THRILLER 1st Scene Script – FORTY WINKS, by Mitch Moldofsky

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

A near-future dream expert with dream-reading technology, known professionally for her stance that “dreams mean nothing”, freaks when her husband’s dreams reveal an affair and a murder–hers.


Judge: Charles Gordon
Jazz Singer: Carina Cojeen
Narrator: Ida Jagaric
Pros. Attorney: Rob Notman
Greg: Sean C. Dwyer
Det. Morgan: Jarod Terrell
Carol: Kerrie Lamb

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Forty winks is about the struggle between knowledge and fear, belief and self-doubt. The main character is a scientist, supposedly unemotionally committed to conclusions drawn from years of research, her life’s work. But when this commitment comes into conflict with her beliefs about herself, her marriage and by extension her sense of self worth, it falters, because of a deep and very human insecurity, the possibility or “what if” that she is wrong, that she is unworthy, that she is unloved.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It’s an erotic thriller and a mystery-drama, but the tension beneath the surface is often superseded by the comedy of life.

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

It’s exciting and really intriguing with the angle of looking into dreams, the realistic nature of their representation (random, mundane, absurd, frightening), the macabre turn they take in terms of adultery and murder, and the whodunit guessing game between multiple characters.

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

Waking Nightmare

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

Sunset Boulevard

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

A year

7. How many stories have you written?


8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

You Send Me

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Getting the third act right

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

Women’s rights

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?


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

I like readings. I thought the reader misunderstood my intentions a little.


Producer: Matthew Toffolo –

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Deadline December 5th: First Scene Screenplay Festival Contest

Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get script performed at the festival. Full feedback

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WATCH past 1st Scene Festival readings:

Watch the December 2015 Winning 1st Scene Readings:

December 2015 Reading
Written by Theresa Drew

December 2015 Reading
Written by Debi Yazbeck

December 2015 Reading
Written by Chris Courtney Martin

Watch the Winning Thriller/Suspense 1st Scene Script “FACSIMILE”

Deadline November 30th for Thriller/Suspense Film and Writing Festival

1st Scene: FACSIMILE
by Gary Makin


In a future Los Angeles, a homicide detective’s investigation into the attempted murder of a young woman becomes the ultimate case of identity theft when a powerful corporation is implicated.


NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
WOMAN – Laura Kyswaty
ORTIZ/DRIVER – Gabriel Darku
TAXI DRIVER – Chris Reid-Geisler
EVERS – Holly Sarchfield

Watch the Winning Thriller 1st Scene Screenplay Reading of HELLCAT

Deadline November 5th: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get it performed at the festival. Full feedback

1st Scene: HELLCAT by J. Alan Hostetter


“Hellcat” is about a Pennsylvania state police detective who investigates a blackmail plot as it is going awry, various leads connecting a mysterious woman who once partially castrated her rapist.


NARRATOR – Ryan Fisher
Guise – Geoff Mays
Sterner – Andy Bridge
Fries – Andrew Farr
Cat – Holly Sarchfield

Watch the Winning Thriller 1st Scene Reading of MY LAST DUCHESS

Deadline November 5th: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get it performed at the festival. Full feedback

1st Scene: MY LAST DUCHESS by Grant Reid


When recently single Thomas moves next door and strikes a friendship with Catherine, Alexander spirals into a dark paranoia. With his sanity at stake Alexander is on the brink of losing everything.


NARRATOR – Susan Q Wilson
Catherine – Alissa DeGrazia
Thomas – Jacob Klick
Alexander – Rob Young
Duke – Todd Dulmage

Watch Thriller 1st Scene Script Reading: THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN

Deadline October 20th for Thriller/Suspense Film and Writing Festival

Watch 1st Scene Script Reading of THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN:


The long survivor of a crash landing on a distant world becomes the surprising savior to the aborigines facing genocide.


NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Belenus – Sean Ballantyne
Sam Hain- Neil Kulin
Daughter – Julia Vally
Rider – Kaleb Alexander
Wife – Jacqueline Brown
Man #1 – Charles Gordon
Man #1 – Rob Salerno

Watch the Thriller 1st Scene Reading of WHERE SERPENTS LIE by Tom Pavlock

Deadline Oct. 5th: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get it performed at the festival. Full feedback

Watch the First Scene Performance Reading of WHERE SERPENTS LIE:


Who is the police? Who is the mole? Who are the bad guys? The beginning of this thriller/crime feature film script.


NARRATOR – Amaka Umeh
FRANCES/LAUREN – Michelle Alexander
CARYN – Marsha Mason
CHET/JOHNNY – Geoff Mays
ART (TERRY) – Rob Notman