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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Here's an opportunity for one of you out there to see your short film script produced:
I’m a first time producer/director looking for a short film script (under 10 min) in close to finished form. If you’re an unknown writer with a good short script you’d like to see to produced, this is your chance.

I’ll be spending the next couple of months producing this short, but won’t be taking it on much of a festival run – I’m mainly interested in building my reel.

Your script should be producible on a very low budget. I am looking for scripts with elements of action, thriller, sci-fi, or fantasy. I’m not looking for pure comedy or pure drama.

Please send your script to by Friday, September 7.

Pay is a copy of the film and seeing your work onscreen.
The filmmaker is an ambitious 19-year-old who's been going to "self-created film school," which as you know I consider to be the best film school there is.

A pity about the "not looking for pure comedy or pure drama." Those are the cheapest to shoot. Then comes thriller. Action gets expensive. SF gets much more expensive. Fantasy is the most expensive of all, since anything unworldly has to be created in a computer or out of latex.
I’m not looking for something that’s just people at home, or work, or school. I don’t want to do a short about a mother dying of cancer. Unless, when she dies, she starts glowing. Or turns into a pony. Or something. I don’t want to rule anything out other than moody character sketches and comedies.

John Turman, a writer on projects including Hulk, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Iron Fist and the TV series The Crow has offered to "supervise, polish or co-write the 8-12 page script with whoever (well, almost whoever) wins."

This isn't just a great opportunity for me, but for whoever wins to work with an established screenwriter.

There are a few more guidelines than before, but not much. The details can be found here (, at the Artful Writer forum.

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There are some great short scripts up on and I once spent a couple of months shifting through them to find something much like this person is looking for... But no luck.

Good low-budget short film scripts are rare.

Although. If you can find a small airport, I could adapt my script Last Call for Cook's Paradise to your needs. (excuse the formatting problems, the software was having a bad hair day) I think it would work splendidly with some small airport out in the desert. is my e-mail addy.

By Blogger Elver, at 6:54 PM  

Alex, this is off-topic, but I just read your contribution to the first Astonishing Adventures. Great story.

By Blogger R.A. Porter, at 2:04 AM  

Nimrod, are you willing to let the writer send the film out to festivals assuming it turns out well? Is this your first film?

By Blogger Jon Raymond, at 1:27 AM  

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