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“All your waking and working hours should be about film, filmmaking, writing screenplays…” – Thomas W. Giuliano

Exclusive Interview with Thomas W. Giuliano – Writer/ Director/Artist

During his undergraduate studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University he studied under the mentorship of Hollywood director Nichols Ray.  Under Mr. Ray’s tutelage he traveled to Paris, France and attended The Sorbonne, (School of Practical Studies) and work with world class director Francois Truffaut as an intern on his Foreign Film academy awarding movie, “La Nuit Americane”. He also studied and worked with Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni and pantomime’s Marcel Marceau.

*What projects are you currently working on?

At the end of 2021 I started working on a new screenplay entitled “Blackie”. It is about the       invasion of the Philippines by the Japanese the next day after their invasion at Pearl Harbor.  It is about an 3 month old male infant boy that was born of another American father and a Pilipino woman.  Based on a true story a three-month infant is through into the Santo Tomas Interment Center in Manila and survives three years in the camp. His father finds a chicken calls it “Blackie” that lays an egg a day for three years and the young infant survives the camp.

*What makes a film great for you? Are their certain qualities that make a film better for you?

The emotional characterization is the complement in any screenplay/movie that moves the portrayal of the actor to infuse his character. It creates a powerful response from the audience. The conflict, jeopardy and clash of emotions is for me the thing that makes a screenplay and movie.

*As a screenwriter, what is the most important aspect of building a character?

Building a character is the foundation of the structure that is a screenplay.  The emotional viability of the character, whether of good or evil, is paramount to the flow and counter flow of the material. The material of the text, the words and emotions of the character, sets the tone and vibrancy that connects with the audience.

*How important is it for you being a finalist at the International Screenplay Competition?   

This competition stands out from all the others because the judges of the screenplay competition are really looking for new screenwriters and there first work to be produced.  It is for us, the up and coming screenwriters, to be recognized as the future of screenwriting,

*Top favorite projects that you have been involved in?

Working with Nicholas Ray, on his production of “We Can’t Go Home Again”, working with Marcel Morceau in France on a screenplay for his movie about “Mime”. Working with Woody Allen on “Sleeper”.

*Do you express yourself creatively in other ways?

I have been in the Extra Chorus at San Francisco Opera for a number of seasons and I paint abstract landscapes in acrylic’s.     

*What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career in filmmaking?  

Become a doctor – just kidding. Start now, start before now. This business is a harsh reality but the payout is astounding. Keep going no matter what happens. Never give up.  All your waking and working hours should be about film, filmmaking, writing screenplays and talking with everybody and anybody and film.

*What can expert from you in this actual year?

I will win a screenplay competition and watch the beginning of my screenplay. “The Shetland Bus: Journey to Jung” rise up and become a forceful and entertaining movie.

*What can everyone keep with you and to learn more about you?

Facebook, twitter and Instagram and at (twgiuliano@gmail.com).

EXPERIENCE:

Brahvo Communications; Owner/Director of Communications, San Francisco, CA  

My consulting business provided artistic administration for smaller art organizations around the San Francisco Bay Area.  We worked with these art groups to provide marketing, public relations, promotional special events and educational outreach to non-profit organizations. Clients include: Festival Opera, Ives String Quartet, Sonos Handbell Ensemble, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Classical Voice and Diablo Light Opera Company.

San Francisco Opera, Director of Promotions & Projects, San Francisco, CA  

Performed as a chorus member in over 150 opera’s in numerous languages throughout my 23-year tenure.

Supervised composition of website concept for sfopera.com with review of design and production of graphics, photos and on-line ordering of tickets.     Designed a media campaign to visual identity utilizing radio and television. Managed special events: including the annual live radio broadcast of San Francisco Examiner Opera in the Park Concert plus the annual radio and television broadcasts.

Coordinated special co-promotional special events programs and projects with business partners for the annual San Francisco International Airport promotions, One Market Plaza, Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner. 

Managed “Opera Inside Out” educational outreach for secondary school students which including lectures and tours of the opera house and an attendance at a rehearsal.

Sunriver Properties, Inc., Director of Media Communications, Sunriver, OR           

Developed a comprehensive public information campaign to attract and encourage positive media coverage through national, state and local media outlets in print, radio and television. 

Designed and implemented a marketing campaign utilizing radio and television.

Supervised the public relations information to TV, radio and print press for numerous events at Sunriver i.e. Tri-Sports Celebrity Classic, Sunriver Music Festival and the Oregon Open.

Media campaign for special events securing positive media exposure for such events with TV stations in Portland, Radio stations and press publications through the state of Oregon, Washington and California.

 Siltec Corporation, Palo Alto, CA.; Direction of Video Production.   

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO.; Assistant Instructor, Film and Theatre.  

EDUCATION:

BFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Cinema, TV and Radio.

MFA, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Theatre. 

Doctoral Work at Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA; Artistic Administration. 

The Sorbonne, School of Practical Studies, Paris France. Cinema and Film. Studied with François Truffaut, Christian Metz, Michelangelo Antonioni, Marcel Marceau.   

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: 

Public Relations Society of America

Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers 

Screen Actors Guild

American Federation of Theatre and Radio Arts 

American Society of Musical Artists   

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