Confessions From A Former Hollywood Script Reader – Guido Segal

Guido Segal, Screenwriter, Journalist, Film Critic, Instructor: That script I remember reading it and I got very emotional about it and that’s really hard to do. It’s really hard to get an emotional reaction from a script.

Film Courage: When you interned at production companies, out of the hundreds of screenplays, how many were awful? 

Guido: I’d say about more than 90 percent are awful or, no I mean I’d say, more than 90 percent are bad. Maybe 40 percent are awful because you’ve got to get people credit. Really bad scripts don’t necessarily make it up the ladder because you’ve got assistants and their job is, they’re gatekeepers precisely. So what scripts are bad? It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re badly written, it means that they’re conventional, full of clichés, maybe they stick to genre and they don’t transcend it in any way. Lazy in terms of ideas but that doesn’t mean they’re not potentially commercial products. I don’t think that people in charge of choosing don’t have any taste or can’t…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

BIO:

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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