About Me (A “My Three-Act Structure Called ‘Life'” Production)

I am in pursuit of networking opportunities. So I will also use this post as a shameless self-promotion and introduction of my work and how I want it to grow along with, you know…

So for those of you who are being introduced to me for the first time because one of my dear friends on Facebook or followers on Twitter decided to share this post with you, I’d first like to say, “Howdy.” (which I never really say.)

I’m a Miami man-child and award-winning screenwriter who somehow drove (and moved) cross-country twice in the last five years. Miami will always be my home, but for now, the rent is much cheaper somewhere in North Carolina. But don’t worry, I make that 15-hour drive at least twice a year back home where I can see my parents and get my fill of tostones and croquetas de jamón.

I am optimistic someone in the Miami film scene will read this. I am recruiting a film crew; actors, producers, DP, directors, editors, sponsors, the whole Megillah in the hopes that I can increase exposure, bring another one of my screenplays to life, and submit it to as many film festivals as I can.

So if you’ve gotten this far, you might be asking yourself, “What kind of a screenwriter is he?”

I’m glad you asked. Here are two of my most noteworthy credits:

I won The Miami International Film Festival Screenwriting Contest for my romantic comedy “A Thousand Words” straight out of film school after earning my Masters in film with a screenwriting specialization. After winning, I wrote some spec scripts for “Modern Family” and “American Dad.”

Then I was a top 15% finalist in The Nicholl’s Fellowship for my historical fiction thriller “Ripper” based on an obsessed rookie cop who followed Jack the Ripper during his killing spree in 1888 London.

I have a passion and knowledge for storytelling of several genres.

And I am recruiting local Miami fellow filmmakers to produce my new script, a horror called “Lapse” beginning summer 2018.

I look forward to working together. Feel free to comment below or contact me via Facebook or Twitter where I can see your reel and learn a little more about you.

 

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“Ready Player One” Trailer Reaction

Back in July, during Comic-Con, the first trailer for “Ready Player One” dropped. It was a magical sight to behold flooded with pop-culture references from the 80’s and 90’s. Too many to count. I have been obsessing over this book for over six years and this was truly one of the first times I’ve ever followed so closely the transformation and adaptation from a book I loved so much into a film that has now become one of the most highly-anticipated movies of my lifetime.

Rumors had been circulating this past week about a new trailer dropping during “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” But luckily, the seemingly ever-growing fans of this universe created by Ernest Cline didn’t have to wait an extra week (for the trailer.) As fans now dissect the trailer frame-by-frame looking for all the Easter eggs, I take a more big picture approach. As painful as it is for me, I don’t do that because I don’t want to stumble across any spoilers.

But wait, you might say to yourself, “How can there be spoilers? You’ve already read the book.” Well, I’ve already noticed a few glaring differences between the book and the film adaptation. This is ALWAYS the case. But I’m not worried. Not one bit. I also like the idea of the movie serving as a giant Easter egg in and of itself for me. I’ve already noticed from watching the trailer at regular speed just twice references to the following movies and video games: King Kong (or Donkey Kong), Gunadm, Chocobo from Final Fantasy, DeLorean’s from “Back to the Future,” “The Iron Giant,” and “Star Wars.”

But you gotta look really careful.

The new trailer is stunning; much darker and ominous than the first. We see exactly how Wade’s (Parzival’s) avatar looks in the OASIS and just how visually spectacular this is going to be. Opening March 30, 2018. As of this posting that’s three months and twenty days.

BRING IT!!

“Ready Player One” Main Theme

Listen to this thing of beauty. You all can hear the striking similarities to “Pure Imagination” (the “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory”) right? Also, the color scheme of the new poster is nearly exact to “E.T.” The new trailer drops in about three hours. Who’s ready?

The Good Place

Discussing and debating what happens after our time in this world has ended will result in a plethora of theories and pontificating statements. Many people standing on every side of every “official” religion (and those without an “official” one) have weighed in on their declarations for thousands of years. No one is absolutely correct. At least, no one can prove whether or not they are 100% correct. In the show “The Good Place,” that very issue is addressed in what I believe to be the most respectful and uproariously funny way possible. It plays out, I believe, not that different from how I would explain the afterlife to a child. Instead of an actual “heaven” or “hell,” the afterlife is organized into “The Good Place” and “The Bad Place” that is shown more to look like a gated community in Disney Land than angels and demons walking around.

