Howard James Reekie
Writer, Producer and Media Consultant for the Motion Picture business.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland. Current nationality – British & Canadian, with Permanent U.S. Residency. Education – Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, followed by a Masters program in Data Communications through Golden State University, California. Speaks English and French.
“Circle of Sin”- The Nazis developed Fusion power in World War II and would have devastated the Allies, if not for William Reed’s courageous operation as a British spy. Now, he’s dead, but his son, Gordon discovers hidden documentation of his work while sifting through old family albums, in his Chicago home. What he uncovers becomes a nightmare of conflict and intrigue. The pursuit leads to London where Gordon infiltrates the War Ministry files and discovers even more secrets…
“Blood Brothers’ Honor” – American boyhood friends, now grown, re-unite over the skies of Russia in a deadly dogfight against each other – one is smuggling uranium, the other pledged to stop him, and a beautiful Russia woman stands in the middle.
“House Money” – When three women decide to have their twenty-year high school reunion in Las Vegas, the casinos are in for a beating. A modern “Oceans Eleven” with smart, amusing and sometimes quirky female leads sets the tone. This is a fun, smart, con-within-a-con story, but each of our principal characters has issues of her own which are drawn out. Tears fall, resolutions are found. But in the end, are anyone’s tears for real? Or are we being conned by the best?
“On the Edge of Time” – An electrifying drama based on the life of Nikola Tesla, one of the world’s most prolific inventors. His obsessions denied him a normal life style, especially when it came to women. His premonitions and predictions were mind-boggling. What is perhaps most amazing, is that upon his death, his private papers were confiscated and sealed by the government. This story takes us to the edge, where humanity may be at stake. Tesla’s “death ray” is reality.
“SpeakEasy” – Chicago 1924 – the height of Prohibition, when life roared with passion and bullets ruled the streets. From high society to blue-collar worker, bootlegged alcohol made criminals of them all. They ran to the gin-joints in droves, consumed life and foot-stepped to the likes of Louis Armstrong and a young kid from Harlem named, Duke Ellington. It was a time with no end in sight, a time for a man and a woman from different sides of the tracks to find each other, a time to “Speak Easy”…
“Echoes of the Dead” – Set in rural Ireland, an American family inherits a mansion and decides to try living the “gentry life.” Their 11-year-old son, Jason, has other plans, but he can’t help it – he’s possessed by his dead great-aunt and keeps conversation with a young girl who, as she describes it, is “un-dead.”
“Quest For Revenge” – An intelligent, beautiful young lawyer returns home from graduation to find her father, a respected Judge, dead. It quickly becomes evident to Samantha that he was murdered, but a cover up draws a confusing line between the law and justice. Samantha seeks revenge and finds it in the most unlikely place.
“Chiller’s Bones” – What would you do if you dug up an entire skeleton and discovered the DNA of the skull and the rest of the body match, except the skull was 400 years older? A totally terrifying look at what happens to some of the 30,000 people a year that disappear in the United States without a trace – or do they?
“Toma-Hawk” – In the spirit of James Fennimore Cooper, this adventure of the early pioneering West focuses on the struggle between Indian tribes and the kidnapping of the chief’s son’s bride. The unusual twist is that the chief is a white man. His son, half Indian – half white, must fight for his own acceptance within the tribe, as well as the warriors against his tribe. It takes monumental courage to survive, when the whole world seems to be against you.
“Rattle The Cage” – Life ain’t so sane for a Chicago artist named William — A story of bizarre events crossing the line of what makes sense and beyond. William’s life is as easy to understand as a strand of DNA. His relationship with Cleo, the hooker, Gordon, his estranged boyhood friend, and Mrs. Everton, the rich, society nymphomaniac are only temporary yard-sticks when it comes to traveling society’s road.
“Kingdom of the Spiders II” – Somewhere in New Mexico, there is a quiet, peaceful town about to be cast into chaos. A place where irresponsible experiments with nature cross the threshold of ancient Indian sanctity and set loose an army of tarantulas. An army whose sole purpose is revenge.
“The Jukebox Man” – An LA Club musician finds his Hispanic roots, when he and his slightly-crazed Anglo partner go South for a low paying gig in Mexico. Great music built into this picture, mixed with eerie Aztec mysteries and a beautiful archeologist, give tremendous depth and color.
