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Gilmar Fortis II is a professional screenwriter and a former development executive living in Los Angeles. A graduate of the UCLA Film School, Mr. Fortis has over a dozen years experience working in the entertainment industry. He enjoys football, red meat and a good fantasy novel now and then. Plastics.

Victoria Schmidt (www.victorialynnschmidt.com) is author of several best selling writing books for Writer's Digest Books living in Los Angeles. A graduate of NYU & UCLA Film Schools, she also holds an MFA in screenwriting from LMU and a doctorate in p psychology. She enjoys adventure, dogs, & bellydancing.

Mischa Livingstone (www.mischalivingstone.com) is a Scottish-Israeli writer/director residing in Los Angeles. A graduate of UCLA (MFA, Screenwriting) his award-winning films have screened at festivals worldwide and been added to the Smithsonian permanent collection. He is allergic to cats.

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Posts by Creative Cartel:

  • Seven Better Steps to Start Writing

  • November 17th, 2012
    Step 1 Mischa: Wake up early.  The earlier you rise the better, as a cloudy mind, a grumpy attitude, and an inability to articulate verbally are all essential elements in successful writing. Gilmar: I say wake up after [...]

  • Political Statements

  • November 6th, 2012
    Victoria:  As we near the presidential election I find myself discussing politics quite a bit with my writer friends. Some of them have much more to say about the election than I ever thought they would. Frankly, it’s [...]

  • Thoughts on GREAT VILLAINS

  • November 3rd, 2012
    villain \ˈvi-lən\: a character in a story or play who opposes the hero Gilmar:  I love villains.  A good villain can elevate a story to a whole other level.  And while I love the Darth Vaders, Hans Grubers and Hannibal [...]