Story Analyst, Teacher, Movie Producer
I got my start as the head story analyst for the Sundance Film Institute’s writer and directors’ labs, the world-renowned mentorship program that has launched the careers of filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, P.T. Anderson, Miranda July, John Cameron Mitchell, Ryan Fleck and many more. Whereas other readers simply write passive coverage trying to predict a movie’s commercial viability, my work with Sundance got me in the actual writing trenches, initiating a process of creative discovery for each selected screenplay.
After several years with Sundance, I started my own script consultation business with the singular mission of helping writers write the best scripts possible. Since then, my clients have become producers on hit shows like CBS’ Cold Case, NBC’s Friday Night Lights and have even created shows like TNT’s Memphis Beat; they have gotten financing and distribution for independent movies like Lifelines (starring Jane Adams) and Children of God; they have attached stars like William H. Macy, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater, Anna Kendrick, Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Mia Wasikowska to their feature film debuts; they have placed in the finalists for prestigious contests like Nicholls Fellowship and won prestigious contests like the Disney/ABC Writing Program. In other words, my clients work.
I additionally serve as a screenwriting advisor for Wesleyan University’s film studies program (the same program that produced filmmakers like Joss Whedon, Michael Bay, Jon Turtletaub and many others).
And this past year, I co-wrote and produced the independent movie Cheesecake Casserole, starring Brit Morgan (True Blood), Paige Howard (Adventureland) Torrey DeVitto (Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars) and Ryan Merriman (Pretty Little Liars). So, I am not simply a script consultant sitting on the sidelines of the industry – I am an active participant with first-hand experience of what it takes to get a movie made.
Cheesecake Casserole debuts on I*tunes and over one hundred On-Demand channels July 3, 2012.