screenwriting research

Behind the Lines with DR: Action Prison Blues, Part 1

With the express intent of busting out of my oh-so-comfortable action-thriller box, I’d concocted and sold this career-shifting pitch to Paramount. It was a tear-jerker of a melodrama that took place both in and outside a maximum security prison. But for that one unforgettable night I’d spent in a South Bay...

Behind the Lines with DR: Rum, Guns and Cigars Part 1

I was briefly partnered in a producing agreement at Columbia/Tri-Star with Gary Foster (Sleepless in Seattle, Tin Cup), a man to whom I will forever owe a debt of gratitude for introducing me to my wife. During this short tenure, the studio asked me to write and co-produce a movie about...