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.
SAWYER & FINN
One-Hour Episodic Television Pilot
The Sean Daniel Company
Prod. - Sean Daniel (Prod), Jason Brown (Exec), Evan Spiliotopoulos (EP), Thor Fruedenthal (Dir)
THE CAR: REVENGE ROAD
Exec. - Patti Jackson, Lisa Gooding
Exec. - Patti Jackson, Lisa Gooding
Mandeville Films (deal at Walt Disney Studios)
Prod. - David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, David Manpearl
Co-Writer - Jonathan Hensleigh
Punch 21 Prods. / 50 Canon
Prod. – Dustin Hoffman, Jay Cohen, Mike Newell
Senator Films (Mandate) / The Canton Company (deal with Warner Brothers)
Adaptation of Shakespeare's “Troilus and Cressida”
Prod. - Mark Canton, Nathan Kahane
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
Walt Disney Feature Animation
Adaptation of a book by Richard and Florence Atwater
Prod. - Roy Disney, Mary Jane Buckley, Lindsey Hughes
Stan Lee Media / The Canton Company
Adaptation from an animated web series by Stan Lee
Prod. – Stan Lee, Mark Canton
THE UNCATCHABLE COWGIRL BANDITS OF NOTTINGHAM, TEXAS
Intrepid Pictures / Paul Schiff Productions
Prod. - Paul Schiff, Marc Evans, Trevor Macy, Katherine Brown-Ryan, Tai Duncan
Adaptation of a short story by Robert E. Howard
Prod. - Fredrik Malmberg, Dan Rosenfelt, Simon Hunter (Dir)
IN THE FALL
Sojourn Films Prods.
Adaptation of a NY Times best-seller by Jeffrey Lent
Prod. - K.L. Stanton
Lawrence Bender Prods.
Prod. – Lawrence Bender
Co-Writer – Glenn Sanders
THE YOUNG KNIGHTS OF THE 40 ISLANDS
Adaptation of a book by Sergei Lukyanenko
Run Entertainment, Ltd.
Prod. – Rubi Zack
RING AROUND THE ROSIE
Strategic Filmed Partners / Run Entertainment, Ltd.
Prod. – Alex Barder, Rubi Zack
PEPPER IN THE BLOOD
Adaptation of a book by Brian Dyson
Prod. David Eric Brenner
Stan Lee Media
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
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.
Prewriting is a fantastic tool for writers at all levels
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