A Conversation with Screenwriter and Poet Paul Guay
Updated: Oct 31, 2019
Paul Guay conceived and co-wrote "Liar, Liar" and co-wrote "The Little Rascals" and "Heartbreakers."
Paul and I had a wonderful conversation about movies and movie making, art and culture, the changing tide of media, being a writer and the writing process, Paul's love of WWE, his filmmaking experiences, the Auteur Theory of Film-Making and much much more.
If you are interested in how movies are made, how to make a career in Hollywood, how the landscape is changing as well as the art of cinema, novels, short stories, poems and how that culture impacts our lives and society, this is a conversation not to be missed.
(opening) Making Little Rascals in the 1930s versus 1994 versus (hypothetically) 2020
(6:50) Paul discusses the difficulty of making comedies today
(7:30) Paul talks about creating movies for domestic market versus worldwide market
(10:00) Paul talks about a recent film that really excites him.
(15:00) We discuss the TV market for screenplays
(19:00) Writing screenplays: What it is like being a Hollywood writer and how Paul would break into the industry were he starting out today.
(22:00) Those LITTLE RASCALS! and Boys Will be Boys and Diversity (writing in today's cultural climate)
(28:00) Themes in Paul's screenplays
(30:00) Ayn Rand on the writing process
(32:00) Writing Liar, Liar
(39:00) Paul explains the three things necessary for writing.
(42:00) Thinking on Paper - pre-writing essentials
(44:00) Working with professional editors and consultants
(48:00) Paul's script consulting services are discussed
(49:30) Insider stories of Liar, Liar and being called the "Fallopian tube of Comedy" by Jim Carrey
(54:00) Paul's love of WWE Wrestling
(1:02:00) We discuss wrestler Kane and Donald Trump's career
(1:10:00) Paul reads his poem "The Crystal Springs Way" (re-printed below)
(1:14:00) Paul's poetic influences
(1:22:30) Paul's favorite movies (see below)
(1:23:00) Ayn Rand's view of Ilm
(1:35:00) We spend the remainder of the time discussing the Auteur Theory of FIlm-making
Movies and Books Mentioned on the Show:
The Crystal Springs Way
by Paul Guay