Thriller web series The Others is the brainchild of Douglas Stark. That his writing made it to ZoomTilt’s finals is no surprise given his background — Doug has written for Law & Order, Falcone (CBS), NBC/Universal and Bruckheimer, as well as written screenplays for hire. He’s been writing for about 25 years now, sometimes for Hollywood and sometimes for independent projects.
But writing is not his only work in the film world — he also worked as a producer for shows like E! and True Hollywood, as well as a director for his own shorts. He wrote and directed the short “Do Not Disturb” (a psychological thriller), which was named 2005’s best short by Fade In magazine.
“I feel like I’m working full-time as a writer and part-time as everything else,” Doug says. “I have the ability to create my own schedule, so my day is a revolving schedule of textbook business, writing work, and family (I have two kids). If you want to know ‘when do you find time to write’, the real answer is I don’t sleep (certainly not enough).”
Doug recommends that other writers “write what you must”, but also focus on finding ways to get those scripts produced. “Even if it’s DIY. At the end of the day, you’ll learn a lot more about what works and what doesn’t and you’ll have something to show.”
Editor’s note: The Others is a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Each episode is a page turner. I’ve read the whole first season and am dying to know what happens after that! We can’t wait to see the pilot.