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Envious (Short Film Screenplay)


Kara's perception of herself and her interactions with the world around her are warped by her Body Dysmorphia. She strikes a deal with a demon to cure her of her perceived flaws, instill confidence, and success for a price.

Our Review:

Studies suggest that Body dysmorphic disorder is more common when compared to familiar disorders such as schizophrenia or others.

It is a mental illness that involves excessive focus on a perceived flaw in appearance, a mental health condition in which one continuous to be obsessed about one or more perceived defects or flaws in their appearance. One feels so embarrassed, ashamed and anxious that makes them avoid many social situations.

This is a treatable disorder provided it’s handled with patience & love by the care giver. The devil part of imagination adds horror to the story but it also highlights how far an affected person is tempted to go when not guided & supported medically & emotionally. Good story line & a detailed narrative, this script will make an interesting short film.

Written by

Glenn Lissner

Writer Biography I was born in Hollywood…well, not that Hollywood, but Hollywood, Florida where I was adopted by a nice family from NYC. We moved from NYC to NC when I was 7 for a heavy dose of culture shock, but it is where I continue to reside with my “wife-like” unit and two rescue mutts. In addition to spending as much time as I can with friends at the Alamo Drafthouse in Raleigh (sans pandemic), I continue to work as a clinical social worker with 17 years’ experience including 10 years doing individual therapy with adults and teens. Aside from that, I spend an inordinate amount of time collecting 80’s and 90’s music. As a kid, my family exposed me to the arts, but I was mostly fascinated by movies and in particular comedic performances. Consciously or not, I emulated these characters as much as I admired them. The power of a well-constructed comedic performance lasted with me longer than any car chase or explosion filled Bruckheimer vehicle. I didn’t think about writing screenplays until after I was accepted to graduate school for the very unrelated Masters in Social Work program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Then I got a little side-tracked. During the summer between the first and second year, a roommate challenged me to do stand-up comedy at Charlie Goodnight’s in Raleigh. I did and then continued to perform off and on for about 10 years. During that time, I focused more on comedy than writing screenplays until I moved to Hollywood to pursue comedy…the actual Hollywood, where I lived and struggled to survive and perform for about 2 and a half years. During that time, I did complete my first short screenplay. After leaving LA, I moved to Austin, TX for a year, stopped performing, rekindled my interest in TV/Film, and finally focused a bit more on writing. It was years before I finished my first couple of feature length scripts. Initially the writings were more auto-biographical, but in recent years, I have challenged myself to create things that have little or no connection to my own experiences. I decided that my foray into this kind of writing would be a horror feature screenplay. I love all kinds of horror movies and wanted to add something to the genre. After the horror feature was completed, two more non-horror screenplays were completed and I then decided to go back to horror and try my hand at writing a couple of shorts. Envious is one of those shorts. I am proud to share that result with you. Glenn Lissner


  • Project Type: Short Script

  • Number of Pages: 14

  • Country of Origin: United States

  • First-time Screenwriter: No

  • Student Project: No

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