Category Archives: Writing

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The title of a movie or a book is usually the first thing an audience encounters, but for me at least, it’s one of the last things I come up with. I’ll have a placeholder that I can refer to … Continue reading

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Frustrated by First Drafts

Stephen King has a chapter in his book On Writing that I think I should go back and re-read. It’s called “Shitty First Drafts.” And boy, do I have one. First drafts are supposed to be terrible. That’s why you go … Continue reading

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Reductio Ad Villainy

It surprised me to learn that many actors enjoy playing bad guys more than the characters who save the day. But after I thought about it, I realized I enjoy writing villains more than paragons of virtue too. This is easy … Continue reading

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To Have Your Cake And Measure Its Momentum Too

If you can’t get enough Norwegian political/espionage thrillers like Occupied, don’t worry; I have another one for you. The Heavy Water War is also available to stream from Netflix, and covers a British and Norwegian program to sabotage the German … Continue reading

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#OnScreenTexts

If you enjoy Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting series on YouTube, like I do, you already saw his episode on the way movies and TV shows depict texting and the Internet. There’s a wealth of visual possibilities, especially when … Continue reading

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The End

“Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife – chopping off what’s incomplete and saying, ‘Now it’s complete because it’s ended here.’” -From The Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib by the Princess Irulan (This is the part where Andrew spoils the endings … Continue reading

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Dead Mothers In Children’s Movies

I feel like I only write about movies that came out more than a year ago, but I was quite impressed when I finally saw How To Train Your Dragon 2. I daresay it was better than the first one. I’ve … Continue reading

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An Experience In Time

Back in early 2013 I tried writing another feature-length screenplay, a Political Thriller. The idea had been bouncing in my head since college, growing more and more intricate. It was time to finally spell it all out. Except after about … Continue reading

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The Testimony of Erin J. and GSFF 2014

It’s time for some exciting news: Last fall I shot a short film called The Testimony of Erin J., which is about to be screened at The Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City! You can see a trailer for … Continue reading

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Something Awful Happened? There’s a Conspiracy Behind It.

(Editor’s Note: This piece began soon after the Boston Marathon bombing, but with so much new information coming out so quickly, I held off on it so it wouldn’t be dated.) I wanted to write a response to David Wiegel’s … Continue reading

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