Watch the April 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Winner
Matsqui Massacre by Mark Curtis Dunn & Pamela C Royal
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Synopsis: When a beautiful woman celebrates her 40th birthday on Halloween with a masquerade of country music artists and celebrities, the evening turns into a night of terror after two lunatic hired killers go on a rampage of lust and murder.
Get to know writer Mark Curtis Dunn:
What is your feature screenplay about?
How excessive desires can lead to catastrophic consequences.
Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It is an entertaining reminder of how we can let our better natures lead us wrong.
This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?
What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
A Christmas Carol.
This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
My partner, Pamela, has worked on it longer than I. I have worked on it for seven months.
How many stories have you written?
Dozens. I’ve lost count.
What motivated you to write this screenplay?
I met my writing partner through social media. She mentioned she had a script with her original music intact. She sent it to me and we got it going.
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Email problems, for one. Getting all the pages with which to put together the final draft. Polishing the format, characters, structure, and the prosody. Still finding typos.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Family. Music. Fine painting. Sculpture. The human condition and how it can be improved.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Success is one thing. If it happens, that’s an advantage. Appreciating what one’s got, developing a sensibility from one’s art, that can’t be taken away.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson