Todd's film career began at age 10, when he found his dad's Super-8 camera in the attic. He immediately started making movies with his buddies, and knew he wanted to write and direct feature films one day. Todd later attended Emerson College in Boston, graduating cum laude with a B.S. in Film. Then he moved to Los Angeles.
Over the years, Todd has written four original screenplays:
- The Awakening (a.k.a. Resurrection) was a Finalist in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition, and a Quarterfinalist in The Writers Network.
- Scarecrows was a Semifinalist in the Nicholl, and a Quarterfinalist in the AAA Competition.
- Sentinels was a Quarterfinalist in the Nicholl, won the Honorable Mention prize in Screenplay Festival, and was a Quarterfinalist in the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.
- Starwarp '77! placed in the top 5% of the Nicholl, was a Semifinalist in Screenplay Festival, and was a Quarterfinalist in the Austin.
Todd's success in screenwriting competitions led to his adapting Eddie Would Go, the life story of surfing legend Eddie Aikau, for Your Half Pictures. The film currently is in pre-production. He also adapted Ramsey Campbell's novel Nazareth Hill for Smith Entertainment, and doctored the horror screenplay Delivery for Vacant Films.
To pay the bills, Todd works on various docu-TV shows for NBC, FOX, USA, TLC, Discovery Channel and others.
Todd christened Kino Fist Productions by writing, producing, directing and editing the short film, The Bottle. It was a Short Film Semifinalist in the Houston Worldfest. Todd looks forward to directing Kino Fist's first feature-length production, Any Day.
Leila double-majored in English and Drama at Tufts University. She spent the fall of her junior year at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT, where she wrote her first one-act play. When it was selected for production, Leila decided to pursue screenwriting.
After college, Leila moved to Los Angeles with her first job in television as a Research Assistant, and since then has written for various HGTV shows. Today she is a stay-at-home mommy who writes when her son naps.
Leila's feature-length screenplay Any Day has placed in several screenwriting competitions, being named a Finalist in Screenplay Festival and the Beverly Hills Film Festival, a Semifinalist in The Writers Network, a Quarterfinalist in the Austin Film Festival, the Big Break, and the PAGE, and making it into the top 15% of the Nicholl Fellowship.
Todd and Leila's first screenwriting collaboration, Enginerds, is a college comedy. It is the the 4th Annual StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest Grand Prize Winner.