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Writer, Producer, and Frontier Scientist
Filmmaker's Dictionary, 2nd Edition, James A. Conrad co-author, with prime-time Emmy Award-winning producer-director Ralph S. Singleton. Over 5,000 terms; the film industry's largest reference dictionary. 2000; published by Lone Eagle Publishing, a subsidiary of Viacom International Inc.
The Model-Actor's Dictionary, James A. Conrad author. Over 1,700 terms from modeling, acting, television commercials, music videos, etc.; the first dictionary published on the modeling industry. 1988; Note: copyright interests in both dictionaries were sold to Lone Eagle Publishing, now a subsidiary of Viacom International Inc., in 1999.
Current and available writing projects:
"The Sleeping Beauty" Feature spec screenplay. A spellbound sleeping princess is awakened by the kiss of a future prince in this fairy tale fantasy set in England in the ninth century and high-tech world of the twenty-third century. A greatly expanded retelling of the Charles Perrault fairy tale La Belle au Bois dormant (1697). Based on a 1981 film treatment by James A. Conrad. 135-page script. Status: available.
"The Sleeping Beauty" A short novel adapted from the above screenplay. Status: In development.
"The Wizards of Roswell" A short screenplay. A mock documentary that presents an intriguing new theory about the famous flying saucer crash near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Sit-down interview format. Requires three dwarf actors, an actor in a period U.S. Air Force officer uniform, and a President Truman impersonator. Comedy. 21 pages. Status: available.
"Pick a Model, Any Model" A short screenplay. A street magician out shooting magic tricks with his television crew on a city sidewalk encounters a group of models from a reality show. Comedy. 9 pages. Status: available.
"Presidential Briefing" Story. Every year while attending an economic summit, the presidents of the United States, Russia, and China meet secretly for a shared intelligence briefing on the latest visual and audio evidence purportedly of the paranormal, UFOs, and cryptozoology. This year, however, one of the videos they watch contains something extra. Status: available.
"Supergirl" A comic book-to-movie adaptation writing sample. An origin story of the DC Comics character (the original Kara Zor-El from Krypton). Comments from industry readers in the early 1990s: "Highly entertaining and visually exciting . . . Action scenes jump to life, providing fantastic visual descriptions . . . am also impressed by your dialogue . . . Clearly you know your subject and it shows." film industry story analyst (studio/agency reader). | "You have a good visual sense. Your descriptive writing is excellent. . . . faithful to the comic books." produced screenwriter-director. | Script: 141 pages. Treatment: 3 pages. Note: This is a comic book adaptation/superhero writing sample only. It was written over 20 years ago, my first screenwriting attempt, because I had been a collector of Superman and Supergirl comic books as a child growing up in the 1960s and had a complete archive (1959-1985) of Supergirl appearances up until the original character's demise in 1985. Supergirl © and ® DC Comics
"Star Trek" media project A picture book or museum donation of nearly 1,400 35mm outtake and workprint clippings from the classic 1960s television series Star Trek purchased from Gene Roddenberry's mail order company Lincoln Enterprises in the 1970s. Includes up to 70 rare and never-before-seen color production photos, such as clapboard shots, special effects, and actors on marks and post-scene. These are from the same large group of film clippings mentioned in the book Inside Star Trek: The Real Story (1996) by production executive Herbert F. Solow and producer Robert H. Justman. Star Trek © and ® CBS Studios
Various nonfiction and fiction projects in development not listed here.
Current producing projects:
"Life Raft" Feature film. After their boat mysteriously sinks while out on the ocean fishing, leaving no supplies and increasingly strange happenings including telekinesis, friends try to trust each other long enough to survive. Genre: Documentary-style (found footage) suspense/horror/paranormal thriller. Director: Todd Colby Pliss. Writers: Todd Colby Pliss & Steve Stevens, Jr. Producers: Todd Colby Pliss, Steve Stevens, Jr. Executive producer: James A. Conrad. Status: in development. Official website: LifeRaftmovie.com. IMDb.
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Screenwriters' Collaboration Agreement
Famous movies written by three or more collaborating writers
"Hollywood isn't a single place where films are made it's anywhere films are made."
Oscar-winning British director-producer-writer-actor Sir Richard Attenborough
Frontier Physics Field of study: Possible consciousness effects on matter.
James, pictured left, 1956
♦ Telekinesis Research - Photos
♦ List: Telekinesis in Movies and TV
Strange Talents Writing also as James Conrad (without my middle initial), I have had articles published about, and conducted laboratory research in, psychokinesis (specifically, telekinesis) and have witnessed parapsychological and frontier physics phenomena in real life that are usually only found in the pages of science fiction. That is me on the left with the curly hair in 1956 and on the right, in my private telekinesis laboratory in 2001. Photos © James A. Conrad
Definition of frontier scientist: A pioneering researcher employing scientific methodology in an attempt to make discoveries at the outer boundaries of known science. Frontier science defined (offsite article link).
Website End Credits
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