5 Things I Learned From Beau Yotty: An Interview with the founder of Lone Gunslinger Pictures

Friday 6 December 2019

As you know, we’re always looking to bring you the best of film industry talents to be featured at Into The Script. Browse our interviews section and you’ll find a range of awesome talks we’ve had with award-winning screenwriters, producers, actors, managers, directors and other industry professionals who have worked on projects such as the Jurassic Park franchise, Star Wars, The Walking Dead and Harry Potter and with studios such as Universal, Netflix, Disney and Marvel.
And Today’s guest is considered a triple threat in the industry, as a passionate writer, actor and producer whose films have been made into features and shorts. Meet Beau Yotty, founder of Lone Gunslinger pictures, and let’s see what advice Beau has to share with us.

You’re an actor, writer, producer, and founder of Lone Gunslinger Pictures. When first starting out you were passionate about writing, which led into your acting endeavors and added up to your fantastic experience in the film industry nowadays. We can all agree that it’s a vast industry filled with opportunities. In your opinion, which factors make people want to explore so many different areas in filmmaking? 

I would say yes, writing came first. Writing has always been a passion of mine. You could say writing was a segue into acting, and then on to making motion pictures with Lone Gunslinger Pictures. I enjoy the entire process of creating characters, telling their stories, and bringing their journey to life on the screen. 
I think it's the creative process that pushes artists into the different aspects of filmmaking. It's difficult to foresee which direction your creativity will lead. In my opinion, the artist follows his/her inspiration. 
Stallone, Eastwood and Schwarzenegger are some of the most inspirational people to you. How do you think the professionals we look up to (including their industry authority and memorable talent) leave their mark on characters, stories, and productions?
Stallone, for example, created one of the greatest characters in the history of film. He put his heart and soul into the creation of ROCKY, connecting with film audiences across the globe on an emotional level. The character of Rocky crossed all barriers. 
A large portion of society identified with Rocky Balboa, the underdog who overcame all adversary, faced the ultimate challenge, and stood tall after it was over. The American way. Believe in yourself, work hard, and never give up. Sylvester Stallone's journey to make ROCKY is well-known and an inspiration to a lot of filmmakers, leaving his mark on Hollywood.
One of my goals in each of my productions, is to connect with members of the audience on a personal level. In my opinion, that is the ultimate reward.
Interestingly, your bio says you used to write short stories at an early age, all of which match the genres of your current screenplays. Every form of writing has a unique way of transporting us, but which factors initially contributed to your “migration” to screenwriting?

Writing short stories has always been something I enjoy doing. I don't remember thinking about writing, I just recall doing it. I saw films and cartoons as a kid, and immediately wanted to create my own characters, and tell their stories. I viewed it as fun. Like playing little league, or playing catch with my father. Something I looked forward to doing.
It wasn't until college that I wrote my first screenplay. I was taken in by the idea that I could write a story, and then cast actors to portray the characters and situations I had just wrote.  
Screenwriting has always been a passion of yours, and your scripts have been made into short and feature films. That’s awesome, but the fact that you write and produce projects ranging from action features to Western short series is even more awesome. When it comes to writing scripts for completely different genres, how do you adapt your screenwriting technique to fit each one of them? 

To me, it comes down to human nature and conflict. There is right and wrong. Although there may be a little gray area at times; Ultimately it's right and wrong, good vs bad. I enjoy the challenge of creating characters and placing them in the circumstances. 
Each character has their own personality that will dictate their response to a given conflict. As I write, the characters make it easy for me. Based on their human tendencies, the screenplay can seem to write itself. Whether they are in a gun fight in the old west, flying a space ship, or swimming through the English Channel, the character's responses are formed by basic human nature.
Calling your website “cool” would be an understatement. From your autograph to your social pages to your project updates, it’s a complete platform with everything an agent, podcaster, or film industry insider needs to go “that’s the guy we want to feature”. 
But truth is, not every actor/filmmaker has their own website, only social media handles. I believe it’s because they aren’t aware of how a website can positively impact their career, but let’s hand it over to you: when professionally marketing oneself as a writer/actor/producer, do you think social media alone suffices?
     Photo Credit to Beau Yotty
Thank you Laila, I appreciate it. With technology seemly changing by the second, I try to keep my website up to date. Which is not an easy task in today's fast moving environment.
I believe that a website is crucial. For marketing purposes, as well as for authenticity. Sort of like a home on the worldwide web. Social media is extremely important as well, but I see them as extensions of a website. It's no secret that social media accounts can go down, deleted, etc. If you're only depending on one social media platform, that can have a negative impact on your visibility as an actor, director, filmmaker, etc. 
It's essential to have a centralized location that visitors can locate, and trust. If something is on my website, you can guarantee I put it there. That helps to cut through the clutter on the web.

Laila Resende is a 20-year-old freelance copywriter and a Feature Writer and Social Media Assistant at Into The Script. Her insatiable passion for movies and blogging is perfect for her role as Feature Writer & Social Media Assistant at Into The Script. 

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