BSE Mechanical Engineering and MS Biomedical Engineering
(The University of Michigan);
MFA Creative Writing (American University)
Place of Residence:
Los Angeles, CA
Publishing Related Companies Worked for:
Black List, PAGE Awards, Virtual Pitch Fest, Greenlight My Movie, FadeIn Pitch Fest
Prior Publishing Related Jobs:
Biomedical Engineer (Orthopedics)
Favorite Place To Read:
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Lolita, The Corrections, Invisible Man, Catcher in the Rye, Preacher, Catch-22, Confederacy of Dunces, The Shining
George Saunders, David Foster Wallace, Zadie Smith, Stephen King, Bill Watterson, Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, Jonathan Franzen, Noah Hawley, Vladimir Nabokov, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut
Fargo, Rushmore, Get Out, Ghost World, Magnolia, The Godfather, Bridge Over the River Kwai, Reservoir Dogs
Favorite Director: Coen brothers
WHAT ARE THE MAIN THINGS YOU LOOK FOR WHEN YOU READ A SCRIPT?
An original premise written in a unique voice. Smart, elevated ideas executed in a character-driven way.
WHAT MAKES BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS?
What’s driving them is more inside (e.g. heart) than outside (e.g. glory) and we understand both their internal and external characterization without them having to say it with on-the-nose dialog. The character on the last page isn’t the same as the character on the first page.
WHAT’S THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE YOU SEE?
Too much plot, not enough character – specifically not enough internal conflict for characters – and inadequate mythology or incomplete rules for the world created.
WHAT KIND OF SCRIPTS ARE YOU MORE LIKELY TO CONSIDER?
Ideas that balance the fine line between originality and accessibility and don’t settle for tropes and clichés and old school boilerplates. Can’t emphasize character-driven enough.
WHAT’S THE BEST SCRIPT YOU’VE EVER READ?
Allied, by Steven Knight. If only the movie was as good as the script, sigh….
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIEGOING EXPERIENCE?
SE7EN. I went in expecting a movie about a traditional police investigation, I left with one exploded (but thankfully not severed) head.