J Gideon Sarantinos

Thanks for all your feedback and kind comments. If there are any topics you want me to cover, just email me via this blog.


16 Comments Add yours

  1. Gideon says:

    Cool my name Is Gideon Omoruyi. From your experience, would you say CGI movies (Advent Children) cost more money then real actors?

    1. JG Sarantinos says:

      that used to be the case, but the cost of animation has really come down.

      1. skatay says:

        I’m a screenwriter and I’ve also worked in the VFX industry for 15 years. Actors cost less than CGI – even an A-lister’s fee ($20m+) will be less than the cost of VFX in a VFX driven movie. There are numerous technical hurdles that drive the cost of creating photorealistic humans with CG (google “vfx uncanny valley”). An actor can take direction and give you instantaneous performance adjustments. They can give you a range of takes on a single day that would take months for an animation team to incorporate. CG can give you things you can’t get with actors (digital stunt doubles, character animation of dangerous animals and so on. CG has its uses, but if you’ve got a choice between directing a human and directing a CG character the actor’s going to be cheaper nine times out of ten.

  2. Jamie says:

    Hi Gideon, would you be interested in writing for our guest contributions at TheStoryDepartment.com? We would love to share your insights.

    1. Would love to. Always live helping Aussie writers reach their potential.
      I’ll be in Melb to visit family over xmas.

  3. Larry fine says:

    How do you feel about screenwriting competitions?

    1. Some are good. Some are bad. Some offer cash prizes. Some offer industry access. They are another tool to get read.

  4. Diana Black says:

    Dear JG
    As a budding screenwriter, with just a few scripts behind me and a whole lot more in the pipeline at various stages of completion, I so appreciate your great generosity of spirit with the information you have provided here. Thank you so much and best wishes

  5. James Limas says:

    I greatly appreciate your altruistic advice for budding writers. Thank you. May I request future topics? I’ve scoured the internet for specific beats to genres/sub-genres and find tge results wanting. I’ve considered this info may be the exclusive domain of writing gurus, hucksters, and institutions of higher learning. Often, when scraps of beats are tossed to the teeming masses, they seem to be called by different names. A rose by any other name? If you could discuss a list of beats over time, writers everywhere can only benefit. Maybe thank you at their Oscar acceptance speech? Ah, the stuff of dreams…..

  6. Hi Gideon,

    I’m wondering if I can email you? I have a website I designed for writers…it’s called writersandfilmmakers.com. Wanted to get your thoughts…if you had the time.

    1. sure.email through this site. i may not get to it for a few weeks.

  7. Mark says:

    Hi Gideon – WeScreenplay is offering free coverage on the First Impression of anyone’s script. It’s been live for a week and massively popular. Figured your audience might be interested. Here’s the link if you’re curious: https://www.wescreenplay.com/coverage/first-impression

    Keep doing what you’re doing – it’s awesome!
    Best, Mark

    1. thanks. really appreciate it.

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