The first screenplay I ever wrote was filmed shortly thereafter and I thought, Dang - that was easy! Sure, FORK had its issues. But the formula was simple: Josh writes a screenplay, then somebody turns that screenplay into a movie. Although reality has repeatedly checked my naïveté since then, here are some of the other projects I've written (or in one case, co-written) that have been produced:
- PINK, my first produced feature, tells the story of a tormented artist under house arrest who has just three days left in his tracking anklet when a friend stashes a toddler's backpack full of stolen drugs in his home. It has been acquired by Mutiny Pictures for distribution and is slated for initial release in December of 2021.
- ABDUCTED, my most recent short, was filmed with an IndieGrants production grant under the guidance of gifted director Ben Joyner, and subsequently named as an official selection for the 2020 Tribeca International Film Festival (which was cancelled, but they rolled the selection over and it premiered at Tribeca in 2021).
- After LOCKER 212 was finished, Ben contacted me about collaborating. He was finishing up film school at the time, and asked to shoot my TWO FOR TEA short script as his senior thesis.
- Another guy who'd helped out on LOCKER 212 was Jared Freeman. In addition to being a fantastic cinematographer, Jared is an all around lovely person, so when I mentioned my plan to make a zero budget short film with my son and my mom, Jared swung by for a weekend with a high-end camera, and GNOMES (which we co-directed) was born. We submitted it to exactly one festival and it played exactly one festival, so... one hundred percent success!
I've worked on quite a few other projects over the past few years, as well.
Some have been produced, mostly not. That's film for you, though: an insanely expensive, almost impossible art form to pull off.
When it works, though, it's totally worth it.