Slamdance screenplay contest

Happy to say my short script, THE FOREST FENCED BECOMES BACKYARDS, LIKE SONGS ARE BORN FROM SOUND took second place in the 2017 Slamdance screenplay contest shorts category.

Here’s the write-up in Variety. Congrats to Tyler Tice and all the other winners. See ya in Park City in January!

If you’d like to read the script, please contact me at ryan[at]

My dream project, if you’re scoring at home…

…is to write the screenplay and/or direct the adaptation of Lev Grossman‘s The Magicians. I must have read this book literally twenty times last year. I have never identified with a fictional character like I did with Quentin Coldwater- well, maybe Jay Gatsby. Quentin “really believes in magic,” which is true one way or another of every lead character in every one of my movies and scripts. And he gets hurt because of it, a lot, which is also true for my characters.

Anyway, they will probably do the movie soon and get someone who’s all famous and stuff. I wish I knew people at CAA and was in a position to lobby for this.

ps I should add here that I was always, always, always* a magic-user in D&D and to this day do not understand why anyone ever wanted to be any other class.

*and will be in the game my grown-up brother is starting with his kids