Scott Ciencin, a New York Times bestselling author, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Aug. 5, according to the Sarasota Film Festival. Ciencin was best known within the Sarasota film community as the official blogger for the Sarasota Film Festival, but had a long and successful career writing books and working within the Hollywood film system.
Update: Publicists for Ciencin say the author died of a blood clot to the brain. A funeral will be held for Ciencin Friday at The Bridge Church in Bradenton. An account supporting Ciencin’s widow has been set up at YouCaring.
Ciencin, a writer with Simon and Schuster, penned more than 90 books in his life time and was planning to release his first mystery, The Humbug Murders written with Elizabeth Wilson, in 2015. Many of his books were written with wife Denise.
“Scott was a dear friend and supporter of the festival for many years,” said SFF President Mark Famiglio. “I will always be indebted to Scott for his unbridled support of our work since 2009. The Sarasota Film Festival would have been very different without his insightful wit and scholarly criticism.”
That wit was frequently channeled through written and filmed interviews conducted with filmmakers on behalf of the festival and published at SarasotaFilmFestival.com. During the festival itself, Ciencin could often be found on the red carpet and in the press lounge conducting interviews in addition to those done by outside media.
His written work also included numerous film adaptations to books and comics, notably the novelization of Jurassic Park II, according to his biography with Harper Collins. He contributed to a number of franchises’ outside works, including stories connected to Silent Hill, Star Wars, Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Godzilla, among others.