It’s been a while, and if you’ve paid attention to this website you’ve noticed that the reviews aren’t coming very often. It’s not that I haven’t been watching anything. On the contrary, I’ve seen some great films, both new and old. The reality is that I don’t always have the time to devote to this labor of love. I’ve written close to 1,000 reviews over the last ten years and loved every minute of it. I plan to add to that number, but now I’ve got a new focus that is taking up a lot of my time. Grad school. (Dun dun dunnnnn….)
I originally finished my degree in Cinema and Television Arts from CSU Fullerton. Getting my degree there was a great experience. I left the college and moved to L.A.. I was destined for big things, or so I thought. The truth is that I was not prepared for the labyrinth that is the entertainment business. I was lucky though. I got a job right away, working in an underappreciated sector of “the business”. In the meantime I kept dreaming big. I wrote scripts, entered some competitions, and tried to make the right connections. While all of this was going on I kept pushing back a nagging feeling in the back of my mind. “Go back to school…” became the “If you build it, he will come…” in my life.
Eventually I realized that I wanted more from myself. Thus began the debate about graduate school. The cost. The time. The expected results. I am married, so I needed to be sure that my wonderful wife was on board. Eventually this went from an abstract discussion to careful planning. I can be impulsive, but not when it comes to something this big.The best decision I made before I took the leap was to contact one of my professors at Fullerton. I consider him to be one of the great mentors I’ve had in this screenwriting world. I wanted to know if he believed in the program. (He’s a real screenwriter, with big credits, and knows the industry inside and out.) Once I had his assurance that this program was committed to helping students grow professionally I was sold.
So that’s where I find myself now. I’m four weeks into an intensive two year MFA program. I want to write, and I want to be paid to do it. I have ideas, but so does everybody. I want to take it further. I want to turn my ideas into stories that people want to hear and see. Stories that sell.