As the son of a hardworking teacher, I found escape from the struggles of the south side of Chicago through the films of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and The Shaw Brothers. Inspired to reach for the stars, I dedicated myself to learning the rules of writing so that I might find my own place amongst my favorite films. I studied martial arts, not only for the discipline but to better understand the martial arts film genre, never mastering any, but utilizing the differences in each and adopting a learned technique into the perfect opportunity.
Having been a journalist throughout high school, I used these skills to hone my writing craft allowing me to complete my first screenplay with little trouble. My second screenplay has been a love affair that spawned as an adaptation to Luc Besson’s LEON. Another one was my take on the Hero's Journey; often characterized in successful films such as Star Wars and Harry Potter.
My writing background also includes journalism, having been a writer for New Expressions Teen News Paper, Writer and Junior Editor for DuSable High schools Award Winning Panther Press newspaper. I have self published several short stories and poetry. I am currently working on an adaptation of one of comic book writer Wes Hartman’s stories.
My first professional writing credit was in 2010 "Enter The Zombie" by Antarctic Press. I was responsible for the story concept.
My second writing credit is as a published author for the "Eiko" novelization under the Aisle Seat Books imprint.
I am a semi finalist in the first and second Amazon Studio contest for my screenplay "Eiko".
I am a contributing journalist on the Entertainment Buddha website (www.entertainmentbuddha.com
I am also a producer, director and photographer.
As a film maker, it is my desire to tell new stories, that nobody else is telling in a way that only I can tell them. I’ve been a story teller for years, and now I have the means, the ability and the desire to create and film the best stories possible.
As a screenwriter I don't pull any punches. If the world is a violent and bloody place then that's what I portray. Too many writers try to soften their stories to fit in; and I think that is doing a disservice to the audience. I simply tell the story as it should be told.