The creator and writer of the famous CBS television series “Ghost Whisperer,” John Thomas Gray, gave Ecuador Times the opportunity to answer a few questions about his latest feature. Mr. Gray has worked for more than 25 years in the film and television business, and all his experience is summed up in the successful independent film “White Irish Drinkers.”
ET: Is this your first indie film?
Actually my first feature in 1985 was an indie, called “Billy Galvin.”
ET: How did you come up with the idea for making a film like “White Irish Drinkers”?
I wanted to explore the world I grew up in, where the danger wasn’t always what could happen to you on the streets, but what could happen to you once you closed the door to your home at night. I also wanted to explore the effects of alcoholism and violence on a family.
ET: Briefly, How would you describe your process for writing a movie?
A lot of cursing and occasionally banging my fist on my desk! Really the only process is to get started early every morning and keep at it and I use my secret weapon, my wife and muse Melissa who is a brilliant writer and helps me a lot.
ET: In your opinion, what do you think that the movie industry needs?
More character driven movies where things don’t always have to blow up.
ET: Do you plan to make more indie films?
Yes. I’ve just finished a script that Melissa and I are in the process of raising money for, that we hope to shoot at the end of the year.
ET: What inspired you to study a filming career?
Seeing movies as a kid, I would get so taken away by the experience; and often by relating to characters and stories I felt less alone; and I came to really want to have a chance to give others that same feeling I had.
ET: How would you describe your experience while doing “White Irish Drinkers“?
It was great, for me it was like going back to my roots, with no frills, no comforts, no egos and no studio or network interference! It was just pure creative collaboration and it was one of the highlights of my career. (AV)