2017 — Here We Are

And like that, it’s 2017. Safe to say we can expect the unexpected in the coming 12 months…

Borst-classroom-2016.JPGIn the meantime, I continue my professorship at The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. During the Fall semester, the 5th season of our flagship initiative — Shoot the Stars!®concluded principal photography, and I produced the last of our Season 4 promos spotlighting the films’ student producers.  In the midst of the semester, I headed to the Big Apple to speak on a panel at the All American High School Film Festival about breaking into the entertainment business.

Outdoor Vision Fest® — which I continue to executive produce — heads towards its 6th iteration on April 28, 2017 (put it on your calendar and plan to attend if you’re in northern New Mexico).

A couple of new projects are underway and under wraps … details to come in the months ahead—


Shoot the Stars!® Season 4

As a screenwriting professor, my first priority is providing undergraduates a taste of the process of story development and screenwriting. If all goes well, at least some of those students will find a path into the world of media creation and will always know about some of the challenges and hurdles of screenwriting (rather than thinking any idiot can write a screenplay); a much smaller number may be involved in the development process or even be writing scripts themselves.

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Shoot the Stars! – Season Two

Probably the most unexpected aspect of a fulltime professorship in screenwriting has been the expansion of my involvement in the entirety of media production workflow.

As a professional screenwriter working largely in traditional film and TV waters, I wrote screenplays on spec or for hire — and once in awhile, stayed onboard a project for late pre-production rewrites and even some production rewrites. That was really the extent of my involvement in production. Continue reading “Shoot the Stars! – Season Two”