Writer

I like to write stuff. I started writing my first feature Hardcore Hearts, back in 2006 and kept at it. Since then, I've written a couple other screenplays, two web series', and stuff like that.

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Hardcore Hearts is the story about a hardcore rock band. Based in Sacramento, California, each member of the group has a different religious or moral belief and struggles to uphold their faith and friendships. Along with Christianity, Mormonism, Judaism and other typical suburban belief structures, there is also agnostics, atheists, and even dogmatic ethics such as the Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice and Straight-edge, at play. Set against the backdrop of the underground music scene, this film raises questions about friendship, faith, and ultimately: love. In a world filled with religious battles and religious persecution, this hardcore band in a residential city mirrors the battles we face as an American society still in peril with it’s own religious conflicts. Where does sexuality fit in? Who is right or wrong? Where is the line drawn with tolerance and acceptance? Most importantly, where is the priority placed? Hardcore Hearts takes on these painful and often overwhelming issues, using music as it’s expressive vessel. Each character’s struggles are synonymous with the behavior and characteristics of our religious society today.

Our main character, Luke, tries to balance his once strong, now weakened Christian faith with his passion for music as the lead singer of Hand of Blood. His increasing doubt clouds his convictions and he allows himself to be seduced by his new love, Tye. Confused and upset, Luke leaves the church in a rage, spiraling downward in a drunken haze. Meanwhile Jayce, the guitar player and best friend of Luke, is struggling with his strict Mormon beliefs and his desires as a gay man. The drummer, Sam, has let his gang the SHARPs take it upon themselves to be Sacramento’s “Prejudice Police” and which have severe repercussions. The Straight-Edge bass player, Corey’s hate and anger has grown so big that he disowns all his friends who aren’t Straight-Edge. All of their differences get in the way and sparks the dissolution of the band. In Luke's search for answers he makes the decision to break up with Tye, due to her atheist beliefs, and pushes his friends away, because of the difference in their religious beliefs. Will the group realize their faults? Will Luke and Tye resolve their problems? 

Through each of their journeys, they find that love may be the very thing that will save them all, but at what cost?

Hardcore Hearts Copywright 2010 WGA 2009

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Two Guys One Truck is a web series centered on an “odd couple” pair of movers who can not seem to get it right.  We follow them throughout the landscape of Los Angeles as they meet an array of quirky, sometimes lovable or terrifying cast of characters.

The first episode starts innocently enough with a simple apartment move for a young woman and ends with a bewildered intruder slowing down the job they are sent to do. Seeing how our two fearless movers handle the situation is both laugh out loud funny and nail bitingly awkward. You cannot help but love these two and want to smack them upside the head at almost every job they do. We meet classic archetypes such as the insane veteran, the frat guy douche bag, the overly doting mother, the vixen, the persnickety perfectionist and the money hungry egomaniac. If it sounds chock full of too much goodness, well, that’s because it is.

The final episode of season one reveals that maybe they were not just movers and potentially unknowing pawns in a larger plan. Their levity and folly may just save their lives. We watch their relationship struggle when secrets are kept on both sides and an aftermath that may lead to the end of a long friendship. Trust me, every episode will leave you wanting more and also wondering “have I met these guys before?”

 

-Michelle Maxwell

  Rise Motion Pictures

Two Guys One Truck Copywright, WGA 2014

I wrote other stuff too, but it hasn't been made yet, so... yeah.