Writer/producer Charles Kipps has won an Emmy, Peabody, Humanitas Prize, and Mystery Writers Edgar Award.
Among his credits are Exiled: A Law & Order Movie and the 25th Anniversary Columbo special, A Trace of Murder. His film credits include Fat Albert: The Movie as well as independent films Frame of Mind, Zarra’s Law, and Anatomy of the Tide. He is currently in preproduction with Someday Sometime, a music driven romantic comedy which he will also direct.
Kipps is the author of the Conor Bard Mysteries. The first three titles are Hell’s Kitchen Homicide, Crystal Death and Times Square Trouble. The novels chronicle the days and nights of Conor Bard, an NYPD Detective who, while a dedicated cop, considers himself a musician with a day job. Kipps also wrote two nonfiction books: Cop Without A Badge, which details the exploits of a confidential informant who worked with both local and federal law enforcement; and Out of Focus, which goes behind the scenes of a turbulent year at Columbia Pictures. His new novel is Absolute Threshold, an espionage thriller. It is the first in a series about CIA psychiatrist Harvey Chatham as he combines psychology with spy craft. The second installment, entitled The Spychiatrist, will be published soon.
Kipps received numerous gold records and Broadcast Music awards while writing and producing songs for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Melba Moore, and Temptations lead singer David Ruffin for whom he wrote the hit Walk Away From Love. He was a partner in McCoy/Kipps Productions with Van McCoy, whose recording of The Hustle topped the Billboard charts.
Are You Ready To Take Your Project To The Next Level?
Whether you’re writing a film, television series, or book, Award Winning Writer Charles Kipps can guide you through the process.
Every writer faces the same scenario when they begin a project: the blank page. Or maybe you’ve gotten past that and have first or second draft. Something isn’t right but you don’t know what to do next.
I’ll dig into the core of the script or book and identify where changes are needed. Are the characters well drawn? Is the story compelling? Does the plot track in a logical manner? Have you built your idea on a solid structure?
Whether you’re a beginning writer or one that’s further along, I’ll provide you with helpful notes that will lift your endeavor closer to a potential sale.
FEEDBACK ON YOUR SCREENPLAY
From FADE IN to FADE OUT I’ll walk you through the maze that is the craft of screenwriting.
Whether it’s something as simple as proper formatting or as advanced as character development, you can benefit from my experience. There are shortcuts that only become evident after years of writing. So why waste time?
I’ll help you avoid the pitfalls, detours, and obstacles that I’ve learned how to avoid and get you to a polished script much faster.
On The Set
I’ll share secrets only spending time on a film set can reveal.
WRITING FOR TELEVISION
It’s never been more difficult to sell a television series.
While broadcast networks might order a pilot before making a series commitment, cable and streaming outlets generally finance an entire season before cameras roll. Either way, it’s a major investment.
Is your pilot ready for presentation? You need to be sure before taking the next step. Although nobody can guarantee a sale, I’ll help you mold your script into something that at least has a chance in the marketplace.
I SHOULD WRITE A BOOK…
Everyone has a book in them.
It could be that novel you’ve been meaning to write. Or maybe it’s a nonfiction book or biography. Or even the family history you want to get down for posterity. Yet most people, instead of writing one, walk around saying: “I should write a book.”
I firmly believe that if you can talk you can write. I’ll guide you along the way. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, describe what services you would like, and I’ll get back to you with a quote.
All You Need Is The First Line
And you’re on your way!