I knew I
wanted to be a screenwriter.......
when I discovered
that when writing I could express myself in ways I could never dream
of. I find joy in getting lost through character and story.
I know I've
in writing when
the characters start to take on lives of their own; the dialogue
starts to write itself.
came from my own
lunch time experiences. I used to park and eat lunch in my car. When I
looked around, I saw a lot of other lunch time parkers…I thought it
would be a good premise for a story.
What inspired you to write?
Adam Hodge: Escaping reality, for just a bit, inspires me to write.
FilmMakers Magazine: How did you prepare yourself to
write your first script?
Adam Hodge: Read. I read all the time; that helps me when I start to write. Other
than that I just jump in and start with page one.
Is this your first script and how long did it take you to write
This is not my first script. It took me about 45minutes to get the basic
rough draft. A few days and many drafts later, it was done. Well…as
done as it could be.
Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
Adam Hodge: I do not have any routines per say, but I always have
music playing loudly (in headphones) to drown out the real world.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests
are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
Competitions are important. They give a place for others to read a lot of
scripts that would otherwise be lost in the shuffle.
FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the
American Gem Short Script Competition?
The American Gem Screenplay Competition takes the short script
seriously and gives the writers a forum for others to view their work,
even if they don’t win.
What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Thank You For Not Smoking is a really good script. Simple but
flows very well.
Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
Adam Hodge: I would say that I’m
passionate about television (I’m a Comedy Central addict!). I think
it’s so important to be able to laugh, especially at yourself. They
call it the “boob tube” but I think it can make you smart if you let
it. I also love to travel and see new places. I studied abroad in
London and was able to visit a few countries in Europe. It’s important
to me to have an understanding about the world around us.
Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?
Adam Hodge: I
don’t know if I have a favorite but I am a huge fan of Larry David’s
work. His scripts always seem to have a full-circle pattern to them
that I really enjoyed. He also used his writing to poke fun at himself
and the industry.
Name the director you would love to work with and why?
Adam Hodge: It would have to be
Martin Scorcese for sure. His ability to tell a story about violence
and gangsters without being preachy or judgmental is unmatched. He is
also a New York native who puts a lot of the city and his childhood
into his vision. I love his highly stylized shots and his use of his
favorite music in his films.
Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
I would love to work
with Robert De Niro, because, well I love his films! I think he’s a
great actor and he has a passion for what he does.
Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
Adam Hodge: The biggest thing for
me was actually getting started. Don’t be afraid to write! If you feel
that it’s something you really want to do, don’t let anything stop you
from doing it. Don’t be afraid of criticism, and remember, practice
What's next for you?
More writing, more
competitions. I’m going to keep pushing myself to write and be
confident in my work.
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from
Five years from now,
I hope to have a few short films produced and have at least one
feature in the works. I also hope to start up my own film production