New Mexico Screenwriters Guild

Hello everyone. It's Colin. Today I will be talking about the amazing experience I had at the New Mexico Screenwriters Guild. It truly was an extraordinary experience in which I have learned at lot about playwriting so far, and hope to learn much more. I made some more amazing contacts, namely the amazing Holly Adams and Jim Sea, both well-known actors in New Mexico. Here is a little bit about them: 

Jim Sea: Jim Sea has acted in over forty films and several stage plays. His most notable performance being that of Father in Pirandello’s 6 Characters in Search of an Author. Aside from acting Jim is also a screenwriter having written over twenty screenplays. His screenplays have placed in numerous festivals and have won several awards.

Holly Adams: Holly Adams has been working in the entertainment industry since the age of 13. She got her start as a ballerina with the San Francisco Ballet and worked as a dancer for over 20 years ending up in New York City. When she was cast in a Broadway show, her Achilles tendon snapped, leading her to reinvent herself as an actressHer first acting role was the lead in “Betaville,” which earned her a cult following and roles in 20 other underground films in New York. After observing the fearless guerrilla filmmaking style of the innovative filmmakers she worked with, Holly wrote, directed and starred in her first film which was shot on Super 8. “Nymphomania” was picked up by the British Film Institute and opened their “History of the Avant-Garde” series video entitled “The Cinema of Transgression.”

Tired of her gypsy lifestyle on the road, Holly moved to Albuquerque in 1995 to
hide out, get her B.A. in Theater and have a kid. When her daughter, Sage
turned 8, Holly decided to make a movie because someone told her she couldn’t!
Since then she has written, directed and produced the short films: “Hot Dog,”
“Here Boy,” “Plots,” “Leather Kittens Gone Bad, “An Unlikely Hero” and a web series entitled “The Man-App!” 

Holly has treatments for three feature films in the making as well as a script for
the feature film version of “The Man-App!”

They are very personable people, and I have conversations about playwriting with them regularly. I also will be able to, once I actually get some pages of dialogue written, bring in my pages to their group of actors and other playwrights and get them read. Through this process, I can workshop my play and make it the best that it can be possibly can. The most important thing that I have learned from these giants in the industry is to keep the story throughout the play, no matter what you do. If you lose the story, you lose your audience. 

Be sure to stay tuned for more interesting developments and the beginning of talking about my pages of the first act of my play, which has no talking.....



Colin Miller