Telltale writing samples

In my 5+ years at Telltale, I was lucky to write on a lot of really cool franchises. I thought it would be a good idea to collect some of my favorite scenes and consolidate them into one place. I feel so lucky that I got to be a part of all these projects and be a part of some really incredible teams. In particular, these scenes wouldn’t have happened without the narrative designers and cinematic folks who helped hone them into the awesome interactive experiences they are.

TALES FROM THE BORDERLANDS

Scooter’s Garage

https://youtu.be/7C4Qij1haVE?t=2820

When the gang’s caravan gets trashed, there’s only one place to go for repairs: Scooter’s garage. Unfortunately you’ve got no money and Scooter’s got a few screws loose.

Vaughn’s scared to be left behind

https://youtu.be/JHLWuHfyTz4?t=2666

This scene of Vaughn being emotionally open with Rhys was a great chance to explore their friendship while still keeping the series' distinctive sense of humor.

BATMAN: THE TELLTALE SERIES

Meeting “John Doe”

https://youtu.be/pQy4R4ncqk8?t=1239

Unfairly thrown into Arkham Asylum, Bruce Wayne makes an unlikely ally: The terrifyingly-friendly “John Doe.” The very first scene with Telltale’s rendition of the Joker, who would go on to be the co-star of Season 2, it was very important to get this one right and it was a huge honor to write.

Harvey Dent has gone too far

https://youtu.be/pQy4R4ncqk8

Harvey Dent’s transformation into Two-Face is rapidly underway as he uses his political influence to begin terrifying the population of Gotham as a means of controlling the city’s escalating crime rate. Bruce Wayne goes to him as a friend to try and talk him down... and it doesn’t end well

MINECRAFT: STORY MODE SEASON 2

Confronting Stella

https://youtu.be/P78ptuaSpFE?t=2687

When Petra needs to visit a nearby town to return a lost llama, Jesse has an awkward run-in with her wannabe rival/frenemy Stella.

Recruiting Jack

https://youtu.be/P78ptuaSpFE?t=3597

When Jesse gets a strange gauntlet stuck on her hand, she and Petra go to Beacontown’s resident treasure expert to try and get to the bottom of the mystery. He’s a little... off.

Petra’s breakdown

https://youtu.be/o5d59p5Pirk?t=9540

A true collaboration with episode writer Nicole Martinez, we spent a lot of time talking about this scene, trading drafts back and forth, and I am so happy with the results. Although on the surface this scene is about protagonist Jesse and her best friend Petra searching through the villainous Admin’s old home for a “weapon” that can defeat him, it was also a great opportunity to shine a light on Petra’s insecurities about growing apart from her friends.

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 2

Rescuing Sarah and Luke

https://youtu.be/tJkStJ-5-9Q?t=2010

In this tense scene, protagonist Clementine and her new would-be mentor Jane are attempting to rescue a pair of their friends who are trapped in a zombie- infested RV park. Clementine needs to talk poor sheltered Sarah through a paralyzing anxiety attack to get them out of there.

Working outside on the porch with cats.

I love being on the porch with my cats because every sight, every smell, every sound is very new and exciting to them. Watching them chirp and scamper around just because of how big the world has suddenly become for them is very endearing. Otis, in particular, loves to rub at my hands and chirp at me, and I like to think that it’s because he wants to tell me what a great time he thinks we’re having together. Two inter-species roommates just hangin’ out in nature.

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Fortnite: Save The World: "Canny Valley Pt. 3"

So maybe you’ve heard of this game “Fortnite” - It’s kind of a global phenomenon. But did you know that, besides the über-popular Battle Royale mode there’s also a story mode campaign called “Save The World?” It’s super fun and funny, full of fantastic characters and crazy-go-nuts lore, and yours truly got to help write the upcoming chapter “Canny Valley Pt. 3”! I had so much fun working with the team at Epic, and I can’t wait for folks to check it!

"Minecraft: Story Mode" - Now streaming on Netflix!

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So here’s a cool thing!

Over three years since it originally premiered, Minecraft: Story Mode has been adapted to Netflix! More than just a simple port; the gameplay has been overhauled, the timing and animation have been polished, and lots of other little tweaks have been made to really make it sing on the Netflix platform.

It’s been so exciting seeing a whole new audience of people discover this quirky little game that means so much to me - Check it out for yourself!