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Los Angeles, CA 90038

Home to Tom Provosts Film Seminars, rewriting do's and don'ts, and script consulting services.


Cinema Language: Tom Provost

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Cinema Language is produced and taught by Tom Provost, an award winning writer/director/editor living in Los Angeles.

After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin’s prestigious Plan II Honors program, with emphases in both English Literature and Film, he moved to Los Angeles where he has worked steadily writing, directing, editing and acting. (And, for while at least, waiting tables.) He was hired to adapt a script for Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman’s production company, Revelations, a screenplay made into the film Under Suspicion starring Freeman and Academy Award Winner Gene Hackman. The screenplay was nominated for an Edgar Award.

Provost’s feature directorial debut was The Presence. He also wrote the film and is one of the producers. The genre-twisting ghost story stars Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino, Shane West, Golden Globe Nominee Justin Kirk, and Tony Curran. After winning numerous awards on the festival circuit including Best Picture and Best Director, Lionsgate picked up the movie which was released in Fall 2011.

A graduate screenwriting professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Provost works steadily as a script doctor and consultant.

He also teaches the popular series of classes on filmmaking called Cinema Language: The Art Of Storytelling, both in Los Angeles and around the country, often in conjunction with Mark Stolaroff’s No Budget Film School.

You can find some of his writing at