Matt Payne is a multi-talented writer and photographer who spent fifteen years in Los Angeles working in the film, television and travel industry. A graduate from the University of Oklahoma, Matt Payne’s career began in 2001 when after spending a summer working on an independent film in Paris, Matt moved to Los Angeles and shortly thereafter began working as a set production assistant on Fox’s famed 24. Matt stayed on with the show for two and a half seasons working largely as a production assistant to the writers and producers.
From there, Matt went to work for the Talent and Literary Agency Endeavor, now William Morris Endeavor, where he cut his teeth learning to read scripts with a critical eye, to write efficiently and successful and learned, from the ground up, how movies and television shows got put together.
In addition to his work with so many hit television shows, Matt worked as a freelance story consultant; first for Summit Entertainment from 2007-2010 and for Relativity Media from 2010-2011 where he read and analyzed hundreds of scripts and concepts for studio consideration.
Between television seasons and on weekends, Matt began travel writing in 2010 for the Washington Times Communities and has continued to do so since, expanding his outlets and traveling to and writing about Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Central America, the Pacific Islands and every corner of the continental United States up to Alaska.
Matt’s unique experience as a television, film and travel writer, script analyst, and a true citizen of the world has inspired him to create The Point Writer’s Workshop. Here, his colorful amalgamation of skills and experience combined with his ability to educate and inspire will lead writers of all levels to greater heights and take them into places inside them they didn’t know existed.