Gary Piazza is an award winning screenwriter, filmmaker, published author and photographer, and resides in the Pacific Northwest. He began writing and shooting videos in high school back in the 80's and never looked back. After serving in the Navy, Gary enrolled in the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute by Donna Lee and graduated with honors. It wasn't long before he wrote a sequel to John Carpenter's, "The Thing" and sent it off to ICM where they responded with interest in the script. It was that interest that landed him an agent, Gaily Vollmer with Trans International Productions. Like many projects and successes, however, this one never made it and Trans International closed their doors soon after. It was only a matter of months before Gary found his second agent in Venice Beach, CA. Suzanne Moore, with Miller-Moore Talent. The relationship was golden and they began collaboration on a story entitled, "Sunny." The story of a teen boy who kills his abusive father and escapes across country, pursued by a sympathetic cop. Sunny made it to Barbara Fisher at Universal and she gave it six pages of coverage and stamped it "recommended." Things were moving and the team looked to be involved in the early stages of an option agreement...then the tides changed. Barbara Fisher left Universal and the project went into the dark abyss. Then, as fate would have it, Suzanne's partner wanted to close the agency and start a horse farm. Gary continued to write and began work on, "Breakaway Heart." A Vietnamese refugee story that his friends and colleagues contributed to with their own life experiences.
At the same time, he decided to focus more on family and photography and his desire to make a documentary film. With an interested in off-road dirt bike racing, Gary decided to make a "filmumentary" based on a 24 hour off-road race entitled, "Pinning The Ridge." The film was a success with the locals and many abroad. The straight to DVD path was perfect for this tidy little film shot with two cameras and edited and shot by Gary himself. With a passion for film and writing still keeping him motivated, Gary decided to focus on obtaining representation once again. He finished a script about a girl ghost who returns home to adopt living parents so she can have the family she always dreamed of. Right out of the gate it received recognition from Stage 32 as a finalist in their script competition and it has received positive coverage from various festivals. "Breakaway Heart" continues to thrive and has won many accolades as well. It has received 8's on the Blacklist for it's professional writing and poignant story. Recent development notes from Brad Wilson with Higher Purpose Entertainment, called Breakaway Heart an important story that needs to be told. Very professional and the characters jump off the pages. A double recommend.
Recently Gary optioned his horror/thriller, "Dig Me No Grave" to Rocket Sky High Motion Pictures and Silent D Pictures. Shooting is to begin Jan 2022. His most recent project, "Red Scarlett" was picked up by Noirtainment and was added to their dev slate for 2022 with a release in 2023.