The Annual 2012

School of Visual Arts

Origin of a Species

Matt Gossett

When alumnus Matt Gossett (BFA 2010 Film and Video) dreamed up a thriller inspired by Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, he never expected the project would earn him a $100,000 prize. But Gossett’s story, begun while the writer was still at SVA, was named Best Script of 2011 by Amazon Studios, the online movie development project that invited filmmakers and screenwriters around the world to submit full-length test movies and scripts for a chance to get their movie made. Gossett’s script, praised by judges for its “chilling suspense and mind-twisting storyline,” centers on an ex-policeman’s struggles to save a small Midwestern town from a pair of rabid dogs.

In this interview, he talks about how the script took shape since he graduated.

Read the script at