ANIMA SOLA PRODUCTIONS: A Film and Television Production Company


Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer on the set of 'Getting On.'

Act I

Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer are writers, producers and filmmakers. They met when they were playwrights in NYC in 1990. Their plays have been produced across the country-- Playwright's Horizons, Naked Angels: 'Easter,' The Public Theater & Ensemble Studio Theater: 'Falling Man,' The Old Globe: 'Cornelia.' In 1997 Will's screenplay: 'In The Gloaming' was produced by HBO Films; that same year Mark was discovered by HBO: 'Mary Chestnut's Civil War.' 

Bill Paxton as Bill Henrickson in 'Big Love.'

Act II

Will Scheffer & Mark V. Olsen moved to LA in 2000 after producing their Independent feature film 'Easter' & co-founded Anima Sola to focus on film and television production. In 2003 they created HBO's award winning drama 'Big Love,' starring Bill Paxton & in 2013, the comedy gem: 'Getting On,' starring Laurie Metcalf. They were legally married in 2008 (in an edit-bay) while producing Season 3 of 'Big Love.'

Alex Borstein, Laurie Metcalf & Niecy Nash in 'Getting On.'


Anima Sola's "brand" is excellence. We insist on diversity & generosity of spirit in our collaborations & on set. We believe dramatic storytelling is a fundamental human need & a demanding craft. Olsen & Scheffer practice it rigorously. They hone their skill through ongoing study, teaching what they want to learn & by mentoring emerging artists-- on the job, through the Writers Guild, as well as at Universities, Institutes, Film Festivals & Industry Conferences: Ensemble Studio Theatre Institute (member), USC School of Cinematic Arts, UCLA, City University of New York, Lewis & Clark College, Provincetown Film Festival (board), Dances with Films (board). Anima Sola's mission is to create popular art that provokes, consoles & entertains. In collaboration with exceptional talent, Anima Sola  produces work that subverts convention, revels in the complexity of  human relationships & endures the test of time.


WGA Award-Winning Pilot 'Big Love'

Big Love (pdf)



HBO's 'Big Love' 

HBO's 'Getting On' 


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