Carma Chan was born as Carma Yvonne Dillon in Los Angeles, 1958. She is the fifth of eight children raised by Ruth and John Chan. Formally trained as a screenwriter by UCLA Professor Richard Walter, the following is his letter of recommendation verbatim:
To Whom It May Concern:
I've known Carma for five years, first as my student in an off-campus screenwriting seminar, and then in my UCLA Summer Session course in advanced screenwriting. She started working on her remarkable SAARDU quite some years ago, and surely would have finished it sooner if she had not put the care and nurturing of a special-needs child ahead of her ambitions as a writer.
Carma demonstrates politeness and humility, and an exceptional dedication and passion for mastering her art and craft. I found her first draft of SAARDU to be original, fresh, and highly marketable. I gave her notes on the script; she accepted constructive analysis with an open heart and mind.
Working with Carma is a joy. She strives always to do her best, yet with a lightheartedness that is contagious. She is gracious and patient and honorable in every way. She has a deep love for storytelling. With her vivid imagination and love for life, she is capable of writing anything she puts her mind and heart to. She has written several screenplays, all of them worthy. SAARDU is, however, in my view the most special among her stories.
SAARDU represents one piece of a vast new myth. It involved challenging choices regarding structure and other screenwriting issues. Through perseverance and diligence she solved all of them. This script is no small achievement. It is worthy of consideration at the highest levels of the industry.
It has been an honor and enchantment to have come to know Carma and to have been able to support her in the creation of SAARDU.
SAARDU is a story of relationships and identity. These are very same themes that lie at the heart of worthwhile dramatic narratives going all the way back to the ancient Greek masters.
SAARDU is another world, in another time, but it is also a reflection of us, here and now. Ruby, the unlikely hero, is endearing and I found myself cheering for her at the turn of every page. Carma has created several strong characters to challenge and guide Ruby.
I promise you'll agree that Carma is a writer worth reading.
Prof. Richard Walter
UCLA Screenwriting Chairman
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Cerebus Film: An Epic Journey
by Carma Chan
George Lucas, Dreamworks, and Paramount Pictures contacted the creator of this legendary graphic novel series, Dave Sim, to inquire about purchasing the movie rights, but Sim would not sell the creative rights to his work. Instead, he gave his blessing to a fresh, loyal, unknown face to write, produce, and direct the first movie. This personal Mount Everest story will inspire you.
10 Most Annoying Things People Say to NICU Parents
by Carma Chan
On May 4th, 1992, Carma finally got to take her baby home after 73 days on an emotional roller coaster in a place that felt like science fiction. Surrounded by a sea of babies, most of them weighing under 2 pounds (1 kilogram), kept alive through surgeries, daily being needled, tubed, taped and treated in ways no parent wants their baby to experience.
The Ills of Saardu (25th Anniversary Special Ebook Edition)
by Carma Chan
For curious readers, the author presents the original registered draft of her first novel, archived by Library of Congress since 1985, made public for the first time via Smashwords in 2010. Smashwords allows authors to retain all rights to their work and to make it available to readers through premium channels. For a synopsis of The Ills of Saardu read the long description.
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- Captain Zap meets the disenchanted robot.
on Nov. 13, 2011
Existentialism and minimalistic genius. I love the contrast of profound angst conveyed with meager illustration. This is a gutsy move by an artist who grew up in the punk/grunge/metal era. I see why so many famous comic book artists have applauded this indie comic.