I graduated from Towson University’s media and film department with a concentration in theory and criticism. When you’re a clumsy person and with a reputation for crashing computers, I thought it was in everyone’s best interest to pursue my passion for film in a non-“hey be careful because this is a really expensive piece of equipment”-capacity.
At Towson, I was thrilled to finally learn how to properly compose a screenplay. I was independently mentored by producer, writer, action hero, Keith W. Strandberg. I wrote quite a few terrible scripts, but he was always encouraging and offered a great deal of constructive criticism. His advising and guidance have continued long after.
Shortly after college, I began assisting Jason Brubaker in pre-production and budgeting. Recently, we reconnected and I began writing articles for his company’s website, FilmmakingStuff.com. In 2005, I moved to Jersey and worked on a variety of indie films in the greater Philadelphia area. On these projects, it’s imperative to wear a lot of different hats throughout production. I gained a tremendous amount of valuable experience being on set…and guess what? I didn’t break anything.
I then shifted gears for a bit and began volunteering in theater. At the Burlington County Footlighters’ theater, I learned more about the craft of storytelling, acting, the art of illusion, and how to tease a lifeless wig into a hairy maelstrom that chews more scenery than William Shatner’s understudy*. I met a lot of great people and built a network of creative support.
(*Normally, I would not mock someone by name, however William Shatner has made light of his performances, so I don’t feel as bad about it…and apologies to his understudy, I don’t know who you are, but I’m sure you are a lovely gentleman and do fine work.)
A Brief List of Experience:
Contributing writer and editor for filmmakingstuff.com: 2014 – present
Multimedia video production for Fellowship Alliance Chapel: 2013
Editor-in-Chief for Burlington County Footlighters’ newsletter: 2009 – 2011
Screenwriting Instructor for Rancocas Valley Adult Education: 2006
PHASE Magazine 2003 screenplay contest, winner honorable mention
Film Critic for The Keystone, Kutztown University newspaper: 1998 – 2000
Sampling of interviews and articles on various websites (links):
Thanks, Cindy, for Making Eye Contact Through the Bathroom Stall and Making It Super Awkward During the Department Productivity Meeting
Interview with Phil Cooke
Three Steps to Writing Low Budget Screenplays
Interview with Mayuran Tiruchelvam
Interview with Scott Kirkpatrick
Should Screenwriters Stick with Movie Formula?
Interview with Ms. In the Biz, Helenna Santos
The Minimalist Guide to Gaffer Tape