Screenwriter Interviews

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