Best Scene Reading of Shadow by David Sweet

Best Scene from the screenplay SHADOW Screenplay
Written by David Sweet


NARRATOR – Gabriel Darku
VERONICA – Laura Kyswaty
MASSEY – Peter Nelson


Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

It is about entertaining – I am not being flippant. The aim is to present an ingenious drama supported by realistic detail and capped with an outrageous twist ending.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It is about entertaining – I am not being flippant. The aim is to present an ingenious drama supported by realistic detail and capped with an outrageous twist ending.

The themes, if that is what you have in mind, are to do with love and hate, revenge, and psychological disconnection.

What genres does your screenplay under?

I would call the work a ‘chiller’ – or more elaborately it would, I guess, fall into the category of being a psychological crime mystery.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because, in the right hands, I believe it to have real commercial potential.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Intriguing shocker.

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

Reducing the list to 10, I have chosen: It Happened One Night, The Maltese Falcon, Laura, Strangers on a Train, Singin in the Rain, Rear Window, Rififi, One-Eyed Jacks, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Pulp Fiction (bonus item The Graduate).

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I began work on the screenplay in about April of this year and finished a reasonably workable draft within less than a month, for which I gained an award. Since then I have continued to revise and improve (I hope) the piece, and continue to do so. If you count the novel origins of the screenplay, then many years are involved.

How many stories have you written?

If you mean short and flash stories, I couldn’t begin to count. Published stories to date are about 8, winning two competitions and coming second in another.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My attention was drawn to a screenplay competition for which I saw an opening to reconstruct a crime novel I had been working on. I took a shot at it and now consider screen writing to be my niche, though of course I realize I have embarked on a steep learning curve.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Well, simple though it might sound, the honest answer would be getting it right. As I suspect is the case with most all writers, the difficulty is in judging what is good, bad, doesn’t work, and needing to cut and shorten in the right places. Trying to master, or get a hang on the techniques of screenwriting, is also worth mentioning.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Film, politics, psychology (well, sort of – was formerly a psychologist, or at least designated myself as such) history, fiction and particularly crime-fiction, and of course the opposite sex.

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

No, don’t think so – wouldn’t presume.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo:

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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