• May 5, 2017
    Between "Action" and "Cut" Everything Is Possible

    "It's all possible all the time. That's the magic of 'action' and 'cut.'" - Andrew Garfield

    Have you ever heard or seen something that hit you so hard in that moment your life seemed to turn on its head if only for a brief period of time?

    I listened to this Off Camera with Sam Jones interview with Andrew Garfield shortly after it aired, and something he said moved me. I love this particular podcast, as I do many long-form interview shows, because it's always inspiring and fascinating to get to know artists on a deeper level. This particular time I was driving home to Pennsylvania from Nashville (a 10-hour trek), so I had several episodes queued up.

    About 20 minutes in, Andrew said something that hit me so profoundly, I actually started crying. I paused the interview and let this revelation sink in for probably a solid hour. Keep in mind, this wasn't a prepared thought by Andrew, so it wasn't stated eloquently or in a way that was meant to inspire, but it hit me so hard I needed to share. The idea was this: Between "action" and "cut" anything is possible.

    How gloriously freeing is that? Literally anything, everything is possible.

    IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU'VE EVER BEEN TOLD ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOULD OR SHOULDN'T BE OR HOW YOU SHOULD OR SHOULDN'T ACT, BECAUSE YOU ARE COMPLETELY FREE IN THAT MOMENT.

    To give the personal gravity of the statement a little substance, allow me to go down a philosophical rabbit hole. We - as human beings, as global citizens, what have you - are always controlled, constrained, and taught to conform. "Fit in to the family system, to the school system, to society" they say. "Salute the flag," "respect your parents," "get a job," "pay your taxes..." None of that matters - politics don't matter, religion doesn't matter, social status doesn't matter - these things don't even exist between "action" and "cut."

    Kind of freeing, right? Then you'll love this too...

    If you think about it, almost everything is available to you all the time. Every human emotion, every thought, every physically-viable human action or interaction is always within the realm of possibility. Meaning many, many things prevent us from saying certain things, doing certain things, or acting certain ways, but we could. To quote Andrew from his interview again, "I could kill someone... I could make love to you right now." Now, before anyone uses that as a direct quote completely out of context, let me expand. He's saying it's all possible. It's all available all the time, and when you're acting you get to use it.

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CONTENTS

Ive been described as a prolific writer with a unique voice and a lot to say. Sure those quotes all came from my mom, but were gonna move past that.


PROJECTS

COMPLETED
GATEWAY / SHORT FILM
When a novice interrogator is hired to extract information from a data cryptologist hiding U.S. secrets, she quickly realizes the mysterious man has more to hide than anyone thought.

SEMI-COMPLETED

THE COGNITION EXPERIMENT / SHORT FILM
A former government operative working for a secret agency tries to obtain information about a terrorist attack, while coming to terms with his family’s past… and potentially, their involvement in the attack itself.
PROPRIETY / HALF-HOUR COMEDY PILOT
Conventional definitions of relationships, careers, and general decorum are skewed with this group of friends in their 30s trying to navigate life and love. When challenged to behave properly, they crash a black tie affair to try their hand at normalcy.

NOT COMPLETED
(BUT WORKING REALLY HARD)

DAISY / FEATURE FILM
A recovering addict is pulled back into a life of sex, drugs and violence after befriending a young girl who finds herself in a dangerous situation while desperately trying to escape her own past.
DOVETAIL / ONE-HOUR DRAMA PILOT
Intersecting stories of three couples struggling with love, betrayal, corruption and their own inner demons.

