I grew-up on Sci-Fi, Monsters & Espionage, but my life truly began on my seventeenth birthday when this gawky, introverted dreamer was ditched in Minnesota, a thousand miles from my Philly home, by alcoholic parents on the run from the law. One went West. The other went East. I stayed. Never saw either of them again.
My new life on my own, and making tons of mistakes, was the “gift” I needed to enable me to become an amateur stock car driver, work my way through art school, evolve as a screenwriter, get fired by a balloon factory, and become the Lead Graphic Designer for the Coen Brothers, FARGO and THE BIG LEBOWSKI, as well as for Kevin Smith’s & Tim Burton’s SUPERMAN LIVES. I nailed down the final design of Superman’s nostalgic “S”, then created the modern “S” which went on to be used in Smallville and Supergirl.
I was also the Lead Graphic Designer for several favorite projects: SUGAR & SPICE, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS plus THE MIGHTY DUCKS.
On assignment, I completed the Romantic Thriller feature script, MANIPULATION, for London Indie-Producer, Ahmed Maasarani. I’m a two-time Top Five Screenplay winner in SCREAMFEST LA. My short scripts, feature scripts, and TV Pilots have been Winners & Top Finalists in leading competitions including, Amazon Studios, Austin, Cinestory, Screencraft, Stage 32, Chris Jones’ IMPACT 50, NBC and ABC Writers Showcases.
My storytelling brand, MISFIT MISADVENTURE, is inspired by my awkward exploits, romantic disasters, failed attempts at being endearing and authentic, moments of lessons-learned, like: “never let fear determine your fate. Faux confidence will land you in way hotter water.” Like me, my characters evolve in spite of themselves into better people who exceed their own expectations. Then, with a little luck, they reach satisfying destinations where there’s love, chocolate and embarrassing filmed outtakes. Soon, you’ll be able to find all of this in my semi-autobiographical TV Pilot: WEIRDOS VS. THE WORLD.
SCREENWRITING AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS -
2016 - TUTTLESON'S HAUNTED TOY STORE, my Supernatural Family feature script became a Semi-Finalist in the ScreenCraft: Family-Friendly Screenplay Competition.
2015 - A GUITAR A DREAM & YOU, my half-hour Dramatic Comedy TV Pilot, became a Semi-Finalist in the ScreenCraft TV Pilot competition. (as, ZACH'S NEW GIG).
2015 - A GUITAR A DREAM & YOU, my half-hour Dramatic Comedy TV Pilot, also became a Quarter-Finalist in the Stage 32 TV-Writing Competition, (as SING IT).
2015 - Top-Finalist in London's IMPACT 50 Sci-Fi Short Script Competition. With three scripts: WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG, MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, and, ONE LAST LOVE SONG.
2015 & 2014 - Top-Finalist in the ABC Talent Showcase with my Romantic Comedy short, SHUD-UP & KISS ME, (aka SPEED-DATE #3).
2012 - AWKWARD MOMENTS, my feature Dramatic Romantic Fantasy, was given an 8 out of 10 score by The BlackList's Professional Reader. (as WALTER CRISP'S ALMOST PERFECT MOMENT).
2011 - RECKLESS WHEELS, (aka Evel Like Knievel), my Coming-of-Age Drama, was an Amazon Studios December 2011, Best Screenplay Competition, Semi-Finalist.
2011 - Successfully completed my first paid Dramatic Writing Assignment for UK Indie Producer, Ahmed Maasarani, the Dramatic Thriller - MANIPULATION.
2010 - 2nd Place Winner in Writer/Director Jessica Bendinger's Adaptation Screenwriting Competition for her YA Romantic Drama Novel, THE SEVEN RAYS.
2008 - ESPIONAGE 101, a Buddy Action Comedy, (aka SEMI-DANGEROUS MEN), became a Second-Rounder Finalist in the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.
I'm a two time Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, Second Rounder Finalist. 2006 & 2008.
Two-time Top-Five Winner in the Screamfest LA, Screenwriting Competition. 2004 & 2005.
Unique traits: Whimsical & dumb-Lucky
AWKWARD MOMENTS - A Romantic Drama with a twist of Magical Realism Budget: $5M - $10M | Romance ⋄ Comedy Maggie & Matt met on the worst day of their lives. Both 14. Matt’s Mom had died from what he still believes was a broken heart. Maggie’s parents' separated. Maggie's been trying to reach Matt's heart for ten years, but he refuses to risk her heart on love. When Maggie begins dating Matt’s nemesis, Matt wishes for a do-over with her. His wish is granted but not as he hoped. He’s forced to step back into photos of his most awkward moments with Maggie and quickly discovers winning her back may be impossible.
