Screenwriter Interviews

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

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