I used to write and edit for KRL, until I moved to Portland, Oregon. If you ask me what I do, I’d have a hard time answering you, hence my handle on Twitter: @dilettantegal! I’m an optioned screenwriter as well as a script consultant/coach. I have published fiction and non-fiction and am a freelance editor and writer. My film and television credits include Screenwriter, Producer, Director, Casting Director, and a bunch of other crew jobs. I also work with arts organizations to get their business side functioning properly. This is my second career; I used to be a business consultant.
That’s how a screenplay begins, and it ends with FADE OUT. As a writer of screenplays, novels, short stories and non-fiction articles, I’m going to take you on a journey through a landscape of writing to point out familiar landmarks, for those strangers to screenwriting.
I am a literary fiction fan, both as a reader and as a writer, but I needed a break. Something in the universe led me to Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I am so grateful for it. As a teenager I read through the Agatha Christie books but pretty much abandoned mystery/thrillers since then, other than film.
Our lives unraveled off a circular stairwell that spun upwards into eternity, made up of a large turquoise dome, like the heavens painted on ceilings in cloisters and monasteries across Europe, where I once fell in love with the color. It was encircled in a giant gold band, to protect it from the visceral. A polished wooden railing held up by fragile, narrow rungs accompanied you on the way, the corporeal matrix of our design cast below the heavens. I never looked up when traversing the stairway because I knew I didn’t have to, not there. I was safe there. But we each finished alone in the end, completing our journey in our own mysterious shells just as we started.
So sometimes art mirrors life, and sometimes it’s the other way round, but the local feature film, Finding Hope Now, has done both, passing through some sort of prism. It was shot in Fresno in 2009 and I was privileged to work on this film as Producer as well as the chance to wear several other hats. This is the film’s amazing story thus far.
Things really are meant to be... even rain during a two day outdoor film shoot! The Hopes and Dreams Project’s first film, How to Build a Better Fastball, was touted as a professional production by those involved and those observing, and we are very proud of this; the detailed planning allowed this to happen.
It’s strange how things happen, but it seems that sometimes they’re just meant to be. Through a friend I was approached in early December to produce a series of short films through a non-profit outreach program called Hopes and Dreams Project.
Director Michael Apted helms the third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which opened this weekend. His trademark focus is characters and actors whose performances are Oscar contenders.
You may know me as a writer and filmmaker on this site, but I also take on roles as Casting Director/Agent and teacher. I’m constantly educating actors and models on everything from resume advice to technique.
I’m one of those people who stay in their seats after the final scene of a movie fades to black and watches the credits roll. Why? Because filmmaking is a team effort and I feel that everyone deserves their bow—even if we only see their names during final credits. I’ve been one of those faceless folks, so I know.