Michael has developed projects with or for Universal Studios, Disney Feature Animation, Intrepid Pictures , Paradox Entertainment, The Canton Company at Warner Brothers, Imagine Entertainment, Producers Paul Schiff, Sean Daniel, Lawrence Bender, Branko Lustig, Directors Thor Freudenthal, Mike Newell, fellow WGA writers Evan Spiliotopoulos, Jonathan Hensleigh, comic book icon Stan Lee, and actor/producer Dustin Hoffman to name a few.
He is a decade-long WGAW member, serves on their Writer’s Education Committee, formally the New Members’ Committee and has assisted the Writers’ Guild Foundation Community Outreach Program by guest instructing on his craft to underprivileged youths in the Los Angeles area. Michael is most significantly thrilled to have personally co-created the WGA's first ever Mentor Program for the newest members of the entertainment industry scriptwriters' union. You can see other ways in which Michael tries to give back to his fellow writers below.
He also originated the column in Ingénue Magazine about the business of screenwriting entitled “Script Notes,” which has been picked up by Script Magazine at www.scriptmag.com.
Michael's education includes two years as a USC undergrad, a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and graduated from UCLA’s School of Film and Television, professional screenwriting program. His pet project is to direct his coming-of-age, college-years dramedy feature film screenplay CHRISTMAS MISFITS, which won top prize of BEST SCREENPLAY in the screenplay competition at the New Mexico International Film Festival.
If you are considering hiring Michael as a WGA writer, please contact Michael’s literary manager, Justin Silvera, for a writing sample that fits your needs. For all other inquiries, please see more information below.
To give back, Michael has lectured on screenwriting at The Screenwriters World Conference, San Diego’s Writers Conference and in classrooms at FSU, UCLA, and USC invited by friends, instructors and associates.
Michael has also spoken on and moderated web-casts industry and panels for San Diego’s Comic-Con International, local Los Angeles film festivals, film schools including New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and the Writers’ Guild of America, West.
He is a multiple award-winning online professor of the MFA writing program at Full Sail University, where he has taken time to teach MFA-level courses on Character Creation & Development, Screenwriting, and Advanced Script Editing.
Most recently, Michael has taken many of his articles and incorporated them with new material into a single book designed to help fellow writers conquer the blank page forever.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Generating Stories
by Michael Tabb
"With Michael’s tips, writer’s block is a thing of the past!"-- STAN LEE Writer / Creator
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About the book
Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Generating Stories cements all the bricks of a story’s foundations together and forms a single, organic story-growing technique, starting with a blank slate. Prewriting shows writers how to design each element so that they perfectly interlock together like pieces of a puzzle, creating a stronger story foundation that does not leave gaps and holes for readers to find. This construction process is performed one piece at a time, one character at a time, building and incorporating each element into the whole.
This book is ideal for classroom use with end-of-chapter exercises to provide step-by-step guidance in applying each lesson. Until a teacher provides his or her student writers with a concrete, mathematical approach to building a strong foundation for a screenplay from nothing at all, getting students over that first monumental hump on schedule with a well-formulated story will always be a Herculean task.
Prewriting lightens instructors’ loads by providing a clear-cut set of lessons that teaches how to construct that story base around concepts as individual as the student writer’s personal opinions. This approach helps to foster the individual writer’s voice.
Prewriting is the quintessential book for all writers on taking the first steps of developing a screenplay idea like no other and works as a companion book to any of the seminal screenwriting books already in publication.
Before you write, try Prewriting
Prewriting is a fantastic tool for writers at all levels
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