Timothy Odom Jr

What topic do you discuss in your script? And why?

In Sugar, I explore the complexities of living a double life. I focus on the intense stress and anxiety that arise from leading a life of secrecy and deception, and how these pressures impact family dynamics. The script delves into the psychological and emotional challenges faced by Sally, the protagonist, as she works to keep her profession hidden from her family while striving to maintain stability at home. Sally's struggle intensifies when her secret is at risk of being exposed, forcing her to navigate the precarious balance between her conflicting identities. My goal was to provide a nuanced portrayal of a woman who goes to great lengths to protect her loved ones while managing the burdens of her hidden life. Women have been living with these kinds of secrets and dual lives for generations. My curiosity inspired me to write about it, shedding light on the resilience and complexity of women's experiences.

How do people feel after reading your script?
I've been pleasantly surprised by the script's reception. While it may not appeal to everyone, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I've primarily shared it with women, and they've all enjoyed it. Though it received some critiques, the overall response was positive. They especially loved the twist at the end and expressed a desire to see the story continue or expand into a feature-length piece. Some even offered ideas for expansion, which has me considering that possibility.

 Do you think that films can change people for the better or for the worse?
I believe that, like many aspects of life, both perspectives can coexist simultaneously, although personally, I tend to favor the notion that films have a positive impact on individuals. At their best, they can serve as sources of motivation, inspiration, relatability, and can broaden one's perspective, evoking a range of emotions from laughter to tears, or whatever Nicole Kidman said in the AMC promos. However, I acknowledge the influence films have, there is also a risk of misinterpretation if taken too literally. Nonetheless, my inclination is towards their capacity to bring about positive change, as I have experienced it myself.

According to 3-act dramaturgy, how would you define your story?
Act 1: The setup introduces Sally's dual identity as a mother and wife during the day and a sex worker at night. This establishes the central conflict and sets the stage for the story.

Act 2: The confrontation occurs when Sally's secret is at risk of being revealed, causing tension and conflict to escalate. She struggles to maintain her secret while also trying to keep her family intact, leading to a series of challenges and obstacles.

Act 3: The resolution involves Sally's fight to protect her secret and her family. This act resolves the central conflict. In this act you'll find out if Sally either succeeds or fails in preserving her double life and maintaining her relationships.

How does the main character develop?
Sally, the protagonist, a wife and mother, undergoes significant development when faced with the imminent threat of her entire world unraveling. As her two conflicting lifestyles intersect for the first time, she is compelled to take action to salvage what she holds dear to her. Amidst all of the emotional turmoil, she must act quickly, making difficult decisions and carefully concealing her actions to protect her established life. We witness her transformation from passivity to resilience as she rises to confront the new set of challenges that fell into her lap.

What actors do you imagine in your project (typologically)?
Initially, I envisioned Sally as being portrayed by someone in her 30s, but the age range could be adjusted based on the actress. Similarly, I imagined the husband being around the same age as Sally; he's not significantly older. A slight age difference could work, but nothing too drastic. As for the male characters, I envision them as attractive finance bros. That was my thoughts when writing them. As for the bodyguard, I envision him as a larger individual, with a physique that contrasts with Sally's.

Why do you think your script should attract director?
I believe that my script presents an intriguing mix strong, complex characters, offering opportunities for nuanced performances. The emotional depth coming from struggling with secrets and identity lends itself to resonant by deeply connect with audiences. The high stakes inject tension and urgency, that I believe will keep the audience at the edge of their seats. Additionally, the relevance of the story, while maybe not directly applicable to every viewer, holds the potential to strike a chord with audiences in various ways, whether through the characters' experiences or broader societal reflections. I believe my script would absolutely be an appealing prospect for any director.

 At which festivals did you receive the award?

Bestlov Film Festival - Winner

Best Script Awards London - Winner

Golden Art Film Academy - Nominee

 Which screenwriters are your favorite and why?
Some of my favorites include Spike Lee, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Paul Schrader, Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay, Judd Apatow, Sofia Coppola, and John Cassavetes. What unites these writers for me are two key elements, their masterful dialogue and their ability to illuminate authentic human experiences. Their creativity shines through in the crafting of rich characters and their clever, realistic dialogue that resonates deeply with audiences. It's not about the scale of their productions or their commercial success, it's the attention to detail in dialogue, capturing the essence of genuine human interactions and the moments that unfold between the lines

About which topics are your screenplays?
I like to stay curious, I'm particularly drawn to occupations and individuals often overlooked by society. I also like to explore relationships and dynamics that might go unnoticed. I believe that within overlooked corners of society lie countless fascinating stories waiting to be amplified. You just have to embrace curiosity and observe beyond the ordinary. Why shouldn't the lives of those who don't lead glamorous existences be celebrated? It's within these narratives that the most compelling stories often reside.

What motivates you the most to write screenplays?
Initially, I wrote roles with the intention of performing them myself as an actor. However, ironically, in "Sugar," I hardly crafted a role for myself. I've always had a knack for writing, but I struggled to find the right outlet for it. I vividly recall being captivated by the dialogue in films such as "Good Will Hunting," "Reservoir Dogs," "Clerks," "Friday," "Do the Right Thing," "Magnolia," and more, thinking, "Can you really get away with that much dialogue?" That realization was the moment I knew I wanted to pursue writing. Another driving force for me? The necessity of working. In today's world, you have to do it all just to gain a little. That constant hustle inspires me to keep creating, to strive for more, and to never settle.

What are your plans in future careers?
I plan to stay curious, with the goal of highlighting stories of those often overlooked. I also aim to continue writing and acting, aspiring to collaborate with both established and emerging talent. Through my production company, TinyTime Productions, I will produce films, preparing to take on multiple roles in the future. My goal is to create films that deeply resonate with audiences, offering the same hope and inspiration that movies have given me.