My work as a screenwriter, filmmaker, movie critic, gamer, and all-around nerd.
Back on November 18, I got word that I had won Best Short Screenplay at the Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival. The news came 19 days after receiving an email on Halloween that my script was one of the finalists. To be honest I had even forgotten that I submitted a script to this back in June of 2018.
I’m going backwards here… how Tarantino of me.
When I returned to work after a too-short of a holiday break, I came across an email from a reporter at The High Point Enterprise, the local paper from where I teach in High Point, NC. The reporter told me that he had heard through the grapevine about my recent win and wanted to talk to me about it. That afternoon, I called him up and we had a pleasant chat for about 40 minutes where I explained to him the concept of my winning script as well as some background information about myself. You can read the full article here.
This is an amazing way for me to kick off 2019. I am more dedicated than ever in pushing harder for continuing to build my portfolio and writing more. I had told the reporter that my end goal is to win an Oscar (which I’m going to do, damn it!) but the more immediate goal now is to get representation. So if you’re an agent and want to rep the next hot screenwriter… I’m right here!
Being a creative person is frustrating enough as it is. Striving to quench that thirst to keep doing creative things and challenging yourself just adds to that frustration. As 2018 sprints to the finish line, like most people, I find myself looking back on the year. What have I accomplished? What do I want to accomplish for 2019? (Aside from getting married, of course.) How do I give myself reasonable goals and timelines to accomplish the next big thing for me?
Well I already know the answer to that last question. I never give myself reasonable goals or timelines. Honestly, I think it’s a healthy way to keep pushing myself. Yes, it causes some level of stress, but at least I get stuff done.
So much to do and so much on my mind. I’m riding high on my recent film festival win and want to continue to strike while the iron is hot. The weighing question is where to strike and…
What to do next? (more…)
I have some very exciting news. My short script “Lapse” was named the winner of the 2018 LA Crime & Horror Festival! “Lapse” is a script I had been toying with for the last few years. It started out as a short and since then I have reimagined and also written it as a feature-length script, though I haven’t submitted the feature-length to any festival… yet.
This is also very meaningful to me because it’s the first script that I write and submit since the passing of my mentor, Robert Keats.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to travel to LA to accept my award and network. But a good friend and film school compadre did go on my behalf, which was very sweet and supportive of him to do. A spokesman from the festival did say that he would mail my prize to me.
In the meantime, there’s no slowing down now. I have several other scripts naturally already in the works as well as some other creative projects I’m trying to put out there.
I know that I haven’t posted much recently, but I have been very busy. I do plan on posting more as part of my creative project endeavors so please stay tuned.
Back in March of 2013, I wrote a post about my top 10 movies that I’ve seen in my lifetime. I recently came across that 2013 post again and realized that it was in need of a serious update. And that’s natural, right? God knows how many movies I’ve seen in the last five and a half years alone. I decided to take a deep look into my subconscious and come to a clear and consensus agreement with myself over which films have been life-altering for me and try to explain to you the reasons why in the most concise way possible. These are the types of movies that I will always watch if I catch it on TV as I’m channel surfing or will randomly pop it into my Blu-Ray player on a lazy, rainy, Sunday afternoon.
As always, feel free to comment, question, or ridicule my choices. I make no apologies. So let’s get this show on the road. (more…)
Back in February, I mentioned that Joaquin Phoenix had been in negotiations to play the clown prince of darkness in a stand-alone Joker film. Evidently I was right and it looks like we’ll be getting the movie earlier than I had originally anticipated. With an October 4, 2019 release date according to Variety.com, it’s a full year earlier than what I had estimated.
Look, I just saw this video about two hours ago when I got off work. I’m not sure what to think. Except I know it looks better than Jared Leto’s Joker already. But I, and millions of other Batman universe fans, am forced to give an unfair and nearly impossible expectation when comparing it to Heath Ledger’s performance in Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece.
I know it’s unfair, but can you blame me?
I will say this, however. Joaquin Phoenix is in my opinion a wonderful and underrated actor. I think he may surprise a lot of people with his performance. Whether or not it’s going to be a pleasant surprise or not, only time will tell.
Rest assured that once a full trailer goes up, probably by spring 2019, I’ll be sure to report back to you.
The Academy of Arts and Sciences has decided in their infinite stupidity to add an additional category to their already very long list of nominations. These new golden statue recipients will have earned it not by being recognized for an additional discipline or skill in filmmaking that has been long overlooked or ignored, but rather for being a part of the “Best Popular Film.” What does that even mean? Will it be given to the movie that had the highest profit? Or the movie with the most social media impressions? How about most times a trailer is watched before its release? The Academy themselves don’t seem to know how to answer that question either. This article explains it quite well.
The reality is that The Academy absolutely SHOULD add another category. Actually it should add a few. How and why it is that The Academy hasn’t done this yet completely confounds me as well as every filmmaker and storyteller from every notch of the totem pole. Here are some categories that The Academy must add. I’ll even tell you who should have Oscars already given to them retroactively with The Academy’s apologies from the last 20 years or so. (more…)