Zack Long Hero of Film

In the last year events in my life got damn strange, a few steeped up to help in a big way.

One of them is Zack Long.  I like everyone to know more about his efforts in helping in film/writing, if you can use his services please do

was launched by Zack Long with the express purpose of providing articles and resources to screenwriters that love playing within genre – horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action, etc. As well as the free articles and podcasts on the site, Mr. Long also uses as a way to market his screenwriting services: from detailed screenplay notes on character, theme, plot, writing and more, to 1-on-1 lessons and even a four week course on writing the short film, Mr. Long strives to help writers tell the best story they can (and the weirder, the better!). Mr. Long is also the author of Scream Writing: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing the Horror Screenplay, which is expected to be out through Static Pen Publishing by third quarter 2019.

Welcome Lauren

Welcome Lauren

I’d like to welcome the great Lauren Tharp to the team who’s making the Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival happen!

She’ll be doing the editing for the blog posts I do to make sure the grammar and spelling is correct. This, of course, is key for ensuring the best possible communication of information posted on the webpage.

I have known Ms. Tharp for many years, and I’m so happy she has come aboard this project.

Let’s have Ms. Tharp tell us a bit more about herself! And, please, make sure to visit her website if you ever need help with editing work.

A Message from Lauren:

Wow, Wayne! Thank you so much for the stellar introduction.

My name is Lauren Tharp. I’ve been writing as a freelancer since I was a teenager (I’m in my thirties now), and my love for writing slowly became a love for editing. Now, working as an editor is my primary focus.

I run a multiple award-winning website for writers looking to go freelance called LittleZotz Writing. It’s pretty darn cool. Check it out!

I also blog about my personal life at! Or, if you prefer just to look at pictures of me instead, you can follow me on Instagram.

As far as Indie Film Wisconsin goes…

I grew up in the film industry (both of my parents were special FX artists) and I’ve always had a deep passion for the art of filmmaking. When I met Wayne nearly a decade ago, we hit it off immediately and never ran out of things to talk about.

Wayne Clingman is a fascinating man, and is incredibly driven. His various projects never cease to amaze me and I cannot WAIT to see what he does with the Film Festival! I’m honored to be a part of his team.

Stay tuned!! More coming soon.