Bond University, Queensland, Australia
"Screenwriting 1," "Screenwriting 2"
Screenwriting and episodic television writing for first- and second-year students.
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
"Preparing the Screenplay,” “Developing the Screenplay," "Screenplay Analysis," "Writing the Feature Film,"
"Fundamentals of Dramatic & Visual Writing," "Writing for Animation"
Feature-length screenwriting and longform episodic television writing for undergraduates.
UCLA Extension Writers’ Program
The Business of Screenwriting
“Drafting a Career,” “Spelling it Out”
Curriculum focused on decision-making for screenwriters – the creative and business issues professionals face. Topics covered included speculative scripts, assignments for production companies, networks and studios, dealing with agents, managers and attorneys, pitching and collaboration.
“The Pen is Funnier Than the Swordfish”
Ten-week comic essay-writing class. Each session featured a distinct style and/or point of view – memoir, satire, parody, first-person, third-person, inanimate object, delusional narrator, etc. Students read examples of classic and contemporary humor and were assigned corresponding weekly essays.
SELECTED SEMINARS / CONFERENCES / FESTIVAL PANELS
ASPERA (Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association) Conference
Keynote Speaker, Gold Coast, Australia, 2017
KOFIC (Korean Film Council) 5th Global Forum
Master Class Lecturer - The Animation Industry, Seoul, Korea, 2016
St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum
Panelist & Master Class Lecturer - Screenwriting for Animation, University of St. Petersburg, Russia, 2014
NYU Fusion Film Festival, Judge, 2012 & 2014
Screenwriters World Conference East, Instructor & Panelist, 2012 & 2013
Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters' Lab, Mentor, 2009 & 2010
E-DA Cultural Creative Industries,Visiting Instructor, Taiwan, 2010
The Buffalo Summer Institute in Writing & Media Production, Instructor, 2005
New England Association of Teachers of English (NEATE) Conference
Keynote Speaker, Nashua, New Hampshire, 2005
College of Santa Fe, Visiting Artist, 2005
AFI International Film Festival, Panel Moderator, Los Angeles, 1997
"Breaking & Entering" - Participants included directors James Mangold and John Herzfeld
Paw Patrol: The Movie (co-writer with Cal Brunker & Bob Barlen).
Spin Master Animation feature, tentative release Summer 2021.
Madagascar (co-writer with Mark Burton). DreamWorks Animation feature,
Worldwide theatrical rentals: $532 million.
It Is What it Is (writer-director), Cooler Heads Productions, independent feature.
Winner, Best Picture (Audience Award), Best Screenplay, and Best Directorial Debut,
2003 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.
Monster Island, Anima Estudios animated feature.
The Big Trip, Licensing Brands, animated feature.
The Creature Department, Twentieth Century-Fox, animated feature.
The Jungle Book, DQ Entertainment (India), animated feature.
The Incredible Shrinking Man, co-writer with Mark Burton, Universal/Imagine Entertainment feature.
Holy Cow, co-writer with Karey Kirkpatrick. DreamWorks Animation feature.
Over the Hedge, licensed game for DreamWorks feature,
Madagascar, licensed game for DreamWorks feature,
Vacation: Impossible, MTV/Nickelodeon Movie for Television.
The Orbit of Bob, MTV/Nickelodeon Movie for Television.
Peons, half-hour pilot, Witt-Thomas Productions, sold to NBC.
Downtrodden Abbey (parody of Downton Abbey), Thomas Dunne Books (Macmillan/St. Martin's Press),
July 2013 publication.
Madagascar: The Movie Storybook, Scholastic, 2005.
The Five People You Meet in Hell, (parody of The Five People You Meet in Heaven),
Atria Books (Simon & Schuster), 2005.
What I Really Want to do is Direct: Seven Film School Graduates Go to Hollywood, Dutton, 1996.
The Philistine Prophecy (parody of The Celestine Prophecy), Plume, 1995.
Dumpisms: The Witless Wisdom of Horace Dump (parody of Gumpisms), Plume, 1995.
The Ditches of Edison County (parody of The Bridges of Madison County),
Plume, 1994. Sold over 100,000 in U.S.; translated into Japanese and Italian for foreign editions.
The New Yorker, Salon.com, Premiere, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Movieline, Los Angeles Times.
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Institute of Film & Television, Bachelor of Arts.