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Gave talk at the Prague Film School

Gave a talk on February 16 on "Understanding Character Arc: A Screenwriter's Perspective" at the Prague Film School, very cool institution in a very cool city.

What is “classic” character development based on 3-act structure or the Hero’s Journey/mythic structure? What are recent trends? What happens when you leave off the beginning or end of a character arc or twist our expectations about what an arc should be? What does a character arc look like when time is compressed, expanded, reversed, or duplicated (either within a film or across TV episodes)?  When is it appropriate not to have a character arc (that is, your character is unchanging)? Finally, how is character arc related to theme/message?  In general, as a writer, how can you use an understanding of character arc to jumpstart your writing process? 



Fun visit with Writer John Logan

With faculty members/writers Zayd Dohrn and Thomas Bradshaw and our NU MFAs in Writing for Screen and Stage.



Inspiring visit with Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright, Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced)

Last Tuesday, Zayd Dohrn and I co-moderated an inspiring conversation with Pulitzer-prize winning playwright/screenwriter/actor Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) with our MFA writing students.  



My film will be screening as part of the Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival.

The Coming of Age, the film I was commissioned to write and co-produced accepted to The Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival. Screening Dec 3, at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the link below:


And here's more info about the film including a synopsis and trailer:



new webpage for Cassandra

Check out our new webpage for our film Cassandra (featuring the amazing and scary artwork of Angela Azmitia).  Free-standing website, kickstarter, etc. to follow.