American Gem 2006 Short Screenplay Competition - FAT CLUB
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Bob Heske

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Bob Heske
of Shrewsbury, MA

Bob Heske @ Heywell Film Scripts is a contest winning screenwriter (and multi-time finalist/semi-finalist/quarter finalist) with 9 shorts optioned. Bob has written features and shorts in multi-genre: animation, comedy, drama, horror, and suspense/thriller. Bob has a certificate from Emerson College's Graduate Screenwriting Program and was a script reader at Scout Productions for two years. His animation work is represented by Story Arts Management.

Most recently, Bob won The Indie Gathering for his short BLOOD RELATIVE in the suspense/thriller category. Bob is currently in negotiation with producers to option three features, is producing an animated short (A DEMON TALE) with an international creative team, and has just contracted to write a feature comedy for an indie producer. Fat Club has been a finalist in three other contests: The Writers Place, Gimme Credit (Cycle I), and the Boston International Film Festival. For the rest of Bob's story, please visit his website at


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

When I learned my father passed up an acting career to marry my mother and raise a family. Being the youngest of four children, the gauntlet is passed to me and, since I'm 40, it's high time I get it done!

I know I've succeeded.......  

when my first script is made and I hear the audience APPLAUD.

My inspiration to write FAT CLUB.......

was based on a true-life humbling experience at a doctor's office and his #@#$#@#$ scale.




FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Bob Heske: My vivid imagination and the fact that I'm happy at a computer keyboard.

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

Bob Heske: I had a very, very bad relationship. One bottle of Scotch and I was ready to write a tragic comedy.

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

Bob Heske: No, I've written 5 features and 17 shorts. This short took me two weeks to write.

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

Bob Heske: Since my wife and I just had our first baby, time is limited. So I cheat and write at my freelance job at work and during my lunch hour. I also try to write 2 hours a night when I can get the baby to bed.

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

Bob Heske: Absolutely. I'm a big fan of contests. They give us hope, feedback, and a sense of accomplishment. There's a huge gap between sitting down and writing your first script and the thousand rejection notes along the way. Contests give us friendly pats on the back to keep us going.

FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the American Gem Short Script Competition?

Bob Heske: It's one of the best and most entered short script contests out there. After doing well in other contests, I felt I was up to the challenge.

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

Bob Heske: The Usual Suspects. A masterpiece for the genre. For comedy, I'd probably recommend Back to the Future.

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

Bob Heske: Being a screenwriter (which, by definition, makes me a pseudo-masochist), I am also a fervent Red Sox and Patriots fan. For over a decade it was the perfect screenwriting experience - constant let down and rejection. The recent success of the Red Sox and Patriots - and this screenwriting contest - bode well for my screenwriting career.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Bob Heske William Goldman. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Marathon Man. All the President's Men. The original Stepford Wives. Magic. 'Nuff said.

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

Bob Heske: Ron Howard, because he has a tremendous portfolio and he seems like such a nice guy.

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

Bob Heske: For Fat Club, it would definitely have to be Alec Baldwin. There's a scene that's based on his character's outburst as he dresses down underachieving salesmen in Glengarry Glen Ross. He showed up an all-star cast in one brass-ballsy scene. Fantastic!!!

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

Bob Heske: I've made tons of mistakes. The best advice? Never, ever pay someone to read your script.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Bob Heske: Hopefully, in the next few weeks I will option 3 of my features. I am currently in negotiation with producers now. And, if I get paid, I will divert some funds to pay for an animated short called A DEMON TALE which I've collaborated on with a fantastic animator named Dany Boom (The Triplets of Belleville). And my next feature script is a comedy for which I've already written the treatment and that I've been contracted to write by an indie producer.

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

Bob Heske: Some place warm, by the ocean, in a bigger house, driving a better car, with a healthy family, and the job description: professional screenwriter. Oh yeah, and 20 pounds lighter.

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