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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 First Fifteen Writing Competition.

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

A: TERROR ON THE RUN is the title, and it's about two men who wipe out a terrorist organization who is training in the heart of Iraq while also inspiring Arab Sultans in the Mid-East to join with Western nations in a global war against terrorism.

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

A: Because it has a dynamite first 10 pages that I thought would raise some eyebrows. I have sent this script in to a few contests such as Winner Take All (quarterfinals), The Writer’s Network (quarterfinals), Word From Here (top 50), Chesterfield (semi-finalist) True Independent (Tanglewood) (Semi-finalist ‘Top 20’) and Screenplay Festival (semi-finals - active)

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. The contest is a monthly contest and it advertised that only the first place script would be noticed or receive awards. This was their first contest, and they said I came in a 'close second' in their advertisements. TERROR ON THE RUN was the only script to be recognized as such since then.

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

A: No. (see above)

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

A: Yes. I currently have an Israeli producer interested in it.

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

A: Since retiring in 1998, I have written 8 screenplays, 2 stage plays and a novel.

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

A: I live in Bethlehem, PA and I would move in a flash to LA if my work was produced.

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

A: I am working on a life story of a theatre director/actor who has been in the business for over forty years.

Posted Saturday, December 13, 2003

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