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Dummy

Afraid of driving alone at night, a widow named Beverly keeps a mannequin she calls Talbot in the passenger seat of her car. When a group of teenagers steal Talbot in a prank-gone-wrong, Talbot seeks his revenge.

  • David-Matthew Barnes
    Writer
    Frozen Stars, Boxcar, Baby in the Basement, Threnody, Bracelets
  • Project Type:
    Short Script
  • Number of Pages:
    11
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Creepy Tree Film Festival

    May 20, 2020
    Best Horror Screenplay - Short: Creepy New Series
  • Creepy Tree Film Festival

    May 20, 2020
    Best Horror Screenplay - Short: Creepy Characters & Dialogue
  • Golden Wings International Film Awards
    Online
    April 1, 2022
    Winner, Best Horror Short Screenplay
  • LA Under the Stars: Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    February 24, 2020
    Screenplay Short - Best Horror
  • Stanley Film Awards
    London
    May 1, 2022
    Best American Writer
Writer Biography - David-Matthew Barnes

David-Matthew Barnes is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, three collections of poetry, seven short stories, and more than seventy stage plays that have been performed in three languages in twelve countries. Five of his stage plays have received off-off Broadway productions. To date, he has written six produced screenplays, including the coming-of-age indie drama Frozen Stars and the award-winning Dutch film Wagon. He writes in multiple genres, primarily young adult, romance, thriller, and horror. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Best 10-Minute Plays, and 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance. With his screenplays, David-Matthew has placed in many screenwriting contests including Final Draft's Big Break, the International Screenwriters' Association (ISA) Fast Track Fellowship, the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, the ScreenCraft Feature Competition, the Scriptation Showcase, and the WeScreenplay Shorts Contest. He is the winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award, the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award for playwriting, the Slam Boston Award for Best Play, and two Elly Awards for playwriting from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. He was named a finalist for the Sundance Institute YouTube New Voices Lab. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. He was nationally selected to serve as the Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Pennsylvania State University. He graduated with honors from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He is a graduate of the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in Sacramento, California.

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Writer Statement

My constant objective as a screenwriter is to tell the best story I can, specifically a story that can only be told on the screen. When I write in the horror genre, my goal is to create as much tension, fear, and suspense on the page as possible to ensure these elements are conveyed on film to provide every audience with a terrifying experience.