Who the hell are you?
I'm a 26 year-old screenwriter living in Los Angeles. I was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. I went to school at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa for undergraduate, where I majored in advertising. After that, I went through the USC Cinema School (Peter Stark Producer's Program) for my MFA.
What's with the goatee?
I haven't had one in over a year now. There was a decidedly split reaction among my friends over how it looked, and I for one was ambivalent.
Is it all just to compensate for your lack of hair?
Yes. I describe it Anthony Edwards hair.
So what have you done?
I wrote a script called "Go" which sold to Banner Entertainment in June, and is now in pre-production. The blurb in Daily Variety described it surprisingly well:
"Set in contemporary Los Angeles over a 24-hour period, the screenplay chronicles the interwoven misadventures of a supermarket check-out girl, a transplanted British drug dealer and two fledgling actors." (Daily Variety, July 10, 1997)
Over the last three years, I've also adapted two novels into screenplays:
HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS by Thomas Rockwell, which is about a kid who makes a bet to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. As of March, it has a director and is waiting for a greenlight at Universal.
A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle. The story is about a girl who has to travel to another dimension to save her scientist father. It is set up at Miramax, where it's in a holding pattern as they decide if and how to make it. It will be very expensive.
No, but I have a dog named Jake.
Jake is a two year-old pug. They are an ancient Chinese breed which you can read about at the Pug Homepage. I got him through the Little Angels Pug Rescue, which operates in the L.A.-Pasadena area. They are sweet people who deeply deeply love pugs, but they can be a bit fanatical in that Saturn-owner kinda way.
Where do you live?
What are you, a stalker?
During the opening titles for "Melrose Place", you can sometimes see the edge of my street. My friend Elizabeth says you have to pass a coolness test just to live in my neighborhood.
Man, did I cram.
Why do you update your pages so infrequently?
Simply to aggravate you.
Didn't your pages used to be more colorful?
Yes, but I stripped out the frames because I sometimes use Nethopper on my Newton MessagePad, which really makes you appreciate the beauty of simplicity. This latest redesign was done with Adobe SiteMill and PageMill 2.0, a bargain at $49.
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