Friday, June 23, 2006

Spirit Profiles Blogger Clayton Emmer of "The Weight of Glory"

Minnesota may seem a world away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but that hasn’t stopped Excelsior native Clayton Emmer from pursuing his dream of becoming a screenwriter in the movie capital of the world.

Emmer, 36, moved to Hollywood three years ago after attending Act One, a program that trains Christians for careers in the entertainment industry.

Emmer, a former parishioner at Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul, said he felt drawn to the writing program after spending two years at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity to discern a call to the priesthood. Instead, he discerned that God was calling him to use his talents as a screenwriter.

Currently, Emmer is working on a screenplay focusing on themes of betrayal and forgiveness, he said, but he hasn’t sold it yet. It takes most writers five to 10 years to break into the business, according to Act One associate writing program director Spencer Lewerenz. [snip] Catholic Spirit

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