CRIME Short Screenplay – WHEN THE DUST SETTLES, by Derek W. Wright


Genre: Crime drama

On the day of New York’s most savage terrorist attack, mayhem and carnage fills the air. When the dust settles, two of the heroes believed to be victims of the terrorists actually left traces of their blood on the hands of an American.


Kenny: Peter-Mark Raphael
Clem: Neil Bennett
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Gwen: Regan Brown
Tamara: Emily Weir
Xavier: Brogan Caulfield

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

On the day of America’s most savage terrorist attack, the world’s gaze rests upon New York but when the dust settles, two of the victims originally believed to be victims of the terrorists actually leave traces of their blood on the hands of someone else….. An American!

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Crime drama

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
I’d love to see another producer and director’s take on it.

Here is our vision. Password: Truth11234

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

Game changing!

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

Godfather II

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

From inception to final edit was about five years

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written this short, three full feature screenplays, one short stageplay (which was performed at Boscobel last summer) and two paperback novels adapted from two of my full feature nplays

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

I don’t know if I have a “favorite song” but this song has gotten me through some of my darkest moments.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time is always my biggest obstacle.

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

I’m passionate about my family, my future and my God.

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

I have entered “When The Dust Settles” in over a dozen film festivals and we came away with four wins


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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