Script Writer Gregory Vines on “Georgia Beats”

NY Elite: Congratulations on being an ISC finalist. What does it mean for your work to be selected at the International Screenwriting Competition in New York?

To be acknowledged by fellow screenwriters and professionals in an international contest helps recognise the hard work that’s gone into my writing. Like any industry, peers appreciating each other’s craft and being supportive is vital.

NY Elite: Can you tell us about the work that you participated with at ISC? What is the story about?

Georgia Beats is a three-part TV series. It focuses on estranged adult siblings Georgia and Michael, still desperately fighting to escape their childhood. For Georgia it was that grimy existence with no respect, security or protection. For Michael, neglect, vulnerability and abandonment still haunt him. Georgia was the architect of their future – opportunity for her, suffering and hopelessness for Michael. But when Michael discovers Georgia’s adult life, he plots revenge.

NY Elite: Can you tell us yourself and your artistic talents?

My dialogue is good, I have an ear for the voices of differing characters. The sub text in my writing is strong. This is based on what I want myself as an audience member – to be challenged, surprised, and to have my views turned upside down.

NY Elite: What scripts have you written so far?

I have about 25 scripts under my belt across stage,  tv and film. My scripts constantly come back to accessibility and growth. They are character led, predominantly with female roles, and a voice for those who live quieter, smaller lives but lives that are no less meaningful or profound. In particular,  those who don’t always have confidence or opportunity to step forward.

NY Elite: Top 3 favorite projects that you have been involved in?

My two plays, 53%, set after the 2016 US presidential election, and 24 k magic ringing, following a neglected teenager leaving home. The third, my current project, the tv series The Upstairs Lounge.

NY Elite: What type of scripts do you want to write in your career?

I want my scripts to be bold, confident and entertaining, whatever the subject.

NY Elite: As a writer, what is the most important aspect of building a character?

Where are they in their story and what pushes them on. I just don’t want to be bored by. I don’t mind if they are quiet or reserved but I want them to think or do big things.

NY Elite: What projects are you currently working on?

Next is a play about one the United States First Ladies, and one set in an Australian airport.

NY Elite: Do you express yourself creatively in any other ways?

Only if using Google counts.

NY Elite: What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career in filmmaking/writing?

Really understand the technicalities of the craft, like any profession. Also, understand that so much in writing is subjective, so get used to hearing not interested  and thanks but no thanks. It comes with the job. The most important thing is to keep going.

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