"Too many wannabe writers spend too much time worrying about the size of their margins and how many paper fasteners to use instead of what makes a script work and sell. They don't learn about the business," says Bob Couttie, a British writer now living at a former US Naval base at Subic Bay in the Philippines.
A former business journalist who moved to the Philippines in 1989 as a foreign correspondent, has been involved in the motion picture industry, both in front and the behind camera since 1991. After working on several local movies and shifting to directing television productions and documentaries, he co-wrote "Goodbye America" with American producer Michael Sellers and Legacy, starring David Hasselhoff, to be released in 1999. Projects on the cooker include "Eco-One", a science fiction feature, "Samar", set in the Philippine-American War and "Save America", an action movie set against the American gun control issue.
His first credits were for radio plays broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation. His first play was The "Principle of Rocketry", followed by The "Principles of Flight", and "The House at Spook Corner". "Working with BBC drama is great, but it spoils you as a writer. In radio drama, at least with the BBC, the writer has the stature of the director in movies, they'll bust a gut to get your concepts, your creation, out there, they're working for you. It doesn't prepare you for movies, where you're just part of the team, it's a more collaborative process and nobody reads your credits. That's very depressing, though the cheques make you feel better."