Tag Archives: Screenplays

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


Brainstorming

Ideas for future projects…

The following is a list of various works (literature, poetry, art, etc.) that have influenced me and may influence new projects in the future, as well as ideas that have been churning around in my head.

Also, this is a sort of semi-reading list for books I would like to read and re-read. Some advice for anyone interested in reading these books: Project Gutenberg, Bartleby.com, etc. are WONDERFUL for literature written in English. But if you are interested in Dumas, Hoffmann, Pushkin, or any other author who did not write in English, I would highly recommend Penguin Classics — their English translations are always BRILLIANT (although the very best, of course, is to read a work in its original language — for instance, I happen to hate Dazai Osamu and Yoshimoto Banana translated [no offense to the translators, it's not their fault], but I absolutely love them in the original Japanese)!!

In no particular order…

  • Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin: about to read.
  • The Tales of Hoffmann by E.T.A. Hoffmann: must read.
  • The Moonstone, etc. by Wilkie Collins: must re-read/read.
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri: have read.
  • The works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: have read/must read.
  • Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther and his friend Karl Wilhelm Jerusalem: have read/would like to continue to research.
  • Philipp Otto Runge, Romantic German painter: have researched.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo, The Black Tulip, etc. by Alexandre Dumas: have read.
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Suicide Club by Robert Louis Stevenson: must read.
  • Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey: must read.
  • John Singer Sargent and the Portrait of Madame X: have seen at the Met/must research.
  • Lord Byron (“The Limping Devil”), Mary Shelley, and Percy Bysshe Shelley — the origins of Frankenstein: have read/must research.
  • Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: have researched/would like to continue to research.
  • Franz Liszt (as a young piano teacher): would like to continue to research.
  • Béla Bartók (and his research into folk music): would like to continue to research.
  • David Popper (Bohemian cellist and my all-time favorite composer): need to find more information about him!
  • The Love of Don Perlimplín and Belisa in the Garden by Federico García Lorca: have read.
  • A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg: have read.
  • The works of Christopher Isherwood: have read.
  • The Quiet American and The Third Man by Graham Greene: love movies/must read.
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Constant Gardener by John le Carré: love movies/must read.
  • Hollywood stars like Barbara Stanwyck, Mary Pickford, Sessue Hayakawa, etc.
  • The Stones Cry Out by Okuizumi Hikaru: have read.
  • The works of Dazai Osamu: have read/must read.
  • The works of Ibuse Masuji: must read.
  • The works of Mishima Yukio: have read.
  • The works of Kenzaburo Oe: have read.
  • Okinawan literature: have read.
  • Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American inventor: have researched.
  • Hendrik Goltzius, the Dutch engraver: have researched/would like to continue to research.
  • Morris Louis, American Color Field painter: have researched/would like to continue to research.
  • Jean Cocteau, French filmmaker: would like to research.
  • Philippe Halsman, Latvian-born American photographer: would like to research.
  • The operas of Jacques Offenbach, Giuseppe Verdi, Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini, etc.
  • …?
To be continued…!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Applications, Round 2

To see “Applications” Round 1, click here!

Yesterday, I made an account with Stage32.com, a social network for connecting with “film, television and theater creatives.” And I’m already making connects with filmmakers all over the world!

Stage32.com also brought to my attention a few more screenplay-related contests I hadn’t considered before. Here is a list of those contests I intend to apply to in the coming weeks:

  1. The Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Awards
  2. The Bluecat Screenplay Competition
  3. The American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest

Now I just have to get all those applications out!!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Applications

Try, Try Again:

Last Spring, during my graduation from New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study, there was some advice offered to us by Dean Susanne Wofford that stuck with me: you never know until you apply. Granted I am a rather skeptical, cynical, and pessimistic individual, I don’t usually take what’s said during a graduation ceremony very seriously. But I thought that this simply notion had its merits.

That’s why I’ve taken it upon myself to apply to as many fellowships, programs, etc. no matter how slim the chances of being accepted are. Yes, I’ve already been rejected by a few. But I’m trying everything, hoping something will hit. I mean, it only takes one!

Here is a list of the fellowships/programs I’ve applied to so far and am currently waiting to hear from:

  1. The 2012 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards: Two scripts entered. Quarter-Finalists announced July 15th; Semi-Finalists, August 15th; Finalists, September 15th; and Winners, October 15th.
  2. The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition: Two scripts entered. Quarterfinal round notified late July; Semifinalists, late August; Finalists, late September to early October; and Fellowships recipients, late October.
  3. Sundance Screenwriters Lab: One script entered. Second round notified August 15.
  4. Film Independent Screenwriters Lab: One script entered. Announced via email by the end of July.
  5. Austin Film Festival: One script entered. First Round/Second Round, letter sent by late August; Semifinalist, phone call by late August; Finalists, mid to late September; Winners, October 22 at the Awards Luncheon at the Conference.
  6. Kaos Films’s 2012 British Short Screenplay CompetitionOne script entered. According to last year… semi-finalists, September; finalists, February; winners, March?
  7. Screenwriters Goldmine CompetitionOne script entered. Quarter Finalists, October 4th; Semi Finalists, November 1st; Finalists, November 22nd; and Grand Award Winner, November 29th.
  8. 10th Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay ContestOne script entered. The winner, ten finalists, semi-finalists, and quarter finalists all announced on February 1, 2013.
  9. The Emerging Screenwriters 2012 Screenplay Competition: One script entered. Semi-Finalists, February 1; Finalists, March 1; Grand Prize Winner, March 15.
  10. The BlueCat Screenplay CompetitionOne script entered. Quarter-Finalists, February 1st; Semi-Finalists, March 1st; Finalists, April 1st; Winner, April 10th.
  11. The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival — Screenwriters: One script entered. Finalists = September 1, 2013. Winners = September 23, 2013.
  12. Creative World Awards: Two scripts entered. Preliminary Finalists = August 11th, 2013. Quater Finalists = August 19th. Semi Finalists = August 26th. Finalists = September 2nd. Winner = September 9th.
It would be a dream and an honor to be accepted by any of these programs!! Waiting for some good news!

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Fellowships/grants/programs I’d like to apply to in the future:

  1. SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant
  2. Djerassi/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship
  3. The Blake Society Tithe Grant
  4. Creative Capital Grants

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Future plans:

In the next few weeks, I hope to continue my search for a decent job in the San Francisco Bay Area, get the Hollywood Creative Directory and send out inquiry letters, and continue to develop my new screenplay and new graphic novel.

Also, I’m thinking of trying out Kickstarter.com. We’ll see how everything goes.

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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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