Film Courage: Gary out of the best scripts that you’ve read in your life and of those that have been made into films (on average) how long has it been between the time that you read the script and the time from when the movie came to fruition?
Gary W. Goldstein: Oh gosh…a long time! From the time that I’ve held a script in my hand whether I’m the producer and I put it on the big screen or it was someone else’s ‘child to raise.’ The length of stay between script and actual produced film varies so dramatically and it’s not necessarily based on budget. It’s one of the most collaborative media one can imagine. You know, if I’m a fine artist I can paint a painting without permission today. But if I want to make a film and I want to make a film for let’s say a million dollars or a 100 million dollars or five hundred thousand dollars, I need a lot of input and I need a lot of preparation. The fastest I actually did several films at what I considered to be breakneck pace which was three years from script to screen. PRETTY WOMAN was three years, UNDER SEIGE was three years, there were a couple of independent films that were less and some studio films that were longer.
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But there is no proper standard. Every film dies a thousand deaths. Some of them are deaths by paper cuts and some of them are deaths by massive train wrecks. And then you resuscitate and move on. FORREST GUMP was reportedly (I don’t know) 13 or 15 years between script and screen. There’s no rule.
Film Courage: What is the best way for a writer to make a living writing in today’s age (2017)? Doing rewrites?
Gary W. Goldstein: I think the best way for writer…if I were a writer entering the business today or I was in the business today (as a writer, as a professional writer), I think there are several things. Assuming…listen if you’re David Kelley and you have that level of success, you already know you’re path. But if you’re not yet David Kelley or you’re not yet that equivalent on the feature film side (whatever that might be), if you don’t have that little trophy on your shelf, I think one of the great things you can do for yourself is (watch the video here on Youtube).
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Writer’s Guide To Hollywood
Lazar works as a ‘decoy’ or ‘bait’ who distracts the police and oversees the transfer of illegal immigrants across the border with the EU. Intelligent and discreet, he lives under the patronage of a local mobster and is able to support his family with the money he makes from trafficking. He falls in love with a young student, a stranger to his world, and contemplates changing his life. One night, his brother Toni is responsible for the drowning of one of the immigrants. Lazar is called to help and is faced with an impossible decision.
The Cyclotron is a thriller that takes place at the end of the Second World War. Simone, a spy working for the Allies, is entrusted with the mission to find and execute Emil, a scrupulous Berlin scientist who discovered before the Americans the way to build an atomic bomb, and is fleeing with his secret. Simone finds him on a night train speeding towards Switzerland. German soldiers, led by König, a German scientist, who want to arrest Emil and make him talk before he leaves the country, are also chasing him. Things get complicated when memories of love and quantum mechanics get intertwined in the pursuit.
BNB Hell tells the story of a young woman’s hunt for her missing sister ends at a rundown bed and breakfast in the Hollywood Hills run by an ill-tempered woman called Mommy. Disturbing messages left by former guests suggest unsettling secrets lay buried there.
Show Business is an American comedy that follows screenwriter Guy Franklin as he moves from NYC to LA with his fiancé. It should be a great gig but Guy soon realizes that being in Show Business and balancing his life love is easier said than done – a movie by Composer/Filmmaker Alexander Tovar