American Gem 2005 Short Screenplay Competition - DEATH IS THE ULTIMATE SPACESHIP

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Howard Kingkade

Third Place Winner

Howard Kingkade
of Columbia, SC
Screenplay
DEATH IS THE ULTIMATE SPACESHIP
Dramatic thriller
Biography:

Originally I'm from Hammond, Indiana. I attended Indiana University and the University of South Carolina, where I now teach. Currently I am in preproduction on a documentary project with my wife entitled "Education Before Desegregation: One School's Story." I have been actively writing for about five years.  

Interview

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

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"

 

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FilmMakers Magazine: 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? 

Howard Kingkade: 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?

Howard Kingkade: 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?

Howard Kingkade: 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?

Howard Kingkade: 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?

Howard Kingkade: Good feedback on moviebytes.

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

Howard Kingkade: 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.

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

Howard Kingkade: 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 and Why?

Howard Kingkade: It has to be the late Carole Eastman. Five Easy Pieces is such a great movie. 

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

Howard Kingkade: Bill Paxton. His move "Frailty" was wonderful. 

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

Howard Kingkade: Crispin Glover. Very talented. Great comic timing.

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

Howard Kingkade: Seek out what makes you different form other writers.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Howard Kingkade: A full length supernatural thriller.

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

Howard Kingkade: I have no idea. But wherever I am I would like to be around creative people.

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