More news on epic short fantasy film "Dralien" -- due to rainy conditions, the production will wrap on July 11th -- that's just seven days away!  Meanwhile, CGI extraordinaire Lee A. Stripp is hard at work beginning the post-production process on the scenes already in the can.

Once the post-production is finished and the CGI 100% incorporated into the final cut, the next step will be submitting "Dralien" to the Cannes Film Festival and see where we go from there.

But that's not all -- there is strong potential for "Dralien" to expand beyond the confines of a fifteen minute short film.  Perhaps it will become a web series or even a feature film!  Either way, director Linda M. Currie wants me to work on the new scripts, in addition to more features that she will see to after "Dralien" wraps.  I am very happy to continue working with Gutzee Geko Films.

In other news, two new articles of mine will see print in August's Rockford Parent magazine, one of which is very dear to my heart: A "Dad Says" article about taking your kids fishing, even if you're not particularly outdoorsy.  Work continues on the script for "Hawking the Dead" in preparation for a roundtable reading.  Very early writing has commenced on the Case Closed murder mystery series, too.

As if that wasn't enough, big interviews with horror scream queen Jessica Cameron and new Dallas actress Marlene Forte are posted on Forest City Film Review.  Reviews of Ti West's The Innkeepers and Liam Neeson action film Non-Stop are also online now.  Fun animated "Desire" and comedy "Donation" both have reviews on Forest City Short Film Review.

Last weekend, I talked to screenwriter Nancylee Myatt.  She's worked on TV shows like "Night Court" and "South of Nowhere", but what we talked about most was her "Nikki & Nora" web series, which initially was a pilot for broadcast TV ten years ago.  Due to its controversial subject matter (two lesbian protagonists), it was shelved . . . making this the first time in TV history that a major network turned down a series, only for it to re-emerge years later successfully on the Internet.

That interview is coming soon, I promise!

So much to do, and I'm loving every second of it.  Thank you for visiting and keeping up on what I'm up to. 

Have an amazing weekend!

Great news: "Dralien" -- the epic short fantasy screenplay I wrote for Gutzee Geko Films -- is going to be produced, and not only that, it's going in front of the cameras this June!

After a successful fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo, "Dralien" managed to secure $11,110 -- over a thousand dollars more than was required.   Shooting is set to begin this June on Australia's Gold Coast and surrounding areas over seven days.

"Dralien" will come to the big screen courtesy of director Linda Marie Curry's Gutzee Geko Films.   Josleen Hawas will bring the characters to vivid life with her makeup artistry.   CGI and post-production master Lee A. Stripp is hard at work bringing dragons roaring back into the real world.

Here's the plot breakdown:
JOHN BARTON (Anthony Miller) grew up reading the Red Sash fantasy novels written by CLAUDIA BROOKS (Jane Elizabeth Barry), an author who disappeared without a trace before writing her final book.  Now an adult and working as a detective, Barton unwittingly transports himself to her fantasy world and agrees to help her fight DRALIEN (Kaushik Das), an evil sorceror, and his undead minions.
 Spread the word to all your friends and share the official "Dralien" page on Facebook!

I will be posting more information about the shoot very soon!

Forest City Short Film Review has now expanded to become the all-encompassing Forest City Film Review!

The short film review blog (http://forestcityshortfilmreview.blogspot.com) will continue to be updated regularly with new short film reviews, interviews and other exclusive content, but you'll notice at the top of the page there is a button on the navigation bar that reads "FEATURE FILMS".  You can now click that button and be transported immediately to Forest City Film Review (http://forestcityfilmreview.blogspot.com), where you will find reviews of full length movies, interviews and more. 

Similarly, the Facebook page is now located at https://www.facebook.com/forestcityfilmreview.  This page will post updates as they appear on both film review sites.

There are two reviews live on Forest City Film Review -- all brand new.  Check out Her and Safe Haven!

Thank you to everyone who made this possible.  It's with your continued support that I do what I do.

Have a wonderful day!

Forest City Short Film Review continues to grow and expand with new content, including a new editorial about hyper-controversial A Serbian Film, exclusive interviews with writer/director Francisco Lorite ("Mediation", starring Freddy Rodriguez and Marley Shelton), actress Karen Bryson (UK's Shameless), Trevor Laird (Doctor Who, Quadrophenia), and writer/director David Kitchen ("Family Reunion").

In addition, the screenplay I wrote for Gutzee Geko Films, "Dralien", is looking for financing If you can spare a few bucks, please do.  It's going to be an epic fantasy story, all packed into fifteen minutes of screen time. Check out the official Facebook page here!

My wife and I have two pieces that will appear in August's Rockford Parent magazine.  We are also planning Case Closed, a new mystery series of short novels.

My new radio commercial for Cartridge World Rockford is airing on 97.5 WZOK.

I have also completed a short screenplay I adapted from my short story, "Hawking the Dead".

WHEW!  That was a lot to report.  For all the inactivity here on this blog, I've been anything but bored.  ;-)

Forest City Short Film Review has continued growing and recorded a remarkable 1,359 views in February and looks set to easily pass the 1,000 view mark in March as well.  A huge thank you to everyone who reads my reviews.  I've also begun writing editorials and conducting interviews with cast, crew and talent (writer/director Ryan Robins, actress and comedian Sarah Adams, and writer/director Matthew P. Rojas, with many more to come!) which has helped broaden the appeal of FCSFR and thereby boost views.  We also have a nice Facebook page to check out as well!

I completed the first draft of a new short story, a dramatic modern gothic ghost story titled (at the moment, anyway) "Family Spirits".  I have also been working hard with film producer Linda Marie Curry, writing a script for her coming soon short film, "Dralien".  More script work is coming soon as well, not to mention more short story news and of course, many more updates for Forest City Short Film Review.

2014 is already turning out to be a very exciting year indeed!

Plenty of good stuff to talk about today!  You can find ten articles my wife and I have written for the Rockford Register Star and Rockford Parent magazine on my Portfolio page.  A movie review for the comedic short film "The Apocalypse" was posted on Forest City Short Film Review.

Much, much more on the way, as always.

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The Rockford Register Star published our first article written for the newspaper on July 27th.  It was released in the print issue and also online.  It was an absolute blast to talk to David Engelbrecht, Harlan Holm and Brad Larson, and thanks go to all three for helping keep the Ogle County Fair alive.  They are a great group of guys, and they support a very worthy cause.

Another article was published on Rockford Parent magazine and also in the August 4th issue of the Rockford Register Star, this one about male daycare teachers and the unique challenges they face in an otherwise female dominated industry.  Thank you to Shane Wernick for taking the time out of his day to talk to us, and for Circles of Learning for putting us in touch.

And finally, a third article saw the light of day at Rockford Parent magazine as well, this time about bedtime stories and how kids who are read to often do better in school. A big thank you goes out to Amanda Meyers, a children's librarian at Rockford Public Library, for her thoughts.  Lisa Jones and Heather Lill also provided some great ideas for bedtime stories.  Thank you to everyone!

Many more articles are on the publishing horizon, including several that should see print in Rockford Parent magazine's September issue. 

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