Tag Archives: drama

Tips for Writers: Frustrate Your Hero

Writers, I know what you’re thinking, “Well, of course. I always seek the Rolling Stones’ advice when I’m creating characters and storylines.” Or maybe not. But Mick does have a point: Instead of building a conventional dramatic arc by having … Continue reading

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How to be Funny

Why Funny Matters Whether you’re a writer, teacher, politician or mortician, this three-part series will help you be wittier–or I’ll refund every penny you’ve paid! My first career was about funny. I spent 13+ years in sketch comedy (Isaac Air … Continue reading

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A Life-Changer

Three years ago this month, we began production on Over-the-Rhine, my first feature film as a writer-director-producer. I’d made many short films over the years, but this was the first time anyone had ever put up the funding necessary for … Continue reading

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The Best Movies of 2018

Part Two To read Part One (Comedies and Action Movies) click here. Best Dramas BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee’s best film in years. Not quite up there with Do the Right Thing or Malcom X, but still fires on all four … Continue reading

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Movies That Have Changed Me

The Dramas I started this series with Comedies, at least in part because I’d discovered at any early age that getting laughs at the cost of time-outs under the teacher’s desk was worth it (yes, some of my grade school … Continue reading

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A Filmmaker’s Journal

Another Award! So this is cool: My last feature film Over-the-Rhine is now an Official Selection and Nominee at the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, one of North America’s largest faith-based fests. We missed the cut last year, but this … Continue reading

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A Filmmaker’s Journal

 Official Trailer for The Tribunal I’ve talked a lot about my feature film Over-the-Rhine, and about Notzilla, my in-the-works monster movie spoof  But up until now I’ve said little about my executive producer Mike Mergler or St. Michael Movies, the production … Continue reading

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