What do AI and Forensic Pathologists have in common? Nothing really, except…

What do AI and Forensic Pathologists have in common? Nothing really, except…

… I organized and moderated two panel-discussion at the WGA in late August. On Tuesday night, data scientist Yves Begquist was my guest. We talked about how AI is reshaping the creative process. As the Director of the AI & Neuroscience in Media Project at USC’s Entertainment Technology Center, Yves explained how the major studios are using machine learning and AI, and he elaborated on the possible future of AI and its impact on the entertainment industry. On Thursday night, an equally fascinating topic was discussed by my three amazing panelists at the event: “People Are Dying to Come Into My Office: Reading a Dead Body—Inside the Work and Lives of Forensic Pathologists and Medical Examiners”. Screenwriter Corinne Marrinan together with Forensic Pathologists Lisa Scheinin MD, and Vidal Herrera, founder of 1-800-Autopsy, shared insights into the work of Medical Examiners, and how their lives and stories can be portrayed in a (more) truthful way in film and television. Both events were followed by a lively Q&A and additional after-hours chat at the reception. I had a blast and learned a ton. Will definitely do this again!

 

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Union Table Read of my drama pilot “Hamburg”

Union Table Read of my drama pilot “Hamburg”

Last Saturday, the SAG-AFTRA L.A. Conservatory produced a table read of my drama pilot HAMBURG. It’s a relatively new partner program with the Writers Guild, and I didn’t know what to expect, except that there would be actors reading my writing. When I got to AFI, where the reading took place, I was blown away by the super production they were setting up. There was not only an amazing buffet, most important to keep people happy on such an occasion, but the producing team had created a slide show that set the mood of Hamburg in 1892 and presented the actors and characters. They had brought in props and even a skeleton that got wrapped in toilet paper to double for a mummy that’s part of the story. Insanely talented actors brought not only the characters of “Hamburg” to life, but also the 1890s world they inhabit. Everyone gifted constructive feedback afterward. Thank you so much to the producers Shaan Sharma and Laura Taylor, to their wonderful team, the truly amazing actresses and actors, the superb recording team, and my two guests. You all made this an immensely valuable and unforgettable experience!

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My time with the FBI

I finally have an answer to the resurfacing, insomnia-causing question: Does she draw her gun or not? OK, the insomnia is an exaggeration. But there are tons of police work details that can cause sleepless hours. Writing crime more often than not involves police detectives or even the FBI. As a writer, you can copy behavior and procedures you have seen in other TV shows or in other movies. But you never know if that’s really the real deal? After 7 weeks at the FBI Citizen Academy in Los Angeles, one night per week, I’m no special agent, but I have acquired a lot of knowledge about the FBI as an institution, their values, regulations, as well as insight when it comes to the real people behind the badge, their attitude, motivations, their idiosyncrasies… We heard case studies about homegrown terrorism, cybersecurity, the spectacular sheriff Lee Baca case and his role in a scheme to obstruct an FBI investigation of abuses in LA county jails, and so much more. We collected evidence, went through a shooting simulation, and even fired some real guns at the shooting range. It was a lot of fun. Now, I’ve got the time to lose my sleep over other screenplay-related questions, for example, how to construct a great joke 😉

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Juror at SEEfest

I’m so excited and honored to be a part of the jury at SEEfest 2018 for the Award for Best Short Documentary Film.

There are six films in competition including productions from Romania, Italy, Turkey, Macedonia, France, and the United States. I can’t wait to sit down and watch them. The program looks truly unique and intriguing.

Thank you to SEEfest LA to invite me to be a part of this adventure!