Bachelor of Arts and Science in Anthropology and Theater,
University of North Texas
Place of Residence:
Los Angeles, CA
Companies Read For:
As a writer I’ve developed numerous TV and feature scripts with companies such as Comedy Central, Elice Island Entertainment, Relativity Television, Lakeshore Entertainment, and others.
Job Prior To Entering Film:
Copywriting Favorite Place To Read: Cafe near the beach, at my desk
Back to the Future, Step Brothers, No Country For Old Men, Goodfellas, Neighbors
Charlie Kaufman, Diablo Cody, Eric Roth Favorite Directors: The Coen Brothers, John Singleton, Martin Scorsese, David Gordon Green, Alexander Payne
Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, Loop Goup
David Sedaris, ZZ Packer, Larry McMurtry
WHAT ARE THE MAIN THINGS YOU LOOK FOR WHEN YOU READ A SCRIPT?
If it’s a comedy, I simply want it to make me laugh. If it’s a drama, I want it to stir up emotions and keep me guessing. I’m looking for original stories with universal themes. I’m also looking for complex characters whom the audience wants to get behind for two hours, but who also surprise and shock. I also look to see if I can easily imagine the billboard and the theatrical trailer. So along with a great story, stellar dialogue and original characters, I’m considering whether or not the script translates to a project that can find an audience and make money.
WHAT MAKES BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS?
Believable characters are those whose actions, confusions, emotions and destinies ultimately mirror our own. It also helps if the words that come out of their mouths aren’t predictable or cliched.
WHAT’S THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE YOU SEE?
Scripts that come across as though the writer had an interesting idea, but he or she did not know the full story and/or did not write an outline before starting the writing process are the most commonly unsuccessful.
WHAT KIND OF SCRIPTS ARE YOU MORE LIKELY TO CONSIDER?
Scripts that are marketable, but also those that don’t sacrifice quality in the process; scripts that not only have original stories and characters, but also have characters from various economic and ethnic backgrounds, and of different sexual-orientations because these elements all help to create stories that are more representative of real life.
WHAT’S THE BEST SCRIPT YOU’VE EVER READ?
I think of answering this question in the same way as I choose “the best movies I’ve ever seen” which is: what sticks with me the most as a reader? So the best screenplay I’ve ever read is the original Lethal Weapon by Shane Black. Like the finished film, the script itself is actually a funny action adventure from start to finish. This is a rare feat. The best TV scripts I ever read are the pilots for Breaking Bad and Californication. Both are totally and technically badass, and they also read as if one of your buddies were telling you outlandish story.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIEGOING EXPERIENCE?
I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of Steven Spielberg’s film, Lincoln. Not only was it an epic film about one of the most significant eras in American history, but to know that the actors and filmmakers were experiencing the movie with me was utterly gratifying.