Scripts, Pilots, and Pitches
A collection of material about projects made, in development, or looking for a home. When I started out, it was difficult to find material that showed not just the final script for a film, but anything about the "in between." Projects grow. They start with ideas, get worked out in steps, search for a home, and, if they are lucky, finally make it to a screen. The stories below are at various points in the process. The information here is presented to help others figure out how scripts are made. And if it lands one a home, that's good, too.
The Dark Place
This one made it from idea to screen... but it took about two decades to get there! From idea to beat sheet to treatment to draft to shooting script, the story changed as it went along. It didn't change greatly though. It was always about a Protagonist going home, encountering danger, and having to make amends in order to survive.
In The Closet
Sex is wonderful. Sex is also scary. Trying to pull those two ideas together was the genesis of this short. Directing it was the first time I felt everything went "right" on something I've done.
Film (In Development)
Lost in the sands of the desert, an ancient evil awaits. A crashed satellite leads a Special Forces team to a lost alien city — and an extraterrestrial monster set to unleash hell on Earth to win a cosmic war.
"Lodged between the end of night and the break of morning, there is a special, magical time, full of danger, excitement and possibility. One stray step brings you to this different realm, a
place called...After Hours."
TV Series (In Development)
Numbers are powerful on their own. But the backsides of numbers? That's where the real power lies. An adaptation of the popular Belgian YA series, Dark Numbers is a lot like Harry Potter meets Doctor Who.
You pitch a lot in Hollywood. Films. Shows. Ideas. My first efforts at pitching didn't get me any sales. But they did get me my first professional writing gig -- a rather terrible Grade Z movie. Still, it got made. Even if I barely recognize what made it to the screen.
"We make the worlds we live in." That was the idea behind this tale. Really more of a project for my MFA, it was an old script that I revised and used as my first attempt at pulling together everything I'd been learning in school. It almost all works, too.
What do you have to live for? Returning home from a nameless foreign war, a Special Forces soldier discovers his fiance married to his best friend, shadowy figures prowling the landscape and five mysterious years missing from his memory.
The telepathic school nerd and the closeted, telekinetic school jock must combine their efforts to save their entire school from a murderous entity possessing both of their powers — and more
From floating naked in a pool at a resort to shooting to a film about about a guy floating naked in a pool at a resort -- and visited by monsters -- this was a crazy idea that turned in to one of the more honest and well received stories I've done.
Beverly Hills Lizard People
Film (In Development)
Lizard People are everywhere! Well, lots of folks think that. And once I started thinking about that, it totally explained Beverly Hills -- if not all the people who believe in Lizard People.
The door opener, PARIS got me noticed, a manager, a mentor, and into the MFA Program at UCLA. Philip Marlow meets Queer as Folk as if it were produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, PARIS was also me venting through fiction a great deal of the anger and sadness that had built up during my time as a Child Protective Social Worker.
Inside / Outside The Beltway
Before Ellen, before Queer As Folk, before Will And Grace, there was a multi season TV series about LGBTQ people in and around Washington DC. I was fortunate to have written and produced for it.