since I came to the conclusion that my
ideas and abilities were best expressed in a cinematic venue.
I know I've succeeded.......
I see one of my short scripts come to
life on the screen.
My inspiration to write
DEATH IS THE ULTIMATE SPACESHIP.......
came from a photograph of an astronaut juxtaposed to a photograph of an
Egyptian pyramid I saw in Lewis Mumford's book "The Pentagon of Power"
What inspired you to write?
Howard Kingkade: Reading comics as a child, then watching shows
like the Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour when I got older.
A lot of great TV, especially the older stuff, when writers still had
their training in the theatre.
FilmMakers Magazine: How did you prepare yourself to
write your first script?
Since it was about animal experimentation, I read Pete Singer's book
and various magazine articles.
FilmMakers Magazine: Is
this your first script and how long did it take you to write DEATH IS
THE ULTIMATE SPACESHIP?
This is not my first script and I wrote Death is the Ultimate
Spaceship over the course of last summer.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
I like writing early in the morning at home with a cup of coffee
nearby--when I get that luxury.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests
are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
Oh yes. Knowing someone is going to read and hopefully appreciate my
work is very influential in my writing a script.
FilmMakers Magazine: What
influenced you to enter the
American Gem Short Script Competition?
Good feedback on moviebytes.
FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Any of the old Beaumont, Matheson, or Dahl scripts from the golden age
of TV, when writing shorts was truly an art form. If you can't read
them, then watch them.
Beside screenwriting what are you
passionate about and why?
Animal rights issues. though many might think its a "fringe" issue, I
believe it might hold the key on how to be human.
FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter
It has to be the late Carole Eastman. Five Easy Pieces is such a great
FilmMakers Magazine: Name
the director you would love to work with and why?
Bill Paxton. His move "Frailty" was wonderful.
Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
Howard Kingkade: Crispin Glover. Very talented. Great comic
Any tips and things learned along
the way to pass on to others?