Introduce Yourself : New at screenwriting by Alyscia Cunningham

Alyscia Cunningham

New at screenwriting

Hi, I'm an author and filmmaker focused on girls and women. Aside from documentary style film and photography, I love horror. Nothing gory, just a great story line and psychological thriller. I recently graduated from Sundance Horror/Psychological Thriller class with the hope of submitting to a horror screenwriting competition before the deadline. Unfortunately I won't be able to make the deadline but I'm excited about expanding into the field of horror. I'm excited to be here and connect with other writers on Stage 32.

Brent Bergan

Cool! I haven’t written anything in the horror genre, however I think it would be really interesting. I definitely find myself feeling the emotions of the characters- it would be really interesting to get into the heads of the bad guys and the victim.

Alyscia Cunningham

It is so very interesting and sometimes challenging for me to get into my characters heads and think like them. It's exciting though.

WL Wright

Welcome fellow horror fan. I write supernatural horror because that's what I dig the most. I also write fairy tales, science fiction and thrillers. It's wherever the writing takes me and that's generally where it goes.

Alyscia Cunningham

Interestingly enough, when I'm not thinking horror story, that's where it goes as well

Karen E Ross

Hey, Alyscia Cunningham! My name is Kay, I'm the Community Manager here at Stage32. Nice to meet you! Oh, HEY, you're from my hometown! Or at least I am also from the DMV and just moved to LA about a year ago. Actually, remind me to connect you with a lady I just met in NYC who is doing a doc about hair and one of my mentors in VA who runs a FB group for entrepreneurial moms.

Ooo! Would you be interested in participating in the "Paris, Je T'aime" challenge I posted in the Filmmakers Lounge? It's just a fun way to get to know people through their city (and while I know DC very well, I think it's fun to uncover those little gems that the rest of the world isn't privy to):

I would LOVE for you to jump in the Cinematography Lounge ( and start a post about how photography influences your filmic eye.

Enjoy exploring the lounges, and don't forget to comment and respond to others’ posts, too! It's the best way to really connect!

Alyscia Cunningham

Hey Karen! Thanks for your message. I believe LA is a better bet than DC

Karen E Ross

Alyscia Cunningham, You'd think so, and there are so many different neighborhoods to choose from, but there is a particular flavor for DC that is equal parts Architectural European influence and East Coast Urban. Like everyone knows Adams Morgan, but who really knows what it looks like during the day? Howard University is a great campus, but how many films have been featured there? How many people choose Georgetown or George Washington University or American University instead?

Honestly, if we were allowed, I'd film in front of all the different embassies, as the architecture of each immediately communicates the diversity of the area. But the game is about you just playing with the idea of the setting inspiring a story. I bet you know lots of little gems throughout the city!

Alyscia Cunningham

Karen, it looks like the rest of my previous response somehow cut off. Oops sorry. I didn't realize the embassies couldn't be filmed. I think it would make a wonderful documentary. I've lived in the DMV area for over 20 years (I moved her from Queens, NY) but it hasn't quite felt like home. I visited California a few times and fell in love. Maybe it felt like home because I was born on the west coast?

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