The Kiss

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER — A troubled painter, on an obsessive quest for beauty and perfection, throws herself in the path of a killer who forces her into a gruesome alliance to create her masterpiece.

We’ll update it as we get closer to production! Stay tuned… exciting times ahead.


  • Feature-length film script completed, validated by industry professionals, and ready for production
  • L.A. casting director engaged to acquire talent
  • Core team members in place


  • 2014 CineStory Foundation – Quarter Finalist
  • 2014 Fresh Voices Screenplay Contest – Semi-Finalist
  • 2013 ISA Contest – Top finalist
  • 2013 StoryPros Contest – Top 4% Finalist
  • Script qualified for the 2012 Big Bear Lake Script and Film Festival

Short film version submitted to contests to get initial feedback and received several awards:

  • 2010 American Gem Screenplay Competition – Horror Finalist
  • 2009 GIAA Festival Short Screenplay – Winner of the Best Horror Short Screenplay
  • 2009 European Film Festival – Short Screenplay Selection
  • 2009 Spooky Movie DC Film Festival – Top ten finalist


“A very compelling and provocative story…the writing is very skilled dealing with complex feelings, the characters and dialogue are excellent…the atmospheric elements are beautiful…a very gutsy story…Ms. Vaughn is not afraid to go the dark places of the human psyche…a story we haven’t seen before.”

— Dara Marks (Top Hollywood Script Doctor)

“This was a very unique thriller with its own distinctive style. It combines art with frightening moments and images, while incorporating themes dealing with art, sex, and death. The tone of the piece reminded me very much of BLACK SWAN. You tell a good story with a very original method and style.”

 — Professional Script Reader (Sundance Table-Read Contest)

Your script has real market potential. The story is practically poetry in its visual storytelling. I can really see every character in this script. Your dialogue works extremely well. You do skate on the edge of being deliberately mysterious – a little like David Mamet. Your sense of visual action and visual storytelling is some of the best I’ve seen, ever.”

— Howard Allen (Script Doctor/Screenplay Instructor)

“You have here a script that feels like Frankenstein mashed up with Perfume. It has that gothic feel… in which the darkness drives the story… with a strange yet real love story playing out in the background. Your voice as a writer is quite strong, and it gives us something fresh. You sound different, special, and a treat in a drab world of generic scripts. It definitely showcases your innate ability to create a mood and tone in a horror screenplay. It also shows the depth to which you can create characters and the world you wish for them to inhabit. I think you have something special here.”

— From Script Pipeline Coverage Notes