Watch the September 2016 Winning 1st Scene Screenplay.
Written by Dermott Hayes
Genre: Fantasy, Crime, Drama
We lose our soul when we bury the dead without dignity and for the sake of manna. Two brothers are caught in a dilemma of conscience, to lose their jobs or their souls.
Get to know the winning writer:
What is your screenplay about?
It’s about devalued morals and the cheap currency of souls. People put so little value on their souls, they will trade them for a job and diminish the world they live in, as a result.
What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Contemporary Film Noir Drama
How would you describe this script in two words?
What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
How many stories have you written?
59, that I can lay my hands on, probably a couple of hundred.
What motivated you to write this screenplay?
It began as a short story when I read about a change in the city rules regarding significant archaeological finds in building sites of the old city. I wondered what would happen if, in a competitive environment, something was found but hidden and then destroyed, to avoid costs and delays. Then I thought, given the type of locations being excavated and the changing face of Dublin, in terms of population and religions and changing social profiles,well, what if?
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
It was a completely new experience for me so I had to learn on the job, how to adapt my own story and then think in a new medium, film, and how a screenplay involves, at all times, action and movement. The Wildsound feedback was very helpful in those terms.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Film, luckily enough.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Learn to put some distance between you and your work. It makes it easier to absorb and use criticism to your advantage.
Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne