Interview with Screenwriter Gregory Allen (HE IS GONE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Gregory Allen: He is Gone is about a college professor who deals with the fact that his husband goes missing in the blink of an eye while they are at a high school reunion. He soon realizes that everything is not always as it seems and he sets out on a journey for answers.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Part mystery, part drama.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Many gay films are all about boy looking for boy or coming out of the closet. I feel this would be a very different type of gay film as it deals with older gay men (sometimes overlooked). I think the multi-genre aspect would also be fascinating as a film since it’s Gone Girl meets Leaving Las Vegas.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

beautiful heartache

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

I am a sucker for Somewhere in Time.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it first as a novel in 2012 and a few years after that started on the screenplay when a director had some interest. I shelved it for a while and only recently came back to it the past year while working on the LGBT short film Hiding In Daylight (on the festival circuit now).

7. How many stories have you written?

Four novels, one nonfiction memoir, two shorts, three children’s books, three screenplays

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

These questions are always hard as I can’t ever pick favorites: but the song that was my soundtrack while writing this story was “Going Wrong” by Armin Van Buuren

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Adapting a novel into a screenplay can be a challenge when you are deciding what parts of the novel need to be cut for the film. I guess in that perspective, I was my largest obstacle.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love theater -both seeing it and occasionally performing in shows. Also this past year I’ve gone on a fitness journey and at almost 50 years old, I’ve become someone who is passionate about going to the gym – especially my spin class!

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I find FilmFreeway to be a very easy platform to use. I love how it will also suggest other festivals to you.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I have never considered submitting a screenplay to a festival. I’m used to waiting until the film is completed. While working on our short LGBT film, I was thinking about my next project and decided to just put out this screenplay to get some feedback. I love that your festival not only gave feedback, but also offered the reading of the Best Of scene. That was a very smart thing as writers need to hear their work come off the page.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

What do you do when the entire world you thought you knew crumbles around you? How do you piece it all back together? While attending a 20th high school reunion in Alabama, New Jersey transplant Blain Harrington has lost the love of his life in the blink of an eye. He soon realizes that everything is not always as it seems as he sets out on a journey for answers dealing with themes of addiction, letting go, and rebuilding one’s life.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Blaine: Peter-Mark Raphael
Grayson: Christian Vargas

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