20something profile: G.E. Gallas
Posted by David
For as long as I can remember, I have been telling stories through words and images. As a child, I spent hours and hours drawing, creating original characters and worlds. Eventually, my passion for stories inspired me to write my own graphic novels and screenplays.
I am a graduate (2011) of New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where I created my own major: a cross-cultural study of storytelling within film, literature, etc. In all my creative endeavors, I adapt this interdisciplinary approach, pursuing my diverse interests with in-depth research and imagination.
In order to become a professional graphic novelist and screenwriter, I have tried and continue to try an endless number of routes — everything from entering scripts into competitions to applying for creative fellowships to publishing my graphic novels online.
The most difficulty I’ve had is finding other filmmakers to make a short with me. I’ve been trying to connect with directors/producers through Craigslist, MeetUp.com, etc., but mostly just run into scams or just unreliable people.
On the other hand, I have discovered some wonderful fellow local creatives through the Internet. On Craigslist, I found the super talented Shannon Brady who I am collaborating with on a graphic novel called The First Reich (thefirstreich.wordpress.com).
Through a combination of WordPress and LinkedIn, the amazing and hilarious G. Martinez Cabrera (thehistoryofthings.wordpress.com) found me to illustrate his children’s book Elias & The City of Cats (gegallas.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/work-in-progress-elias-the-city-of-cats).
Currently, my screenplay Death Is No Bad Friend is a 2nd round qualifier and is still competing in the Kaos Films British Short Screenplay Competition, judged by Sir Kenneth Branagh. I eagerly await the final results, to be announced this coming January.
Furthermore, my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea (thepoetandtheflea.wordpress.com) is set to premiere online November 28th.
During my graduation from Gallatin, Dean Susanne Wofford offered us some advice: you never know until you apply. Granted I am a rather skeptical individual, I don’t usually take what’s said during a graduation ceremony very seriously. But this simple notion has stuck with me. In today’s rough economy, you just have to keep applying and keep trying until something sticks.