I wrote my first one-woman play when I was six. I wouldn't say it was award material, but my performance as "the mannequin" brought my grandmother's house down.
I spent a short amount of time as a child. It was relatively horrifying, but I derived from that experience a lifelong love of books, macaroni and cheese, typewriters, movies, miniatures and humor as a coping mechanism.
Along the way I've had my fair share of education, a portion of it even categorized as formal. I studied Politics and Professional Writing, and then - as is the most natural progression - proceeded to create a career in web technology, where I spent the better part of a decade. During this time, I actually focused more heavily (sorry, former employers) on the craft of screenwriting than I did on my "day job."
In 2007 I took a great leap and focused solely on writing. I quickly optioned a pilot, but thanks mostly to the writers' strike, nothing came of it. I continued to write and work, and in 2009 I co-founded Film Crush Collective in order to encourage filmmaking in Atlanta, support other filmmakers, and develop my own projects.
I have since written and produced multiple short films and provided script note services for countless other writers. In 2011 a literary magazine published a short scene I wrote, and I penned the winning short film for the Creative Loafing Short Cuts Contest, ultimately screening at the Atlanta Film Festival.
I began defining myself not by a job title, but by action, passion, talent and skill. Currently I am self-employed as a freelance writer and script consultant. I read and write for people, and it's excellent. The best part of my day is getting a big thank you from another writer who I helped. I love it!
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Witty conversational dialogue* 99%
Format and Structure* 99%
Heavy Duty Research* 99%
Punching Up with Humor* 99%
Rewrites and problem solving* 99%
Turnaround Time* 99%
*I give myself at least a little room to improve.
I'm offering a curated collection of sample work in PDF form, followed by descriptions of completed scripts, some with additional samples or links. Contact me for more.
Frank and Jannon are the best couple ever, but being so awesome all the time makes it really hard to grow up. These two thirty-somethings are completely stuck in early post-college life, but their super supportive ways stop either of them from progressing. A stressful week threatens to dismantle their perfect relationship, but all they have to do is use their teamwork to "fix" things...and kick a hole in the sun, of course.
Think the comedy of Raising Arizona meets the concept of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Jackson's Heist is about a kid born to a jailbird and dragged around the country as a con artist, until he finds himself in the unique position to take a whole town for everything they have...and get away with it.
This post-apocalyptic stoner comedy begins after the majority of the U.S. population has freaked out over a newly discovered flu and rushed to get the vaccine, but the vaccine mutates humans into pigs. Only the poor, the uninsured, the lazy and the skeptics remain, and the rest of the world cuts America off for good. Seven seriously strange friends combine forces with those who remain to restart society with hemp as the ultimate cash crop. Co-written with Joseph Lawsky.
Written as an exercise, this is a perfect television sci-fi movie. It is exactly what the title sounds like. Co-written with Joseph Lawsky and Andrew Alonso.
Dark Comedy - Adventure
Three friends out for a night on the town run into big trouble with some seemingly innocent bar bets. Inspired by Roald Dahlís "Man From The South." Read a rave review here.
In this future world, TrueCouple replaces dating sites, matchmaking and divorce. They can't find you the perfect mate, but they can make your mate perfect.
A young man tries to break up with his girlfriend, and she just doesn't get it. Part of Film Crush Collective's Quickie Flicks series, written, shot and edited in one day. Watch it here. (Apologies for the sound.)
A scene based on the following scenario: Your PROTAGONIST and his or her LOVE INTEREST are at odds. One of the protagonistís schemes has gone terribly awry, and the love interest has had it. Write a scene in which they have it out Ė but in an unconventional way. Their words seem measured and reasonable; but the subtext says another thing entirely. You may use additional characters other than the ones specified. Therefore, Pater Noster is a scene between a husband and wife struggling to clean up a mess. It was published in Loose Change Magazine, June 2011. Read it here.
Vanilla Sex chronicles the life of a schizophrenic sex therapist whose imagined vision of his departed wife helps him solve marital problems with alternative sexual practices.
Jerry thought he was sick, and began to live his life accordingly. But one fateful day, he finds out he's not really dying, and is forced to continue living like he is. Co-written with Joseph Lawsky.
Mitchell forgets to buy Cameron's tickets to see the multi-national operatic group "Il Divo," Luke helps Claire make money online, and Gloria gets mistaken as a drag queen. Read it here.
In 1870 a book titled "The Gentleman's Directory" was published as a guide to New York City brothels. In 1881 the father of Vaudeville, Tony Pastor, set up shop in the same building as Tammany Hall as the political machine was crumbling. This script is the story of a strange era in New York City - the rise of a modern city, the floundering of political leaders and the demise of the variety show.
When an unpopular man dies, his diary ignites a chain of events that ruins a few lives but saves a few more.
A presidential advanceman uses his position to become one of the United States' most wanted drug kingpins.
Call it bi-coastal if you want, but I just like to be where the movies get made. I am available for any screenwriting work, any place, any time.
I love working with other writers. It keeps me on my toes and challenges me to really put my money where my mouth is. Let me help you make your script perfect.
I eat, sleep, dream and breathe screenplay format, story structure and amazing dialogue. I know and can operate within every single script structure formula or philosophy. I watch EVERY show on TV and as many movies as I possibly can, and in real life, I'm a bit of a know-it-all. There is not one single topic or genre that will stump me. Okay, that's more than enough bragging.
The real story is this: I'm a great writer, like, a really great writer. But I've discovered that my passion is in teaching, sharing and helping other writers. I have little desire to live the Hollywood life. I can't tell you how to sell your screenplay or get an agent. What I can do is guide you and make you the best screenwriter you can possibly be.
I might not be the next Charlie Kauffman or P.T. Anderson, but what if you are? What if I'm the one who can help get you there? There aren't many guarantees in life, but I'll give you this one: when I read and critique your screenplay, you're going to get so much more than you thought you would. I'm going to blow your arms off. I can promise without a doubt that your script will not only improve, but so will you as a writer. Let's do this!
**arm blow-off not guaranteed**
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This is so easy, and so worth it! Select what you want me to read, pay for it via Amazon, then send me an email with your document attached to email@example.com. I accept Word, PDF and Final Draft. Standard turnaround time is 4-5 days. Rush is 2 days.