Private Project


A young woman wakes up tired repeatedly and is scared to go to sleep. She is seen drinking large amounts of caffeine to avoid going to bed. Her family is worried about her, so instead one night she takes melatonin. That night she has a deep sleep with vivid dreams that she cant escape from.
The next night, she falls asleep and forgets to take the melatonin before bed. This time, we see a sinister hand reach towards her as she sleeps. She opens her eyes and is stuck in her sleep paralysis yet again. After a few minutes of this, she wakes up fully and does not sleep for the rest of the night.
The woman does research on what can cause sleep paralysis. She is skeptical of what may have caused it, so that night she goes to bed fully prepared. She falls into sleep paralysis yet again, except this time she sees a figure standing in front of her. The figure cries and makes deep dark sounds. The woman’s mother opens the door to check on her, illuminating the room with light. She does not see the figure and instead just sees her daughter sleeping and closes the door. It is revealed that the figure is actually the another version of the young woman. This makes her come to the confirmation that the woman is a manifestation of her guilt and self pity.
Once she comes to terms with this and accepts herself, she reaches her inner peace. She has defeated her inner demons and is finally happy with herself.

  • Ariel Yasmine Ryther
    Acted in We Have A Ghost, South Beach Love, BelAir, Truth Be Told, After We Collided
  • Project Type:
    Student, Short Script
  • Genres:
    psychological thriller
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • First-time Screenwriter:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Los Angeles Film School
Writer Biography - Ariel Yasmine Ryther

With over 10 years in the acting industry, Ariel Yasmine has also used her expertise to begin working behind the camera. This involves directing, producing, and even screenwriting. This is may be the the beginning of her screenwriting journey, but she is starting strong with big ideas.

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Writer Statement

Hello, I am Ariel Yasmine. Ever since I was a child, I have always wanted to work in the entertainment industry. I started acting when I was 9 and have since starred in movies, tv shows, commercials, music videos, and more. I am a junior in film school and this project is a piece I wrote for a school assignment. It is a short script that is a psychological thriller. I am looking to get into the film festival space as I work more behind the camera.