Greg J. Austin

SHRIEKFEST INTERVIEW

Greg J. Austin
2011 screenplay finalist and 2015 screenplay quarter-finalist

DG: What is your name and company URL?
GA: Greg J. Austin, www.gregaustin.co
DG: What is your specialty…filmmaking or screenwriting?
GA: Screenwriting
DG: What are you currently working on?
GA: Finishing (yet) another rewrite of my sci-fi screenplay Haven’s End and the novel version’s final edit with my publisher is about done.
DG: Wow! You’ve been busy! Who do you consider your mentor and why?
GA: Editors Liz Burton and Dr. Bob Rich — patient and knowledgeable author/editors. Nathan Parker who wrote the screenplay Moon is one of my favorites to learn from by reading and dissecting his work.
DG: Why do you think the horror/sci-fi genres have such a large following?
GA: Wonderful, mindboggling escapism in every sense of the word. Brilliant off-world scenes to the colorful characters that struggle to the end on post-apocalyptic Earth
DG: What do you love most about this business?
GA: Working with like-minded writers/editors when honing my ‘final’ drafts. Film festivals and meeting up with the many, varied members of the film community.
DG: What do you dislike most about this business?
GA: Not much — maybe that it’s extremely difficult getting the studios interested in looking at big-budget concepts
DG: I hear ya! What career accomplishment are you most proud of?
GA: Winning a bunch of awards for my writing, including being a finalist at Shriekfest for RITUAL
DG: Woo hoo! Any advice you’d like to give newbies?
GA: Write the stories that you like and interest you best, though keeping to a reasonable film budget for screenplays should be a consideration. Good screenwriting software helps!
DG: Great advice! Anything else you’d like to say?
GA: THANKS for the promotion
DG: Anytime! Thank you Greg! It was great chatting!
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