about mike

Under a pseudonym: Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, TV Writer, Comic Writer, Game Writer

 

With the studioWriter/Art Director (movies, animation), Web Series Producer/Director, Writer/Artist (indie video games, board games, a zine, comics), Organiser (isolation events, a unique creative contest)

introduction

what I've been upto

I’m currently writing a graphic novel with an illustrator friend, and a web-comic with another artist friend, and a graphic novel series which I'm illustrating myself - we are trying to start a studio - the plan is to earn some money from freelancing and selling some of my writing - to put away enough cash to hire my artist friends and some coders to work on games and movies together - with them committed to my projects on a part-time basis. This will hopefully be in 2023.

I'm also character designer on the graphic novel and I'm keen to get gigs doing art direction for films, especially gore, puppets and animation.​ With plans to also develop personal-space events and a unique creative contest.

My day largely consists of: 

gaming in the living room, followed by 1hr mecha design art/design drawing/design research/production design from 2:30pm. errands and getting out of the house, working on my blog. clean and tidy or cook lunch. game engine tinkering/self-studying 2d animation, online negotiations and social media. chores, dinner. freelancing, pencilling or instructional writing. a bit of a rest and 1hr writing/rewrites. sega gaming or MTGO. then business writing or video editing. around 2:30am, get ready for bed. photoshop, storyboarding, maps, self-studying art tools. 25mins read a book, then rewrite/write 200 words free writing. then sleep.

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I have an old blog of Movie Reviews, Collecting Comic Books, Crewing for Film, etc. which I have picked up again and I'm using the same platform for my new blog which is here - the new blog is a multimedia blog with videos and links and written articles.

I have begun writing a 2-year dystopian novel research and manuscript project, and 3 new full length novels and a novella this year - due in September (with 7 more and another novella I'm hoping to develop substantially by December) I'm also working on my masterpiece novel, a truly original and great novel, a digital product design research project and a new screenplay (with research) inspired by Jurassic Park (the film) and Animal Factory (by Steve Buscemi), as well as a design drawing research project, 5-7 game narratives, a theatre script, and a fringe festival theatre project with friends, 4 tv scripts, a book of short stories,  several comic projects and 2 experimental self-published books. And I have 6 script contests this year, with 3 screenplays completed and 4 screenplays nearly finished and 13 which I'm currently writing.

I'm writing a number of experimental books which I intend to self-publish digitally.

I'm also writing some movies which I aim to produce: Following our zero-budget feature video documentary movie, a three-part anthology feature video movie on a $5k budget called Trilogy of Creepy. And I'm tinkering with animation. Planning to release an animated short in December 2022, plus the first 30mins (of a 2d animated feature film)  as a short film in 3yrs from December, and another animated short - stop-motion in 2026. One of my contest scripts is an animated film as well, and another is an animated tv pilot script.

I plan to begin production on some of the movie projects in 2023. I'm also tinkering with a game engine for game development prototyping. and Liberty BASIC. I'm learning design drawing, production design, cartooning, fantasy map-making, an open-source InDesign alternative called Scribus, vector art and Photoshop colouring.​

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I plan to produce an interactive visual novel FMV indie video game based on one of my first screenplays. And using a game engine, an indie video game I am writing the script for this year and teaming with three artist friends to make in 2023. as well as another Twine project I'm currently writing.

I'm developing over the next 4 years, three smaller indie video game projects: 1. a game about hustling in high school, 2. a digital simulation of robotics, 3. a collaborative project with an artist friend, about dungeons.

I am interested in developing tabletop games.

I have had poetry published and been offered a paid poetry gig based on audience response when performing my poems live. Some of my poetry is here.

I'm also keen to write song lyrics. It would be cool to start a band just to do the soundtrack for one of my movies, also writing a rock opera would be fun.

I love music in the background while I write. 

Mostly: Pantera, Efterklang, Megadeth, Neil Young, Bowie, Iggy, Greta Van Fleet, Citizen Cope, Everlast, Rancid, Trinity Roots, Whitesnake, Daft Punk, Aphex Twin, Coal Chamber, Slayer, B52s, Portishead, Suicidal Tendencies, Ten Years After, One Day As  A Lion, Buffalo Springfield, CCR, Cream, Clapton, Led Zep, Van Morrison, Sepultura, Styx, Primus, Rage Against the Machine, Korn and Hobo Johnson.