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Howard Rothschild
Sixth Place
 
Winner
Howard Rothschild
of
Toronto, ON, Canada
Screenplay
FORTY LOVE
Comedy
Biography:

Born in Quebec City, raised in Toronto, Canada, Howard Rothschild has long 
been affiliated with the film industry since post University freelance gigs as 
political Campaign Chairman, industry Director of Education and retail entrepreneur.

As Location Manager and Assistant Director in feature film production, he has 
worked on four continents with credits that include David Cronenberg’s 
“Videodrome” and “The Fly”, Roland Joffe’s “The Killing Fields” and Tom Dey’s 
“Shanghai Noon”.

Happily married to wife Jennifer, proud father of two-year-old son Ben,  Howard grabs any opportunity he can to go fishing, white water virgin rivers or heli ski western slopes. Projected epitah: “Everything to Excess”.

Interview

I knew I wanted to be a screenwriter........

When I realized I could make a living sitting at a computer near the top of Whistler Mountain.

I know I've succeeded........ 

When readers smile or laugh out loud whilst reading my script, and want to get to the end of it.

My inspiration to write FORTY LOVE.......

Came from my love of sports, gambling and life’s magical moments.

 

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FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Howard Rothschild: Desire to tell story. If I can sit in a movie theatre with my son and feel the audience enjoying my tale, I’ll die a happy 

FilmMakers Magazine: What did you do to prepare yourself to write your first script?

Howard Rothschild: Took a six month road trip throughout the U.S., meeting people, crashing on their balconies and rock faces under the stars. Read Robert McKee. 

FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete?

Howard Rothschild: Yes. On and off for five years.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?

Howard Rothschild:
I record anecdotes and incidents as I encounter them either on notepad or tape recorder. Then I spend as much time as I can at my desk and computer.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?

Howard Rothschild: Anything that motivates writing and assists to gain exposure is valuable.

FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the FilmMakers.com / The Radmin Company Screenwriting Competition?

Howard Rothschild: Seeking exposure.

FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?

Howard Rothschild: I’ve read many scripts and I believe they all helped, the bad ones as much as the good.  You learn both ways. 

FilmMakers Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?

Howard Rothschild: Variant life experiences are the greatest foundation for any 
screenplay.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Howard Rothschild: Myself of course. If you don’t believe in yourself you’ll die out 
there!

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with and why?

Howard Rothschild: Any director who can deliver moments that illustrate that real life is more touching and spectacular than fiction. 

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?

Howard Rothschild: Any actor who can deliver moments that illustrate that real life is more touching and spectacular than fiction.

FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?

Howard Rothschild: Write from the heart. Be relentless. Recognize that every reader looks at each page with different eyes. Learn structural basics before straying from convention.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Howard Rothschild: Royalties and accolades for a wonderful screenplay. Barring
that, a lot more sweat and cramped fingers.

FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from now?

Howard Rothschild: Skiing Whistler with cramped fingers or sweating somewhere else with cramped fingers.

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