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This month Festival Director Denise Gossett spoke with Robert J Rogers, 2015 & 2017 screenplay finalist.

DG: What is your name and company URL?

RR: Robert J. Rogers

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DG: What is your specialty...filmmaking or screenwriting?

RR: Screenwriter. (Actually I'm a storyteller that writes in screenplay format)

DG: :) What are you currently working on?

RR: I have the bones for eight features ready to go. But I'm not going to finish anymore plays until I sell one of my five features.

DG: Wow! You've been busy! Who do you consider your mentor and why?

RR: On the storytelling side, Alistare MacLean. (The Guns of Navarone; Where Eagles Dare) On the screenplay side, Edmond North (The Day the Earth Stood Still) When it comes to SciFi, he was ahead of his time. So was Cyril Hume. (Forbidden Planet)

DG: Why do you think the horror/sci-fi genres have such a large following?

RR: First and foremost, I love SciFi. I've earned over eighty awards worldwide. Right now horror is a phenomenal genre. I've written a couple horror plays and have earned over seventy awards.

DG: Wow, that's a lot of awards! Congrats! What do you love most about this business?

RR: It's fun to win festivals all over the world.

DG: I bet! What do you dislike most about this business?

RR: I've earned over two hundred awards worldwide, and not a sniff from Hollywood

DG: That is a bit crazy! What career accomplishment are you most proud of?

RR: Met a ton of great people. I'm published. And all the awards.

DG: Any advice you'd like to give newbies?

RR: You're a storyteller first, and screenwriter second. The only thing that will change this is if somebody walks out of a movie and utters,"I really hated the spelling in that movie." (Chuckle)

DG: LOL Great advice! Anything else you'd like to say?

RR: Shotgun marketing doesn't work. Carpet bomb a city, and analyze festival results.

Good luck. Take care. Cherish time.

DG: I agree! Thank you Robert! It was great chatting!

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