLINT HEART, COME SING JIMMY JO, and MY FINAL ANSWER, with Steve Jones’ Beeholder productions (YOU DON’T KNOW JACK).

David is a professional stuntman, an adjunct professor of screenwriting for NYIT of Manhattan, and serves on the Film Advisory Board for the Savannah, First Times, Gold Coast and Big Apple Film Festivals. David has served as a panelist for numerous film festivals in the U.S. and abroad, and is in great demand as a guest lecturer and motivational speaker at colleges, Universities and writer symposiums, most recently lecturing at the RIO IFF in Brazil.

David is also a fireman. His memories as a 9/11 rescue worker were published in the novel 911-Book of Help, with his royalties going to scholarships for children who lost parents in the tragedy.