Interview with Screenwriter Tim McClelland (15)

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s about an agoraphobic man named Adrian who hasn’t left his home in 15 years following a traumatic kidnapping when he was 10 years old. Now, his brother Barton is working with a doctor to try to get Adrian out of the house. Adrian’s life descends into chaos and as bizarre things continue to happen to him, he’s left to wonder if he’s losing his mind or if his brother’s plan is to blame. Throughout Adrian’s struggle, though, I like to think that the film examines trauma and how it can affect the people who have experienced it.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It’s definitely a horror film. It works within the psychological thriller space, but as it builds and pulls back the layers of the story, it’s absolutely a horror film.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a unique script that tells a story you would never expect. From the logline you will get a sense of what the story is about, but you won’t know the true meaning of it all until the end. Plus, it’s a confined story with most of the action taking place in a single house and it features a small cast. It’s something that could be made on a low budget while offering a great chance for success.

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

Deceptively horrifying.

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

I’m a huge fan of The Matrix. I wore out a VHS copy of it when I was in high school. I guarantee there is no movie that I’ve seen more than The Matrix.

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

I’ve been working on it for about 10 years and it’s gone through numerous drafts to get to where it is today. The script has come a long way.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written six feature-length scripts, I have four short scripts, I have six proof of concept scripts, one for each feature script I have, and I’ve written stories for interactive mobile platforms too. I also have some personal stories that I’m working on as well, so I have quite a few.

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

Nrrrd Grrrl by MC Chris

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

Given that it’s a contained script, getting the dialogue and characters right was tricky. It’s a character-driven story, and I also had to walk a tightrope while trying to figure out how much to reveal and when. Plus, the third act twist is bold and it recontextualizes the film, so I had to make sure it worked with the first two acts supporting it while not revealing it. It was definitely a challenge, but it was a fun challenge.

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

I’m a nerd through and through. Film, TV, comics, video games, you name it. I thrive on that stuff and I even work for Screen Rant as a TV/Movie news writer.

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

I love FilmFreeway. I’ve used other submission sites in the past, but I’m almost exclusively using FilmFreeway now as it’s just so convenient. Plus, they allow you to set up a great page to display your work.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

The festival offered a unique prize. As a screenwriter, I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to present my work to producers and studios, and having a scene from the script read by actors is an amazing way to showcase the material.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

As a child, Adrian experienced a horrific trauma resulting in 15 years of self-imposed solitude in his home, and now, his brother is sanctioning a radical new therapy that will push Adrian to his limits, forcing him to question his own sanity.


Narrator: Allison Kampf
Adrian: Steve Rizzo
Barton: Geoff Mays


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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