Gary W. Goldstein, Writer/Producer/Author: One of the things is not falling too in love or feeling too precious about the material that you create but really being open and bold enough and brave enough to find the very best version of the story and that requires…
Film Courage: When you were actively reading screenplays, how hard was it for you to find a great screenplay?
Gary: It’s always a challenge. It’s funny, I just had lunch on the weekend with an executive producer of a very popular TV series and he reminds me that we met back in like…he was quoting me from 1989, like who remembers that far back? One of the things he remembered was me saying I feel lucky if one out of a hundred gets me really excited, and I don’t know if that’s mathematically true but it seems like that’s the case and it’s not always because the quality is not there or it’s not always about the caliber of the writing. It’s oftentimes because for example me as a consumer and as a producer, I’m probably not the right guy to produce a big sci-fi movie or certain other kinds of fare. There are certain kinds of interactions or stories that really appeal to me and many that don’t but I’m always writing to see how talented someone is, what kind of storyteller are they? But yes, I would say personally I’ve never been a volume producer. I’ve always been pretty fussy but I would say if I find one out of 100, that’s worth having a conversation to see if we get along, if we agree about the vision for the project, if it’s something we want to roll up our sleeves on together. It’s probably about one…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Gary W. Goldstein has produced some of Hollywood’s biggest box-office hits (Pretty Woman, Under Siege, The Mothman Prophecies and more), generating well over One Billion Dollars in worldwide revenue, receiving multiple Academy Award nominations, People’s Choice Awards, a Golden Globe and other honors. Before moving to Los Angeles, Gary practiced as an attorney in San Francisco. He later served as president of two divisions of IAM.com, an internet entertainment company successfully funded at $50MM. Gary’s passion as a storyteller goes beyond producing the work of gifted screenwriters. He’s committed to sharing with everyone who desires real success and enduring careers as a creative professional his smart, simple strategies that magically transform talent into business success more rapidly and with greater ease. Gary’s spoken at TEDx La Jolla, been published by the Huffington Post, and was a contributing author for the Napoleon Hill Foundation’s newest publication “Stickability”. Gary also regularly speaks to creative audiences and has given talks at American Film Institute, UCLA, Emerson College, De Anza College, the Dallas Screenwriters Association, the Great American Pitchfest and beyond. Gary’s latest endeavor includes CreativeEdge.com where he helps creative professionals have their voices heard, their stories told, and to turn their talents into a career.
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