Tom Sylla Writer/Director/Editor
Tom Sylla spent his childhood
moving between oil refinery towns due to his father's job.
He earned an undergraduate degree in engineering before entering
the USC School of Cinema as a graduate student. His thesis
project, a 20-minute video, won a Gold Award at the Houston
International Film Festival. After college, Tom worked for
Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic, where he met his
future wife, Rebecca. The following year they married in a
movie theatre, beginning their ceremony with their first joint
film project-a fictitious account of how they met. After leaving
ILM, Tom began writing screenplays fulltime. He sold a script
to Warner Brothers in 1994, the same year his first child
was born. Tom also wrote a number of other scripts, including
an episode for a television series.
Several years (and kids)
later, Tom and Rebecca decided to produce a low-budget feature,
NO RETURN, to showcase Tom's talents as a writer and director.
Shot on digital video for very little money and with not enough
babysitting, NO RETURN is currently competing in film festivals
Tom continues to divide his
time between projects. He and Rebecca write and direct videos
for non-profit development, and his current screenplay involves
the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.