John grew up in Los Angeles and has a BA from UCLA and JD from Loyola Law School. He has had a career as a marketing executive and entrepreneur and has been involved in a number of business ventures via GreatHouse and Midnight Oil Studios. See his LinkedIn profile for additional info.
He is former Board Member and Marketing Director for the Palm Springs Writers Guild and founder of the Desert Screenwriters Group which evolved into Desert Screenwriting Guild. He is the author of four books and many published essays, articles and short stories. His book Battle of Symbols was published by Daimon Verlag (Zurich) and his book Spirit Catcher: The Life & Art of John Coltrane received the Best Biography Award from the Small Press Association. His most recent book is Londonderry Farewell co-authored with Tom McKeown.
He has had a long-term interest in symbolism and is considered a leading authority in this area. His major writings on symbolism are published on Symbolism.Org site. He was a consultant on symbolism for the film DaVinci Code and wrote a popular column titled Script Symbology for Script Magazine, the world’s leading screenplay magazine. In addition, he has written much about media and is a board member of New Explorations: Studies in Culture and Communication, a journal founded by Marshall McLuhan in 1953. He is also a member of The Institute of General Semantics and a board member of LettuceWork, an organization that provides work for adults with autism. John is a member of the National Association of Scholars.
The various pages on Midnight Oil Studios contains his works in these various medias. Writing. Screenplays. Websites. Photography. Films. Dioramas. Music.
John was one in the top ten winners of the national 2019 Writers Digest Writing Competion in the Screenplay area. Our screenplay Lost Mission was awarded 7th place in the national competition. See it on our Screenplay Page.
Midnight Oil Studios
“Wee spend our mid-day sweat, or mid-night oyle;
Wee tyre the night in thought; the day in toyle.”
Emblemes, Francis Quarles (1635)
Burning Old Midnight Oil