SCREENPLAYS

It’s been a long time since I’ve written any screenplays. While my first script received attention from such outlets as Aint It Cool News, and others were passed around in consideration by some TV networks and production companies, writing for that format can be a soul-crushing experience. The stories I could share – of the almost-happened, of high hopes/dashed hopes, of development hell heartbreak – would probably come as little surprise to the (many) would-be/could-be/should-be screenwriters throughout the Los Angeles area.

It takes a small miracle to see a script go through the process of actually being optioned or purchased – much less produced. Most scripts’ fate is to fall on a closet shelf, be forgotten, yellowed, and abandoned. Recently, though, I decided to submit some of my work to a number of screenplay contests, and have been encouraged by the response. Because of this, I finally decided to include a page on my website listing them. After all, who knows what could happen? You have to keep the dream alive…and keep alive to dream.  😊

In the Footsteps of Thaddeus Thackeray

(Feature: Comedy/Adventure/Animation/Family)

Synopsis
 

In 1943, young Judson Conover dreams of sharing adventures with his movie hero, Dublin McGinn. But when he mysteriously switches bodies with McGinn’s comic sidekick, diminutive English teenage genius Thaddeus Thackeray, Judson realizes that surviving animated serials is MUCH harder than it looks.  Meanwhile, Thackeray – lost within an all-too-real world at war – must figure out how to set things right.

 

Awards & Recognition
 

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Character designs by Jeff West

Heaven Spent

(Feature: Dark Comedy/Supernatural/Romance/Holiday)

Synopsis
 

Lonely and depressed, twentysomething Micah Cohen decides to finally end it all. But after his would-be suicide fails in pathetic fashion, Coltan, a bumbling "agent for the afterlife," comes to collect Micah’s soul. The glitch: Micah isn’t dead yet…so Coltan grants him one more day to get the job done. It’s up to Micah’s guardian angel, a rookie named Christine, to help raise Micah’s spirits and turn his life around. But Coltan won’t give upso easily. Nor will Coltan’s boss -- Death Itself -- who could be lurking around every corner, waiting for Micah’s borrowed time to finally run out.

 

A darkly comic, reverse spin on IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.

 

Awards & Recognition
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Art by Adam McDaniel

Spruce Up the Holidays

(Short, TV Special: Animation/Family/Holiday)

Synopsis
 

An animated adventure about a pair of forest squirrels whose tree is cut down and taken to the city to be used as an elaborate Christmas display.  Lost within a bustling Metropolis, and desperate to find their way back home, the squirrels come to understand the true spirit of Christmas and their love for each other.

 

Awards & Recognition
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