Best Scene Screenplay – THE WORK OF ZOMBIES by Patricia Semler

Best Scene from the screenplay THE WORK OF ZOMBIES Screenplay
Written by Patricia Semler

NARRATOR – Noah Casey
MIKE – Ucal Shillingford
GUS – Brian Carleton
LUCY – Dana Thody


Genre: Horror, Crime, Suspense

Detective Mike Chaldelaine thought he left his demons back in New Orleans. But zombies are robbing banks in Savannah and Mike’s forced to reveal his own voodoo training to thwart the crazed priest and rescue the muck-raking reporter fanning the hysteria.

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A guilt-haunted cop has to reconcile his own demons when he’s tasked with tracking down bank robbing zombies, and must deal with the arrogant young voodoo priest behind the robberies by engaging in a duel of voodoo magics.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller, horror

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The Work of Zombies turns the zombie trope on its head by returning the creatures to their roots in voodoo mysticism.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Atmospheric chills

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

The Great Escape

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

4 years – 1 year to a draft that won the Big Bear Lake Intl Film Festival. 3 years of tweaking to tighten the story, with Quarter and Semi-finalist finishes in bigger contests

6. How many stories have you written?

Features – 16. Television scripts for my original series 40+

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

James had the idea – zombies robbing banks. He wanted to approach this from the cop’s point of view and using voodoo instead of brain-eaters was the clincher.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Research into voodoo, creating a need for the antagonist that wasn’t a cliché, research into police procedures

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a voracious reader of fiction and non-fiction. i.e., History, alternate history, sciences, arcane arts, whatever peaks my curiosity. I do needlework and build model ships. The behind the scenes business of making movies fascinates me.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

Read the books, attend conferences and classes, absorb the formalities of form and ignore your internal editor until your piece is first draft finished. Tweak until you’re happy, then celebrate your effort. Get feedback or try a few contests. Start on the next story. And don’t forget to put your demons on paper. It’s the best place for them.


Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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