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The Recipe for Writer’s Block

April 17, 2015

Writer's Block Recipe

It’s been so long. How are you?

Me?

[Insert reasons for not writing more sitcoms.]

I’ve actually been working on food blog with my wife for the last year called Get in my Mouf. There is almost no overlap between writing sitcoms and talking about food, so I’ve had no reason to really mention it on here before. However, I wrote a quick post this week about writer’s block that easily applies to all types of writing. It’s short, fairly universal, and potentially useful*. So…check it out HERE.

*Some restrictions apply.

BAGMEN Short Film Premiere

September 11, 2014

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Let’s go ahead and ignore the fact that I haven’t posted since March.

Good.

Hey, speaking of short film premieres in the Washington, DC metro area…

If you live in or around DC and you enjoy indie films, my buddies over at HMD Films are premiering a few short films that they’ve produced over the last year or so (including the one I wrote and co-produced, Bagmen). Details are below, or you can check out the HMD Films 2014 Showcase event page on Facebook for more information.

Date:  Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time:  8:00 PM

Location:  Angelika Film Center – Mosiac District, 2911 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031

Tickets:  $5 online at Brown Paper Tickets (George Mason University students get in free with a student ID).

See YOU there!

Hidden Movie Stars on the Food Network – Part 1

March 25, 2014

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To add to the random non-sitcom-related websites that I’ll be writing for, take a peek at Smash Cut Culture. I could tell you about it, but you’d probably just glaze over after “pop-culture/film blog,” so just read their About page.  My addiction to Food Network and love of movies spawned my first post for them, so check it out:

Hidden Movie Stars on the Food Network – Part 1

One page of Breaking Bad is better than your whole screenplay

March 13, 2014

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I’ve been going through some serious Breaking Bad withdrawal recently. So, I decided to feed the addiction by writing a blog post for HMD Films:

One page of Breaking Bad is better than your whole screenplay

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Also, this is fun.

Written AND Produced by…

December 17, 2013

I wrote a blog post about my experience producing BAGMEN, a short drama that I wrote for my buddy Nathan McFarland to direct. It was a lot of work, but ended up being a lot of fun.  I’ll eventually post a link to the short after editing is done, but for now you can check out the blog post here on the HMD Films website.

Happy Holidays!

 

PUPPYCIDE: The Documentary

October 21, 2013

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Every 98 minutes, a dog is shot by law enforcement.

That’s kind of a shocking statistic. And it’s only more shocking when you actually look behind the data and delve into the stories behind the numbers. When I first learned what puppycide was, my mind originally jumped to the idea of police officers accidentally shooting rottweilers and pit bulls during drug busts and gang shootouts. But then you start to look at the headlines…

“Cop Shoots Therapy Dog While Serving Warrant At Wrong House”

“Rochester Police Shoot Disabled Man’s Dog, Then Arrest Him Twice in the Days After”

“Cops Tell Mom Her Son Was Murdered, Kill Her Dog for Good Measure”

Uh…what?

Apparently, this type of thing happens all the time. And that’s why Patrick Reasonover and Michael Ozias (of Ozymandias Media) are making PUPPYCIDE: The Documentary. I met Patrick at the Taliesin Nexus Filmmakers Workshop (see my previous post about the workshop). Okay, “met” does not do it justice, because he is the President of the non-profit organization behind the workshop. So, he’s partly responsible for helping many young filmmakers connect with professionals in the entertainment industry and allowing them to have a kick-ass time in LA. Patrick is a great guy and I feel good knowing that he’s behind this project.

Back to PUPPYCIDE… It’s easy to point the blame at cowboy-headed shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later police officers, but PUPPYCIDE: The Documentary looks to create awareness about the issue to help bring about better training for law enforcement offers. The truth is that law enforcement offers have to make split second decisions about their own safety and without the proper training on how to handle unfamiliar dogs, the dogs are the ones that end up on the wrong side of that decision.

I encourage anyone (especially dog owners/lovers) to visit their Kickstarter page to learn more about the documentary and the research that they’ve already conducted. Their trailer and info page do an outstanding job of explaining the issue and why you should support it.

Why do I support the project? Because of this guy:

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Cooper: part Lab, part Poodle, part dragon

A Quick Note…

September 26, 2013

I’m going to eventually update the theme for this blog and re-arrange some stuff. If anyone happens to notice any broken links on old posts, please let me know so I can fix them. 

Thanks!

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