Michael McLeod

Michael McLeod has written three feature-length screenplays, one TV pilot, a stage production that starred Gabe Kaplan (Welcome Back Kotter), numerous short stories (most of them about dogs), one poem, and hundreds of thousands of nonfiction words.

He is also the writer/director of four live variety shows for charity that featured Tom Bosley (Father Dowling Mysteries, Happy Days), Norm Crosby (comedian), Anson Williams (Happy Days), and local TV personalities.

An avid student of writing, Michael has taken advanced screenwriting classes at the American Film Institute, and with many of the well-known teachers in the University of California system, including UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, and UCI.

Michael has been a professional writer for more than 35 years. In addition to his freelance work, he has served as a senior staff writer for a Fortune 500 company and as a story analyst for NBC Entertainment in Burbank, CA.

Logline Samples

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This Old Man
Family melodrama, feature-length screenplay
A wheelchair-bound senior citizen turns to bank robbery to get the money for his life-sustaining heart medicine.
First runner-up: San Diego Film Consortium screenwriting contest
Quarter-finalist: ScreenCraft feature-length writing contest
Honorable mention: Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference

Shattered Ceilings
Action/Thriller, feature-length screenplay
A sheltered female police detective must deliver a priest to court in three days so that he can testify against a mobster who will go to any length to prevent the testimony. While trying to outsmart, out run, and out shoot the mobster’s minions the detective and the priest grapple with their growing sexual attraction to each other.
Finalist: San Diego Film Consortium screenwriting contest
Quarter-finalist: ScreenCraft Fellowship

Action/Adventure, feature-length screenplay
An undercover lawman and his canine partner attempt to stop a foreign national from importing drugs into the United States.

Living the Dream
Drama: one-hour TV pilot, nighttime soap opera (co-writer with Dan Goldstein).
Follows the trials and travails of three generations of a Hispanic family whose patriarch became a rich, successful person after he illegally entered the United States.

Short Screenplays
No Escape
Finalist, San Diego Film Consortium screenwriting contest

Quarter finalist, CineStory screenwriting contest

Other Works
Stagecoach Saloon
A two-act stage play, produced by the Performing Arts Theatre of the Handicapped (PATH).

Quibbles & Bits
A collection of dog-related short stories and essays.

Winter’s Dance: A Shepherd’s Lament

Live Variety Shows
Writer/director of charity benefits for STOP Cancer, PATH, and Scripps Hospitals.

Short Stories
More than 20, most of which are contemporary fiction and involve a dog in some way.