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Paul Gulino

Associate Professor
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Expertise: Screenwriting; Screenwriting Theory; Science of Screenwriting
Office Location: Marion Knott Studios 262
Phone: (714) 628-7284
Education:
Columbia University in the City of New York, Bachelor of Arts
Columbia University in the City of New York, Master of Fine Arts

Biography

Paul Gulino believes in Hitchcock's adage that "films are made on paper." Although students may obsess about a film's look, all of the visual elements, he says, function to enhance the story. And that, ultimately, comes from the mind of the screenwriter.

In spite of the fact that there seems to be a screenwriter behind every corner (in California, at least), screenwriting is something of a lost art, Gulino maintains, having seen hundreds of flat screenplays as a story analyst for Showtime Entertainment.

Honing his own skills through writing for the theater and practicing the craft as taught by Frank Daniel and Milos Forman, Gulino secured an agent with William Morris on the basis of his thesis script. With that "real world" confirmation in hand, Gulino went on to write and see produced features, plays and comedy sketches.

Screenwriting, he says, isn't a craft you can learn from a book. "The best way is to learn from someone who knows the craft, so you can see how theories can be applied to your own work." There must be something to that. Or at least it's worked for screenwriter Paul Gulino.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Production of six plays: "Love Stinks," "March Madness," "Your Lucky Day," "The Wish," "Power Exchange," "A Positive Resolution" and "After the Fall," Eclectic Theatre, North Hollywood, CA.
Wrote "Ambiguous" and "The Heat" for the L.A. Cafe Plays, the acclaimed ten-minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA.
Wrote "The Spring Clean" and "The Knick Knack" for the L.A. Cafe Plays, the acclaimed ten-minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA.
Production of play On The Brink of Darkness, Jewel Box Theatre, New York, NY, October 2016.
Production of full length farce "Acting Mad" at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, CA.
Wrote "Let's Create An Impending Disaster" for the L.A. Cafe Plays, the acclaimed ten-minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA.
Wrote the plays "Genius," and "Oral Exam" for the L.A. Cafe Plays, the acclaimed ten-minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA.
Wrote the plays "Love" and "Christmas Past" for the L.A. Cafe Plays, the acclaimed ten-minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA.
Wrote the play "Here We Go Again" for the L.A. Cafe Plays, the acclaimed ten-minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA.
Completed draft of romantic comedy screenplay My Man Harold.
Why We Fight. Continued research on politically-oriented film series.
My Man Harold. Researched, wrote treatment and commenced writing the screenplay of a romantic comedy.
Why We Fight. Commenced research on politically-oriented film series.
Script Consultation. Consulted on feature screenplay, "My Thirteenth Year," for indie New York filmmaker Spencer Chandler.
Spy Plants. Commissioned to write a feature animation screenplay for Animation Lab, Inc. Scheduled for theatrical release in 2013.
Wrote the plays "The Forgotten," "Fall Back," and "So This Is Christmas" for Cafe Plays, the acclaimed monthly ten minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA.
Completed rewrite of award-winning screenplay "The Lost Brigade" for producer Brandon Pender.
Script Consultation. Consulted on feature screenplay "Two In" for Karen Struck. Script sold to Hallmark Channel.
Wrote the plays "Obamacare" and "At The Holiday Factory" for Cafe Plays, the acclaimed monthly ten minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA