Amy Holden Jones Biography
Amy Holden Jones is an American screenwriter and film director, He is well known for editing various films and ultimately began directing and writing. Currently, she works in television.
Amy Holden Jones Age
She was born in 1955 in the United States, she is 64 to 65 years old as of 2019.
Amy Holden Jones Family
There is no information about her family background, she was raised up in Florida and lived in Buffalo.
Amy Holden Jones Husband
She is married to Michael Crawford Chapman, A.S.C. a retired American cinematographer and film director known for his work on many films of the American New Wave of the 1970s and in the 1980s.
Amy Holden Jones Children
The pair has two children, there is no much information about her children. she has not shared any information about her children too.
Amy Holden Jones Education
She attended her high school while she was residing in New York, she later got enrolled at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, majoring in art history, She as well took film studies courses at nearby MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Amy Holden Jones Career
She won first place at the American Film Institute National Student Festival for her short film A Weekend Home in 1975), Martin Scorsese as one of the judges, offered her a job as his assistant as he directed Taxi Driver. It was from there where she met her husband Michael Chapman.
She as well worked for Roger Corman editing Joe Dante’s first film, Hollywood Boulevard, when she was 22 years old. She later edited American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince for Scorsese, Corvette Summer for MGM, and Second-Hand Hearts for Hal Ashby. She as well directed The Slumber Party Massacre when she was 27 years old.
Jones was then featured in the first chapter of Julie MacLusky’s book Is There Life After Film School? and also in The First Time, I Got Paid for It by Peter Lefcourt and Laura J. Shapiro. She got Her work on Indecent Proposal earned Jones a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay.
Amy Holden Jones Net Worth
Holden’s net worth is yet to be revealed, her net worth in under a review.
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I was gonna go back to graduate school, and I read an article about Marty starting a new picture, so I just wrote to him. “Do you remember this film? Would you advise me to move to New York?” And he called me five days later and said: “I remember the film, and come meet me in New York.” And he hired me on Taxi Driver as his assistant. I was living on various sofas of friends’ apartments and going to Warner Bros, and I got to see all the cuts of Taxi Driver, all the way from three and a half hours to the final cut.
Marty advanced my career again because he said to me, “OK, you’re too good to be an assistant.” Everyone started with Roger Corman, and Scorsese had too. And Roger called him and said, “I’m looking for a talented, inexpensive young film editor.” Joe Dante and Allan Arkush did a feature together called Hollywood Boulevard for Corman, and they hired me to edit it.
I ended up editing Corvette Summer, which was edited at Lucasfilm. So George Lucas and Spielberg saw all my cuts. And after that, I was on the road to becoming a big editor. I picked the wrong [movie], I picked a Hal Ashby picture [Second-Hand Hearts], which was the only really unreleasable picture he ever did. I was on that for a year and a half and learned every trick in the book of editing from Hal, who was an editing genius. But I knew then I couldn’t stand being an editor because you could make it better, but it wasn’t yours.
I went back to the Corman and said, “I want to direct.” And he said, “You have to show me you can do it.” So I took a script off of his shelf that he had never made called Don’t Open the Door written by Rita Mae Brown. It had a prologue that had an action scene, a dialogue scene, and a suspense scene. I shot it with a crew of four people on 35mm film.
By that time I was supposed to start cutting E.T. for Spielberg, but it was being pushed back because Poltergeist was way over schedule. And Roger suddenly said, “Finish this movie.” I made the very crazy decision of walking away from E.T. and doing the Slumber Party Massacre, which I have actually never regretted.
I wanted to direct again, and no one offered me anything because women were not allowed to direct in those days. So I wrote [and directed] this art film Love Letters with Jamie Lee Curtis and Amy Madigan. Roger financed it again, and it also did very well, and once again nobody offered me anything.
So I sat down and wrote Mystic Pizza. Ultimately it was optioned by Samuel Goldwyn Jr., who held onto it for many years claiming that an option for $5,000 gave him the rights to it for the rest of my life. So while that went on, I rewrote and directed Maid to Order with Ally Sheedy, and again I got offered nothing. And I’m saying not one single meeting. Meanwhile, people like my apprentice editors were directing movies, who were men.
[Goldwyn Jr.] ultimately did make Mystic Pizza with a male director. It didn’t actually do that well in the release, but my version of the script had been incredibly well known and I began to get writing offers. The next one that I took was the Indecent Proposal. It made me a big-name screenwriter in the era where you could make a great deal of money like that. And women were acceptable in that role, so you could get hired.
I was watching great television shows, and I thought, “This is a challenge, this is different.” I read a bunch of [TV pilots], and I pitched one [called The Seventeenth Floor] to ABC, NBC, and CBS, who all tried to buy it. I did write that script for CBS, it was a combination of a detective show and a medical show.
Then I did one for the WB, which folded over to the CW, which was about Harvard Medical School. That one [HMS] did get shot. It didn’t get picked up, but it turned out beautifully and tested higher than any CW show they had. They picked up a cheerleading show, predictably enough.
Then I did Black Box. I’m very proud of that show, but I did not know a lot of things at the time. I was still learning about how things get on television, oddly enough. One problem was it was a summer show, and summer shows don’t work anymore. And two, it wasn’t ABC Studios. And the television networks, all of them, almost exclusively now make shows from their own studios. So you’ve just made the mountain even harder to climb.
I got very lucky on a whole number of fronts, but the luck didn’t fall out of the sky. I try to explain this to people who I try and mentor. You have to deliver. I did make a documentary that won a festival. I did take that reel into Roger. I did a good job on Corvette Summer in front of people who could [help me].
[The Resident] has been something I’ve been trying to do in different forms for a long time. I got tired of writing medical shows because the ones on television are virtually the same show. They’re all soaps, they’re all spinoffs of Grey’s or ER, they are shadows or echoes of previous shows. Virtually none of them address what any of us will find if we actually fall into the medical system. This show does that. It’s about the idealism of the young doctors as they c