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This month Festival Director Denise Gossett spoke with Greg J. Austin, a 2011 screenplay finalist & 2015 screenplay quarter finalist!

DG: What is your name and company URL?

GA: Greg J. Austin,


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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