Thomas Pope worked for twenty-five years as a professional screenwriter before becoming a professor at MCAD. He has written for Francis Coppola, Ridley Scott, Barry Levinson, Penny Marshall, Frank Oz, Robert Redford, Wim Wenders, and many others.
Among the movies he has worked on are Bad Boys, Someone to Watch Over Me, Lords of Discipline, Fraternity Row, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Sweet Land. His book, Good Scripts, Bad Scripts (Random House), is an analysis of twenty-five of the best and worst screenplays in history.
Pope is a frequent speaker at the International Conference on Screenwriting and the Los Angeles Screenwriting Expo.