7 Questions with TV SPEC Screenplay Winner JOSH BRESSLER

Let’s get to know writer Josh Bressler. He’s the winner of the November 2014 TV Spec Screenplay Festival for his writing of the television show MODERN FAMILY.

Watch the winning screenplay reading here. Modern Family “Chairity Case”


Gloria looks after a sick Manny and Jay; Cameron tries to make amends with Mitchell after cancelling a vacation; Claire wants to prove she can take care of herself and challenges Phil to do the same; Haley looks for a place to hang her photography work.


NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
MITCHELL – Adam McNamara
ALEX/LILY – Kerstin Bradler
GLORIA – Elitsa Bako
CLAIRE – Val Cole
HALEY – Melinda Michael
PHIL – Nick Baillie
JAY – Roman Spera

Q&A with Josh Bressler:

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. 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.

7. 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.

By WILDsound Festival

Submitters reactions to their feedback on their stories. New testimonials coming each month! Watch this month's winning readings. At least 15 performances a month: www.wildsoundfestival.com Submit your script, story, poem, or film to the festival today: www.wildsound.ca


  1. I would love to know where the writer came up with the family name “Pritchett” or is the work a parody of my family as we put the ‘fun” in dyfuntion, sister confined to wheelchair, sibling rivalry rivals nuclear war, etc.

    Just curious as I am one of the last male of a prominent family of a prominent family rapidly going to seed and being the last male seed to procreate with the wrong woman spawned in Hell. Our family home became a branch office of Satan so children equate marriage another way of spelling misery.

    I am curious as the name chosen is quite rare as is mine and my son is the last male member of a surname that is never spelled correctly. He has vowed never to marry or have children of is own and believes if Hell does exist then this is it.

    Thank yo
    W. Howard PRITCHARTT III – the last member of a name that will never be spelled correctly or never again soon after the demise of the last two Mohicans.


Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: