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This is not about me.

I grew up in southwestern Connecticut, and graduated from John Updike country to John Sloan country when I attended New York University’s Tisch School Of The Arts as a film production major. I was in the same class as Joel Silver and Amy Heckerling, as a result of which someone once bought me a drink.

I’ve worked in the film industry as an assistant film editor, negative cutter, script supervisor and Xerox processor (the only union gig of the above, and far and away the best paid). My hobbies include computers, opera, theater and movie history, and convincing people not to vote for Republicans.

I work for the Animation Guild Local 839 IATSE, the labor union for cartoon animators and CGI artists in southern California. My duties as Assistant to the Business Representative and Recording Secretary include internal and external organizing, grievance processing, database and website design, and writing and editing the union’s newsletter, The Peg-Board. For someone with far too many job titles, I still find it difficult to explain exactly what I do for a living.

What I don’t (yet?) do for a living can be found on the other tabs on this page. These are spec screenplays that I’ve written in recent years. Please give them a look!

My use of copyrighted material on this weblog is addressed by the so-called “fair use” doctrine, incorporated into the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107:

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

A full discussion on “fair use” can be found here.

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