Short Screenplay – Vestiges of a Life by Christopher Willis

Watch the August 2016 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay 

Vestiges of a Life  by Christopher Willis


Genre: Drama

The pivotal moment of change in the life of one woman.


NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
WOMAN – Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Years ago a young couple was believed to have committed suicide by jumping from the Newport Bridge after the husband was convicted of manslaughter. Their bodies were never recovered. This screenplay presents an alternative explanation and that moment of transition where the Gloria disposes of the last vestiges of her married life and moves on as a different person.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

There are many women who secretly wish they could move forward in their lives without the baggage of their depraved husband. This movie shows that moment for Gloria Wrigley.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Life exchange.

What movie have you watched the most times in your life?


How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took me a weekend to write. Then another weekend to edit following the feedback from LA Feedback FF.

How many stories have you written?

Dozens. Seven feature scripts, a TV pilot, a novel, a bunch of short scripts and short stories.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was inspired to try to fit a complete story into one page. I knew it had to be about one moment in time. The key was to write about the most dramatic moment I could imagine.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding an ending that reflected the change in Gloria. Going from Sinatra to Adele on the radio did that.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am a child psychologist, so my life long passion has been regarding the mental health of children and their families. I am also passionate about learning, it is a life long endeavor for me. I went back to graduate school when I was 46 years old for a doctorate in psychology.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Whether it’s an hour early in the morning, a couple of hours after everyone in the house has gone to bed, or the entire day; write every day. Also, learn from feedback. If you know your writing and you are honest with yourself, you will be able to tell which feedback is constructive and which is not.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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