I’m a self taught Writer-Director

Back when I was first starting out, I wanted to get some notes on a treatment I had written for a feature film. I sent it to two guys I worked with who had made a couple of short films. These were men who described themselves as “progressive.” I was expecting constructive feedback.

I took a meeting with them and they both laughed at me, made fun of my treatment and told me I had no business directing films. That I should give up before I further embarrass myself among the “big boys.” One of them then stole the (very unusual) title of my treatment and used it as the title of his first feature. (Karma: That film bombed in the worst possible way: no one saw it, critics lambasted it as painfully boring, it did not get any real distribution and he hasn’t been able to get another film made since. The other guy has no film career at all.)

These two shitheads ridiculed me, stole from me, told me I should give up and continued to attempt to undermine me at every turn.

I ignored them and went on to direct films anyway.




EVERYONE: Contribute Titles, Ideas, Scripts & Story Treatments for an After School Special.

Making a Fan Film

I am not a trained industry film professional, but I am a writer who scripted a short “fan video” for a convention. My husband is a video editor, was excited by the script and agreed to help put the film together. This would be the first time we’ve ever worked together on a ground-up creative project. We shot original photography, and I took on the task of collecting additional photos to flesh out the content. I found music tracks, title treatments, did the narration audio, and created a logo by myself. All fun! Having a great time!

And then we got to assembly. He refused to review the raw material together (”Just let me do this”). He “forgets” about the script that he said he loved, and doesn’t follow it. He listens to nothing that I say, or does the exact opposite. When I question what he’s doing or criticize it, I’m failing to be “grateful for all that hard work he just did” ignoring my requests and doing whatever he feels like doing. And all of this is done while he tells me that he’s a great collaborator, working with people and taking criticism all day and never has problems, so obviously any issue I’m having here is my own. Take a guess as to the gender of the vast majority of his coworkers.

At this point, I feel completely defeated. He and I have both read things on your Tumblr and been appalled, yet here it is happening in my own home, from a person who says he respects me and my ideas but is doing everything he can to override them. I might as well be a nodding bobblehead that occasionally chirps a compliment.

Upside? I am going to learn how to use Premiere. I will never again let my ideas be beholden to someone who can’t respect them when I can realize them myself.


Caleb repeated the name Sybil a LOT in a single scene in this episode. It’s a direct reference to the book titled “Sybil” about the treatment of a woman with dissociative identity disorder by her psychoanalyst. Sybil had 16 different personalities (from Wikipedia): 

“Described personalities

The book begins with a list of Sybil’s “alters”, together with the year in which each appeared to have dissociated from the central personality. The names of these selves were also changed to ensure privacy.

  • Sybil Isabel Dorsett (1923), the main personality
  • Victoria Antoinette Scharleau (1926), nicknamed Vicky, self-assured and sophisticated young French girl
  • Peggy Lou Baldwin (1926), assertive, enthusiastic, and often angry
  • Peggy Ann Baldwin (1926), a counterpart of Peggy Lou but more fearful than angry
  • Mary Lucinda Saunders Dorsett (1933), a thoughtful, contemplative, and maternal homebody
  • Marcia Lynn Dorsett (1927), an extremely emotional writer and painter
  • Vanessa Gail Dorsett (1935), intensely dramatic is the musical one of them and fun loving.
  • Mike Dorsett (1928), one of Sybil’s two male selves, a builder and a carpenter
  • Sid Dorsett (1928), the second of Sybil’s two male selves, a carpenter and a general handyman. Sid took his name from Sybil’s initials (Sybil Isabelle Dorsett)
  • Nancy Lou Ann Baldwin (date undetermined), interested in politics as fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and intensely afraid of Roman Catholics
  • Sybil Ann Dorsett (1928), listless to the point of neurasthenia
  • Ruthie Dorsett (date undetermined), a baby and one of the less developed selves
  • Clara Dorsett (date undetermined), intensely religious and highly critical of Sybil
  • Helen Dorsett (1929), intensely afraid but determined to achieve fulfillment
  • Marjorie Dorsett (1928), serene, vivacious, and quick to laugh
  • The Blonde (1946), a nameless perpetual teenager with an optimistic outlook

The book’s narrative describes Sybil’s selves gradually becoming co-conscious, able to communicate and share responsibilities, and having musical compositions and art published under their various names. Wilbur attempts to integrate Sybil’s various selves, first convincing them via hypnosis that they are all the same age, then encouraging them to merge. At the book’s end, a new, optimistic self called “The Blonde” emerges, preceding Sybil’s final integration into a single, whole individual with full knowledge of her past and present life.”

SO many of these personalities are similar with traits we’ve seen of A over the years. There are also a lot of traits and interests listed that are similar to the Liar’s traits and interests. For example, Marcia Lynn Dorsett an emotional writer and painter, similar to Aria, or Sid Dorsett/Mike Dorsett (Sybil’s male personalities) who are both carpenters, builders and general handymen much like Toby. Not casting any particular suspicion on these two characters, these are just two examples. There’s also a personality called “The Blonde” who is described as “a nameless perpetual teenager” this could represent the third blonde who was buried and misidentified by the police as “Ali”. So far this individual is nameless and a “perpetual teenager” because their life ended while they were a teen keeping them suspended in their teenage years. 

Perhaps Dr. Rollins represents the psychoanalyst and this reference is directed towards Charlotte, however I doubt it. 

Either way, there is DEFINITELY a MAJOR connection to this book and the show. Make of it what you will :) 

so for vis dev, we had to do some kind of title treatment for our story and this is mine but I decided to animate it a little.

I used after effects to give it a rough animation. The music is China by LukHash on Jamendo. Hopefully I can work it into my final for digital motion which is going to be some kind of opening title/credits for Roverandom.


Mockingjay - Part 2 Title Treatment from the brand new official website. Which is replacing Hunger Games Explorer as the official franchise website.

Which also begs the question, when are we kicking off?

Season 2 of Bob’s Burgers premiered with the episode “The Belchies” which parodied the well-loved classic “The Goonies”, one of my personal favorites. Our animation supervisor, Tony Gennaro, draws an illustration for each script cover and when I saw this one I knew I had to color it (2 seasons later!).  I drew inspiration from one of the original movie posters and combined it with the title treatment from the DVD version


Sakurai’s Daily Screenshot - September 11, 2014

“ The hero from Pikmin 3, Alph joins the battle!! He has pretty much the same set skills as Olimar since he’s basically just his variation. He can’t use Rock Pikmin either.

They are different characters, so they each get their own title treatment on the character-selection screen. See? It says Alph.” - Masahiro Sakurai