PRESENTS, by Todd Bronson
Reading of the short screenplay
Presents is the Christmas unwrapping of a young man's emotional loss of his dog and the childhood he tries desperately to hang on to. It's about a lonely, uncommunicative brute who loses his only friend and discovers a new friend in a lonely, gay Vet tech..
10 Questions with the Writer
1. Why should your script be made into a film?
I wrote this short as a catharsis after feeling the guilt and pain that accompanied the decision to put my dog to sleep. It's a painful, quiet, and sad slice of life that is rarely shared on screen.
2. How long have you been writing screenplays?
Bout 12 years off and on between my Family Caseworker job.
3. What film have you seen the most in your life?
A true tossup between The Graduate and Harold and Maude.
4. What artists in the film industry would you love to work with?
Gus Van Sant or Gregg Araki -- both are brave directors.
5. How many screenplays have you written?
Roughly 9 features including some crazy-ass horrors.
6. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
My ambition is simple -- get more free time to write. I'm happy researching and writing scripts. If that means quitting my current occupation, so be it.
7. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
Since I have a demanding full-time job, I spend most time outlining in a cheap spiral notebook. By the time, I hit the keyboard, I have most of the story visualized and can toy with dialogue and wordsmithing.
8. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Stone carving and American football. -- I'm a caveman.
9. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
I believed the short read well and actors would love to tackle an emotional part.
10. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?
I'm not one to give advice. For me, I have an inclination to write "safe" because I like my life harmonious. So, I always have to flip the drama switch to an emotional extreme.