Place of Residence:
Los Angeles, CA
Companies Read For:
United Artists, Paramount, Cruise-Wagner, Phoenix Pictures, others
Job Prior To Entering Film:
Managed a processing facility
Favorite Place to Read:
My back yard
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Heat, Unforgiven, Say Anything, Big, Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally, Forty Year Old Virgin, Anchorman, Used Cars, Romancing the Stone, Ghostbusters, Crimes and Misdemeanors
Scott Frank, Brian Helgeland, William Monahan
Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, David Fincher, Michael Mann
Valdez is Coming, The Hunter, A Game of Thrones, The Road
WHAT ARE THE MAIN THINGS YOU LOOK FOR WHEN YOU READ A SCRIPT?
Complex characters that draw me into an accessible but unique world.
WHAT MAKES BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS?
Generally speaking, believable characters are flawed and relatable. They also maintain a point of view, a strong voice, and a clear sense of purpose.
WHAT’S THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE YOU SEE?
A lack of focus on what the protagonist’s dilemma is and what the story is really about. Excessive description.
WHAT KIND OF SCRIPTS ARE YOU MORE LIKELY TO CONSIDER?
Genre pieces that have complex and believable characters in a storyline that defies expectation.
WHAT’S THE BEST SCRIPT YOU’VE EVER READ?
Unforgiven. The script is a dark but ultimately redemptive masterpiece. It delivered on every element (character, theme, and tone) and revitalized what many believed to be a tired and out of date genre.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIEGOING EXPERIENCE?
Watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy with my son. Not only because it’s visually stunning but because it sucked us into such a unique and fully realized universe that delivered everything we want in entertainment – scares, adventure, humor, friendship and romance. The creatures weren’t too bad either…