LIL-I-ATH: [lil-ee-ath] noun. Elvish. “Laughter.”

PE-NUM-BRA: [pi-nuhm-bruh] noun. Latin. A fringe region of half shadow resulting from the partial obstruction of light by an opaque object.

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Diane is a writer/director who is drawn to magical realism and science fiction/fantasy. Her favourite topics to explore usually involve mental illness, or the dark side of love and spirituality. Her sense of humour is very dry, so she tends to stick to drama.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Literature/Writing from Columbia University, and her Master of Fine Arts in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University.

While at Northwestern, she taught Intro to Screenwriting, and spent part of her summer shadowing Richard J. Lewis on C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation.

She has worked for festivals like Hot Docs and the Toronto International Film Festival, and worked as a production assistant on the TV shows Rookie Blue (ABC) and Good Witch (Hallmark). She was even briefly Darren Lynn Bousman’s director’s assistant on Saw IV. She has read scripts for: Focus Features, Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures, Little Magic Films, In Cahoots Entertainment, Intruder Films, and Coverfly.

She has since taught Screenwriting and Directing at Wilfrid Laurier University, and now works a dream day job as the Franchise Assets Coordinator on a major ViacomCBS franchise, but can’t talk about it because of the NDA she signed.

Liliath & Penumbra is her company.

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Diane is no longer offering script consulting services at this time.

Due to being busy with projects of her own, as well as a great day job (still can’t talk about it!), Diane has found her time to be too full to do justice to any clients who might want to hire her for script consulting, script analysis, and/or copy-editing services. For this reason, she is no longer offering them.

You can still ask, and maaaaaybe she’ll have some spare time to help you, but, as the Magic 8 Ball might say, “Outlook not so good.”

WRITING AND PRODUCTION

Diane has a full portfolio of feature film and television pilot screenplays she has written.

She also has experience directing numerous short films.

Diane’s astute understanding of film and story development is a premium. When it comes to script analysis, she is consistently constructive, valid, and incisive. She is able to discuss story with confidence and sensitivity, and her analysis is always meted out with agility and professionalism.

A quality we also truly appreciated in Diane, is her symbiotic gauging of artistry and commercial appeal – an imperative for any kind of success in this industry. So much so in fact, that while she worked with us, we often relied upon her for priority script reports that directly informed some of our business decisions. Her comments can be trusted and her expediency is vital for anyone who thrives on deadlines and quick turnarounds.

MARK TENN, Assistant Manager, Film Development & Acquisitions, Little Magic Films (2003-2006)

In my brief interaction with Diane, she impressed me right out of the gate. Her feedback and critique of our show was insightful and constructive. She has an innate sense of story and character and can impart her thoughts in a clear and concise way.

I would have no hesitation in asking her to read anything that Momentum is developing to get her notes, as I know they would be for the betterment of the project.

SABRINA EISENSTADT, Director, Scripted, Momentum Entertainment Group

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