Movie buff, amateur film historian, I began writing scripts on a typewriter when I was around 13. It started as writing short scripts for home video movies directed by my father and family on holidays and summertime BBQs, then moved into my highschool years with my close friends directing and writing little action films and shorts. My interest in directing spiked when I saw "Jaws". But my writing interest grew after I saw "Back to the Future". I wondered who came up with those stories and what the heck a script was. So around age 13 I started getting heavily into the films of Charles Band at Fullmoon Entertainment. Around this time, I began writing letters to companies with film pitches (for stuff like, Predator 3, Jurassic Park 3, and various horror franchise ideas). That approach obvioulsy didn't work. So around 1995 I began buying books on screenwriting. I wrote my first, a sci-fi adventure called "Chameleon" about a scientist who creates a way to weaponize DNA in humans to act like various animals; a kind of modern day "Invisible Man". I have stuck with writing ever since, continuously learning whatever I can. I am now 39 and still love it to death despite the rejections and hardships.
Some of my first scripts (when I was around 19-20 years old) I was, once again, lucky enough to actually get into the hands of directors and producers that I thought could/ would love the projects (hundreds of emails and too many studios to name here). I used sites like American Zoetrope and Trigger Street. Regardless, many of these contacts died and I learned how fleeting the industry actually is -- seeing dozens of companies rise and fall over many years. This is when the internet first made it possible to actually get to producers outside of typing up letters on a typewriter.
I've completed around 10 screenplays (the ones that mean the most to me never die), but all told, my computer is filled with dozens of half done scripts. As a rule by Steven Spielberg: never throw anything away. In the early 2000s I found more achievement with getting various producers and studios to read material. The horror genre had taken over. And a low budget company had optioned a low budget horror script called "Phobia". A possibly million dollar deal on the line with Lionsgate, it collapsed. In 2003, I attended a workshop with writer Michael Miner (Robocop) and writer Chris Keane (The Hunter) in the Maine Media Workshops. Both Chris and Michael continued helping me out on critiquing my work and giving me pointers.
In 2005 I completed a children's fantasy/ adventure films set during the London Blitz called "The War Inside". I was lucky enough to work some contacts to get it into two major literary agencies: ICM and UTA. ICM loved it and it was sent on to the creative execs at Heyday Films in London (Harry Potter producers). Unfortunately having multiple projects with both these agancies has not seccured any type of representation.
Presently I am still working the connections and have much success on sites such as Virtual Pitch Fest, recieving requests from some very great companies, and even being asked to submit additional material for consideration. I continue to write in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, as well as the children's adventure genre. I am also working (albeit slowly) on my first YA book.