WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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very fortunate that the first two movies I wrote — Out of Time and Annapolis with James Franco — were my original scripts. That doesn't happen very often." Since then Dave has been steadily working for different studios, including Disney. His friend Kevin Walsh describes him as "a seasoned old studio writer who's very successful." But Dave is driven by practical- ity as well as creativity. "I have four kids I have to feed," he jokes. As busy as he is, he still finds time to get together with his Wellesley pals who he's known for more than 35 years. "With the amount of time we've all put into our careers, we could have been doctors," Dave laughs. He's looking forward to working with Kevin for the first time on a film for Scott Free Productions later this year. "Writing is something I'm compelled to do," Dave explains. "I love coming up with stories and discovering new worlds even though it drives me nuts sometimes. Life is a lot easier when you don't want to be a writer. There are so many talented people who haven't been able to launch their careers. I know I'm very fortunate." And very humble. WHEN TIM DOWLING was three years old his father took him to see Star Wars in the theater. Afterwards, Tim told his dad he "wanted to do that, too," as he pointed to the screen. None of them knew then that his dream would come true. Growing up in Wellesley Hills, Tim attended the Warren School. His first acting gig was in kindergarten where he played Peter Pan in the school play. But one of his most vivid grade school memories was field day. "I was in the sack race, and for some reason I just couldn't do it. I kept falling down and getting back up again. Everyone was already done, but I just kept going until I finished," Tim says. The next day the principal gave him an award for "not giving up" which surprised him. "Looking back now, it never occurred to me to give up." And he always had that same attitude toward his career. During the summer Tim was on the swim team with Kevin Walsh and his older brother Bobby. But Tim's interest in acting never wavered. He played the lead as an 8th grader in Once Upon a Mattress. And when Tim was a freshman and Jay Harrington was a senior, Tim was Jay's understudy in The Wizard of Oz. After graduating from Wellesley High School in 1992, Tim went to USC, where he majored in theater. "I wanted to be an actor, but I also took a lot of film and writing classes," he says. In college he got his first agent, and then in 1997, after he graduated, he got his first paid acting job in The Beautician and the Beast, starring Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton. "I worked for a few years as an actor and somehow paid the bills. But while I was waiting around for auditions I helped my friends with their scripts," he explains. In between acting gigs, Tim co-wrote a short film — George Lucas in Love — a spoof of Shakespeare in Love featuring George Lucas with writers block try- ing to write Star Wars. "I played Han The Cast of Pixels with Tim Dowling (far right) left: Senior Class President Dave Collard addresses the crowd at his 1990 graduation from Wellesley High School; right: The original three roommates: Scott Windhauser, Dave Collard, and Jay Harrington at the Out of Time premiere Tim Dowling S C R E E N W R I T E R 134 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 Wellesley West

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