Lizz Marshall is a Los Angeles based award winning writer/director who recently received her B.A. in Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California in May 2018. She aspires to write and direct professionally for film and television. She prefers writing from the perspective of characters that are peculiar or under-represented. She is drawn to the thriller and horror genres and has had a life-long love for sci-fi and fantasy films. Lizz believes these genres provide a creative vehicle for examining difficult subjects and encourages us to question our own world.
Lizz grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where she attended Arizona School for the Arts, a college prep and performing arts middle/high school. She studied guitar, piano, singing, and theater. She writes music in her spare time and has directed narrative music videos for songs she has written or co-written.
Lizz earned her AVID certification as a freshman at Scottsdale Community College, allowing her to work in industry-related jobs and internships as a student. Also as a freshman, Lizz was selected to participate in the San Diego Film Festival Web Filmmaker Discovery Program, where she wrote, directed and edited a content-branded video that was presented during the festival’s award ceremony. The following summer, she interned with CreatorUp, an online video training academy based in Burbank. As a sophomore, Lizz worked as a production assistant and utility crew member on the Scoreboard Team, the broadcast production crew for the Arizona Cardinals, her hometown football team. When Lizz received her letter of acceptance to the University of Southern California, she bid a fond farewell to her colleagues on the Scoreboard Team and headed to Los Angeles. Lizz was hired as a student videographer and editor for the Sol Price School of Public Policy, where she shot and edited video for professors, guest lecturers and at various events. Lizz served in that position for three semesters (and got a great public policy education in the process). In her final semester, Lizz served as a technical video intern at E! Entertainment, the pop culture cable company within the NBC Universal portfolio, editing videos for web output. She looks forward to her next exciting creative challenge. She encourages potential employers and collaborators to download her resume.
Most recently, Lizz was awarded the inaugural Stephanie Rothman Fellowship for Women Student Filmmakers for her sci-fi/horror script What Daphne Saw; the fellowship was presented by Blumhouse’s Shock Waves podcast at Etheria Film Night.
As a student filmmaker, Lizz was recognized with competitive awards and scholarships in the areas of writing, directing, editing, and cinematography. As a rising senior, Lizz received the Edward Small Writing and Directing Award from University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts. At this same time, she also received the Sandy Roberts Memorial Scholarship for Motion Picture Editing. In 2016, she received an award for Best Cinematography in the Scottsdale Short Film Festival for her music video “George,” a song written and performed by Laurel Freeman. Lizz served as director, cinematographer and editor for “George.”