I knew I wanted to be a screenwriter........
when I saw Platoon.
I know I've succeeded........
when I sit in that movie theater and see my
My inspiration to write A SOLDIER'S SON.......
came from wife.
What inspired you to write?
Jack Estes: I have always wanted to write and did so to keep
from going crazy. The war was in my mind and writing helped ease the
FilmMakers Magazine: What did you do to prepare yourself to write your first script?
Jack Estes: I attended two screenplay writing classes taught by
FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete?
Jack Estes: This is my first script and it will not be
completed until it is filmed.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
I write everyday, usually after breakfast and before I turn in. When
I'm on a roll I can write all day and it feels like I'm watching a
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring
screenwriters and why?
Jack Estes: Screenplay contests are an excellent way to stay
motivated and keep writing.
FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the
FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards?
Jack Estes: I entered this contest because everything I read
about the contest was good.
FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Jack Estes: There is not one script I would read but many. No
matter how good a script, if you read it with the intent of
discovering what works and what does not, you can learn from almost
FilmMakers Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
Jack Estes: I enjoy writing fiction and essays. I am passionate
about the brave soldiers fighting in Iraq and all veterans. Because of
this passion my wife and I have created a non-profit called The Fallen
Warriors Foundation, to honor veterans with acts of kindness. We have
been to Vietnam many times to bring doctors or supplies for hospitals.
FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter
FilmMakers Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with and why?
I would like to work with Clint
Eastwood because his films are rich with texture and impact people on
a profound and positive level.
Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
Write every day and forget about
rejection, it means nothing, only acceptance does.
FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?
Jack Estes: I am going to finish my next script in a few weeks
then work on my novel.
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from now?
Jack Estes: Five years from now I will be pounding away,
turning out words that leap off the page and hopefully find an