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Sam is a multiple award-winning writer and founder and co-president of The Screenplayers, a cooperative organization of writers and filmmakers. Sam was commissioned by Treschic Films to write the pilot script, series bible and business proposal for CHIC, a drama/crime/mystery TV series set in the world of fashion. Previously, along with several other "Screenplayers," he was involved in writing a five-episode crime drama mini-series for German television. In late 2009 his short script, Babysitters, was filmed in Chicago.
Past accolades include being a winner in the Texas Film Institute (TFI) and Telluride Indiefest screenwriting competitions, a CineStory finalist, a top three American Zoetrope screenwriter (three times), and a semi-finalist in the Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, Moondance, and American Accolades competitions. He has been interviewed for ScreenTalk magazine and AbsoluteWrite.
Sam is a member of The Writers Building, and the Nicholl Scribes, membership in which is restricted to writers who have placed in the prestigious Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships competition as sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He is represented by Patricia Miller of White Orchid Literary & Talent.
His interests include photography, mass media & pop culture, communications, sociology, and political science. He is fascinated with the Cold War era, Chinese culture and the monsters living under his bed.
Lisa Rymer, former model turned news director, journalist and talk show host, describes him as "calm and practical, though whimsical" (an entirely accurate if seemingly contradictory depiction).
And "yes," Quo Vadis is his real last name (not a psuedonym or pen name) and is as it appears on his birth certificate. He has been heard to say that, "With a name like Quo Vadis I knew I had either to go into the entertainment industry or become a monk. I discovered that by becoming a writer I could combine the two."
Sam has been known to say other things...words that some consider wise and others feel are the artifacts of a deranged mind. He leaves you to judge...
I know girls and guns are a dangerous mix...but I just can't help myself.
The surest way to undermine an ideology is to put it into practice.
Small minds ignore social protest at their own peril.
If you wish to uncover a man's greatest weakness you need only determine his greatest strength.
The difference between the sane man and the madman lies in the ordinariness of the former's delusions.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who wish to continue making the same old mistakes, and those who desire to make entirely new ones.
There comes a time when you realize the reason for the existence of humans is to make life easier for cats.
The difference between this generation and that of our forebears is that they shaped their society, whereas we allow our society to shape us.
Ayn Rand is to economics what L. Ron Hubbard is to religion.
Had this been 1800s England it would have been pistols at dawn at 20 paces.
Most people prefer a riveting lie to a boring truth.
There's a fine line between agony and ecstasy.
Some men are born great, other men just get all the great press.
The great tragedy of life is that we don't know how to live in our own time.
Expectation is folly whereas discovery is wisdom.
The true value of a life is not to oneself.
The greatest threat to terrorism is the presence of moderate voices.
There is no problem in this world that cannot be made worse by alcohol.
The true art of photography lies in the shadows; in the glimpses of things not fully revealed.
For a screenwriter access is more important than talent. Having access grants one the opportunity to fail. Not having access guarantees that one will fail.
I try to follow the rules...I just have a hard time remembering what they are.
The seed of truth is to be found in paradox.
When someone disappoints you the fault lies not in that person but with your expectations.
Sarcasm is the favoured currency of the intellectually bankrupt.
In a society dominated by economic mergers and acquistions we are ultimately left only with the illusion of choice. We are sold brands and image as opposed to being afforded real alternatives.
American capitalism used to be in the business of building wealth. Now it forges bubble economies which provide but the illusion of wealth, which can be maintained only so long as the participants agree to be fooled.
The typical individual when confronting a problem that resists his chosen solution simply applies that solution with even greater vigour, never considering for a moment that his approach may be flawed. He is like the doctor who treats illness by blood-letting and when the patient grows worse concludes that the patient has not been bled enough.
The practicing ideologue is engaged in a voluntary form of self-slavery.
When wealth inordinately accumulates to the few power also inordinately accumulates to the few - and democracy is gradually replaced by plutocracy: the rule of a small and privileged elite who behave like the Kings and Lords of Medieval times.
The greatest conceit is to reach middle age while retaining the beliefs of youth - for this suggests one thinks he knew it all at a young age and had no use of further education and found no value in life experience,
Nothing negates creativity and critical thinking more effectively than ideological enslavement.
The most important thing in life is to possess the soul of generosity. Not necessarily material generosity, but a willingness to help others become healthier, happier and more fulfilled so long as these desires do not impinge upon the rights of others to do the same. Put this test to others and you will know whom to follow. Put this test to yourself and you will know if you are worthy to lead.
One cannot see darkness, but only an absence of light.
A headstrong American security specialist forms a tense alliance with a beautiful and unpredictable Russian Special Forces operative as they try to stop the deployment of "Red Mercury," a psychoactive gas that turns ordinary people into raging killers.
When a brilliant physicist hides his time machine from a sinister tontine, a hard boiled private detective must travel back to 1947 to save the scientist's rebellious daughter and stop the cabal from changing the course of history.
