Dayna Noffke is a WGA writer and director whose character-driven horror and dark comedy work is fueled by gallows humor and a desire for connection. Her unique voice has been described as "Wednesday Addams meets Mrs. Maisel," and her female-forward work is informed by diverse life experiences - from cocktail waitressing to teaching special ed, fieldwork in Nicaragua, a short roller derby career, and beyond!
Dayna is particularly drawn to tales of survival and of complex family dynamics. Her favorite stories sit at the intersection of the beautiful and the horrific. A few of her recent spec scripts include a J-horror feature, a a time-bending supernatural slasher, and a tale of Anne Boleyn and Tudor witchcraft.
Dayna's previous writing credits include a staff writing position on a WGA new media series, multiple short films, and horror content for Japanese animation studio, Plott Tokyo. Her darkly beautiful short films have screened at festivals throughout the world.
When she is not behind her keyboard or on set, you're likely to find Dayna in the midst of a horror movie marathon, skating, studying Japanese, or daydreaming of her next travel adventure.
Denwa: The Call Budget: $5M - $10M | Horror After witnessing her friend’s horrific suicide, an American grad student in Japan turns to the object of her study - a mysterious phone booth with a connection to the dead - to fight the grief-fueled spirit that threatens to consume her and all those she loves.
The Witch Queen Budget: $5M - $10M | Historical ⋄ Horror Haunted by gruesome visions of her own execution and fearing herself cursed, Anne Boleyn turns to witchcraft to resurrect the miscarried male heir who might ensure her daughter Elizabeth’s survival in the blood-soaked court of Henry VIII.
The Sleepover Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror When a Halloween sleepover game releases the ghost of a notorious killer, a middle-school movie nerd, armed only with her encyclopedic knowledge of horror tropes, must unravel the rules of the killer's game to save the town from his grisly, time-bending murder spree.
Get Chino! Budget: $1M - $5M | Action ⋄ Comedy When a luckless filmmaker and friends embark on a road trip to offer a role to a has-been action star, a wrong turn lands them in the crosshairs of a war between a brutal criminal kingpin and a vengeance-bound FBI agent.