Broken Projector: An October 31st Kind of Movie (w/ Evan Dickson)

Totem forces a teenage girl to battle an entity in her family's fractured home.

Totem Lia Mchugh Kerris Dorsey

Totem forces a teenage girl to battle an entity in her family’s fractured home.

Evan Dickson’s Totem is the first feature-length screenplay he’s seen produced, and he’s brought three pages of the screenplay with him for us to analyze on the show. The horror film about a widower bringing a new girlfriend to live with him and his 17- and 8-year-old daughters in a home with a vengeful spirit hits Cinemax on Halloween night.

We chat with him about writing a fresh installment from a well-worn genre [0:00 – 25:35] and then do a surprisingly competent dramatic reading of three pages from the screenplay (READ ALONG) [27:00 – 48:00] before dissecting what the scene is supposed to achieve and how it does it.


Totem clip

Totem script pages

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