“The Brimstone Code” – In 1242 A.D., the secret formula for gunpowder was put into a code. The man that wrote it was a radical Friar named, Roger Bacon. This is his story — his struggle with knowledge that should be kept secret, the church’s power and his fight for the people. A medieval James Bond, with daring escapes and chases against time.
“Lyon’s Den” – A top spy thriller in the spirit of Mission Impossible and I Spy. The “team”, headed by an aristocratic MI5 retiree, sets out to stop the smuggling of Red Mercury – an explosive capable of creating atomic bombs the size of grapefruits. The trail is a wild one, from Russia, to Ireland, to Tunisia, and finally South Africa, where the greatest threat to mankind’s peace is about to go off….
“Hedon’s Realm” – What happens to runaways who come to Hollywood, blinded by the stars in their eyes? A rich health spa in the desert serves as a perfect front for the horrors that go on below the surface.
“Dreamland” – Dreamland or Area 51 is a government base that officially doesn’t exist, but in fact, is located in Nevada just North of Las Vegas. There are a lot of good guesses of what goes on there, what with the public’s fascination with UFO’s, E.T.’s and government cover-ups. The truth is, the public has no idea what really happens out there in the desert. As farfetched as this story may sound, there is sufficient private data to form a convincing theory of why we should be as concerned as hell about it. Look what’s about to happen to Matt Cutler……
“Tour of Terror” – An earthquake strikes the Hoover Dam, just as a small group is descending in an elevator to tour the inner workings. They get trapped on a level that was sealed off when the dam was built, only to discover a “man” who has been there since 1935. This is the amazing story of their survival and escape from the world’s largest tomb…. but someone besides the giant spiders is against them…..
“Citrus Soup” – An obtuse comedy about a hash-slinger from Storm Lake, Iowa who travels into Beverly Hills’ high society and becomes a gourmet sensation in spite of himself. It’s not all peaches and cream.
“Aces & Eights” – The true story of Wild Bill Hickok — his rise and fall, and untimely death at the card tables in Deadwood City. This is based on actual facts. There’s no glamour, just hot lead, cold women and plenty of dirt.
“The Tomb of the Sun” – The tomb of Ramses II’s royal children has been discovered. This poses a huge problem for the Vatican. A Cardinal who has researched the labyrinthed library that exists deep in the inner sanctums of Rome, knows this tomb is not just a burial chamber as it seems to appear. He has a tome containing the actual 3200 year-old papyri “blue prints”. He knows how deeply mankind will be affected if the excavation proceeds… something he cannot allow.
Writer – Packaging
Motion Picture Packaging – Full Budget Breakdown, Cash Flow, Scheduling and Marketing packages for many feature projects, such as, “A Stone’s Throw”, “Tonight At Eleven”, “The Dream Merchant”, “Gunfire Reef”, “System of Justice”, “Sean”, “Circle of Sin”, “The Gossamer Alliance”.
Full presentation design and packaging of industry proposals, such as “Count Dracula’s 100th Anniversary Special”, The Sparsa Corporation – “The History of Sake”, “SuperIce – The Ice that Never Melts”. Numerous merchandising and new product development packages, from concept to product sales. Trade, advertising and magazine layouts and articles.
Commercials, Infomercials, music videos, live entertainment, and corporate presentations. Mr. Reekie has written, produced, and directed numerous projects both in the domestic United States and Internationally, with a Clio and four Telly Awards to his credit. He was one of the first to design and write a computerized budgeting program specifically for the film industry and is well known for a strict budget control/ quality balance.
Partial Client List:
General Mills Cereals
The Cherokee Group
Hansen’s Natural Sodas
Hawaiian Tropics Suntan Products
Satellite Technology Systems
RollerBall International, Inc.
Loran Cassettes, Inc.
Oriental Chef Salad Dressing
KLVE/KTNQ Radio (TV Spots)
Kinetics Technology International, Inc.
Condor Video, Inc.
Little Caesar’s Pizza
Del-Taco (Training Promos)
Auto Club of Southern California
Toto Kiki (Informational videos)
Elias Papassinos Distillers
The Sparsa Corporation (Promotion and high profile introduction of premium sake into the U.S.)
In Scotland, England, Italy, Finland, Canada, Mexico, The Bahamas, Thailand, Sri Lanka and throughout the United States.
Travel Experience: World-wide
For more information: www.howardreekie.com