Meet the Screenwriter


Mark is serious about writing, particularly screenplays. Screenplays are a craft in themselves. Mark’s strength is in organizing the concept from start to finish using outlines, index cards and storyboarding to plot the story.


Don’t let the “Master Clown” award from McDonald’s Corporation fool you. For over 20 years Mark ran his own company to produce educational shows for schools and church groups. Now he takes those life experiences and his business degree to writing screenplays.


Mark’s first script is titled “The Dance Card,” making its way to various script competitions in hopes of being produced.


Three other stories are getting storyboarded and into Final Draft.


Mark’s one fault in storytelling, “I tend to overthink the characters development.”  For instance, in Dance Card, the good looking antagonist, ADAM TYRE, 17, has several things wrong with him that gives the audience clues. The “Prince of Tyre” in the Bible is really a self-absorbed prig whom we get the word “tyranny” from. And the number 6 jersey is not only an illegal number in basketball but also represents “the devil” or “sinful man” in the Bible.

Goal of The Dance Card film:

to have every high school in America change their prom to a 1920’s Dance Card theme

What is a dance card?

A dance card is used by a woman to record the names of the gentlemen with whom she intends to dance each successive dance at a formal ball. They appear to have originated in 18th century, but their use first became widespread in 19th century Vienna, especially at the massive balls during Fasching before Lent.

An actual dance card is typically a booklet with a decorative cover, listing dance titles, composers, and the person with whom the woman intended to dance. Typically, it would have a cover indicating the sponsoring organization of the ball and a decorative cord by which it could be attached to a lady's wrist or ball gown.

In modern times the expression "dance card" is often used metaphorically, as when someone says "pencil me into your dance card," meaning "find some time to spend with me". Conversely, someone's "dance card is full" implies that even though they may be interested, they have no time for another person.