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JOSH BRESSLER - 11 Questions

10 Questions from the November 2014 TV SPEC Screenplay Winner.

1. What is your TV SPEC screenplay about?

This Modern Family script follows the family members as they each deal with a setback in their lives, be it a physical handicap, a cancelled vacation, or a last minute assignment.

2. Why does this Modern Family script fit into the context of the show?

This installment of the series takes place in the usual world of the families. The Dunphy/Pritchett children continue maturing as their parents never fail to find the youth in themselves and each other. It has an exciting energy to it that promotes not only zany behavior and fun times but also the importance of family and banding together.

3. What is your all-time favorite TV show?

I am an unabashedly die-hard fan of Lost.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

This is a close toss-up between Shawshank Redemption and Star Wars: A New Hope.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I would love to work with the two incredible geniuses and masters of the craft that are Joss Whedon and Aaron Sorkin.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I've written six screenplays with another two in the works.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

It would be my dream to be on the writing staff for a comedic series like Parks and Recreation.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Eisenhower once said, "Plans are nothing, planning is everything." I spend a significant amount of time before doing any writing just understanding the characters, plot, and universe in which I am operating. At that point, I can sit down for five minutes or five hours, and execute along those dimensions. I find it difficult to write out of sequence so I will work through an entire script and then revisit different sections of the work for rewrites. Then I will rewrite some more.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love improvisational comedy and the freedom and spontaneity that come with it. I'm also a percussionist and have a particular fondness for the marriage between language and music.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?

I found the idea of having my work read aloud incredibly appealing. After all, without speaking and hearing the words on the page, screenwriting simply becomes writing. This was a great opportunity to have the script brought to life.

11. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?

Writers write. Looking for the next big idea, staring at a blank page, rewriting a mess of a story, these can all be solved by just writing. Even if the writing is awful, that can also be solved by more writing.