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Make It 'Til Dawn

When mean girl Maryland dares fellow college student Andrew to spend the night in an abandoned house, he accepts the challenge to prove he's not as timid as she thinks. Charles, a handsome classmate who is studying parapsychology, agrees to join Andrew, intrigued by the folklore about the house referred to by locals as Ghost Toast. Charles also hopes their night together will provide him with a chance to finally ask Andrew out. As the night progresses, the two young men find themselves surrounded by paranormal activity and ghosts who seem determined to prevent them from seeing the face of dawn.

  • David-Matthew Barnes
    Writer
    Frozen Stars, Boxcar, Baby in the Basement, Threnody, Bracelets
  • Project Type:
    Short Script
  • Genres:
    Paranormal, Romance, LGBTQ, Horror, College
  • Number of Pages:
    12
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
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. To date, he has written six produced screenplays, including 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, 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance, and several collections in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. For his work, he has received 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.

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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. I am fascinated with telling stories about ordinary people experiencing extraordinary circumstances. With every script I write, my goal is to create as much tension and authentic emotion on the page as possible to provide every audience member with a transformative experience.