Ron Hervey was born in a small copper mining town on the Arizona side of the Mexican border named Bisbee. When he was 13 years old, his family moved to Irving, Texas where he graduated from Irving High School. After serving time with the United States Marine Corps, Ron worked jobs in several fields, finally landing at a public library where he has worked for the past 20 years. He now works and lives in Paris, Texas.
Ron has written all of his life, starting when he recited his version of Frankenstein to his mother when he was six years old. He has pinned several short stories and a couple of novels are in the works. For the last three years he has turned his attention to screenwriting. He has adapted two of his short stories into short screenplays, Including “The Exit Bag.” The other screenplay, “Broken Dreams,” is currently making the film festival screenplay competition rounds.
How did The Exit Bag come to be?
It actually started out as a short story by the same name that I had written a few years ago. A few days after Mike (Pickering), Juan (Espinosa) and myself had met about a possible film project, I thought about a depressing little story I had not done anything with. Something funny happened when I started adapting it to a screenplay. It took off in a totally different direction, going from a depressing little story with a surprise ending to a full blown comedy. That’s where the writing took me, so I just went along for the ride. I took the script to Mike and Juan and we agreed to do it.
What’s the film about?
It’s about loss. Philip has lost his wife. He lost all hope. He lost the will to live. It’s about giving up. He researches suicide methods. The one he chooses takes him on a ride that he didn’t expect. I can’t say too much more without giving away the movie.
What was it like working with the cast and crew?
I can’t say enough about those guys. They are a great bunch of people. We had a super small budget so everyone agreed to pretty much donate his or her time to make this movie. We laughed together. We cried together (mostly from laughing so hard). We got frustrated together. Did I mention we laughed together? I’d go to battle with these guys again, so maybe there’s another project on down the road that we can all be involved with.
Why should people go and see this film?
The film is not a social or moral comment or anything. It’s pure escapism. It’s my hope that the viewers can forget about all the stress in their lives for about 12 minutes, relax, and laugh a little. Lord knows in this time and age we can all use a laugh or two.
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