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    Movie Review: Nocturnal Animals
      Nocturnal Animals is a unique thrill ride. Tom Ford captured great cinematography and even better acting. However, the film will also put you in a weird mood the rest of the day. Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the best actors...
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  • March 24, 2017
    Movie Review: Passengers
      I like Rom Coms, I like action movies and I like space movies. Passengers had it all. Going in I thought, "Ok, the studio found an epic setting in which to put the two hottest stars right now. I'm sure it...
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    Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast
      I've read several bad reviews of Beauty and the Beast, mostly from people whose advice I very much respect in terms of film, musicals and music in general. I'll say this: Watch without analyzing or comparing it to the...
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  • February 24, 2017
    Movie Review: Moonlight
      Beautiful. Provocative. Real. Moonlight is a film that needs to exist. It is beautifully-shot, and stays with you, making you question and reflect. It's a story rarely (if ever) told, and yet manages - with the perfect juxtaposition of both courage and...
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  • January 27, 2017
    Movie Review: Captain Fantastic
      Captain Fantastic is the movie I wish I had written. Plain and simple. Matt Ross' film may just be my favorite of awards season. It was smart, funny, sad, and entirely original without being, you know... weird. (Although it is beautifully...
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  • November 4, 2016
    Excellence Is Lonely
    “Excellence is lonely. Everyone relates to the struggle at the bottom, but few will ever know what you went through to get to the top.” - Tim Grover
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  • October 14, 2016
    On Passion
    Finally, something triggered in my mind to make me understand passion on a deeper level. It's like when you fall in love, and all those corny songs you've been listening to your whole life finally start making sense.
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  • May 5, 2017
    Between "Action" and "Cut" Everything Is Possible
    It doesn't matter what you were told in your childhood about what you should or shouldn't be or how you should or shouldn't act, because you are completely free in that moment.
    MORE »
  • April 28, 2017
    Building Vs. Pursuing: How A Shift In Focus Can Allow For More Freedom
    Over the past year or so I've noticed a restlessness about myself. Wanderlust. I love Nashville; I've been here for over six years. It's been good to me. Yet lately I've been wanting to travel. Ok, frankly, I've been...
    MORE »
  • April 21, 2017
    The Childlike Joy of Witnessing Magic
    This week I got to experience something special. I got to see a child experience the process of filmmaking for the first time.
    MORE »
  • March 31, 2017
    Movie Review: Nocturnal Animals
      Nocturnal Animals is a unique thrill ride. Tom Ford captured great cinematography and even better acting. However, the film will also put you in a weird mood the rest of the day. Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the best actors...
    MORE »
  • March 24, 2017
    Movie Review: Passengers
      I like Rom Coms, I like action movies and I like space movies. Passengers had it all. Going in I thought, "Ok, the studio found an epic setting in which to put the two hottest stars right now. I'm sure it...
    MORE »
  • March 17, 2017
    Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast
      I've read several bad reviews of Beauty and the Beast, mostly from people whose advice I very much respect in terms of film, musicals and music in general. I'll say this: Watch without analyzing or comparing it to the...
    MORE »


CONTENTS

Ive been described as a prolific writer with a unique voice and a lot to say. Sure those quotes all came from my mom, but were gonna move past that.


PROJECTS

COMPLETED
GATEWAY / SHORT FILM
When a novice interrogator is hired to extract information from a data cryptologist hiding U.S. secrets, she quickly realizes the mysterious man has more to hide than anyone thought.

SEMI-COMPLETED

UNTITLED SHORT FILM
A former government operative working for a secret agency tries to obtain information about a terrorist attack, while coming to terms with his family’s past… and potentially, their involvement in the attack itself.
WHAT MAKES US THE SAME – “THE PILOT” / SITCOM
The only thing this group of friends in their 30s has in common is that they have nothing in common (except, perhaps, their love of a good time). While trying to navigate life and love outside of convention, they decide to try the “classy” route… by crashing a black tie affair.

NOT COMPLETED
(BUT WORKING REALLY HARD)

DAISY / FEATURE FILM
A recovering addict is pulled back into a life of sex, drugs and violence after befriending a young girl who finds herself in a dangerous situation while desperately trying to escape her own past.
UNTITLED DRAMA PILOT
Intersecting stories of three couples struggling with love, betrayal, corruption and their own inner demons.

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