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Writers: If you've finished first, second, or third in any screenwriting competition listed on MovieBytes, we'd like to interview you! First, make sure the contest results for the year you won are posted on MovieBytes, including your name, so we can verify your submission. Then submit our online interview form for that contest. We'll notify you via email when your interview has been posted.

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Robert Gately

An interview with screenwriter Robert Gately regarding the Burris-Hulett Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The script titled, BOO HOO FLANAGAN, won best drama and best overall. It is about a black guard who is hired to coach prison inmates in basketball to prepare for a game against the resident guards. While the guards hire professional players as ringers, he finds the strength and motivation to succeed from a crippled, white inmate who can shoot three-point baskets better than anyone CW has ever seen.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: It was a monthly contest asking for 'dramas'. I simply gave them my best drama. I didn't send it to too many contests, but it did finish in the top 10 (finalist) in the Barrier Magazine competition, as well as making it as a quarterfinalist in the Monterey and American Screenwriting (flatshoe) contest. It is currently being considered as a finalist in the Screenplay Festival competition where it has made it through the 'first round' or semifinal round.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Yes

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: No feedback, but was signed to a contract (agent).

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: see above

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I have written 8 screenplays which one (HAT TRICK) is the second winningest comedy on Moviebytes.com

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Live in Bethlehem, PA, and would certainly move to CA if my career took me there.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: Life story of a man (stage actor/director of 40 years) who I was good friends with in High School.

Posted Saturday, December 13, 2003

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