A spec script is like a slot machine. The screenwriter's gotta 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 that none offered corporate executive-typectomies. Undeterred, he 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 rewired his grey matter to finally pursue what matters: happiness, creativity, screenwriting, filmmaking. Unable to fully abandon his entrepreneurial side, he also launched a production company, Motu Productions.
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. The quality of his writing has been validated by the accumulation of dozens of screenwriting competition awards, including over 180 in 2020 of which 47 were outright "Best Screenplay" wins. All that said, Michael is well-grounded in the knowledge that awards are pleasant validation that he kinda-sorta knows what he’s doing; but true rewards will come from continued hard work, pursuit of script and film perfection, and collaboration with other passionate filmmakers.
  • 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
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Prague International Film Festival
Prague, Czech Republic
2021
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Best Global Shorts
Tamil Nadu, India
2021
Runner-Up, Best Dialogue
Breaking & Entering
Queen Palm International Film Festival
Palm Springs, CA
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Austin Under the Stars Film Festival
Austin, TX
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
After Hour Film Festival
India
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Hollywood Gold Awards
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Best Script Award
London, England
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Reale Film Festival
Milan, Italy
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
4th Dimension Independent Film Festival
Bali, Indonesia
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
New Wave Short Film Festival
Munich, Germany
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Monthly Indie Shorts
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Uruvati International Film Festival
Tamil Nadu, India
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
LA Indies
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Indo French Int'l Film Festival
Pondicherry, India
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Int'l Film Festival of Andaman & Nicobar
Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India
2020
Runner-Up, Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Lonely Wolf - London
London, England
2020
2nd Place
Breaking & Entering
Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Port Blair International Film Festival
Port Blair, India
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Accord Cine Fest
Nadu, India
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Festigious - LA
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Royal Wolf Film Awards
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Vegas Movie Awards
Las Vegas, NV
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Madras Independent Film Festival
Chennai, India
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Short Close Up Screenplay Competition
Bucharest, Romania
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Austin After Dark Film Festival
Austin, TX
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Breaking & Entering
Indie Shorts Film Festival
Orlando, FL
2020
Best Feature Screenplay
Benny B
LA Sun Film Fest
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Best Feature Screenplay
Benny B
Lonely Wolf - London
London, England
2020
Best Feature Screenplay
Benny B
Vegas Movie Awards
Las Vegas, NV
2020
Best Feature Screenplay
Benny B
I see You Awards
Detroit, MI
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
FINALIST - Screenplay Competition
Benny B
2020 Pasadena International Film Festival
Pasadena, CA
2020
Semi-Finalist
Benny B
2020 LA International Screenplay Awards Holiday Contest
Los Angeles, 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
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Benny B
2019 StoryPros International Screenplay Competition
Woodland Hills, CA
2019
Semi-Finalist
Benny B
2019 Anaheim International Film Festival
Anaheim, 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
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's gotta convince someone to pull the handle on it.