Hello everyone, JG here, and thank you for following the progress of our feature film, Coffee - A Hitman Story. I think it is time to meet the writers of this awesome script, don't you?!
If you read my first blog post, by Arran McDermott, then you remember that I met my co-writers on Stage 32 at stage32.com. You can check out that blog at: FILM BLOG or www.stage32.com/blog/Coffee-and-Collaboration. Stage 32 is a great place for indie filmmakers — if you haven't checked it out yet ;).
To keep it short, I posted a lounge discussion post about two years ago asking if anyone would like to collaborate on a screenplay with a given setting, idea of structure and no ending until we reach it. The result was a script that not even I could have expected — we absolutely loved it, and we cannot wait to bring it to our audience on the big screen!! So, without further delay, lets meet the folks involved with writing this awesome piece.
"If there’s one thing I hate writing about, it’s myself. But since no one else is going to do it, allow me to enter the third person": Arran McDermott was born in England but now lives in South Carolina. He dreamed of writing for movies and television from a young age. His favorite shows include Twin Peaks, Seinfeld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Simpsons, and Breaking Bad. He spent his college years traveling around the world (which is probably why he failed his classes), and gained a unique perspective on the human condition. During his travels, he lived in Los Angeles for a few months, and took a job at the now closed Beverly Center movie theater.
The job was definitely not one of his favorites, but it was exciting (and slightly surreal) to serve popcorn to the Hollywood legends who frequented the cinema, including Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, and the guy who played Superman on that TV show in the 90’s. When he’s not spending time with his family or working with computers, Arran likes to read novels, swim, and watch movies. He enjoys nearly every genre, but his favorites are sci-fi, horror, fantasy, fish, and surreal humor. He has published several short stories and is currently working on getting his first novel in print, a young adult superhero story called Supra/normal. Screenwriting remains his main passion. He has directed a short film (The Party) based on a script he wrote, and hopes to be involved with many more productions in the future, hopefully with a budget of more than $10 this time. Aside from his work on the upcoming collaborative movie Coffee - A Hitman Story, he is also working on writing several TV pilots and a feature length sci-fi political thriller. You can find out more about his projects and movie/TV reviews at: http://imaginary-cinema.blogspot.com/
Shelly has been writing screenplays for almost twenty years and has completed nine features as well as several short scripts, two of which are currently in development for production. She served as the organizer of the Orange County Screenwriters Group for several years and often provided feedback to
other writers and filmmakers. Shelly has also worked on several sets as an extra and production assistant. Her produced works include short stage plays. In other writing, Shelly has a published freelance article and has compiled and wrote the introduction to a published historical memoir currently for sale on Amazon, follow the link to check it out: On the Horizon: From British Society to the American Frontier
"For yours truly, I will take a note from Arran and enter the third person": J.G. Blodgett was born and raised in Nevada and still resides in the beautiful Southern Nevada deserts. He is an 'inspired' writer, usually writing when something sparks that flame inside to write, or to create art through film and photography.
Jacob has written multiple feature length screenplays, won several awards for them, has two that have been optioned and one that has been produced, Life in the Hole a Tony Mendoza film. He also just finished up shooting Ride Hard Live Free, a Tony Mendoza film, on which he served as First Assistant Director and Producer. JG has many aspirations when it comes to writing but mainly he hopes to someday write something that will inspire and impact the lives of many. In the meantime, he will continue to write and produce super-cool films like Coffee - A Hitman Story.