» Paul Gulino
Associate Professor

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Paul Gulino
Office Location:
Smith Hall 213
Phone:
(714) 628-7284
Email:
Education
Columbia University in the City of New York, Bachelor of Arts
Columbia University in the City of New York, Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television
Biography
Paul Gulino believes in Hitchcock's adage that "films are made on paper." Although students may obsess about a film's look, all of the visual elements, he says, function to enhance the story. And that, ultimately, comes from the mind of the screenwriter.

In spite of the fact that there seems to be a screenwriter behind every corner (in California, at least), screenwriting is something of a lost art, Gulino maintains, having seen hundreds of flat screenplays as a story analyst for Showtime Entertainment.

Honing his own skills through writing for the theater and practicing the craft as taught by Frank Daniel and Milos Forman, Gulino secured an agent with William Morris on the basis of his thesis script. With that "real world" confirmation in hand, Gulino went on to write and see produced features, plays and comedy sketches.

Screenwriting, he says, isn't a craft you can learn from a book. "The best way is to learn from someone who knows the craft, so you can see how theories can be applied to your own work." There must be something to that. Or at least it's worked for screenwriter Paul Gulino.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Gulino, Paul. Rev of The Inner Game of Screenwriting. Sandy Frank. Journal of Film and Video, Vol 65 No. 1 & 2 Summer 2013, pp. 88-89.
Gault, Teri and Gulino, Paul. The Grace of Saving. Los Angeles: The Grocery Game. 2013. Print and Kindle.
Gulino, Paul. Column: Zero Dark Thirty's Expiration Date. Script Magazine. 2/11/2013. Online.
Gulino, Paul. Column: 'Argo' and Recapitulation. Script Magazine. 3/14/2013. Online.
Gulino, Paul. Column: The Puzzle in Silver Linings Playbook. Script Magazine. 4/30/2013. Online.
Gulino, Paul. Column: Escape Hatches in Iron Man 3. Script Magazine. 6/10/2013. Online.
Gulino, Paul. Column: Monsters University's Scary Character Arcs. Script Magazine. 7/16/2013. Online.
Gulino, Paul. Column: Fruitvale Station vs. Blake Snyder. Script Magazine. 8/12/2013. Online.
Wrote the plays "After the Fall," "Deprogrammed," "Slavery is Freedom," "The Review" and "America’s Best Gay Married Couple" for the L.A. Cafe Plays, the acclaimed ten-minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA.
Completed draft of romantic comedy screenplay My Man Harold.
Why We Fight. Continued research on politically-oriented film series.
Wrote the plays "Renewal," "Spiritual Balance," "Dads Get No Love," and "The Heat is On" for the L.A. Cafe Plays, the acclaimed ten-minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA.
Wrote the plays "The Cost of Living," "Undecided," and "Power Exchange" for the L.A. Cafe Plays, the acclaimed ten-minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA.
My Man Harold. Researched, wrote treatment and commenced writing the screenplay of a romantic comedy.
Why We Fight. Commenced research on politically-oriented film series.
Wrote the plays "On the Brink of Darkness" and "Fall Back" for the L.A. Cafe Plays, the acclaimed ten-minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA. Also had a reprise of "March Madness" for the "Best of Cafe Plays" series in December.
Wrote the plays "March Madness," "Mad About Dad," and "Carmageddon" for Cafe Plays, the acclaimed ten-minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA.
Script Consultation. Consulted on feature screenplay, "My Thirteenth Year," for indie New York filmmaker Spencer Chandler.
Spy Plants. Commissioned to write a feature animation screenplay for Animation Lab, Inc. Scheduled for theatrical release in 2013.
Wrote the plays "The Forgotten," "Fall Back," and "So This Is Christmas" for Cafe Plays, the acclaimed monthly ten minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA.
Completed rewrite of award-winning screenplay "The Lost Brigade" for producer Brandon Pender.
Script Consultation. Consulted on feature screenplay "Two In" for Karen Struck. Script sold to Hallmark Channel.
Wrote the plays "Obamacare" and "At The Holiday Factory" for Cafe Plays, the acclaimed monthly ten minute play series at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica, CA