Monster Runs Amuck!
Notzilla has to be the longest gestating dinosaur egg in history! The year after I graduated from high school, my buddy Jeff and I (co-members of the band The Daily Planet) wrote a short draft for a monster movie spoof, and said, “Let’s do this!” We were going to film it with a Super-8 movie camera, but ran out of money ($750 is a lotta moolah!) and time (college profs rudely assigned us homework).
Two years later, I expanded it to feature length and my screenwriting professor said, “Do this!” But it takes an a even bigger buncha moolah to make a feature film.
So the egg remained dormant.
Two decades later, I rewrote the screenplay again, gave it its current title, and submitted it to a new division of Warner Bros. They said, “Let’s do this!” Notzilla was slated to be their next feature film! But then the division folded.
Three years later, the same company that made Scary Movie, Parts 1 through 9,648, was about to give it the green light when, at the last minute, studio execs decided to do yet another Scary Movie.
Would this dino ever see the light of day?
And then, in 2018 the executive producer of my first feature film as a writer-director-producer, Over-the-Rhine, said, “Let’s do this!”
And the egg finally hatched!
Notzilla has just been made an Official Selection by the Simply Indie Film Festival, and is also a Finalist for Best Screenplay! This virtually never happens. Comedy screenplays are rarely nominated. And spoofs? Forget about it. So, festival judges, I thank you and my monster thanks you!
Notzilla was also named Best Comedy at the Will Roger Motion Picture Festival last month, and is now gobbling up nominations and awards everywhere! In February alone, he’ll attack film festivals (click on highlighted words to learn more) in Boca Raton, Florida (I’ll be there), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (not to be confused with the one in France), Pasadena, California, and Tokyo, Japan — Notzilla’s homeland!
So if you live near any of those places, show up and…
Watch this monster run amuck!