Writer For Hire

My Visiting Professorship in Ringling College of Art+Design’s Film Department has officially ended after a wonderful two-year stint (allowing me a chance to experience a part of the country I’d never been in before). Working with Ringling Film‘s undergraduates was a privilege, and I was never more impressed than seeing their grace and equanimity when confronted by this ugly pandemic in the Spring. Having had to essentially flee the campus over Spring Break, they pursued their studies with rigor for the second half of the semester, as we made a new classroom home in Zoom. And I wish them much success as they earn their degrees and commence pursuing their careers.

For the first time in a decade, I’m not employed full-time as a college professor. Which means I’m hanging out my shingle as a writer-for-hire, script doctor and script consultant — while simultaneously writing and producing my own projects under the banner of Tzib Media and Vista Bella Films.

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My trip to Teesside

Teesside University logoThe trip to Teesside University went well, and it was exciting to see the cutting-edge research the Digital Futures Institute was conducting in the arena of interactive storytelling, and contribute in a small way to some of their explorations.  My thanks to director Marc Cavazza and researchers Julie Porteous and Jonathan Teutenberg for sharing some of their work with me.

Check out the Santa Fe University of Art and Design‘s press release about the visit; my wife and I are now off to Edinburgh for a brief visit to Scotland before returning to the U.S. for Christmas.

Consulting at Teesside University (NE England)

This Monday I head to Teesside University in northeast England to do some consulting for the Digital Futures Institute, aiming to contribute to the advancement of intelligent narrative technologies in the realm of simulation and virtual world environments (yes, it is a bit esoteric).

It’s exciting to be at a nexus of storytelling and technology, and seeing if some new ground can be broken in combining the two.  More bulletins to come…