Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Robert Heske

An interview with screenwriter Robert Heske regarding the Writers Place Writing Competition.

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

A: My short script is called "Her First Day Alone." It's an urban horror tale about the neurosis a first-time mother feels when her baby goes to the first day of Day Care.

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

A: I have entered The Writers Place a few times before and have made FINALIST three times. This was the first time I cracked the Mendoza line of The Top Three (e.g., PRIZES!!).

I particularly like The Writers Place for shorts because whatever wins here tends to win at the bigger contests as well. The judging is on the mark results are posted on time.

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. Always a pleasure with this professional organization.

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

A: No feedback given - other than the re-assurance that the script was considered top notch against high-quality competition.

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

A: Not yet. But the notice just went out and it's the start of a New Year so I have high hopes of getting the script optioned and produced. I would love to have an excuse to attend a film festival next Fall.

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

A: After several years of feeling as if I was writing in a vacuum and lacking structure, I enrolled in Emerson College's Graduate Screenwriting Certificate program.

Since graduating in 2004, I have optioned 10 features and shorts, and won or placed (finalist, semi-finalist, quarter-finalist) in countless contests.

My screenwriting company is called Heywell Film Scripts and my website is www.bobheske.com. I am currently repped by indie producer/manager Justin Olson at Rebel Entertainment. We are currently seeking an LA- or NY-based agent. Know of anyone?

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

A: Nope. I live in Massachusetts with my wife Angela and my newborn Carly Marie. With Global Warming, our winters are now as warm as the weather in LA. But we are flexible if we get the right offer! ;-)

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

A: If my computer doesn't die first, I hope to complete a re-write of a suspense/thriller feature for a producer/director team with several IMDB credits. We are sprucing up the lead character to get an A-list actor attached. After that, I am doing a horror rewrite for another indie producer. Come Spring, I plan to lighten things up a bit by writing a comedy. (With all these genre "mood swings," my wife sometimes wonders if I'm bi-polar.)

If you want to know more, my '007 screenwriting resolutions are posted on my blog at www.bobheske.wordpress.com. Visit and comment any time!

Posted Tuesday, January 2, 2007