Film Courage: Let’s talk about dialogue. Do you tell the characters what to say or are you almost hearing them tell you?
Gary Goldstein: It’s a good question. You know I think in dialogue they kind of say that you can’t really teach somebody how to write dialogue. You can teach somebody how to write more tightly or more naturally but basically dialogue is something that you either have a feel for or you don’t. It’s not like teaching structure or something like that. And I think it’s a combination of the two things that you said. I think your characters are speaking to you. Hopefully you created a unique enough character or a character with a strong enough sense of who they are or how you would describe that character and what their journey is going to be, emotional journey is going to be. That the words kind of…they don’t write themselves necessarily but it’s like the track that the train is running on. So you know what the character is about, you know where they’re going to go, you know what they are doing right, you know what they are doing wrong and … (Watch the video on Youtube here).
Gary Goldstein is an award winning writer for film, TV and the stage. He has written numerous films for Hallmark Channel and its sister network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, including the comedies “The Wish List,” “Hitched for the Holidays,” “This Magic Moment” and “My Boyfriends’ Dogs,” and the first two films in the “Flower Shop Mystery” series: “Mum’s the Word” and “Snipped in the Bud,” starring Brooke Shields.
Gary’s feature film “Politics of Love,” a romantic comedy set during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, was released in theaters August 2011. He also wrote the feature romantic comedy, “If You Only Knew,” which starred Johnathon Schaech, Alison Eastwood and James LeGros.
In addition, Gary has sold or optioned a number of original screenplays, has a string of episodic TV credits and has sold half-hour comedy pilots to both NBC and Warner Bros Television.
On the L.A. stage, Gary has been represented with the comedies “Just Men,” “Parental Discretion” and “Three Grooms and a Bride.” His family drama “Curtain Call” premiered in late 2008 at Carmel, CA’s Pacific Repertory Theatre. His newest play, the three-sisters dramedy “April, May & June,” will have its World Premiere in March 2017 at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, as part of its 2016-17 subscription season.
Gary is also a freelance film reviewer and feature writer for the Los Angeles Times.