Driven by a lifetime passion that’s become a full-time occupation, optioned screenwriter Mark Golik seeks to develop marketable stories that explore the inner commonality of humankind. Tales with unique, compelling characters thrust into extraordinary situations who manage to find a way to see themselves in their adversaries and in one another.
Specializing in true stories and adaptations, Mark is open to assignment work in all genres. Steeled with an extensive background in marketing and corporate communications, he’s also an invaluable savvy partner to have on board throughout the production process.
Work with Mark on one of his projects – or one of your own – and you get a bonus: a true business partner, a creative screenwriter who can also help develop and review proposals and business plans, and work with you to fine tune other pitch materials. In short, Mark becomes your co-producer; a collaborative part of the production team that extends beyond the script.
A past presenter at the Creative Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles, Mark is available for speaking engagements, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and presentations for large and small groups. Topics include: Breaking in from Outside L.A., Crafting the Perfect Logline, and Making Your Query Letter Pitch Perfect. He is represented by Eric Williams of Zero Gravity Management, Santa Monica, Calif.
Name: Mark Golik
Lives in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Company: Tried and True Stories
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Film by Stephen Chbosky (Drama and Romance) Actor Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. Written by Anonymous
The Next Three Days
Film by Paul Haggis (Crime, Drama, Romance and Thriller) Actor Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. Her husband, John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. So he does a lot of research to find a way. Written by firstname.lastname@example.org
Love & Other Drugs
Film by Edward Zwick (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actor Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. Written by Twentieth Century Fox
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Film by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Adventure, Comedy and Drama) Actor Pittsburgh, coming of age in the 1980s. At the beginning of June, Art Beckstein calls this the last summer of his life - after which he'll work as a stock broker. Art's father is the city's mob boss, steering Art's life, judging his choices. At a party, Art sees Jane, smart, blond, lovely. They meet; she has a boyfriend. The next day, Cleveland, the boyfriend, pulls Art from work and the summer of adventures begins. Cleveland lives close to the edge; he's explosive, with hints of problems with local thugs. The triangle of friendship gets complicated when Cleveland disappears for a couple weeks. Can Art sort out his feelings as well as help Cleveland? Where does his father fit in this? Written by <email@example.com>
Film by Pieter Jan Brugge (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actor Wayne and Eileen Hayes live the American Dream. Together they've raised two children and struggled to build a successful business from the ground up. But there have been sacrifices along the way. When Wayne is kidnapped by an ordinary man, Arnold Mack, and held for ransom in a remote forest, the couple's world is turned inside out. Eileen finds her home full of FBI agents, their life under scrutiny. While Wayne is engaged in the negotiation of his lifetime, Eileen works frantically with the FBI to secure his release. The terrifying ordeal causes Wayne and Eileen to reassess their marriage and come to a deeper sense of their commitment to each other. With each passing hour, the need and desire for Wayne to return home safely becomes ever more urgent. Written by Austin4577@aol.com
Film by Peter Hyams (Action, Crime and Thriller) Actor Some terrorists kidnap the Vice President of the United States and threaten to blow up the entire stadium during the final game of the NHL Stanley Cup. There is only one way and one man to stop them... Written by Volker Boehm
Dawn of the Dead
Film by George A. Romero (Drama and Horror) Miscellaneous Crew Following the events of Night of the Living Dead (1968), we follow the exploits of four survivors of the expanding zombie apocalypse as they take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall following a horrific SWAT evacuation of an apartment complex. Taking stock of their surroundings, they arm themselves, lock down the mall, and destroy the zombies inside so they can eke out a living--at least for a while. Tensions begin to build as months go on, and they come to realize that they've fallen prey to consumerism. Soon afterward, they have even heavier problems to worry about, as a large gang of bikers discovers the mall and invades it, ruining the survivors' best-laid plans and forcing them to fight off both lethal bandits and flesh-eating zombies. Written by Curly Q. Link