Welcome to MakeMovieMoments.com, and thanks for eyeballing this “getting to know you” intro! Real Talk, though- no one’s particularly interested in reading the Hello, Readers! entry, nor are the authors to write them. So let’s rip off the ole Band-Aid with the help of one Miss Julie Andrews, shall we?
To me, it’s like this: if you’re over 30 and still writing for film, you’re in it for life. So this is just my next chapter.
You can find my creds on the Bio and Professional Services Pages, but in short: an awarded film degree in Screenwriting and Film Criticism, four years as a film reviewer, then 10 years with the showrunners at The Asian Film Festival of Dallas as my full-time, unpaid second job while working in corporate PR and publicity. I finally landed a dream job with an honest-to-god film distributor for the last five years with Well Go USA Entertainment (long may they wave, those brave brothers and sisters), whose films rock the house and rule the planets. As viewers, we owe them a big debt of thanks for making Asian and Martial Arts movies available to North America on a day-date basis with their home-country releases. I owe them so much.
With five years as Press, Publicity, and Corporate Communications Manager for Well Go, attending many a festival and film market, participating in four Independent Spirit and two Oscar nomination campaigns, taking home two Golden Trailer Awards for copywriting and creative direction, and a whole lot of industry experience, I left Well Go in August to pursue the parts of the business I loved the most: Script-Doctoring and Subtitles-Polishing, in particular. With more than 150 feature film scripts edited for Well Go (and our fans), I felt I was ready.
So, with the love and support of my Team Well Go colleagues, I did the Mary Poppins Thing and went out on my own. Not an easy choice, as I’m not an entrepreneur by nature, but I’m blessed to have a group of them in my life who inspire me every day. And now I’m pursuing my Favorite Things, polishing subs, consulting on script structure, and even editing a children’s book…as well as a return to film reviews!
I’m proud to truly kick off that arm of the business by attending the High Holiday Celebration of Genre Film in the United States, Fantastic Fest, coming up this week. Genre movies are my favorite, and that’s no secret: from Horror, Martial Arts, Sci-Fi, Documentary, and Independent features of all stripes, I’m never happier than when a vengeful ghost throws unsuspecting teens into a woodchipper. Huzzah!
But I love it all. I love film. I love stories- the way they’re crafted, the way characters come to life, the way dialogue can sing like music, and the way a movie can change the way you think and feel, the way you approach the world, and for the magic of Movie Moments (more on that in my next post).
I will always remember how I felt in my first reviewer job at the TCU Daily Skiff (baller, I know). I felt like the girl in the Pale Pink Coat- a touch of the wide-eyed naif still in me- because when the house lights came down, I felt that little thrill in my chest, and the pit of my stomach. Come to find out, if you’re a lifelong movie lover, that feeling doesn’t go away. And what a gift that is.
Stay tuned for posts, reviews, and more. I promise I’ll do my level best to keep you entertained.
See You In The Lobby –cdo