One of our former panelists, photographer Renee Robyn, introduced us to Tab so I hopped on the phone with him. He's fascinating. If only we could have several lives to live, I would choose his as one of mine.
After graduating from USC film school, he helped write the screenplay for Gorillas in the Mist. which was nominated for an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.
He's on assignment atm, but will be free perhaps later this week or next for an extended panel Q&A. By extended, what I mean is he likes the idea of being able to take his time with his answers and think about them, like you would in an email exchange — perhaps over a couple of days.
He and I share a fascination for native Americans, so I watched Last of the Dogmen, a film he wrote and directed about a lost Cheyenne tribe. Variations of it have big view counts on YouTube but he says go for the one without the folksy narration from Wilford Brimley that the studio made him add (over the beautiful soundtrack). The film is a cult classic Western and I loved it.
To help get your questions ready, here's a list of other films & TV he's written:
My Best Friend is a Vampire - 1988
Gorillas in the Mist – 1988
Last of the Dogmen – 1995
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – 1996
Tarzan – 1999
Atlantis: the Lost Empire – 2001
Brother Bear – 2003
Dark Country – 2009
Batman/Superman: Apocalypse - 2010
Batman Year One – 2011
The BOBBLEHEADS movie – 2019
Thundercats – 2011-2012 (7 episodes)
Teen Titans Go! – 2013 (2 episodes)
Be Cool, Scooby Doo! - 2016-2017 (2 episodes)