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Announcement: “The Man Who Never Smiled”

Poster 1

Title: The Man Who Never Smiled

Director: Josh Mihal

Screenwriter: G. E. Gallas

Cast: TBA

Filming Location: Sacramento, California.

Length of Script: 15-16 pages.

Genre: Film Noir, Drama.

Logline/Summary: A contemporary film noir about the tragic fate of a father and his daughter. Mr. Charles P. Cable finds himself unwittingly mixed up in a case of identity theft that provokes serious repercussions.

Reception: “…a compelling structure for a short. It heightens the stakes knowing that the protagonist is going to end up in a life-threatening and bloody situation. It also makes the story compact and easy to digest — a great attribute in a short.” –Feedback from the 2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Status: Currently in pre-production!

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Message from director Josh Mihal:

Short film seeking CREW for shoot at the end of JULY. We need everything from sound to camera.

NON-PAID; food, credit, and IMDB credit provided. Completed film to be entered into festivals and contests.

Also seeking LOCATIONS in Sacramento, CA. 1) An office, large size, with cubicles or desks; also an open room with a desk. 2) A rundown house where we can shoot both inside and out.

Thank you! Let me know if you have any questions. And please share this post.

(If interested, please e-mail me at gegallas@hotmail.com, subject “The Man Who Never Smiled,” and I’ll put you in touch with Josh!)

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Message from screenwriter G. E. Gallas:

The Man Who Never Smiled began as the seed of an idea, based on an individual who was hired by my family to appraise the impressive art collection my grandfather and subsequently grandmother left behind. I never noticed that this man never smiled until my mom inadvertently said something that made him laugh and we were all shocked by the result.

Originally, the short screenplay was commissioned by a production company in the UK. But ultimately they were unable to film it. So I just put the project aside in my pile of yet-to-be-produced scripts. That was until earlier this year when, out of the blue, I received a message via Stage32 from Sacramento-based director Josh Mihal expressing his interest in my scripts and in particular The Man Who Never Smiled.

We began discussing the project over Skype. I created detailed notes for Josh and he set about recruiting the cast and crew. Soon, Josh will send me a shot list and I will get to work on a simple storyboard. Also, I will be working as script consultant on set. We are planning to film this July 27th and 28th.

It should be noted that we are doing this on a shoestring budget, which is simultaneously nerve-racking and  compelling. Not only am I absolutely excited to finally see one of my scripts come to fruition, but I am also eager to send the finished project to various festivals and competitions.

Wish us luck!!

–G. E.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

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

★ Important Note: “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Wednesday, September 5th

  • Continuing work on The Flea and The First Reich.

Thursday, September 6th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea and The First Reich.
  2. E-mail correspondence with potential production company about The Man Who Never Smiled.

Friday, September 7th

  • Continuing work on The Flea and The First Reich.

Saturday, September 8th – Sunday, September 9th

  • Taking a little break…

Monday, September 10th

  1. Meeting with Gabe, writer for children’s book. Not only a potential collaborator, but also a wonderful new connection/fellow artist/friend. I’m very much looking forward to reading his work and to meeting with him again!
  2. Meeting with J.R. Really think his web series has potential for  universal humor and can be done on a shoestring budget. Now, we have to recruit some additional writers.
  3. As suggested by Gabe, checked out Scary Cow, the indie film co-op. Thinking of attending an information session.
  4. Correspondence with Shannon. As I continue with research, she’ll start putting together some blog content!

Tuesday, September 11th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Working on some minor revisions for The Man Who Never Smiled.
  3. Ordered badges for APE (Alternative Press Expo).
  4. Applied to the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Should receive feedback by October 1st. Information updated on “Applications” post, here.
  5. Beginning to read Gabe’s children’s book!

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 46 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-18, 21-24, 27-30 completed, and 19-20, 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.

To Do:

  • Schedule one-on-one meeting with Brian (Pixel Flick Entertainment).
  • Pixel-Flick Alliance Meetup on Saturday, September 15th.
  • Work on research, character sketches, etc. for Shannon.
  • Schedule second meeting with Shannon.
  • Sign up with IMDbPro.
  • Sign up with Top Web Comics: Comic Rankings.
  • Sign up with OnlineComics.net.
  • Contact Graphic Ladies!?

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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