From the intro to the last page, Mr. Stumpf has written a masterful page-turner. By the intro, that details his personal hardships and becoming a successful screenwriter — from learning the harsh realities of Hollywood, to his eventually selling and optioning his screenplays — you become engaged. Then, the screenplay, drags you into the twisting, horror-filled story with masterfully placed brushstrokes of wit and macabre. There is play of colors and opposites – the black polo shirt and the white hatchback, the light of day and the dark woods – as well as multi dimensional characters – Patrick, the rookie cop with an interest in film, and Gage, the film director with the underlying narcissistic tendencies. It is like Blair Witch had an affair with every Scream-inspired slasher film from the 21st century — the Making of Merciless is an original “found footage” screenplay with witty comic dialogue, interrupted chronology, and maximum savagery.
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About the Author
Bryan Stumpf has been college professor of film studies in Seattle, a digital media specialist at the 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles, and is currently the CEO and owner of Stumpf Farm Productions, based in Northern New York State. He has won writing and directing awards for his short films, Annulment and Ghost Walks.
Originally posted July 2016