This is the next post in a series of interviews with writers who have had their first films, web series, television assignment, etc. make it to the big or small or computer screen. It is an effort to find out what their journey was to their initial success.
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Next up: an interview with Gregory Blair, author of Deadly Revisions
A Southern California native, Gregory Blair has been active in the arts for many years as an actor, writer, director and producer. His work has been published and/or produced in various venues: his editorials have appeared in newspapers, e-zines and academic texts; his poetry has been included in several collections; his stage plays have been produced across the country. His outrageous comic novella “Spewing Pulp” was honored with a 2005 Stonewall Award and he has garnered nearly a dozen screenwriting accolades, including the 2014 Claw Award for “Best Feature Film Screenplay” for Deadly Revisions (which also earned him the EOTM Award for “Best Director of an Indie Horror Film” as well as the L.A. Movie Award for “Best Narrative Feature” and the Flicker Award for “Best Picture”)
What is the name of your first screenplay that was produced?
Deadly Revisions was the first screenplay that actually made it into the world as a film. It was not the first screenplay that I sold, though, which is a good lesson: selling a screenplay—as exciting as it is—does not mean it will ever become a film. I am still waiting for some of my sold screenplays to make it to the screen. So you must enjoy each success for what it is…but only for what it is. And drink good martinis.
Can you tell us a bit about the journey as to how it came about?