Film Courage: How important is it for you to have a strong personal connection to the material that you’re writing?
Gary Goldstein: I think it’s really important. I think it’s so important. If you’re writing something for you like a play (a stage play) or something that’s personal. Obviously. Absolutely. But even on something that’s not particularly about you or something of your life or your concern, you have to find your way into it and you have to find your way, how do you connect into it?
What makes you the unique writer of any story or any script is your perspective and what you bring to it. If you and I were to write the same script, we might get to the same end goal and the story might not be similar. But how we get there would be very different because we’d be bringing our own experiences to it and our own views of things and other people’s views of things that we’ve seen, you know.
So I think being able to connect, to find stories that you connect with or find great connections that you relate to because it becomes very honest that way and so whether it’s comedy or drama, honesty and real experiences and (like what we talked about earlier) things that you overhear in the supermarket, that you can use because that moved you or made you laugh and you can use that…(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.
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