My name is Ray Schillaci, I’m a screenwriter, novelist and entertainment journalist. I’ve written film reviews, articles on the industry, and controversial opinion pieces (i.e. Manson and the Media) for both The Movie Guys and Kevin Smith’s website, FRED Entertainment. Written over a dozen screenplays that range in genres; comedy, drama, action/adventure, horror. Recently, finished my first novel, a supernatural spaghetti western.
I worked over 25 years in the film and television industry with majors and independents. The last five years I was a Director on the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans. I was a successful advertising executive for a number of years with Republic Media. And, I did stand-up comedy for three years working alongside Arsenio Hall, Fritz Coleman and Jenny Jones.
I’ve been featured on The Movie Guys showcast with Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Marcus Nispel (2003’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and several indie filmmakers. I was the presentation manager for the Phoenix Film Festival for over a decade. And, reveled in being the presentation manager for the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival.
But, throughout the years I could never get rid of the monster in my head that forced me to continue to be a storyteller. No matter the criticisms, ups and downs, the consistent struggles I’ve always found myself writing. Articles and film reviews whet the appetite of the beast, but delving into a script, short story or novel seems to quench the appetite until it’s over. Then, I sink into a partial sigh of relief followed by a deep depression until the next thought forms an idea which turns into a synopsis, and eventually another tale to be told. You are welcome to explore more on this detailed journey in my blog, "More on the Monster."
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