Category Archives: Film

L5 Pilot Released!

Back in December of 2010, my multi-talented brother Kaelan told me about a new Sci-Fi series he had a part in.

Having been a huge Sci-Fi fan since I was a kid, I was very excited to hear he was involved in such a project and got a chance to read the script and post a review.

Needless to say, when the pilot was released last week, I couldn’t wait to see it…


… and I wasn’t disappointed

I really enjoyed the amazing post-production effects coupled with an interesting premise and solid acting.  A storytelling technique I always like is when technical jargon is used that the viewer is not expected to understand, but makes sense to the characters.  L5’s fabric is woven with this (both in dialogue and visually) and gives the pilot a marvelously rich texture.

Well done, L5 Crew!  Here’s wishing you all the success you deserve!

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New L5 Trailer and Release Date!

I was fortunate back in December 2010 to get to read the pilot script for the upcoming hard science fiction series L5 (see post here).  Since then, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the pilot episode.  Along with the very cool trailer below, they’ve also given us a release date:


Many of the updates on the L5 Production Blog have talked about the enormous amount of time they’ve spent on post-production.  After watching the trailer it’s easy to see the time, effort, and care that’s gone into this pilot episode!  Enjoy…



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What motivates and inspires you?

While there’s an infinite amount of motivations for success, I suppose most of us aspiring screenwriters are driven, at least in part, to see our work on the screen; to be blessed to have our stories told; to make a living by doing what we love, etc.

Then, sometimes, there are those things that both motivate and inspire.

Once I’m in the chair, click the Final Draft icon, and get lost in the script, what carries me?  What tethers my soul to the story and, at the same time, keeps me accountable to change what I love in service of what is right for the story?  What gets me excited to read a fellow writer’s script and provide quality feedback?  What won’t let my mind stop attacking a logic problem for days on end?

Lots of reasons.  But one of them is…

I want my story to be worthy of a Thomas Newman Soundtrack.

Even when I’m not listening to music while writing, it’s subtle motivating inspirations like these that help me to stay true to the story.

What motivates and inspires you?

“Mother’s Day” Midnight Madness

What better time to have the Midwest Premiere of a worthy re-imagining of the 1980 Horror classic Mother’s Day than shortly after midnight on Mother’s Day?  And what better venue than Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre?Mother's Day Poster

Hundreds of energetic moviegoers applauded as the red curtain rose, then cheered after a suspenseful, 80’s-esque opening sequence was followed by “MOTHER’S DAY” splayed across the screen.

Since I’m a sucker for a well-executed contained thriller, what struck me most about this film was how it successfully combined a modern-style contained thriller with 1980’s horror DNA to create a unique and entertaining hybrid.

One thing that seems to separate many of the modern-day horror films from their 1980’s predecessors is the quality of acting.  Of course, we expect professional-grade performances from the likes of Rebecca De Mornay, Shawn Ashmore, and Jaime King, but I can honestly say that the entire cast was excellent and provided a marvelous texture to the film.  I loved Rebecca De Mornay’s sprinkling of motherly advice and care at the most awkward and sometimes disturbing moments.  If Nigel Tufnel were to review this film, he would say that these moments “bring the creep factor to 11.”

Fans of Darren Lynn Bousman and his contributions to the Saw franchise will also delight at what I’ll call the “ATM Scene.”  It was a unique, fun and disturbing cinematic moment that had me at once laughing and cringing.  Good stuff and itself worth the price of admission (okay, I didn’t pay to get in, but if I did…).

At times my suspension of disbelief was stretched to its limit.  But it actually seemed to add to the experience rather than detract because it was true to the genre and certainly to the flavor of 1980’s horror —  any other film that takes itself too seriously would certainly have cracked under the pressure.

The Ending:

No spoilers here! I could talk about how the ending was a shocking twist and how it fulfilled the necessity in cinematic storytelling that the climax be an “inevitable surprise,” but any words I could try to come up with would only pale in comparison to what the young guy in front of me blurted out in that infinite moment between the fading final scene and end credits…

“Aaaw, hell no!”

Happy Mother’s Day  :)

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