Screenwriter Bio

Candace Egan is a native Californian who currently lives near Yosemite National Park. She is a screenwriter, semi-retired professor of Film and Media Arts at Fresno State and an avid tennis player. She began her career when she was seduced by the moving image and became the first female news videographer at the TV station where she worked, later she was the only woman in a media production department and then she became the only female digital film/video professor at her university. She’s had a long career as a non-fiction visual storyteller, exploring stories about a breadth of people such as the first Hmong women to go to college, an American WWII POW from a Nazi death camp, a Portuguese-American congressman, competitive wheelchair tennis players and a U.S. Poet Laureate. Her life and career lead her to write female-driven, inspirational dramas about mature, authentic women who transform into vibrant, adventurous versions of themselves. She has received several accolades for her screenplays including: winner of the 2023 Stowe Story Labs Law Firm of Stacy A. Davis Fellowship, finalist in the 2022 California Women’s Film Festival, Best Television Comedy Screenplay 2023 Golden State Film Festival, finalist for Best Comedy Teleplay in the 2023 Portland Comedy Film Festival, semi-finalist in the 2023 ScreenCraft TV Pilot Competition, semi-finalist Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards, semi-finalist in the 2023 Reno-Tahoe Screenwriting Contest, quarterfinalist in the 2022 CineStory Feature Retreat competition, and Official Selections of the Fall 2022 Big Apple Film Festival, 2022 Sacramento International Film Festival and Winter 2022 Toronto International Women Festival screenplay competitions. View my list of screenplays.

Media Producer-Professor Bio

I have over 42 years experience in video production, including television news, educational and corporate video, and have been the recipient of over 45 national awards for my work. I began teaching at Fresno State in 1999 and became a full-time faculty member in 2004, eventually promoted to the highest level, professor.

I began my television career at the public access community channel of Fresno Cable Television in 1983. In 1983 I also became the first female news videographer at KMPH TV26 and freelanced in the same capacity at KFSN Ch 30. In 1986 I began work at California State University, Fresno, coordinating instructional video production for nearly 12 years. I served in various production capacities, including, producer, scriptwriter, director, videographer, editor and lighting director. In 2000 I became Fresno State’s first Web Manager, overseeing the university’s Web presence. I led Fresno State’s Web accessibility efforts and was a leader in CSU system-wide Web accessibility initiatives. In 2003 I became an Educational Technology consultant, lending my expertise to the technology training effort at Fresno State.

In 2004 I became an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication and Journalism at Fresno State, overseeing the Digital Media option. In 2010 I received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2016 I was promoted to Professor. I am the Director of the MCJ Multimedia Production Service which I founded in 2014.

I have received over 45 national video and website awards, including 14 Tellys, 11 Communicator Awards, 5 Videographer Awards and a CINE Golden Eagle. Eight videos have been distributed nationally and internationally and the North vs. South USTA Team Wheelchair Tennis Challenge video documentary was shown at the USTA annual meeting March 16-18, 2012, posted to the USTA Wheelchair Tennis Facebook page and posted on the “Disabled World” website. My Lighting For Television Website received an award from the Broadcast Education Association and was cited in the National Speleological Society’s Cavideo newsletter. I also received a Communicator award for the Video Production Basics website.  Lifetime Comprehensive List of Media Awards

Teaching Interest Areas

  • Videography
  • Photography
  • Corporate Media
  • Client media production