08
Jul
15

SCREENPLAY – THURSDAYS WITH ADOLF…a dark satire of “coming-of-age” films…

WGA#: #1711563

LOG LINE:

THURSDAYS WITH ADOLF: Over a summer, two boys meet a mentor who steals their iPad, forces them to work for him, and suffer his annoying life lessons, all to make them better young men…except the old man is actually an escaped Adolf Hitler whose brain is in a new but now-aging body.

TONE: Always Sunny in Philadelphia meets Her.

RECOGNITION:
1. Top 10% MPAA Nicholl Fellowship
2. Semi-Finals ScreenplayFestival.com

BELOW:
Two scenes: First, the opening scenes of the script where the two boys meet the mentor (“The Old Man”). Then, another scene where they’re following him home, discussing the merits of The Old Man’s (i.e., Hitler’s) environmentalist ways.

THURS01

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04
Feb
14

John Oliver Comedy Script Samples

Several months prior to the premiere, I reached out to John Oliver’s people for a shot at a writing post on his HBO series. They sent me a submission packet.
The packet requested: Two “headline news” segments (national & international news); also requested were two outlines for more-detailed segments (which could include roving reporters, video, and so on) covering same.
I was given about 36 hours to conceive, write, edit, and submit all of the below. And it was December 30th. Sooo…yeah…no pressure.
In spite of what I think is some very strong — and sharp — satire, I didn’t make the cut. According to a contact it was due to my lack of TV credits, but the work was passed up the ladder one by one to the very top.
Damn travesty, I say. But I’m biased. The following is what I sent (warning: naughty words abound!)…
HEADLINE SCRIPT – NATIONAL NEWS
JOHN
In an announcement that surprised
viewers and critics across our
Puritanical nation, Duck Dynasty
chief red neck and good, duck-murdering
Christian, Phil Robertson, announced that
he disapproves of gays and that
homosexuality is a sin.
(beat)
It really was quite a shock – he
seemed so open-minded at the Ninth
Annual Beard-Pulling Finals.
GFX Image: A Truck Pull event, Duck Dynasty’s Robertson, his
beard looped around front bumper of a truck, they’re in a tug
of war.
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29
Oct
13

Dumé Jones, a hard-bitten P.I. in 1960s MEPHISTOPOLIS — HORROR tale

Mephistopolis is a literary horror novel with strong fantasy elements, weaving the tale of the city’s leader, The Abandoner, through the stories of people from all walks of life who are mysteriously drawn to the city, unknowingly given a chance to atone for their sins.

Mephistopolis takes us on many personal journeys, poses to the reader the question “What is evil?” (And questions the ideas [and ideals] of religion.)

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This story takes place in Mephistopolis in the 1960s. It’s a crime noir tale, one of many genres the book utilizes in telling the city’s story.

Dumé Jones, P.I.

            Mephistopolis was a town zooming toward a major growth-spurt.  What happened at this time altered much about the city’s control, the city’s future, the city’s life and citizenry.

Who’s to blame for this?  Who’s the one who could so powerfully alter the course of the harsh city?  Some say it was the devil himself. . .

But they would be laying that blame incorrectly.

Either way, there’s no denying that when the smartly dressed black man—his red running shoes notwithstanding—blew into town on this day, in a decade remembered for rock ‘n’ roll and poodle skirts, Mephistopolis went to Hell in a hand basket.

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10
Jan
13

Guys Are Disgusting & So Very Dense (Women Are Crazy And Make No Sense)

The following are the covers and a few select pages from Guys Are Disgusting & So Very Dense (Women Are Crazy And Make No Sense) — also known as Women Are Crazy And Make No Sense (Guys Are Disgusting & So Very Dense)….

**PLEASE NOTE: If some images remain as tiny thumbnails upon viewing, simply click an image, then click BACK or RELOAD the page — that usually takes care of it. (If neither of those fixes work, read an essay, they have no pics.)

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13
Sep
12

Table of Contents

If you’ve landed on the blog’s home page, scroll down for writing samples (film, comics, & more) OR click “Continue reading ‘Table of Contents'” just below for the TOC. Scrolling on the blog landing page gives you brief previews. However, if you were linked directly to the TOC, you’ll just see a list of links…
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12
Sep
12

Script Sample from Franchise Horror Feature ‘FEAR EVERYTHING’

FEAR EVERYTHING

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TITLE OVER:

The rituals you are about to see were merely inspired by
those used in real life.
Actual demonic rituals were not portrayed here in order to
protect everyone involved.

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27
Jun
11

ALIENS IN ARKHAM ASYLUM

The following was given the green light from then-editor Denny O’Neil. The idea? What if the Arkham Asylum lunatics from Batman had to fight the Aliens? Awesome, yes? But I needed help to pitch. At that time, some years back now, writing up treatments was NOT my strength (As the man once said, “I’m much better now.”). I asked a veteran writer w/whom I had become friendly — David Michelinie (the guy who created Venom and gave Tony Stark a drinking problem). Lucky us, DC was owed 1 Dark Horse/DC team-up.

David thought it was a great idea, save for one problem: Dark Horse has a rule: All Aliens stories must take place in outer space. So I wrote back: “Easy fix. An unreliable narrator. Maybe it DID take place in space.” And we were off!

From there we wrote up a list of NEW Arkham characters — fodder for the Aliens to kill and maim. I think we cut their names from the final (below), but some included Doc Feces & Don Wand.

Ahem. Sooo, with you caught up and everything in place….

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