Abacus

Abacus is a 100+ foot sport line set by Shadow Ayala and located in South Central Kentucky.

Shadow reached out to me a few weeks ago about filming it and the rough cut is finally complete. Abacus is the first sport line I’ve ever filmed and the second time I’ve ever been on a static line so the learning curve is definitely visible. Nevertheless, this was a great experience which involved learning how to jug a line fast and how to swing into trees for the shot.

Watch the rough cut below:

Also, feel free to leave any constructive criticism or suggestions for the final cut. The #1 thing that bugs me and sadly cannot change because of my current skill set is the branch that cuts across the screen in the final shot. Just more room to improve!

A Dog Named Reggie

A Dog Named Reggie was inspired by a short story or writer’s prompt (I can’t specifically remember which) that I saw on Tumblr. The foundational idea was about a dog who is repeatedly adopted and returned because he’s sullen and lethargic. This story had a strong emotional core and I felt like it had a lot of potential for expansion.

I really wanted to just get my ideas down on paper so this first draft focuses heavily on Reggie, but I would definitely love for this story to expand so we can see the struggles that Olivia is still facing with the death of her childhood dog.

Log line: Three years after the death of her childhood dog, Olivia welcomes a sullen soul into her life and helps bring him out of his melancholy state.

Rough Draft
Blue Revisions
Pink Revisions
Locked Draft

Playback

Playback is a product of a screenwriting challenge I participated in last year.

For the challenge, I was given specific criteria that I had to include in my screenplay. All screenplays had to be 5 pages or less (not including the title page) as well as be written and submitted within 48 hours after the round started. For this round, I had to write a thriller with a beach cottage as a primary location and a banana had to physically appear somewhere in the story.

Playback is inspired by elements from Inception, Black Mirror’s White Bear, and Black Mirror’s White Christmas and focuses on the concept of a program to solve crimes that do not have any witnesses. It plays on the idea of memories betraying us and in this instance, convicting us.

Log line: Marooned on the recesses of his memory, Jonathan learns there are much more dangerous things hidden away.

Taking the feedback I received into account, I will be returning to Playback in the future for revisions. At the moment, I’m not planning to extensively expand it as I believe it exists well as a short.

Rough Draft
Blue Revisions
Pink Revisions
Locked Draft

Hell's DMV

Congratulations! You've died. Welcome to Hell's DMV, or more accurately, purgatory.

Hell's DMV revolves around the questions "what if the universe had a human resources department?" and "what if the Grim Reaper were the manager?" I welcome you to Gateway Services, your one-stop place before continuing your journey beyond. 

The idea for Hell's DMV was inspired by a Tumblr post that peaked more curiosities than usual. I'm currently writing the very first draft, which is more like getting my ideas on paper and exploring the world of Gateway Services. Slowly but surely, a plot line is forming and I'm getting a sense of where my story starts and where it's headed. It'll be very messy, but once the first draft is complete, I'll be posting it here as well as any other revisions.

Feel free to read the current drafts and revisions here:

Brainstorming/Thought Drafting
Rough Draft
Blue Revisions
Pink Revisions
Locked Draft

 

Tulips On A Sunday Evening

Tulips is an original short screenplay I've been drafting and revising over the last 6 months. 

The story focuses on Evan "Obi" Sampson and the relationship between him and his best friend, Lucy Croix. Throughout the story, the relationship teeters on the edge between platonic and romantic and I leave it up to the audience to determine what it is. 

Feel free to read the current drafts and revisions here:

Rough Draft
Blue Draft
Pink Draft
Locked Draft

UPDATE 7/5/2018:

As of today, Tulips is in its locked-draft status and is being peer reviewed. 

UPDATE 8/22/18:

Many changes have happened to the script including a title change! I sent it off to be reviewed by some professionals and they gave me some really incredible feedback. So now we're back to peer reviews (did we ever really leave?).

In this new draft, I asked myself a lot of questions and hopefully answered them. There are three main things that I wanted to accomplish in the new draft: Lucy doesn't know she's dead, Lucy's death was traumatic enough for Evan that he's not aware she's dead, and I wanted to introduce a stronger sibling relationship between Evan and Alice.

SHOT TALK

SHOT TALK is a YouTube series that was created as a way to block out time each week to make a video. 

Midway through the first year of my short-lived college career, it dawned on me that though my return to home would be a mental relief, it would also mean the end to the commitment-less schedule as I would be dedicating a majority of my time to my summer job. When would I ever have time to eat, sleep, work, and make a video? And then I realized that as a transgender man, I'm obligated to inject myself with testosterone until the end of time to ensure that my hormone levels remain balanced. This was a predestined block of time in my schedule that would occur weekly. So why not use that time to kill two birds with one stone and make a video as well?

Now more than 20 episodes in, SHOT TALK has a broadened span of topics ranging from personal life updates to controversial topics such as YouTube's policies and the deeply-thought mental thoughts that plague my mind. While there's no foreseeable end for SHOT TALK, I assume that the series will continue so long as I have a camera and passion to make a weekly video.

WATCH THE FIRST VIDEO