Woodward, Okla. —
EARLY CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD
After graduating from college, Dick still continued to write, but found he needed to supplement his income with other jobs.
"I got into film development right after college," he said. "But then I realized I was spending all my time and creative energy on other people's work. I was miserable."
Since his job was taking away from his writing, Dick decided he needed a break from the film industry.
"I quit and worked at a restaurant for 2 years," he said. "But in my off-time I wrote and worked on my friends' projects."
He then got an opportunity to work with one of the big names in Hollywood.
"Oddly through a connection at the restaurant, I got a job as the house assistant to Brian Grazer, who is Ron Howard's production partner," he said. "I then worked in and around Imagine Entertainment from 2002 until 2012, when I started writing the script (for "Gone Missing")."
Throughout his career, Dick continued to network with others in the film industry and work to develop his writing.
Then during a screenplay camp and writers retreat called "CineStory," he met Sharon Bordas, who is a film producer with the independent production and distribution firm MarVista Entertainment, Inc.
"I sent her a sample of my work later and she loved it," Dick said.
It was because of that sample, he said, that Bordas and MarVista approached him to write the script for "Gone Missing" last year.
BRINGING 'GONE MISSING' TO LIFE
"She (Bordas) had read the sample script of mine and felt it was much too dark for what they do, but said MarVista was looking to use this idea of this girl going missing and wanted to see if I would write it," Dick said.
In a brief synopsis of the plot, he said "Gone Missing" is about a mother who takes her daughter on a senior spring break trip to San Diego, but then the daughter goes missing and the mom has to try to find her.
Dick was approached about writing the script in February, and after meeting with Bordas to work out the basic story line, he set down to writing and "finished the script by May."
"I think that's part of why they like me," Dick said of his quick writing ability. "They like content."
Once the script was complete, he said "they shot it in October in and around LA."
Since he now lives in Los Angeles, Dick said he tried to visit the set as often as he could.
"It was very sweet that they let me hand around the set and watch as they made it," he said. "I would try to stop by the set everyday as my schedule allowed, just because I love the whole film process. And by that point my job was over, so I was able to sit back and enjoy while everyone else was busy running around and working."
And enjoy he did, noting that he was pleased with how his script had been filmed.
"It was what we set out to make; I think we nailed it," he said. "The director Tara Miele did a great job with it."
The filming was completed within a matter of a few weeks, and then the movie was sent off for post production and editing.
"That's usually the longest part of the filmmaking process, but they were able to turn it around pretty quickly," Dick said.
Then it came time to sell the movie. And he feels a very appropriate buyer acquired it.
"It's right in line with all the other Lifetime fare," he said.