Watch the January 2017 Winning 1st Scene Screenplay.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Two university lovers have an intense argument.
Get to know the writer:
What is your screenplay about?
OCD (working title) is about a young woman who begins to have dark obsessions after an HIV scare.
What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
The script is currently 231 pages so it could be either a TV mini-series or film series. OCD should be made because it’s
an untold story relevant to the Millennial age.
How would you describe this script in two words?
What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
It’s a tie between The Santa Clause or Deathproof.
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
Almost a year now.
How many stories have you written?
I’ve written several short stories but this is my first full-length story.
What motivated you to write this screenplay?
Something happened to me a year ago that left me in a state of devastation and I began writing this. It was the only thing that
made me feel better.
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
A major obstacle was finding a quiet place to write. I live in a loud household. It’s hard to write when there is some annoying
noise going on. I’m still trying to find a quiet, private place. Mostly, I write at night when everyone is asleep. Headphones,
earplugs, and music/atmospheric sound help.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I’m currently reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, which I had put off for years because it looked so long and boring.
But I’m so glad I started, because so far, it’s one of the best stories I’ve ever read.
What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I had also just rewritten the first scene so it was kind of a sign for me. Also, I found a coupon code on Facebook.
The feedback was paramount to my script’s consistent progress. It really encouraged me as a new writer, because it’s rare to get encouragement when people think you’re in your room all the time doing nothing, and you’re actually writing.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson