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Good News Redux

Sep 28, 2013
Good News Redux

My Ghost Train script reached the Scriptapalooza semifinals as well as the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting quarterfinals – the farthest I’ve gotten in either contest. Unfortunately, Django Unchained notwithstanding, I think The Lone Ranger killed any lingering possibility of studio interest in a big-budget western. (I blame ninjas). I’m hatching an idea now...

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Good News

Good News

My Ghost Train fantasy western script is a quarterfinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and Scriptapalooza competitions. Ghost Train was my second completed feature script, though of course that was something like 12 major rewrit...

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In The Vein of Sharknado…

Jul 12, 2013
In The Vein of Sharknado…

Pirahnacane.

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World War Z

Jul 12, 2013
World War Z

I caught a matinee of World War Z before work Thursday. I enjoyed it – the ‘human wave’ and ‘army ant’ style zombies brought something new visually, and it had a good mix of spooky sneaking around and wild mass zombie battle mayhem. Zombies on a plane also was a neat twist; talk about...

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Between Scripts

Between Scripts

While I’ve been away from blogging, I finished another couple of drafts on my Devil’s Due contained horror project, but I still can’t get it where I’d like it to be, so I’m putting it aside for awhile to rethink the concept. Ghost Train is back in the Nicholl competition, and it and After...

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Buttons

Buttons

I’m watching my Gettysburg DVD again in honor of the battle’s 150th anniversary this week, and I’m noticing the quieter scenes often seem to trail off. It’s a good reminder of the importance of ending each scene sharply with what’s sometimes called a ‘button,’ a bit of dialogue or action that tops off the...

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Update

As you’ve no doubt guessed, I’m not doing much blogging these days. After reached the 2012 Page Awards finals, work on my contained horror spec Devil’s Due is going well, and I’m working on getting my scripts into circulation am...

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Contests

Contests

After has reached the quarterfinals of the PAGE International Screenplay Awards contest so far, while the latest draft of Ghost Train reached the top 10% of entries in the Nicholl Fellowship contest. I’ve also submitted Ghost Train to Amazon Studios; you are welcome to download a copy and offer feedback if you like.  

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Act Three

Apr 16, 2012
Act Three

I think the toughest part of any first draft for me has to be Act Three. Which seems odd, because by that point most of the character or plot pitfalls have long since been ironed out, and I’m looking at 20 to 30 blank pages as opposed to 60 or 100. On the other...

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Horror

Apr 13, 2012
Horror

You know, before I really got rolling on Devil’s Due, I started to worry that maybe straight horror just wasn’t my thing – I’d had a few false starts trying to find the right characters and right premise. But I’m really having a blast working on it, and I think this is going to...

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