Screenwriter Spotlight: Finalist Gregory Caruso

Chicago Screenplay Awards Questionnaire

By Chicago Screenplay Awards Dept.

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Gregory Caruso. I’m from Los Angeles.

Where and when did you come up with the idea for your screenplay?

Boxed Wine is based heavily on my own experiences – industry-wise and relationship-wise. And the existential questions we go through as “artists.”

Can you take us through your screenwriting process?

It always begins with an idea or one scene in particular – and I try to get that down on paper as soon as possible. I used to write without structure – mainly because I did not truly understand structure or plot – but now, outlining is crucial for me. That said – after an outline – I like to throw everything at the canvas… and then rewrite and rewrite to tailor and improve my original inclinations – and typos.

What made you want to become a screenwriter?

I’ve always loved storytelling. I grew up watching black-and-white films from the 40s and 50s. But more than anything, I feel I need to write in order to get through life.

Who are your biggest filmmaking influences?

Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Wes Anderson, Carol Reed…

Have you ever been obsessed with a movie or TV show? If so, which one?

Many times. I am currently obsessed with M*A*S*H – the series.

What’s your favorite moment in cinema history?

When George Bailey’s family and friends fill his home and sing “Auld Lang Syne.”

Who’s your favorite character in cinema history?

George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life. I would love to be more original – but I’m not sure any character has ever moved me more.

If you could talk to anyone from any era, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Probably Jesus… I’d ask him if it’s all true.


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