Joseph McGaha [josephpmcgaha]
What is your specialty? Production, direction, something else?
Is there a link to a site where we can see references to your work?
How did you begin in this field? Who introduced you to it?
I had been laid off from a marketing job, and my friend Kelly Perine (film & television actor) got me started, and other friends who are writers, producers and actors guided me along the way.
Which have been the most symbolic works of your career?
So far, my feature screenplay 'Dumped' has gotten the most time and attention from others. I suppose it's symbolic, as it takes place in Spain, where I was born.
Do you work for a client, for the audience, or for your own creative adventure?
All three. If I'm commissioned by a producer or director to write a piece, I try to tailor it to their specific needs. Of course, it's important for me that it be entertaining for an audience, which means it would need to be something that I personally would be entertained by.
What should a good script have in order to interest you?
A good premise is extremely important, as there are a limited amount of storylines. I try to throw in situations or storylines that one doesn't see in most mainstream films (which is not to say that I don't follow the traditional screenplay format - I just try to use different backgrounds to what may be seen as traditional stories).
Name three contemporary directors or producers that you admire.
Martin Scorsese, Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams
What movies or television shows inspired you to work in this field?
A wide variety. Everything from the classics (Rebel Without A Cause, On The Waterfront, etc.) to modern comedies like The 40 Year Old Virgin and television shows like MI-5 (out of the UK) and Person Of Interest.
If an actor delivers the lines but is not believable, how do you direct him/her?
I try and guide them to pull from their own experiences the motivations of the character.
What actor would you love to work with and what type of character would you propose to him/her as a challenge?
Comedic actors like Zach Galifianakis or Louis CK would be fantastic to work with, as would dramatic actors like Daniel Craig or Andy Garcia.
What do you think of public subsidies for cinema?
I think public subsidies are a good thing, as cinema employs a large number of people and promotes culture. Many countries in Europe are subsidized by public funds, and it has kept their film industry alive.
What respect does the reality phenomenon deserve? What experiences have you had with this genre?
I have no experience with the reality phenomenon except as a viewer. I do not have much respect for the genre as I feel it cheapens the industry (much cheaper to create than a well-produced comedy or drama).
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