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Monday, December 28, 2015

Congratulations to Breanne Mattson – Bruce Dern to Star in Warning Shot – and Great News for A Day With Death as Well - post author wonkavite

Mucho Congratulations to Breanne Mattson!

Reviewed on STS back in March 2014 , her script A Day With Death was subsequently discovered by Asurf Oluseyi and Asurf Films, Ltd. The film was shot in Lagos, Nigeria – bringing terrific cultural flavor to an already charming script.

As of today’s writing, Day has been officially nominated for Best Short Film for the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards!  (AMVC).  Not bad at all – fully deserved! For yet more information, the film’s Facebook page is available here:


Oh – and then there’s Breanne’s OTHER amazing news…  Her feature length thriller Warning Shot has now officially cast Hollywood fav Bruce Dern in a pivotal role.  Here’s what the press has to say: The character-driven drama/thriller Warning Shot starts filming in Los Angeles in early 2016 with Bruce Dern heading its cast. The project was brought to Dern by veteran Casting Director John Jackson, known for his work on the award winning films The Descendants and Nebraska. Dern, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the film Nebraska, can also be seen this December in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful EightIn Warning Shot, Dern will play a dying businessman whose legacy is in jeopardy.

The story centers on a single mother and her young daughter struggling to make ends meet until they inherit a farmhouse. When a family business rival sends armed men to take the water rights to the farm’s creek by force, the situation spirals out of control.

Written by Breanne Mattson, the script was a Nicholl quarterfinalist in 2011. Dustin Fairbanks will make his feature debut as director with Ross Otterman (Gutshot StraightExcision) producing. Executive Producing is DJ Dodd, whose film 10,000 Saints premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

But WAIT – THERE’S MORE!  (Oh so much, much more…) Directors in search of their next big thing should be aware that Breanne’s got more shorts available. Reposted for your consideration, please find The End in Sight – a gritty crime thriller by Ms. Mattson that’s just aching for the right producer to see it, er, visualized…

The End in Sight

A hired killer tries to finish one last job before going blind.

A bad guy with a soft spot – looking to do something right after a lifetime of mistakes…  What the heck is it about characters like this that captures the imagination?  Because they do. Every time.  They’re just so… more interesting than vanilla good guys. Hit men especially.  Watch the Professional or In Bruges, and dare to disagree.

The End in Sight is a short script that “hits” that exact note perfectly.  Enter Hugo – the consummate hit man.  He’s killed efficiently all his life. Now – unfortunately – he’s going blind.  Which, one could imagine, is really bad ju-ju for a man who relies on visual acuity…

Hugo’s trying to finish one last job before he retires: kill a gangster, and return a wayward prostitute, Winter, to a rival pimp named Skarda.  Needless to say – things get emotionally complicated and go horribly wrong.  Given the setup, this could have been a cliche script.  But The End in Sight does things right; pulling out twists and character beats that make the whole trip worthwhile. So if crime and thrillers are your forte, crack this one open. It’s got a killer ending…

About the writer: Breanne Mattson is no stranger to accolades.  Her feature lengths have made Nicholl Quarterfinalist three times (yeah, that’s three times, beeyotch!) She’s also made semi-finalist in BluecatFinal Draft and honorable mention in TrackingB.  She’s also received a “worth the read” from Scriptshadow.  Her website can be viewed at (IMDB credits here.)

Pages: 35

Budget: Okay. This one’s no “newbie” script.  Thirty five pages long, it features plenty o’ squibs and bullet hits,  stunt car driving, and both inside and outside locations.  But in experienced hands, this script could be amazing.





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7 Comments so far


December 28th, 2015 at 6:03 am

Awesome news on all counts, congrats Breanne!!!


December 28th, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Janet, Anthony, and everyone at STS. I appreciate all the things you do for writers.


KP Mackie
December 28th, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Congratulations on your success, Breanne!
Absolutely so cool… 🙂


KP Mackie
December 28th, 2015 at 4:24 pm


The “End in Sight” is an amazing story.
Lots of twists and turns… 🙂


December 29th, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Thanks KP. 🙂


Brett & Ben
December 30th, 2015 at 11:04 am

Doesn’t surprise me one bit you’ve snagged top tier talent.
It was only a matter of time before Hollywood figured out what Simply Scripters have always known.
Happy New Year! It’s gonna be one hell of an adventure for you, buckle up! 🙂


December 31st, 2015 at 3:29 am

Thank you Brett & Ben. Happy New Year to you too. 🙂

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