Author: Guy Gallo

Guy Gallo

Guy Gallo’s first produced screenplay (Under the Volcano) was directed by John Huston and released in 1984. Since then he has written over a dozen feature screenplays, with four others produced. He has over 20 years of teaching experience at the Columbia University’s School of the Arts, New York University, and Barnard College, his students including James Mangold (Girl Interrupted, 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line), and Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland).


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Making an Image or Action Crucial to the Scene


Liking an image is not enough. No one cares what you want, what you like. They care if the story is pulling them forward, interesting them, confusing them in interesting ways. In my years of teaching screenwriting, the most frequent response given by a student to the question “Why did you do this or that?”…

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Character Driven vs. Plot Driven


Character Driven vs. Plot Driven You will often hear films described as either character–driven or plot–driven. I think this is a false dichotomy. All films are character driven. All films have plot. These labels tell something, it’s true, about emphasis. And, for the most part, it’s become something of a commonplace that smaller, independent films…

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Cardinal Sin of Screenwriting: Fear of Offending


Perhaps the cardinal sin a writer can commit is to mitigate his intention for fear of offending. I always say: if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing extremely. “Drama doesn’t like sort of.” The most benign form of this error is timidity. I have often seen descriptions of characters that pull punches. Make a decision….

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