screenwriter :: editor :: filmmaker
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A great film begins with a great story. It's the heart and soul of every movie ever made.
It's the characters, and the places. The fantastic worlds from yesterday, today and tomorrow. All of those above and below, close to home and farther away. It's the births and deaths, and the love and hate, and the kiss and never tells. The war and peace, science and the fiction. The tension and the turmoil. It's heaven and hell. The surreal and the real. The hope and despair. It's the forces of evil, and the power of good. It's drama, and comedy, and everything in between.
But before all of that... It's the screenwriter and the screenplay.
Here are a few comments about a couple of my screenplays:
"Solid opening... Nice juxtaposition of the coffin and the violin... impressive!" ~ Derek Hass (2 Fast 2 Furious, 3:10 To Yuma, Chicago Fire)
"I liked it too... Gay Humpty is a great character." ~ Craig Mazin (Scary Movie 3, Hangover II, Chernobyl)
"I absolutely agree. Job well done." ~ F. Scott Frazier (The Numbers Game, Gears Of War)
"...the opening for STRINGS is very enticing. The premise is intriguing and the opening pages have great cinematic rhythm and pacing.
It's exactly the sort of writing that draws a person into the story and is very easy to visualize." ~ David K.
The power of the editor can't be underestimated.
Poring over every frame looking for those (subtle and not so subtle) nuances that make the difference. A skilled editor is able to establish the mood, shape the performances, and set the pace of the story. It's subjective of course, but a great editor can feel it. Intutively knowing what to leave in and what to cut out. Taking the director's vision and making it a reality, frame by frame.
Here's a trailer I put together that was nominated in the "Top Trailer" category at the 2018 Southern States Indie Fan Film Festival -