ANIMA SOLA PRODUCTIONS Film and Television Production

The Story

Act I

Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer are writers, producers and filmmakers. They met when they were playwrights in NYC in 1990. Their works 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.' 

Act II

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


Mark & Will demand excellence from themselves & their collaborators. They insist on diversity, respect & generosity of spirit in their workplace. Dramatic storytelling is a necessary & demanding craft. Mark & Will practice it rigorously & hone their skills through ongoing study, teaching & 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, Mark & Will produce work that subverts convention, revels in the complexity of human relationships & survives the ravages of time.

The Script

The WGA Award winning pilot script for 'Big Love'

Big Love (pdf)


The Work

HBO's 'Big Love' End of Days

HBO's 'Getting On' Language Line

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