The Rapping film page at LgN Productions
Aside from working toward a degree in Psychology, JZ Murdock's first screen and script writing experiences were at Western Washington University toward a minor in creative writing. After being told he needed more work on dialog in his fiction writing, even though without it his stories were was at the top of his class, he was sent over to the Theatre department to take play writing. At the end of that quarter he was he was chosen along with eight other special students and offered a special set of classes on team screen and script writing.
The year after graduation he attended a series of film production seminars given by famed Hollywood director Stanley Kramer.
Murdock worked for years in Information Technologies as a Senior Technical Writer including companies around the Pacific Northwest such as US West Technologies where he worked on a high level development team. During the early 90s Murdock was a Viacom Cable TV Public Access producer where he produced, wrote, edited, directed, operated cameras and acted as on screen talent.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s he worked remotely as an unpaid in-house screenwriter with the now defunct east coast film production company Scorpio Pictures, with Executive Producer Kevin Summerfield and Producer Sean Davis (who eventually left the company for Hollywood). Murdock learned a lot about working with producers and screenwriting during his time with them.
Beginning in 2010 as his two kids were about to graduate high school and move out, he made the decision to start getting serious again about his writing. Finally he was turning back to writing screenplays and fiction with the ultimate desire of retiring from his years in Information Technologies. Working day and night he spent all his off hours from work for several years producing screenplays, two horror genre books (one a collection of short stories, the other an epic horror story), as well as multiple new horror, sci fi, and comedy short stories. He turned some of those into ebooks and produced several into audiobooks which he also narrated after teaching himself the software and process.
As Executive Producer (uncredited \co=owner of LGN Productions)
Lost in Space Documentary - 1994 - LGN Productions (Facebook)
Untitled As Executive Producer
The Rapping - 2018 - Writer, Producer, Editor. With LGN Productions.
Below in the Dark - 2018 - Also Writer, Editor. LGN Productions.
The Mephisto Box - 2016-17 - Street Preacher. Director: Kelly Hughes Leprechaun Studios
Don't Kill Grandpa Until We Strangle The Baby Sitter - 2016 - Grandpa, Grandma's Ghost Director: Kelly Hughes
BBC1 QED - Uden Associates Ltd. (UATV) - episode, "The Love Lab" (Feb. 21, 1990) as: lab subject\interviewee
Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics newsprint advertisement photo: classroom students - 1968
Aviation News Pictures, NY International Airport, Ken Fletcher, Public Relations, TWA World Wide release - 1958 -Ad photo: Sailor boy with army rifle
Denude, a one act play - An original one act play about two soldiers in a fox hole, in a war. They work out some issues and come to find that reality isn't quite what they imagined. The unique thing about this play is its ability to be fine tuned to more than what it presents, allowing an updating over time and social structures and commentaries.
Writer \ Screenplays
Screenplays (see also listings on: IMDB, Script Revolution, The Blacklist, Moviebytes.com)
The Teenage Bodyguard (Original True Crime Biopic feature AKA, Slipping The Enterprise) - A true crime biopic of my own life in 1974 when I was eighteen years old and acting as a bodyguard for the first time (there were others over the years after this). I had spent a week with a woman who was in her late twenties after she asked me to protect her, hiding out from the local Tacoma, Washington mob, until she could leave town at the end of the week. She was obviously afraid of her previous employers and wanted only to escape and live her life. They however apparently believed she had witnessed the now notorious Tacoma Tiki Restaurant strip club murder. A murder that she was convinced they had committed and is to this day is ruled as a homicide by a lone and unknown gunman. Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll meets sex, drugs and mayhem.
Gray and Lover The Hearth Tales Incident - (Original Feature) - A woman hires a voodoo priest who has ulterior motives, to summon a demon to kill her famous horror author husband. Gray and Lover, a steampunk wearing demon hunting duo are hired by the priest to save the author who is visiting Seattle as the demon tears that city apart trying to find its prey. Semi-Finalist in the 2014 Circus Road Films Screenplay Contest.
Ahriman - This was my first screenplay ever back in 1984 about a prophet prince on a violent desert planet who is accidentally brought to earth by scientists during an experiment.
Dark of kNight (Adaptation of a Tracy Mitchell paranormal romance novel at her request) - A young college coed returns home for her father’s funeral and discovers that her world is not quite what she had thought it was. Aren’t you sick of Vampires yet?
Sealed in Lies (Adaptation of a Kelly Abell spy romance novel at her request) - Jack Weaver, a super sexy ex- SEAL and under cover operative for the CIA, can’t escape a life of lies. Working in the largest drug cartel in Columbia, Jack lives a life of guns, drugs and beautiful women. All that ends, when Jack is betrayed by his own Deputy Director, Kent Larson, in conjunction with a plot to kill the President-Elect on Inauguration Day. Jack is forced to make a decision that lands him in the middle of a mystery that entwines all of Jack’s former SEAL team buddies whom he’d once trusted with his life. Previously optioned.
Poor Lord Ritchie's Answer (Original Short) - A medieval Lord is tasked by his family to deliver their crucible sword as a truce as he descends either into madness or a surreal world he alone can see. Lord Ritchie finds his life is slipping back and forth in time, or is he going mad? Or is it the revenge of a wizard he killed? This is based on a story that was chosen by actor Rutger Hauer in November 2001 as a winning story in his international short story contest.
Sarah (Original Short) - The kernel of this story came from a coed one day after our university Abnormal Psychology class, when she told me what it was like for her grandmother who was suffering with presenile dementia. I used some of those real life experiences in this story. Sarah lives with her daughter Terri’s family, her young teen granddaughter, and an ex-special forces son-in-law, all in the house Terri grew up in. They’re good people but Sarah is in a trying state of mind for the young family. Alzheimer’s makes it difficult to sort reality from imagination. Her imagination is terrifying to her to the point of her mostly feeling frozen within her own body and life. And then things go seriously wrong.
Popsicle Death (Original Short) - Don’t forget to pay your Popsicle vendor because Death incarnate doesn’t care if you’re only a kid. A young boy doesn’t pay a Popsicle vendor who then kills himself. Not to worry, Death incarnate returns to collect.