Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach by Chapman Professor Paul Joseph Gulino [Full Interview]

Film Courage: Paul you attended USC and took screenwriting there?

Paul Joseph Gulino, Associate Professor at Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts: I studied screenwriting at Columbia University and I taught at USC for five years during the 90’s. I was originally an English major then a history major at Columbia.

As an undergraduate, history was about stories, about people doing things so there was maybe a natural inclination there. Then while I was an undergrad we used to take our Super 8 sound camera and make comedy shorts. Your audience may not remember this but there was a time when movies were shown in front of big audiences not on a little screen. And if you were working in comedy it’s very useful to show your stuff in front of an audience and find out what’s working, what isn’t. So we would do that.

We were making movies and having fun. Then when I was an undergrad I met Frank Daniel who took over the film program at Columbia along with Miloš Forman a director who was his former student and I met Frank Daniel took a class with him and it was something of a revelation his approach. I sensibly sat…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


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