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Brief Update

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A new page every Wednesday!

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Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Friday, December 21st

  1. I’m Going To Cannes!!!
  2. Started to fill out some paperwork for Cannes.
  3. Applied to a few more fellowships/internships.

Saturday, December 22nd

  • Family bonding day! Adventure in Chinatown and North Beach.

Sunday, December 23rd

  1. Worked on The Flea script.
  2. Saw “Royal Treasures From the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette” at the Legion of Honor.
  3. Date night with Wes!(*´▽`*)

Monday, December 24th

  1. Filled out some more paperwork for Cannes.
  2. Worked on applications for a few more fellowships/internships.

Tuesday, December 25th

  1. Brunch/linner with family.
  2. Worked on applications for a few more fellowships/internships.
  3. Signed up with two illustration communities: IllustrationMundo and The Little Chimp Society.

Wednesday, December 26th

  1. Worked on applications for a few more fellowships/internships.
  2. Worked on The Flea script.
  3. Bought a copy of Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe by Frederik L. Schodt.
  4. Went to see A Royal Affair, a film I’ve been dying to see for months! I just adore Danish films as well as Mads Mikkelsen, so this was quite the treat. The acting, costumes, and script were just amazing. I hope everyone who likes period pieces has a chance to see this.
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Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Thursday, December 27th

  1. Mailed out paperwork for Cannes.
  2. Trip to the de Young Museum. Saw a wonderful Toulouse-Lautrec piece. Looking forward to upcoming exhibits: “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and “Rembrandt’s Century.”
  3. Worked on The Flea script.

Friday, December 28th

  1. Worked on applications for a few more fellowships/internships.
  2. Went to see The Nutcracker with family (“Note on The Nutcracker).

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 63 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Note on the Taishō Period

For many years, I have been fascinated by modern Japan — everything from the Meiji period (1868 – 1912) to current day. One of my favorite periods is a rather short one known as Taishō (1912 – 1926). What strikes me most about Taishō is the amazing blend of Japanese and Western aesthetics.

I think my interest in Taishō really began when I read Yukio Mishima’s novel Spring Snow (Haru no Yuki). This novel is actually a period piece — published in 1969, but set around 1912 – 1914. Mishima gives a detailed look at the Japanese class system of the period through a romantic tragedy (although I’m not sure Mishima saw this story as such).

My interest in Taishō developed further through a series of college courses on modern Japanese literature. I even did a project involving costume designs for a Taishō-set short story, involving research on fashion of the period from Kimonos and beyond.

I also find advertisements from this period interesting. Actually, the Shiseido ads from the 1900s through the 1930s are really remarkable! You can find out more about these ads on MIT’s Visualizing Cultures website.

Anyway, I just wanted to share a number of my favorite images:

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the following images!!

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1925 shiseido

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Summaries

Here is some information on my works…!

Full-length Screenplays

  1. No Longer Human: A story of obsession. Inspired by the deaths of the artists Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan.
  2. Valentine: A retelling of Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo, focused on the story of Maximilian Morrel and Valentine de Villefort.
  3. The Man Who Never Smiled: A contemporary film noir.
  4. Houdini & Conan Doyle: An exploration of the friendship, falling-out, and rivalry between the escape artist Harry Houdini and the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Short Screenplays

  1. Robots Are a Girl’s Best Friend is the story of a troubled middle-aged man who attends a Halloween party dressed as Marilyn Monroe. A life-changing encounter with an “inanimate object” helps him come to terms with his identity.
  2. Death Is No Bad Friend: Based on the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson. Robert Louis attempts to escape his guilty conscience through honeymooning on Mount Saint Helena. But his illness catches up, forcing him to face his demons.
Fiction
  1. “Go Jump in the Lake”: The precursor to Who is Laurence Harvey? An imagining of Laurence Harvey’s experience on the set of The Manchurian Candidate (1962). During filming in Manhattan, Larry is required to jump into the frozen waters of the Lake in Central Park. With this feat looming over his head, he questions his ability to cope with the pressure.
  2. “Robots Are a Girl’s Best Friend” (See above.)
  3. “Bludgeoning The Walrus”: A ‘60s period piece about a movie set designer who is fed up with his lecherous, big-shot boss.
  4. “Ulysses in Hell”: An account from the perspective of the hero Ulysses as he burns in Dante’s Inferno.
  5. “Coin-operated Golem”: Inspired by “A Supermarket in California” by Allen Ginsberg.
  6. “The Ink Drinker”: A dystopian story about a young girl who learns the truth about an outcast of society.
  7. “The Scar Still Hurts” (In Progress)
  8. “The Man with a Television for a Head” (In Progress)

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

  1. The Poet and the Flea: yesterday, received package with new art supplies, hurrah.
  2. Temporarily putting The Poet and the Flea and the Jeremy Blake/Theresa Duncan screenplay aside to work on a new project…
  3. New Project: transforming my short story entitled “Robots Are a Girl’s Best Friend” into a 5-8 page script!! Been working on this for the past few days and hopefully will complete in the next few days.
  4. Decided to put jukepopserials.com on the back burner…
  5. Yesterday, discovered BBC Writers Room!! The only problem is that I don’t live in the U.K. BUT they seem to occasionally have international opportunities, exhibit A: International Radio Playwrighting Competition 2012. Signed up for their newsletter and will keep my peepers peeled.

To Do:

  • Complete script for Robots Are a Girl’s Best Friend.
  • Apply to the Bluecat Screenplay Competition
  • Apply to The American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest

P.S. I encourage all aspiring filmmakers to sign up with www.stage32.com!!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

  1. Just registered Who is Laurence Harvey? and The Golden Curator with Writers Guild of America, West.
  2. Applied to The Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Awards. Information updated on “Applications” post, here.
  3. Death Is No Bad Friend: Completed screenplay draft intended for short film (14 pages) this past Sunday.
  4. The Poet and the Flea: Too hot to draw, so I intend to work on the script over the next few days.
  5. Jeremy Blake/Theresa Duncan Screenplay: I intend to work on this as well.
  6. New Idea: jukepopserials.com. Have to think about it. May try and submit a revamped version of my short story entitled “Inside the Display Case” about a Siberian pit viper named Peter.

To Do:

  • Work on The Poet and the Flea and the Jeremy Blake/Theresa Duncan Screenplay.
  • Contemplate jukepopserials.com.
  • Apply to the Bluecat Screenplay Competition
  • Apply to The American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Screenplays: Completed

Who is Laurence Harvey?

Who is Laurence Harvey? is a dramedy about the tempestuous life and untimely death of the forgotten international film star Laurence Harvey (1928 – 1973). This screenplay is a character study tracing the development of Larry’s public persona – the serious actor – juxtaposed with his troubled personal life, which he masked by his outrageous sense of humor. We follow Larry’s journey through interactions with his famous contemporaries, including his good friends (Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor), his enemies (Laurence Oliver, Sid James), and his illustrious costars (Shelley Winters, Angela Lansbury, Julie Christie).

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The Golden Curator

At the onset of World War II, Isaiah Austerlitz – the owner of a small Manhattan art gallery – is on the brink of financial ruin when his friend Morocco brings him a client with an offer he can’t refuse. This eccentric, nouveau riche client employs Austerlitz to track down the works of a recently deceased artist. Sent on a wild-goose chase, will Austerlitz be able to uphold his end of the bargain? Or will he be overwhelmed by his unscrupulous rivals?

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For more information, please visit my homepage: www.wix.com/gegallas/writer.

Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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