Guido Segal, Screenwriter, Journalist, Film Critic, Instructor: When I started out I had some resistance to rewrites and it’s important to understand that when you resist it’s because you’re scared of it.
Film Courage: What writing process do you teach your students?
Guido: I try to teach my students and give them as many different tools as possible. I don’t believe in any dogmas. I don’t believe there’s one single way to do it. When I teach for example, I have a whole three-hour class for structure and I give them all the approaches I know to structure, the Save The Cat approach to it and the Blake Snyder approach to it, the eight sequence structure, it’s whatever they find helpful, so it’s not so daunting to break down story because we all feel it when…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Guido Segal was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his MFA in Screenwriting at UCLA, he was a journalist and a film critic, selected as a Juror at la Semaine de la Critique, during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Segal has worked as a documentary filmmaker for History and Discovery Channel covering political topics (Asylum Seekers; Sicarios). He also has vast experience as an assistant director and screenwriter for films and TV. Segal co-wrote the Argentinian films Leones (2012) and Kékzsakállú (2016). He was also staffed as a TV writer in three shows: Un Año Para Recordar (2011-2012); La Asombrosa Excursión de Zamba (2014-2016); and Siesta Z (2016). The last two animated shows were nominated for International Emmy Awards in the Kids category. Segal has lived in Argentina, Spain and Finland, and taught Screenwriting and Film Analysis in Universidad del Cine (Buenos Aires), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), TAMK University (Tampere, Finland) and UCLA.
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