I'm a semi-finalist! Woooo! I've worked very hard over the past year and a half and dedicated a lot of time to learning the craft of TV writing and it paid off last week when I found out I am a semi-finalist for the 2015/16 Nickelodeon Writing Program. We'll see what happens next, but however it shakes out, I feel very good at this progress and validation that I'm on the right track.
This week, author Jessica Freeburg, emailed me to let me know that the manuscript and art for her short story anthology was being sent off to the publisher. The anthology is a collection of paranormal/horror/thriller short stories written by the members of GSI (Ghost Stories Inc.) including: Scott Spinks, Sean Spinks, Natalie Fowler, Jessica Freeburg, and Jay Asher.
I also have a story included in the book and this will be my first time being published as a writer in book format. This release will be extra special as there will be both a print and digital editions. I'm beyond excited to be included in this anthology and have my story next to such talented and well-established writers. My tale is a ghost story titled "The Lift" about a day in the life of an LA actor that slips into a different time and faces a terrifying vision. The book will be released in mid-November by Red Sofa Literary and is intended for a YA audience. Keep posted to my website for more details as we approach the launch date.
I took an excursion to Santa Barbara over the 4th of July holiday weekend. It's always nice to get out of LA for a bit. I was also able to use my camera a bit to take a few pictures of the gorgeous coast. I haven't had a chance to take many landscape photos since my time in Iceland, so this was nice practice.
So I have just assembled a new directing reel for myself. It's been a while since the last one. While putting this together, I was forced to realize just how much work I have done. Sometimes, time makes you forget such things. I must say, I am quite proud of the work on it, as it shows that I am comfortable with diverse talent and subject matter. Hopefully this will aid my career as the current buzzword in the industry is "diversity." Here's a list of everything you'll find on this reel in this order. Enjoy and feel free to share!
- The Red Dress - Short Film
- Danza Con Migo - Music Video
- Minnesota Legit - Product Video
- Academia Cesar Chavez - Bilingual Corporate
- Lush: Zero Waste Week - Internal Corporate
- NIDEC - Documentary
- Jantastic 2015 - Live Event
This past weekend, I traveled down to San Diego for "Jantastic" presented by the San Diego Derby Dolls. It was there to direct the webcast over the two-day tournament. The last time I was there was in June for the "Battle on the Bank" tournament.
It was so great to work with a well-run and professional operation like the Derby Dolls and with such great people like Isabelle Ringer and Amber Alert! It was also nice to see a lot of familiar faces from roller derby community from players to announcers.
Tunnel vision. Photo by: Me
Me in the production booth, switching. Photo by: Amber Alert!
I'd like to thank my camera ops, announcers, and the SDDD staff for putting on a great production. I'd also like to thank all the skaters from all around the country that displayed great talent and incredible skill throughout the entire weekend. Also, congratulations to the "My Little Ponies" team that claimed 1st place.
I hope the games will be available online soon, until then, enjoy the championship game that I directed from the BOTB tournament in June of 2014. The bout is between the Los Angeles Derby Dolls Ri-ettes and the Arizona Derby Dames Hot Shots.