Monday, December 08, 2008


by Gina Sestak

I've always liked movies. Ever since I was a little kid. I like to watch, but even more, I like to know about how they are made.

You may remember that one of the first posts I wrote for this blog [way back on September 23, 2006] concerned my glamorous job as a movie extra in George Romero's Dawn of the Dead.
I call it glamorous because my make-up was professionally desitned and applied -

so what if it was matte gray skin and red eye shadow! It looked cool.
A few years later, I was an extra in an even weirder movie -
Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh.

So what's that got to do with writing? you may ask.

I'll tell you.

This semester, I've been taking a screenwriting course at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. After years of being a highly unsuccessful fiction writer, I've decided to broaden my horizons. Henceforth, I plan to be an unsuccessful screenwriter as well!


Annette said...

Gina, you may have found your niche. And when you get your screenplay produced, I have a friend who is a make-up artist...has even won a couple of Emmy Awards for it. But I seriously doubt that she does blood-sucking zombies...

Jennie Bentley said...

You go, Gina! Good for you.

I've done some extra work, too, as well as some theatre. It was when I realized I'd never have the kind of movie career I wanted, that I turned to writing instead. Just another way of being someone else for a while...

I wrote a children's musical once. Does that count? (I didn't write the music or lyrics, though. Not gifted that way. DH, on the other hand...)