SUSIE'S BEAST promo (12/16)...

It seems movies these days are only about superheroes.
And superheroes.
And, oh yeah, superheroes.
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a superhero movie.
But isn’t it time for some good old-fashioned HORROR?
Yes, yes, it’s time.

SUSIE’S BEAST is coming to sink its teeth into your flesh…soon.

Directed by Chris Williamson
Written by Jim Vines
Produced by Wilfredo Aqueron
Cinematography by Ryan Dean

Visit the SUSIE'S BEAST fan page on Facebook!

That's a wrap!

It lives. 
It lurks. 
It waits.
Yes, yes, it waits.

(Photo by Jana Henry)


My short film SUSIE'S BEAST 
commences filming this week.

The beast comes to life!
(Yes, there will be blood.)

Directed by Chris Williamson
Produced by Wilfredo Aqueron
Written by Jim Vines
Cinematography by Ryan Dean
Make-Up Effects Artist: T.J. O'Brien
Visual Effects Artist: Blackhart

No witches, warlocks or vampires...
just a sexy tale about trying to live the Hollywood dream.

Wow, has it really been almost 10 years??

Thanks for visiting my blog...which I've had for nearly 10 years! I do hope you'll stick around a while, check things out. I've got a ton of great info here, including interviews with working writers, budding writers, and lit agents; also useful nuts-and-bolts information on getting a marketable screenplay written, as well as my personal insights into being a working writer in Los Angeles. 

And while I have your attention...

Check out my novel Luigi's Chinese Delicatessen. You'll love it cuz it's all about a young guy trying to make his mark as a screenwriter in Hollywood. It's a sexy, rollicking tale!

Also check out Q & A: The Working-Screenwriter - An In-the-Trenches Perspective of Writing Movies In Today's Film Industry.  In this book I interview 16 working scribes, including Stephen Susco (The Grudge), Brent Maddock (Shirt Circuit, Tremors), John Rogers (The Core), and David J. Schow (The Crow). These talented wordsmiths give first-hand insight into why they write, what keeps them motivated, and how they got their scripts written. 

Come visit my "creative page" on Facebook! (You'll find some of my photography, a bit of my writing, the latest news about the production of my short horror script Susie's Beast...and so much more!)

Come visit my YouTube channel! (You'll find lots of fun stuff there, including clips from TV shows I did while attending Beverly Hills High School back in the late '70's! There's even a 1981 clip of yours truly presenting young Nicolas Cage with his first acting award!)

Follow me on Twitter!

Thanks for (nearly) ten years of support! -- Jim


Actress Elizabeth Baden Knowles has been cast in the role of "Lizzie" in the production of SUSIE'S BEAST, which films later this month. I want to welcome Elizabeth to the party! (Poor Elizabeth, I hope she realizes what she's getting herself into.)

For more information on the production of 
SUSIE'S BEAST, visit the official Facebook page!

No witches, warlocks or vampires...
just a sexy tale about trying to live 
the Hollywood dream...
Luigi's Chinese Delicatessen 
by Jim Vines

My short horror script is now in pre-production!

I'm pleased to announce that my short horror script SUSIE'S BEAST is now in pre-production down in Orlando, Florida. A very talented director and production crew are attached and I'm confident an effectively horrific film will be made. You can keep up-to-date on all production developments by clicking on the Facebook link below.

A sexy tale about trying to live 
the Hollywood dream...

VIDEO: Here's Me Promoting My Novel!

"A great summer read!"
"A sexy Hollywood tale!"
"It's WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN for the 21st century!"

Available in paperback from 
and Kindle e-Book!

Quote of the day...

“Being a screenwriter is easy.
It’s like riding a bike,
except the bike is on fire,
you’re on fire,
everything is on fire,
and you’re in hell.”

(So true, eh?)


Perfectionism isn't necessarily 
an attractive quality.  
Consider that needing to be perfect 
is rooted in the fear of getting things wrong. 
Perfection is something the truly confident 
don't fret too much over.

Thinking about making the big move to L.A.?

OK,'re giving some serious thought to making that big move to Los Angeles. Great, you're gonna love it here. Pretty girls, lots of sunshine, movie and TV people everywhere you's gonna be great! prepared to pay a hefty bit of cash for a place to live.

When I got my first apartment in 1982a one-bedroom in Studio CityI paid $400 a month (adjusted for inflation, that would be about $980 today).

According to an article in the February 2016 issue of Los Angeles magazine, here's what you might be paying for apartments in a few choice L.A. areas...

A one-bedroom in Culver City...$1,950
A two-bedroom in Atwater Village...$2,400
A two-bedroom in downtown Santa Monica...$4,290
A one-bedroom in Koreatown...$1,450
A one-bedroom in Downtown (L.A.)...$2,650
A two-bedroom in Downtown (L.A.)...$3,700
A one-bedroom in Echo Park...$1,610
A one-bedroom in Pacific Palisades...$2,490
A one-bedroom in Venice...$2,810
A one-bedroom in Silver Lake...$1,880
A one-bedroom in Hollywood Hills (West)...$1,820
A one-bedroom in Mid-City...$2,430

So, there you have it. Not exactly cheap livin', eh? But keep in mind that L.A. is a very large place and there are plenty of areas other than what's represented above in which to reside.  Helpful Hint: Living in certain parts of the San Fernando Valley can be financially more reasonable places to live. Check out North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Burbank, Northridge, Tarzana, Reseda, Chatsworth...

Welcome to Los Angeles!


No witches, warlocks or vampires...
just a sexy tale about trying to live the Hollywood dream...


Here's a video of yours truly presenting Nicolas Cage (at the time he was Nicolas Coppola) with a Best Actor prize at the Beverly Hills High School Student Film Awards, in May 1981.

* Please excuse the not-so-great quality of the video.

No witches, warlocks or vampires...
just a sexy tale about trying to live the Hollywood dream...