Marissa is a graduate of the MA Screenwriting programme at the London Film School. Her writing has been longlisted for the BBC Writer’s Room Drama Room, shortlisted for the ITV Original Voices scheme and she was one of ten writers chosen for David Higham’s Underrepresented Scriptwriters Open Day.
She is currently working on a number of speculative projects for film and TV, including a feature romantic comedy and a sci-fi TV drama. The treatment for her script Executive Search is currently under option at Hat Trick Mercurio.
She’s passionate about developing ideas set in heightened worlds that thoughtfully and imaginatively examine the human condition whilst reflecting the society we live in today.
Marissa also works within the film and TV industries as a freelance script reader, editor and consultant.
Feature Psychological Drama
In Development [Prod. Sophia Arnold]
Feature Romantic Comedy In Development
— 1 of 10 scripts chosen out of nearly 600 submissions for the David Higham Media’s inaugural Underrepresented Scriptwriters Open Day in September 2019 —
— Reached the top 14% of the BBC Writers Room Drama Room 2020 —
THE SLEEPER SET
Feature Sci-Fi Drama
— Reached the top 4% of the BBC Writers Room Drama Room 2018 —
EXECUTIVE SEARCH – now optioned by Hat Trick Mercurio
Half-hour TV Comedy-Drama Series In Development
A disillusioned recruitment researcher with an obsessive love of detective novels enlists a group of bitter ex-colleagues to hunt down their former CEO after he abruptly liquidated their company, disappeared off grid and left them high and dry.
THE QUIET PLANE
Supernatural TV drama series
THE SLEEPER SET
Sci-Fi TV Drama Series In Development
(based on the feature script)
— Shortlisted for the ITV Original Voices Scheme 2019 —
TRAINEE SCRIPT EDITOR (Current) for KINDLE ENTERTAINMENT
FREELANCE SCRIPT EDITOR (Current) for BFI NETWORK
DEVELOPMENT WRITER for Conch Studios, London
UNTITLED TV SERIES (female led historical TV drama [based on a book])
SCRIPT CONSULTANT for HAIRCUT (2018) dir. by Koby Adom
— London Calling Plus award winner 2018 —
HAIRCUT (2018) dir. by Koby Adom
Gave the writer/director story notes during the development of the script.
— London Calling Plus award winner 2018
TRAINEE SCRIPT EDITOR (July 2017 — March 2018)
Worked alongside the BFI Film Fund Executives, assisting in developing current, and selecting new, films on the film fund slate. I read film scripts, treatments and funding applications and wrote the corresponding coverage for the development executives, as well as attending development meetings with writers, producers and directors.
MA Screenwriting, The London Film School, (2015)
BA (Hons) Architecture, Oxford Brookes University (2012)