Chris M. Rutledge is originally from Chicago, IL and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Initially majoring in Architecture due to his passion for design, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management due to his interest in real estate development. He attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he also pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
WRITER x SCREENWRITER
Chris has been a technical writer and reviewer in the commercial real estate industry since 2002, by day; and creative writer since 1997, by night. He began his creative writing by penning short stories in 1997, later started a novel, then subsequently transitioned into screenwriting in 2009 after taking a screenwriting course at Emory University. The transition to screenwriting was appropriate since Chris has a strong interest in writing, fused with a passion for film. He has written several feature-length screenplays and a five episode short film series which are available for review upon request. Chris decided to "reverse engineer" one of his screenplays into a novel, which would eventually become his first published novel, "Murder at Venegoni's" while making his sophomoric authorial release in 2019 with "ASCLEPIUS."
In 2018 Chris decided to direct and produce one of his screenplays. The short film titled "trombone jones" was completed late 2018 and is currently being shopped to film fests. Chris has also worked as a script supervisor on several short films as well as acting in a few short films, including his own. See IMDb for full film credits.
Chris currently juggles both screenwriting and novel writing and plans to write future novels based on his screenplays and vice versa. Please contact him to view his screenplays or for screenwriting services.