On with the Show...
There's a distinct difference between those who enjoy television or movies and those that truly love these forms of entertainment. Lovers re-watch the same films and shows countless times without ever getting bored because they're completely captivated by all the nuances of the story. They are dedicated to discovering what makes great entertainment tick. I am one of those television and movie lovers. My dedication to the medium has taken me as far as L.A., where I worked in both film and T.V. for Warner Bros., Telepictures, Bunim/Murray and Hyde Park Entertainment. Whether I'm writing reviews, crafting my own scripts or critiquing screenplays as a professional reader -- I'm all about story.
Entertainment & Pop Culture writing:
- Best Movie Review Sites | Top 5
- 5 Funniest Movies with a Halloween Theme | Top 5
- Top 10 Kid Activities that are Still Fun as an Adult | Top 5
- If Muggles Could Travel Like Harry Potter | She Knows
- Top 5 Harry Potter Vacation Destinations | She Knows
- Harry Potter-Inspired Interior Design Ideas | She Knows
- How to Plan a Rockin' American Idol Party | She Knows
- How to Plan an Amazing Race Party for Adults | eHow
- How to Throw a Double Dare Party | eHow
- Defining Better Television | Subtle TV
- ARROW: "Time of Death" – Hit & Miss | Subtle TV
- ELEMENTARY: "The One Percent Solution" and the Symbolic Cocks | Subtle TV
- WALKING DEAD: "Still" – Survive vs. Thrive & the Money Metaphor | Subtle TV
- THE FOLLOWING: "Sacrifice" – A Case of Too Many Villains | Subtle TV
- ARROW: "The Promise" and the Destruction of a Better Man | Subtle TV
- WALKING DEAD: "Alone" – Coupling Up | Subtle TV
- WALKING DEAD: "The Grove" So Close... Yet Far | Subtle TV
- LEGENDS: "Pilot" – Story vs. Character | Subtle TV
- SCORPION: "Pilot" and Stopping the Ticking Clock | Subtle TV
- ARROW: "The Calm" and After you Get What you Want... You Don't Want It | Subtle TV
- ARROW: "A Matter of Trust" – A Missed Opportunity | Subtle TV
- DOA: "A Good Day to Die Hard" | Write Time. Write Place. Write Story.
- Rewrite Ideas: "A Good Day to Die Hard" | Write Time. Write Place. Write Story.
- "The Woman in Black" Film Review | Write Time. Write Place. Write Story.
- Write What? | Write Time. Write Place. Write Story.
- MAD MEN: "The Summer Man" | Dumpster Full of Draper
On the silver screen...
Every screenwriter will tell you that there are hundreds of ways that a film project in development gets nixed before it ever hits the movie theatres. The director walks, funding falls through, the marquee actors move on to other projects....
During my brief time working in L.A., I was lucky enough to see one of my scripts make it to the silver screen screen. I'm honored that the film won several awards, including Best Dramatic Feature at the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival.
Many of my scripts have performed well in screenwriting competitions. My very first screenplay (the romantic comedy "Wanna Bet?") became a Top Fifty finalist in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's inaugural screenwriting competition, Project Greenlight. My second screenplay (the dark comedy "Why, MN") became a semi-finalist in both Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope and the Austin Film Festival's screenwriting competitions.
Comedy Central via Burger King...
One of the quirkiest projects I worked on during my stint in the entertainment industry was a choose-your-own-adventure webisode for Comedy Central to accompany a national Burger King ad.
Featuring a steampunk time traveler and a sentient breakfast, the zany, multi-pronged story led through over dozens of plot twists to one of six different endings.
Sadly, although we completed production, Burger King chose to run an alternate ad campaign, so this project never reached the public.