I have a one-hour dual-sport motorcycle road-trip politico-diplomatic action-adventure thriller-drama (but funny) pilot provisionally entitled Mexican Overdrive. It's about an ordinary Jewish-Irish guy who loses his shit after nearly getting killed on gov service, who unwittingly and unwillingly must defend America (mostly from itself) while riding a powerful dual-sport bike through the roughest terrain on TV. He's soon joined by a MacGyver-like Egyptian-Scottish mechanical engineer, and a black-Chinese digitally-geeky woman, on their bikes to do secret missions. It's Mod Squad meets Syriana meets Breaking Bad, but on knobby tires in Mexico (initially).
Other works: After doing a screenwriting course (taught by an LA writer) in Singapore, I had my first-ever go at a feature screenplay, "Blue Larceny", an adventure-thriller set on yachts in the Pacific and various other oceans. Never pitched it, was never quite happy with it -- but began to learn the craft.
In 2017, took my first crack at a 1-hr TV pilot (and 8 eps since) called "Mexican Overdrive". Entered it in Happy Writers and Writers Ink contests, made quarters and semis in former, got good notes, rewrote it. Am now about to start re-entering it and pitching it.
Also well into a new med-psych-horror feature script, a true story about a climbing buddy that will be as upsetting and disgusting as humanly possible.
I'm convinced branded digital entertainment (high-end TV & web series paid for in whole or in part by advertisers who want to show their products at work to willing audiences who know this and don't care because the shows are so damn good) will soon be widely embraced in a way it hasn’t been before.
Why? Because it’s a powerful option for a) creators of great programming who seek alternatives to the traditional studio model and b) for advertisers who understand that it’s possible, and smart business, to market their products & services without annoying/boring consumers into submission.
Unique traits: In terms of life experience, I've had the good fortune of being subjected to a most interesting, challenging and frequently bizarre run, kicking it off with funny, outgoing parents (mom was a laconic Ottawa-born housewife; dad an erudite ex-WWII Spitfire pilot from London, England with stories). I dropped out and left home at 16, multiple careers since: The oil biz (seismic survey, fracking, acidizing, tank truck driving), construction laborer (water & sewer, houses, malls, high-rises), selling high-end leather products to designers and architects, selling Steelcase (office cubicles, case goods, seating, design, space planning and related goods & services) to major corporate clients in Toronto area. Then travel -- 11 years in Southeast Asia, Pacific Rim, 6 of them based in Singapore, where I ran a sole proprietorship writing copy for ad agencies, graphic design / branding firms. Sold a number of travel pieces to magazines and papers. Returned to Toronto, been an all around print and video content creator, branding consultant and writer for the ad, digital, design and branding industries (portfolio here: www.paulfenn.com). More recently, creating and writing branded digital entertainment for clients in the business and entertainment sectors (recent piece here www.thankaframer.com). Other writing: I review motorcycles, gear and events (see that work here: https://eatsleepride.com/rider/champers). I wrote a commissioned biography "Last of the Great Swashbucklers" to be published in 2018. I have also written two books about my travels which weren't published. Interests: Watching best in film, TV and digital. Reading the best in non-fiction and fiction (popular and classic). Student of history (USA from WWI to present, Churchill, ancient Chinese and SE Asian, South Pacific, Australia/NZ, Amazon, Indian Ocean, Africa, Mideast). Fanatic current events consumer (global politics, digital culture, male/female evolution, the sciences, autism (got a kid on the spectrum) and moto racing (Dakar, Baja, etc), learning to use GoPros to create and edit off-roading footage in interesting ways. Other influences: Had my share of "colourful" girlfriends, lovers, FWBs (not to boast but) including several quite prominent females in business, publishing, music, academia, architecture and the restaurant spheres. As a single male, I made the best of available looks, charm and humor. Have severely eclectic friends, sane to unhinged, in the arts, business, law, diplomatic, academic and science worlds. Spare time: Off-road motorcycling on big bikes, mtn biking, rock climbing, rough adventure travel in developed, developing and failed states, via foot, bicycle, yacht, motorcycle and various animals. Gardening, expanding mechanical and tech skills, HVAC (seriously), cats, managing a live-alone widowed mom with light dementia, making things from trash.