Education: Vancouver Film School
Place of Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Companies Read For: Nasser Entertainment (Executive), ScriptShark, Austin Film Festival
Job Prior To Entering Film: None
Favorite Place to Read: Surrounded by my pets.
Favorite Movies: The Departed, Oldboy, Michael Clayton
Favorite Screenwriters: Taylor Sheridan, William Monahan
Favorite Directors: Denis Villeneuve
Favorite Novels: Heart of Darkness
WHAT ARE THE MAIN THINGS YOU LOOK FOR WHEN YOU READ A SCRIPT?
Courage – which is to say taking a chance. Screenwriting has advanced so much in the last ten years that more scripts than ever are at least “solid”. What really makes a script stand out is taking a chance.
WHAT MAKES BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS?
Vulnerability, and it cuts both ways. Heroes and villains, as in real life, can be kind and cruel in equal measure.
WHAT’S THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE YOU SEE?
Laziness, essentially – in that many scripts are written with clearly limited effort in regards to research, character work, basic proofreading, etc. Settling for what’s easy and familiar.
WHAT KIND OF SCRIPTS ARE YOU MORE LIKELY TO CONSIDER?
I am more likely to consider scripts that offer something different, and attack the narrative with urgency, regardless of genre.
WHAT’S THE BEST SCRIPT YOU’VE EVER READ?
This is a very tough question – I will cite a fantastic script by the Duffer Brothers which I read before “Stranger Things” came out, called “Hidden”, as a very memorably powerful read (the film has been produced, but I haven’t seen it).
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIEGOING EXPERIENCE?
I saw “The Dark Knight” in New York at a massive IMAX, by far the biggest one I’ve ever seen, and almost certainly one of the biggest in the country. It was with a packed house, and the movie just flew by.