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My purpose as a writer-consultant is to collaborate on screen stories that make a difference. I’ve just written two feature films that are transformational stories and now it’s time for a new adventure: co-producing them.

During this time, I’ll be booking story consultations again. Whether you’re working alone or as part of a creative team, the key to successful story development is to create a roadmap for your next draft, or the next edit of your film.

In our sessions you will:

  • Realize the power of clear, logical storylines with complex characters.
  • Forge your structure based on the order the audience learns and feels things.
  • Connect emotionally to your audience through primary relationship arcs.
  • Capture the creative blueprint of your project in your Storytellers Playbook.
  • Reveal exposition and back-story without slowing down dramatic momentum
  • Utilize the power of Dilemma as the Creative Core of your Story
  • Shape the Palette of Tones and the appropriate Point of View
  • Find the deeper story within your original concept and intentions.
  • Gain storytelling strategies to apply to all of your projects.

Feel free to reach out for a free 20 minute story consultation so I can learn about your projects at


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Tom helped me focus on possibilities instead of limitations. His qualities as a guide cannot be valued enough, not to mention that he is a great guy, and tremendous fun to work with!

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I would HIGHLY recommend Tom to anyone involved in visual storytelling.

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Editor, Hannibal, Prom Night in Mississippi

The first thing I did when I began writing was to pick up the phone and call Tom. I can’t think of a more insightful and inspiring “wing man”. He truly guides me to do my best work.

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Writer-Director, The Last Exorcist

Tom is a master in working with dichotomies: logic and emotion, brain and heart, body and soul… my characters came alive as we found the optimal structure for my script.

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Tom’s extraordinary guidance on my scripts for “Nowhere in Africa” and “Beyond Silence” enriched my award-winning films immensely.

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