COMPLETED FEATURE SCREENPLAY: A coming-of-age drama about two high school boys who are like oil and water, yet come together to mask the dysfunction in their lives.
COMMENTS: My first screenplay. It began as a very brief scene in 2006, evolved into a short script, then as a feature. It went through 10 drafts before I was happy with the result. I still tinker with it here and there (as I do with all my screenplays – as none of them are ever really finished are they? There is always something that triggers a switch that makes you go back and change something, the smallest little thing that may make all the difference).
This was originally titled ‘Free Falling’ – not after the Tom Petty song. I changed it to ‘Lost Together’ – not after the Blue Rodeo song, but because the two lead characters really are lost together.
COMPLETED FEATURE SCREENPLAY: A road trip comedy in the vein of 'Little Miss Sunshine' involving a contest winner who wins the chance to meet her favourite singer.
COMMENTS: This script began as just a title way back in the 1980s. Since then, it has evolved into a short story and into a screenplay. I love the cadence of the title with all the ‘M’s which is why the title has stayed with me for so many years. I’ve always wanted to write a comedy that involved a road trip with lots of quirky, goofy characters. Here it is.
COMPLETED FEATURE SCREENPLAY: A social/political, satirical farce based on the hyper-conservatism in the United States.
COMMENTS: This was the screenplay that saved me from a severe bout of writer’s block which I had been suffering from for at least 1 1/2 years. That first screenplay that I wrote took a lot out of me, after all the drafts I had written, so it was no surprise I needed a break. But I started to get worried when I just couldn’t write – anything.
Then, this wacky script came along. I began it as a horror, then as a horror/comedy, then quickly realized that what was coming out was complete over-the-top farce, so I just ran with it. When I finished, I just kept going – writing two more comedies that year and I’ve written a screenplay a year ever since. This is the screenplay that saved my writing career, so it will always be very special to me.
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