Kevin Williamson, writer of I Know What You Did Last Summer

Screen debut: Williamson's first produced screenplay was Scream, which earned more than $100m in profits. Not bad for a $14m budget.

Horror help: Wes Craven, best known for creating Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, was vaulted back into the spotlight after directing Scream.

Reel on: Since then, Williamson has signed a deal with Miramax for $20m to produce, write and direct several more films.

Beginnings: Williamson's script for Scream was inspired by his childhood fascination with horror movies.

Close to home: Williamson's latest movie, pictured right, takes place near the North Carolina fishing village where he grew up.

Coincidence? Both of Williamson's movies have featured a cast member from the American teen drama Party of Five.

Role reversal: Williamson started his career in front of the camera as an actor.

Sing along: When he moved to Hollywood he began as an assistant music video director.

A new star: The publication Entertainment Weekly included Williamson in its list of the 50 most creative people in Hollywood.