Education: English B.A./UCLA
Place of Residence: New York City, NY/Los Angeles, CA
Companies Read For: International Screenwriters’ Association, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, American Zoetrope, The Sundance Institute, AFI, The Agency
Job Prior To Entering Film: Trained to be a talent agent.
Favorite Place to Read: On the subway.
Favorite Movies: Godfather 1 &2, All About Eve, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Saturday Night Fever, Rebecca, Sunset Blvd., The Leopard, The Innocents, The Exorcist, Bullitt, Rear Window, The Hustler
Favorite Screenwriters: Billy Wilder, Truman Capote, Robert Rossen, William Goldman, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, George Axelrod, Alan Parker
Favorite Directors: Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ryan Coogler, Christopher Nolan, Cary Joji Fukunaga
Favorite Novels: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, The Alienist by Caleb Carr, The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte, The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss, White Teeth by Zadie Smith
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?
Believable characters have interior and exterior lives and appropriate dialogue that propels the story.
WHAT’S THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE YOU SEE?
The most common mistake I see is writers not being able to tell a cohesive story. They might get the dialogue correct and have solid characters, but don’t know how to write a fully-fleshed out story that’s entertaining.
WHAT KIND OF SCRIPTS ARE YOU MORE LIKELY TO CONSIDER?
I like to read everything, but my favorite genres are action/adventure, horror, thriller/suspense, drama and historical drama.
WHAT’S THE BEST SCRIPT YOU’VE EVER READ?
Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIEGOING EXPERIENCE?
When I had a chance to see Lawrence of Arabia for the first time. It was at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. The Cinerama Dome was closing for remodeling, so that Arclight Cinemas could become annexed to it, and everything – movies, popcorn, soda – was the price of when the Cinerama Dome originally opened in 1963. Everything was $1! It was great to see Lawrence of Arabia in widescreen Cinerama in vivid color.