A spec script is like a slot machine. The screenwriter must convince someone to pull the handle on it.
Michael William Hogan was a corporate executive-type until one day he woke up and realized that he was working for all the wrong reasons. And all the wrong people.
Alarmed but enlightened, Michael thought about checking himself into one of those outrageously expensive facilities in the hills above Malibu but discovered they don't offer corporate executive-typectomies. Undeterred, he then bought a tattered volume of Mid-Life Crisis Management for Dummies at a used bookstore in Brentwood only to discover the chapter on transitioning from hell to heaven had been torn out. Left with only self-reliance, Michael managed to get into his own head, rewiring his grey matter to finally pursue what matters: happiness, creativity, screenwriting.
In the time since—and somehow without the help of artificial intelligence or an MFA in Writing for Screen & Television—multiple short and feature scripts magically appeared on Michael’s hard drive. He also produced and directed a handful of the short scripts.
Michael has won dozens of screenwriting competition awards and several festival awards for his produced shorts. That said, he’s well-grounded in the knowledge that awards are little more than mild validation that he kinda-sorta knows what he’s doing; and the true rewards will come from continued hard work and pursuit of script perfection.
  • Writer (6 Credits)
    Benny B
    Screenplay
    Breaking & Entering
    Short Script
    Freddy Fletcher's Flatulence
    Short Script
    Not a Creature was Stirring
    Short Script
    Scene 1: Contributing to the Delinquency of a Vampire
    Screenplay
    The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry
    Screenplay
FINALIST - Screenplay Competition
Benny B
2020 Pasadena International Film Festival
Pasadena, CA
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Benny B
2020 International New York Film Festival
New York, NY
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Benny B
2020 New Media Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2020
2nd PLACE
Benny B
2020 Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles, CA
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Benny B
2020 LA Under the Stars Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Benny B
2020 Beverly Hills Film Festival
Beverly Hills, CA
2020
Semi-Finalist
Benny B
2020 Stage 32 + Gidden Media Feature Screenwriting Contest
Manhattan Beach, CA
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry
Rome Independent Prisma Awards
Rome, Italy
2020
Semi-Finalist
Benny B
2020 LA International Screenplay Awards Holiday Contest
Los Angeles, CA
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Benny B
2019 StoryPros International Screenplay Competition
Woodland Hills, CA
2019
Finalist
Benny B
2019 LiveRead/LA Screenplay Competition
Los Angeles, CA
2019
Finalist
Benny B
2019 Page Turner Screenplay Competition
Santa Monica, CA
2019
Finalist
Benny B
2019 NYC International Screenplay Awards
New York, NY
2019
Semi-Finalist
Benny B
2019 Anaheim International Film Festival
Anaheim, CA
2019
Official Selection
The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry
Kingdomwood International Film Festival
Atlanta, GA
2018
Runner-Up
The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry
Christian Screenwrite Competition
Current City
Laguna Beach
A spec script is like a slot machine. The screenwriter must convince someone to pull the handle on it.
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