Black Shirt Reads This Monday, Oct.20

October 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Black Shirt Reads logoBlack Shirt Reads launches this Monday, October 20, 6pm, at George R.R. Martin‘s Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.

Co-principals Kathleen Dexter and Joanna Smith-Thole are launching a quarterly screenplay table reading series featuring some of the best actors in Santa Fe, including my Santa Fe University of Art and Design faculty colleagues Liam Lockhart (fellow UC Berkeley and UCLA alum) and Alaina Zachary.

The event has asked me to offer professional commentary and facilitate some discussion at the conclusion of the table reading.

Table reads are always illuminating, and though the actors will have scripts in front of them, this is a real, rehearsed performance. So come on down if you’re in Santa Fe on this Monday evening, and help kick off this series — definitely a new venue for work in The City Different.

Guesting on KSFR-FM’s ‘Cinema Scope’ Oct.17, 6:30pm

October 16, 2014 Leave a comment

KSFR 101.1 FMA brand-new script reading series — Black Shirt Reads — is debuting in Santa Fe next week (more details to come), and as part of that, I’ll be guesting on KSFR-FM‘s weekly Cinema Scope this Friday night (October 17), 6:30pm, at 101.1 on the old radio dial. (If you’re out of the broadcast area, or have decided radios are a relic of the 20th century, you can also stream the broadcast live, of course.)

Black Shirt Reads is the brainchild of co-principals Kathleen Dexter and Joanna Smith-Thole, who have both studied with local screenwriter Kirk Ellis and placed well in screenwriting competitions. With the demise of the long-running Screenwriting Conference at Santa Fe (where both Kirk and I served as faculty for a number of years), they’ve developed a quarterly event to produce and deliver table readings with some of the best actors in town .

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In the Classroom

September 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Making History in ‘Game Over’ Scenes

August 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Blair drowning his sorrows - "game over" in Wing Commander IVPerversely proud to be included in Cracked‘s round-up of “The 5 Most Sadistic ‘Game Over’ Scenes in Video Game History.” (Wing Commander IV, the script for which I co-authored, made #4.)

My partner Frank De Palma and I were always looking for ways to have a little more fun with “Game Over” sequences. In Wing Commander III, “game over” meant you actually got to see your coffin shot into space like a photon torpedo. (Cold comfort, but at least the government spent money on you when you bought the farm!)

I’ve never been above a little bit of sadism in a creative context.

Coincidentally, Wing Commander III is being offered for free via Origin’s “On the House” promotion through September 2, 2014. To quote IGN, “download some retro-style space combat.” See how it was done nearly a generation ago…

Original Dramatic Content on

June 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Attended a seminar on e-publishing at the WGA in Los Angeles this past Saturday (a lot of screenwriters, including me, also write books): the e-book ecosystem has grown exponentially in just a few years, and Hollywood has been paying attention! Corroborating my own personal observations, speakers and panelists all agreed that the entertainment industry is ever more interested in setting up pre-existing source material (a book, a graphic novel, a play, etc.).

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GRRM Screenwriting Grant

June 14, 2014 Leave a comment

NMFFI’ve been contributing a bit of time to the New Mexico Film Foundation to help the Foundation launch a new screenwriting grant (generously underwritten by novelist/screenwriter George R.R. Martin, a Santa Fe resident himself) — expressly for New Mexico residents working in the science fiction and fantasy genres.

You can enjoy Foundation director Dirk Norris’s live unveiling of the grant here. Deadline for submissions is September 15, and one very talented entrant will be winning the grant in early November to help him/her complete and polish an original feature film or television pilot script. Full details on the grant webpage referred to in paragraph 1.

Good luck to all the entrants (and who knows? — some of them may be my students)!

Bonus video below: my wife Carolyn Miller, my colleague Hank Rogerson and myself at the event where the grant was unveiled.


May 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Lightning and rain permitting, my colleague Professor Brad Wolfley and I (representing The Film School at SFUAD) are launching (in partnership with Canyon Road’s famed Pushkin Gallery) a new initiative we’re calling OVF@Pushkin.

Each Friday night, OVF@Pushkin will be reprising an installation from SFUAD’s annual Outdoor Vision Fest — using the gallery’s historic architecture at 550 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.

For the inaugural outing, student artist Chris Beran will be live-mixing visual loops and electronic music. Most of the galleries are closed by nightfall, but tourists continue to art-window shop, and both tourists and locals head to two of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants, The Compound (tip: they have a great, inexpensive bar menu) and Geronimo. Pushkin Gallery has been a tremendous supporter of SFUAD and The Film School, and we’re honored to be working with them on this new initiative.

Hey, go support our Film students, the local art scene and the local restaurant scene.


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