American Zoetrope Top Three (first draft)
A beautiful Serbian thief, who has inadvertently stolen millions of dollars of Mafia money, and a principled businessman must outsmart the INS and the Serbian secret service to stay out of jail and gain the ultimate prize; each other.
A stressed out cable installer on a routine job finds himself caught up in diamond smuggling, kidnapping, and foul play when he falls prey to a pretty courier who works for the mob.
When she inadvertently releases a devilish lawyer from his tomb, a teenage girl finds that to save herself and the town of New Faerehaven from a baneful eternity she must overcome a bizarre curse, defeat a horde of evil minions, and return a roguish demon to his resting place.
A little girl must save her family by outwitting two desperate jewel thieves who have taken refuge in her home.
Martin Cruz Smith
Casablanca (USA - 1942)
|Fleur (Frank Langella) enters a room where the circus
artists have gathered in a circle. He draws a white chalk line on the red
carpet. Then he looks around for Sassy (Elena Lev).|
Fleur: Sassy. Where's Sassy? Ah, there you are. Come here.
(He sits on the carpet as Sassy walks up to the chalk line.)
Fleur: Will you step across the line for me.
(She does. He motions her forward and takes her hands in his.)
Fleur: You know what you just did?
Fleur: You stepped from the dark into the light.
And what happens when we step from the dark into the light?
Sassy: We do the show.
Fleur: Yes. Come.
(Sassy turns and sits in front of him.)
Fleur: We do the show. We do the show for the people. They need us. You know, life is very tough, life is hard, it's very cruel. When you step over that line and into the light you have a certain responsibility to the people in the dark. You've got to be strong. You've got to take all your pain and you've got to bury it inside your costume. For twenty-two hours you can be just like them. You can moan and worry and cry and sleep and eat and drink and make love...and suffer and grow old and die like everybody else. But for two hours of every night...you're not allowed to let life in.
Alegria - by Rudy Barichello.
Falling, hitting the boards, spinning on the wood.
THE COIN SPINNING
GUILDENSTERN: Do you know any good plays?
PLAYER: Plays? Oh, yes.
GUILDENSTERN: One of the Greeks, perhaps? You're familiar with the tragedies of antiquity, are you? The great homicidal classics? Maidens aspiring to godheads, and vice versa? Your kind of thing, is it?
PLAYER: No, I can't say that it is, really. We're more of the blood, love and rhetoric school. Well, we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, but we can't do you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory. They're all blood, you see.
GUILDENSTERN: Is that what people want?
PLAYER: It's what we do.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead - by Tom Stoppard
From: Styles of Thinking: Strategies for Asking Questions, Making Decisions & Solving Problems
Only about 11 percent of the people who have taken the InQ show a preference for the Synthesist Style. It is the least frequently found of the five Styles of Thinking.
To "synthesize" means, essentially, to make something new and original out of things that, by themselves, seem very different from each other. Combining different things - especially ideas - in that way is what Synthesists like to do. Their favourite thought process is likely to be speculative.
Synthesists are integrators. They like to discover two or more things that to other people may appear to have little or no relationship, and find ways to fit them into a new, creative combination.
Synthesists are apt to appear challenging, skeptical or satirically amused, even when you can see no cause for any of that. Synthesists enjoy speculative, philosophical, intellectual argument, so long as it doesn't get too somber and the silliness of the act of argument itself is acknowledged. They engage in digressions that sometimes seem to have no relevance to the matter at hand. But if you listen carefully, they usually have relevance; though you may have to grope for it.
When you hear someone expressing a well-argued, philosophical, profound idea, and then the very person suddenly breaks off and pokes fun at his or her very own idea, you are hearing a Synthesist.
The strategies favoured by Synthesists can add an enormous amount to the richness and variety of anyone's thinking. Synthesists can be exciting people to have around.
Situation where the Synthesist is likely to be most effective: The Mind-Boggling Mess
The motto of the Pragmatist is: "Whatever works." They verify what is true or false in terms of immediate personal experience. This gives them a freedom from consistency that lends itself to experimentation and innovation.
Pragmatists enjoy lively give-and-take, brainstorming, clever conversation, and light-hearted scheming, especially on tactical issues. Like Synthesists, they enjoy playing with ideas, though usually at a less philosophical, more down-to-earth level. They grow easily bored with conversation that seems too analytical or nit-picking.
In short, Pragmatists are often good people to have around. Their enthusiasm and experimentalism tend to liven things. In problem-solving and decision-making situations their skills can be immensely valuable, if they can be properly utilized. What that means is: Pragmatists have to be given room, loose reins, and to be kept interested. Once you have allowed Pragmatists to become bored, you have lost them.
Situation where the Pragmatist is likely to be most effective: "Where Do We Go From Here?"
Persons with a creative pattern display opposite forces in their behaviour. Their desire for tangible results is counterbalanced by an equally strong drive for perfection and their aggressiveness is tempered by sensitivity.
People with a creative pattern tend to seek unique accomplishments and innovative solutions. When confronted with a crisis they often display quick thinking and an ability to react rapidly. Along with a talent for fast thinking, "creatives" often show great foresight.
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