I am a screenwriter currently doing deep undercover work as a mindless stiff at a “real” job. This blog is my way of getting my deeper thoughts out into the world so that I can clear space for the ideas I need to write my scripts.
Some readers have asked me to expand on this page, specifically asking me why this is called “The Return of the Modern Philosopher.” When did the Modern Philosopher ever leave? Is he staying this time?
Alas, I will offer up some more information…”Modern Philosophers” was the name of a screenplay I wrote in my early 20s. It was a Finalist in some screenwriting competition, and I thought it was the script that was going to jump start my career. I even published a zine to help publicize the screenplay. All the articles were written by me or by characters in the script (aka me) except for one written by my buddy Dave.
The zine was fun, but it was too expensive to produce more than that first issue. I did, however, get it into several comic book stores across the country and managed to sell some copies. That was a blast.
The script never went anywhere, and looking back at it all these years later, I realize it wasn’t very good. That makes me happy, though, because it confirms that my writing style has evolved and improved. Phew!
At this point, I’ve had two screenplays produced. One movie was released only in the UK. The other is in some sort of production limbo right now. I’m going to post the trailers here, though, if you’d like to see what the screenwriting side of my brain can produce.
The first trailer is for The Retirement Party, which is a romantic comedy about a guy who decides to retire from dating after realizing that he can not be with his true love. That one is based on my life, and that handsome lead actor is playing a thinly veiled version of me.
The second trailer is for A Perfect Life. Someone else wrote the original script, but I was brought in to do the rewrite, and it was my last draft that was used as the shooting script.
So, as you can see, I’ve made some progress as a screenwriter, but not enough to leave me satisfied. I’m always happiest when I’m writing, and I plan to never give up on my goal of being able to support myself solely through my writing.
I’m going to update this to say that now I’m a writer for a late night talk show in Maine called The Nite Show With Danny Cashman. This season, I made my acting debut in a sketch that I also wrote. Here it is for your viewing pleasure…
Lastly, I’m from New York, but now I live in Maine. I apologize if my harsh Brooklyn accent slips out from time to time in my posts.
Now enough with the serious nonsense. Go read the blog and have a good laugh.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the Deep Thoughts!