What is Taleswapper?
Taleswapper is a production company based in Los Angeles with an emphasis on feature-film development.
Why the name Taleswapper?
Taleswapper is a beloved character from Orson Scott Card's bestselling The Tales of Alvin Maker series who had a knack for gathering, creating, and telling stories that moved whomever heard them.
We aspire to do the same.
Who are we?
Orson Scott Card is a novelist, playwright, and poet best known for Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, adult science fiction novels that are also widely read by younger readers.
Card also writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), and the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker.
Card is also the author of more than 20 produced plays and musicals, hundreds of produced half-hour audio scripts, a dozen animated videos, and a book of poetry (An Open Book). In addition, Card has also directed dozens of amateur and professional theatre productions.
Peter Johnson has devoted much of his film career to producing and directing dramatic, richly textured, historically and spiritually based films. Karl Malden, former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Academy Award winning actor, recently said of Johnson, "If I were a producer and had a script that I wanted to do, the first man that I would hire to direct it would be Peter Johnson."
Johnson has written, directed, and produced a variety of award-winning successful motion pictures. His credits include: as Director, The Mountain of the Lord, A More Perfect Union (regional EMMY and nominated for national EMMY), Man's Search for Happiness, The Restoration, Zion's Camp. Producer and/or Director of The Witching of Ben Wagner (Disney), Encyclopedia Brown (HBO), How Rare a Possession, Journey of Faith, The Incense Trail, and Between Heaven and Earth.
Johnson was also the writer of Disney's 1988 top-rated Sunday Night movie, Thanksgiving Promise, with Blaine Yorgason. Other experience includes, The Sting, Part II (Universal), Twilight Time (Dan Tana Productions), SKAG (NBC), Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (Irwin Allen Productions), Miracle on Ice (ABC), Word of Honor (CBS), and The Streets of San Francisco (ABC). He is a member of the Director's Guild of America (DGA).
Aaron Johnston is a writer and producer whose adaptation of Feed the Baby of Love was chosen as a winner in the 2004 LDS Film Festival's Screenplay Competition. His other writing credits include screenplay adaptations of Sarah and Orson Scott Card's short story "Malpractice."
Johnston's first novel, which he coauthored with Card, will be published by TOR in 2006.
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