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I started out interning with James Manos, Jr doing mostly online research on the proposed mini series Dark Network and later moved onto The Radmin Company and finally Spear Films where I drafted the proposed feature screenplay The Utah Murder Project. Along with Director Charles Hage, we wrote, developed and cast the 2007 horror film Dark Games which featured a very young Booboo Stewart and the final film appearance by Jeff Conaway. Since moving back to Florida, I've collaborated with Grant Pichla on the thesis film Niner (an Amazon original screenplay), Squad Room for Pasadena International Indie Film Festival winner for Best Director and Best Picture Doug Elford-Argent, Bricktown Heroes for SLK Media and more recently penned The Night Watchers for West Sixth Films and The Anarchist's Playground to director Chinecherem Eze. I have just sold the rights to my screenplay Redwood: A UFO Story to JHC 3 Group who will be attempting to finance the production.
 

Reviews Eric Has Written

NINER Video 1 - thriller

5 stars
February 17, 2018

64/8: An extra-ordinary comedy, Edward Reid, 's Original Draft

0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

This is crap

Overall Recommendation:
1 stars
 
Premise:
1 stars
 
Story structure:
1 stars
 
Character:
1 stars
 
Dialogue:
1 stars
 
Emotion:
1 stars
 
December 21, 2016
A very sleek looking project with bad writing.
 

NINER Video 1 - thriller

5 stars
August 02, 2014

NINER Video 1 - Niner - Official Trailer

5 stars
I had my doubts at first but was impressed and surprise d with his performance. Check out the movie and let me know www.vimeo.com/91581010
November 08, 2013

The Alien Diaries, Glenn J.'s Original Draft

2 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Blockbuster potential!

Overall Recommendation:
4 stars
 
Premise:
5 stars
 
Story structure:
4 stars
 
Character:
4 stars
 
Dialogue:
4 stars
 
Emotion:
5 stars
 
September 08, 2012
I enjoyed the simplicity of the opening sequences with Archer and his analog communication device. Quiet, no dialogue. A man and his obsession over the years. I liked how he's keeping his experiment a secret from the other scientists at the observatory.

We see him over a period of years, aging, then arriving at the book store in a limousine with an ipad. His obsession hasn't changed with the changing times as he introduces himself to Colin, our main protagonist. He's offering Colin a major appraisal job at the Dibble library. I like how he's a recent widower with nothing keeping him at home. He's ready to get out of the dark, depressing house full of his kids toys and memories of his recently destroyed life. This was good. He quickly accepts the job.

I didn't see Maddy coming and I like that she's an unwelcome presence. I'm sure these two will learn to like each other as Maddy lets her hair down, but we'll be anxiously waiting for that moment to happen. And it happens fairly soon as Colin shares his findings in the diary with Maddy. They check the attic for more material as Maddy physically and literally lets her hair down, using the pin to unlock the mysterious glowing chest. There's twice the tension here. What's inside the chest and what's going on between Colin and Maddy. This is good.

What's sort of off-putting for me is the constant back and forth between 1781 and present day. The diaries are very effective as I would personally like to hear more from them and not show as much of the UFO crash and crash site. The Close Encounter-ish scene where the UFO moves closer to the Dibble home was effective because we aren't sure what's happening and where these lights are coming from. Granted, that movie wasn't very subtle in not showing the spacecrafts, but it was in the opening sequences where Richard Dreyfuss was reading his map and when Melinda Dillon's boy was getting taken by the aliens. The diaries lose their power when we see everything played out in front of us. It's like Colin is merely telling us what we're about to see. This gets kind of old for me...

But by page 45, Colin and Maddy are searching for the crash site and things are exciting again. Let's see what happens next.

I liked using the diary to piece together where the crash site map has been hidden. In pieces all over the house. I enjoyed how they used stick figures holding circles (rocks) to show how the kids have buried the ship. Very Amazing Stories, Spielbergish. Cute. They come across the ship fairly quickly, which leaves us with a lot of story to go.

I found The Dibbles naming the alien Bronte and teaching him English was a bit cutesy pie and leaning more towards an ET or Harry and the Hendersons feel. There's a real change in tone here based on the first half of your script. It comes off a bit strange and kills that early tension I felt from the first diary, but the story is also getting more and more interesting as the other aliens come for him.

All the shooting and alien invasion stuff is kind of strange, but is a nice visual to go with our eighteenth century backdrop. I gotta say, I'm very confused who Bronte is and where he comes from, but I like the suspense being built here. The other aliens want him and they want him bad. I did get a sense here that Bronte was actually Archer, and that Archer knew the return of his people was near when we see Bronte morphing back and forth between human and alien. Although, I wasn't quite sure. This, and Mary, were nice reveals at the end.
Maddy and Colin finally get their moment and she's sucked into the spaceship. Nice shock value and some light comedy.

Great ending with the teenager having the hots for Kate. "She's too old for you".
This was a page turner for the most part, but I did lose interest in a few spots with all the back and forth between present day and 1781. This takes away from the diaries, which was the most interesting concept about your script.

I was hoping for more of the diaries, piecing together more clues, without us seeing everything played out on screen. More mystery. But going the mystery route would mean a huge rewrite and change in tone to your story. Bronte becomes a real life character, not just an idea, which he really was in the first half of the script. I didn't find him all that interesting or really wanting to follow his journey, but I think you have enough strong reveals and surprises here to keep people invested and a great, triple whammy of an ending!

My only advice. More of the diaries. And give the initial Bronte scenes more of an impact. How does he learn from humans so effortlessly? E.T. had certain trademarks that made him E.T. What is it about Bronte that's unusual or different enough for us to wanna follow his story and invest in your script?

Great premise and worthy of as many rewrites as you can muster. This has bigger potential with more of a focus on the Bronte alien. He will be your major draw if this were ever filmed. If he's interesting and different, an audience will follow his journey, no matter what.

4 out of 5 for me.
 

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