The show begins with Eleanor Shellstrop sitting in the waiting room of an office. She is staring at a giant statement painted on the wall that reads, “Welcome! Everything is fine.” She is greeted by Michael, who serves as a sort of liaison helping people adjust into arriving into the afterlife and explaining how and why they have arrived in “The Good Place.” Michael also serves as the architect-or designer-of that particular “Good Place” that was tailor-made for Eleanor and all the others who reside there.

Everyone in “The Good Place” is also assigned a soul mate; a person that is supposedly their perfect spiritual match. For Eleanor, it’s Chidi Anagonye, an ethics professor who dedicated his life to teaching others how to always take the higher ground. “The Good Place” is meant to be the perfect paradise for all its residents. Only there’s one little problem…  (more…)

Robert Keats – My Mentor – Gone But Never Forgotten

On Thursday afternoon, I received an email saying that my screenwriting professor, friend, and mentor, Robert Keats was in hospice care. He had just gone through his final excruciating round of treatment for pancreatic cancer. He had very little time left. Keats (as I called him) died the next morning. The initial email – sent by his friend – stated that he was too weak to speak on the phone and even write emails or texts; that if there was anything I wanted to say to him to just type it out and they would read it to him. Time stopped and I wrote.  (more…)

Levar Burton Reads

Levar Burton was a man whose name I’ve known very well since my early childhood. In 1983, “Reading Rainbow” hit the PBS lineup. I loved the idea of being able to watch someone read me a story and not have to wait until bedtime for my mom to read me one. I’ve always been a lover of books and stories long before I realized I could write my own.

Fast forward 30 years and I come across this new podcast simply called “Levar Burton Reads” and it’s everything I could hope for and more. A “Reading Rainbow” for adults. A simplistic concept and structure where Levar Burton briefly introduces a personal favorite short story of his and then reads it to you. His voice is just as soothing and comforting as I remembered it from when I was a child. Only now, he discusses stories with more adult themes, concepts, and conflicts. So far, he has read to me stories of varied genres as I would drive to work or run errands throughout the day. When he finishes the story, he offers a brief analysis and reflection of the story and why it was that he chose that story in the first place.

For anybody who would like to take a quick break from their audiobooks, but still want to hear great stories, this podcast is a nostalgic masterpiece that deserves your listening ear.

Listen to the introductory episode here and then subscribe. It’s a thing of beauty.

But you don’t have to take my word for it…

https://rss.art19.com/levar-burton-reads

 

My Reaction to “Ready Player One” Trailer

The wait is over. (Sort of.) Yesterday at ComicCon, a “Ready Player One” panel consisting of Ernest Cline, Zak Penn, Steven Spielberg, Tye Sheridan, and more proudly premiered the first trailer for a movie I have been waiting nearly three years to see from a book that I’ve been writing about for six.

The trailer alone was more than I could ever hope for. I haven’t been this excited from seeing a movie trailer since the first time I saw the full trailer for “The Dark Knight.” Without trying to reveal any spoilers (from the book) I saw many similarities true to the book and quite a lot of differences. But these differences certainly still feel as if it stays completely dedicated to the soul of the story. As it says in the trailer, “Ernest Cline’s Holy Grail of Pop Culture.” That is exactly what I saw and more.

I saw lots of cinematic similarities to “Minority Report.” But I also saw characters and cinematic properties Robert Zemeckis (“Back to The Future”) and Brad Bird (“The Iron Giant.”) Not to mention characters from Marvel, DC, and Freddy Krueger. Did you also hear the song “Come With Me” from “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory?”

I’m writing in a hurry and not quite sure how to formulate thoughts in any rational way on this one. But I was prepared for this. For the first time, I filmed myself watching the trailer for the first time to truly get a sense of what I was feeling. Go on and laugh at my awkward self as I try to contain my elation.

“Ready Player One” premiers March 30, 2018.