hAPPY nEW yEAR, Now Let’s Get to Work!

Welcome, 2012. We’re glad you’re here. 2011 was a tough year for a lot of people including me, and I’m eager to pop the cork on a new year with some new opportunities and hopefully, a little luck. Don’t get me wrong though; 2011 brought some great accomplishments for me: I started my first production company, Roughsketch Films LLC and I’ve been working with some very talented people in order to get that spaceship off the ground. I’ve also seen two web series that I helped produce get the launches they deserve… thriller “The Apocalyse Diaries” (written and directed by Clea Frost) and comedy “The Nanny Interviews” (written and helmed by Nicole Sacker.) I’m also proud that director Matthew Brewer has released his film interpretation of my short script “Let Us Prey” and that dramatic story is certain to get some notice. The short film “Heart Says It All” directed by David J. Eagle had a very successful run; that short still continues to be screened regularly by the DC Shorts “Laughs” series and is in fact playing Saturday, February 5th at 10:00 p.m. David and I are currently working on another short, “Mother’s Day” and we hope to have filming wrapped by the end of January.

So what’s in store for 2012? Well, I’m very close to getting my first feature produced; more details will emerge once they have solidified a bit. I’m also working on a new short screenplay that addresses the subject of bullying so I’m excited and passionate about that. I’m also working with my crew on developing a completely unique web series, the likes have not yet been seen. Oh, and I’m starting a new part-time gig, teaching SCREENWRITING at Columbia College Hollywood, a very cool film school and liberal arts college. And I’m grateful for all that stuff, but I’m hoping there’s even more on the horizon. Thanks for checking out my blog and I hope you have a happy and prosperous New Year!!

Suspense Drives the Tension in “Apocalypse Diaries”

Excellent review of the webseries “The Apocalypse Diaries”, which I produced with director-producer Clea Frost through our production company, Webovision TV. The review is here. Reviewer Lance Trachtenberg writes that The Apocalypse Diaries’ “suspense-laden storyline drives the tension meter up” and “each tension-steeped episode proves it.” Now that’s some sweet reviewing! You can view all 8 episodes  of “The Apocalypse Diaries” by going to the website right now! Scroll to the BOTTOM of the page and watch the episodes going UPWARD (the last one is on the top–don’t watch it first!) This was the first web series we filmed with my Canon HFS100 HD camcorder, which was perfect for the effect Clea wanted to achieve. Yay Doomsday!

“The Apocalypse Diaries” Now Online!

Hey Everyone,

I recently produced a web series with my friend and Webovision TV partner Clea Frost, “The Apocalypse Diaries”–the video blog of Jen Cross, and the story of something terrible that happens in her home town of Los Angeles. It’s gritty and realistic, with excellent performances by Laurel Marlantes and Graham Hamilton as a young couple faced with a horrific future that could someday be a reality. The link to the first installment of the series is here  and also here  so check it out if you can!  UPDATE: All the episodes can be found here.