Short Screenplay: PRIME SUSPECT by Adam Dwyer

Written by Adam Dwyer


Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Crime

After a family is reported missing, an unlikely suspect turns up.


STRAPP – Rikki Wright
JONES – Gabriel Darku
NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about two cops investigating the disappearance of a family of three.

What genres does your screenplay under?

The screenplay falls under mystery/suspense with shades of horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think my script should be made into a movie because at a running time of about one minute (sans credits), in addition to being a frightening story, it would be a favourite among film festival programmers and it would especially play well on the web.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Impending. Doom.

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

The Shining. I see something new in it every time, too.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

An hour or two. It’s only a page.

How many stories have you written?

I have written dozens of stories in various formats. In addition to screenwriting — feature-length and short scripts — I have written short stories and novellas.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I kept hearing about these one-minute horror movies online, so I thought I would try to challenge myself write a story to fit that time restriction.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I didn’t face many obstacles in finishing this script since from the story beginning to end is only one page. But, that page started blank, and all writers know that in itself is probably the biggest obstacle.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading. I guess that goes hand-in-hand. Books and films are the non-living things I love the most. Cooking would be next on the list.

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

Patience with progression. But, you must progress. Constantly. Write everyday. Even if it is just one line. Don’t put it off until tomorrow when you think you have the time to write a whole page. Write that line today because if you put it off now you may put it off again tomorrow. Those lines add up. Then when you finally do have the time to write you will realize that you are much further along with your project than you thought. If your writing feels like it going too slow, don’t get frustrated. Remember, every writer does it the same way: one word at a time.

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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