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[THREE CENTS] The Most Important Thing

A few weeks ago I found out that a guy I went to high school with had taken his own life.  Needless to say, it’s horrible.  I feel terrible for him, his family, everyone in his life. I wasn’t friends with … Continue reading

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[THE MAKING OF] Sight & Sound Film and “Nightmare Mosaic”

Ah, film school.  I imagine it’s a lot different today than when I went through it.  For one – we shot and edited with actual film. Not quite chiseling on stone tablets, thankfully, but an entirely different experience than capturing on … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] I’ll Get Around To This

Let me open by saying I was initially hoping to have this ready to post last week. Well, I may not be on time, but at least I’m on theme. Procrastination.  It’s quite the beast, really.  It can easily eat … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Dan & Kevin Hageman: Write Brothers

If you haven’t heard of the Brothers Hageman yet, you’ve almost definitely seen their work.  Dan and Kevin Hageman are the creative minds behind some of the most successful animated features and series of the last few years. Their writing credits … Continue reading

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[THREE CENTS] Strange Brew

I’ll be writing this post under the assumption that you’ve seen Marvel’s Doctor Strange.  If you haven’t, well, SPOILER ALERT: I’ll be spoiling it. (and maybe spoiling watching movies in general) After many years in a lifetime of film, television, … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Talking Shop with Harry Elfont

As an aspiring Hollywood hyphenate, the first network you have coming out of college (provided you even went to college), is your fellow alumni. Screenwriter and director Harry Elfont was part of that NYU network for me, and we spent … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Do You Really Want to do This?

Everybody and their cousin has an idea for a movie or television show.  Some of them have a lot (of ideas, that is, not cousins). Well, sure they do, ideas are the easy part (a dime a dozen used to … Continue reading

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[SPOTLIGHT] Kuu Kuu Harajuku

Let me get this out of the way right at the top.  I’ve never met Gwen Stefani. Nevertheless, Rhonda Smiley and I have been writing on her show for a while now, and it premieres in the U.S. on Nickelodeon … Continue reading

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[THE MAKING OF] Drawing Conclusions. And Comics.

Before movie and television writing became my focus, my creative outlet of choice was drawing.  Like most kids, I guess.  It’s kind of mandatory coursework in the early schooling phases, alongside Introduction to Napping and Paste Eating 101. For me, though, it … Continue reading

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[THE NETWORK] The Stinky & Dirty Show

Fellow screenwriter, Guy Toubes, and I both went to NYU together. But as far as I know we never met there.  We had a lot of mutual friends, though, which is how we eventually connected out in Los Angeles after we … Continue reading

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