A Great Tool For Developing Character by Gary Goldstein

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Gary Goldstein: Everyone’s process is different and I know when I learned a lot about process and would listen to other people, you take it really seriously what people who have succeeded have done. It’s like “I’ve got to do it that way.” And I do my stuff very specific to me and it will work for anybody if you just do it.

But at the same time I hope it’s open enough, it’s like “This is what I do, but don’t…You don’t have to do this!”

Film Courage: Sure. On no…it’s not coming across as dogmatic…

Gary Goldstein: Dictatorial?

Film Courage: Oh no…not at all. You’re not stopping people at airports! [Laughs] But I think it’s good because people can take a little bit from here and a little bit from there…no it’s not coming off as this is the ultimate way.

Can we talk about where your characters come from and what’s your process for developing them?

Gary Goldstein: Well, they say you want to put a character (for a beginning of a movie or something) you want to put your character where they would least like to be. It’s at a moment of crossroads where their life is going to change and you’re going to take that journey with them and you get them out of their comfort zone basically. And the reason they’re in a comfort zone is because they are kind of doing something wrong, there is something in that personality that…Writer’s Bootcamp calls a misbehavior. It’s a great word, it’s an adjective to describe what they are doing wrong, how they are negatively affecting other people, but we still care about them anyway….(Watch the video on Youtube here).

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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.

Find out more about Gary Goldstein’s play APRIL, MAY and JUNE here.





Maggie’s dreams of starting a family of her own begin to take shape after she and her husband, Jonah, purchase their first home together. However, the pretty picture’s frame cracks when Jonah loses his job writing for a newspaper soon after moving into the new house. Unable to handle the pressure, Jonah disappears and leaves Maggie to deal with the fallout by Writer/Director John Goshorn. Watch it on Amazon here!