RE-ORIGIN - 5-pages Budget: $0 - $100K | Sci-fi ⋄ Drama When a comic book shop owner opens a stash of rare comics belonging to a young female scientist murdered 25 years earlier, he gets the surprise of his life when he accidentally releases her from the rift-bubble she created within the pages of one of her comic books where she's been hiding, frozen in time. Feeling lost in a future she barely recognizes her only thought is to take-down the tech-billionaire who murdered her father.
ESPIONAGE 101 - A Buddy Comedy Budget: $1M - $5M | Action ⋄ Comedy ⋄ Family An accident-prone, nice-guy high-school teacher and his nerdy best friend stumble into real life-or-death espionage thrills at an extreme summer Spy Camp taught by the CIA's most intense and unconventional female operative who may be setting them up as fall-guys in a scheme to rip-off the Department of Defense.
TUTTLESONS HAUNTED TOY STORE Budget: $10M - $30M | Family ⋄ Horror ⋄ Sci-fi ⋄ Fantasy A Philly Paramedic’s attempt to help two playful ghost kids into the light gets him killed by a demon-possessed Doctor who abducts the ghost kids to use their souls to bust-open the gates of hell. Now in spirit form, our Paramedic hero discovers his destiny as a Specter Protector. He’s the only one who can save the ghost kids and prevent the demon apocalypse. If he succeeds, he’ll regain his human form.
A GUITAR A DREAM & YOU - A Family Drama TV Pilot with Original Music Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy ⋄ Drama ⋄ Family ⋄ Musical Zach, a self-involved one-hit-wonder Pop-musician from the ‘90’s whose comeback dream has left his life in ruins, gets the new start he needs when his ex-wife, Gwen, asks him to be a full-time Dad for their fiercely talented seventeen-year-old daughter, Ally, who has her own girl-band, Non-Objects, plus the talent & determination to become a star.
THE AUDITION - Family Drama - 7 pages Budget: $0 - $100K | Music ⋄ Drama ⋄ Family ⋄ Musical ⋄ Comedy Allison's girl-band, The Non-Objects, ditch school and crash an audition for the hottest club downtown to prove they have what it takes. Excerpt scene from, A GUITAR A DREAM & YOU, my Family Dramatic Comedy TV Pilot with original music.
MY HEART IS A WORK IN PROGRESS - Romantic Drama - 7 pages Romance ⋄ Comedy ⋄ Drama Marie, a recently divorced surrealist painter, is shaken out of living in her imagination by her new-ish neighbor, Teressa, a free-spirited woman who asks her over for a romantic dinner date.
THE INVITATION - Save the Future. Sci-Fi Drama - 9 pages Action ⋄ Sci-fi ⋄ Romance ⋄ Thriller ⋄ Adventure ⋄ Drama ⋄ Family ⋄ Fantasy A genius engineering student is rescued from corporate hitmen and recruited to save the future by a dangerously skilled female operative working for a think-tank which won't exist until 2026.
RECKLESS WHEELS - Coming-of-Age Drama Inspired by Actual Events Action ⋄ Drama ⋄ Family ⋄ Historical ⋄ Sports ⋄ Biography Twin Falls, 1974. Kyle has the summer adventure of his life when Evel Knievel awards him a security job behind the scenes of his Snake River Canyon jump. Inspired by Knievel's heroic determination, Kyle stands up to his controlling father, saves best friend Nick from a murderous drug dealer, takes a chance on love with Megan and risks his life to stop a gang of Hell's Angels intent on destroying Evel’s Skycycle.
JAMES BOND: ALL OR NOTHING - A Teenage James Bond Origin Story set in 1941 Action ⋄ Adventure ⋄ Romance ⋄ Thriller ⋄ War ⋄ Historical ⋄ Drama ⋄ Family Set in 1941. Trapped in German occupied Venice. His British Operative father murdered by a double-agent. His Operative mother presumed dead. An eighteen year old James Bond is hunted by a vicious Nazi all the way to Switzerland with only seventy-two hours to complete his parents’ final mission: to deliver the top-secret formula for synthesized petroleum to MI-6 in Zurich.
A WESTBERRY INN CHRISTMAS - Drama ⋄ Family ⋄ Romance The chaos of a Westberry family wedding helps two heartbroken opposites discover that love, if you let it, is the key to letting go of the past and opening up to the hope of an unexpected future.
Film (Comedy and Drama) Art department When underappreciated video specialist Joe Scheffer is brutally humiliated by the office bully Mark McKinney in front of his daughter, Joe begins a quest for personal redemption. He proceeds by enduring a personal make-over and takes martial arts lessons from a B-action star. As news spreads of his rematch with Mark, Joe suddenly finds himself the center of attention, ascending the corporate ladder and growing in popularity. He's determined to show everyone in his life that he is not a nobody, but a force to be reckoned with. Written by Anna <email@example.com>
Sugar & Spice
Film (Comedy and Crime) Art department Jack and Diane were lovers, two crazy kids living in the heartlands (Gee, and John Mellencamp didn't get any writing or soundtrack credits). Diane is the airheaded captain of the cheerleading squad, who follows her through whatever she does. Jack is, of course, the football team's star quarterback. Diane comes up pregnant and the two are thrown out of their homes. They move into an apartment, where they try to live on Jack's part-time salary as a clerk at a video store. Meanwhile both continue in school - cheerleading and quarterbacking. As Diane realizes that they are not making it financially, she recruits the other cheerleaders to help her rob a bank. Their cheerleader oath of all for one commits them to helping her. They get guns from a local hood, who gives them the weapons in exchange for putting his homely daughter on the cheerleading squad. Written by John Sacksteder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Film (Comedy and Romance) Art department Bachelors in a small Minnesota town, where unmarried men greatly outnumber unmarried women, decide to find wives by running an advertisement. They are surprised (but pleased) when hundreds of eager women descend upon the town. Written by dinky4, Minneapolis
Here on Earth
Film (Drama and Romance) Art department The lives of three young people - a rich student, a girl from the "wrong side of the tracks" and her boyfriend - unexpectedly intersect during one fateful summer in the romantic drama "Here on Earth." Kelley Morse (Chris Klein), who is cocky and brash, normally would never have crossed paths with the residents of a small town near his posh private school. But when he takes his shiny new Mercedes out for a drive, he locks horns with some of the locals, including Jasper (Josh Hartnett). As Jasper's willful girlfriend Samantha (Leelee Sobieski) looks on, Kelley and Jasper engage in a dangerous car race that turns disastrous, leaving a popular diner owned by Samantha's mother in ruins. Kelley and Jasper are sentenced to a creatively ironic but fitting punishment: They must help rebuild the diner. Not only does this ruin Kelley's summer plans, he also must board at the home of his rival, Jasper. Kelley begins to fulfill his "sentence," but refuses to have anything to do with Jasper and his... Written by Rebecca <email@example.com>
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Film (Comedy) Art department In a small Minnesota town, the annual beauty pageant is being covered by a TV crew. Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps. Explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. As the Leemans are the richest family in town the police are pretty relaxed about it all. Despite everything, main rival (but nice) Amber Atkins won't be stopped. There could well be more death and disappointment to come. Written by Jeremy Perkins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Naked Man
Film (Comedy and Drama) Art department A man takes matters into his own hands when a pharmaceutical kingpin moves into his town to cause some real trouble.
The Big Lebowski
Film (Comedy and Crime) Art department When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. Written by J. Lake
Film (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Art department Jerry works in his father-in-law's car dealership and has gotten himself in financial problems. He tries various schemes to come up with money needed for a reason that is never really explained. It has to be assumed that his huge embezzlement of money from the dealership is about to be discovered by father-in-law. When all else falls through, plans he set in motion earlier for two men to kidnap his wife for ransom to be paid by her wealthy father (who doesn't seem to have the time of day for son-in-law). From the moment of the kidnapping, things go wrong and what was supposed to be a non-violent affair turns bloody with more blood added by the minute. Jerry is upset at the bloodshed, which turns loose a pregnant sheriff from Brainerd, MN who is tenacious in attempting to solve the three murders in her jurisdiction. Written by Anonymous
The Mighty Ducks
Film (Comedy, Drama, Family and Sport) Art department Gordon Bombay, a hotshot lawyer, is haunted by memories of his childhood, when, as the star player in his champion hockey team, he lost the winning goal in a shootout, thereby losing the game, and the approval of his coach. After being charged for drunk driving, the court orders him to coach a peewee hockey team, the worst in the league, Gordon is at first very reluctant. However, he eventually gains the respect of the kids and teaches them how to win, gaining a sponsor on the way and giving the team the name of The Ducks. In the finals, they face Gordon's old team, coached by Gordon's old coach, giving Gordon a chance to face old ghosts. Written by Liz Jordan <email@example.com>
Film (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Art department Henry Petosa and Freddy Ace are twins who were separated being babies, and they do not know each other. Henry was adopted by a honest man, while Freddy becomes a gangster. Henry is very shy and has a lot of mental troubles. The film melts the two stories by a young writer who discovers that they were sons of an european noble and they own a large inheritance Written by Michel Rudoy <firstname.lastname@example.org>