Paul Knauer | Script Revolution
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Paul Knauer
Kansas City, United States

I’m an optioned screenwriter working out of the Kansas City area. My main focus is thrillers and slightly absurdist comedy with heart. But, I believe becoming a better writer requires pushing personal boundaries, so you’ll notice a thorough mix of genres in my portfolio. 

Born and raised in St. Louis, I’ve lived in multiple small towns around Missouri, and now Kansas. My projects often center on life in the Midwest -- highlighting the heart of the hard-working Midwest soul. My first script, a sitcom pilot titled OH, BROTHER!, placed second in the 2012 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition and was subsequently optioned. My thriller, 60 FEET UNDER, recently received a rating of GREENLIGHT from ScriptBook.io, along with a predicted Worldwide ROI of 307% against a predicted $13.7M production budget. My latest feature, a Disney-style family sports comedy titled WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR is a current 2022 Academy Nicholl Fellowship Quarter-Finalist.

*** Please note: In an effort to support new directing talent, I have several shorts listed for free. A couple of them are specifically set aside for non-exclusive student projects (quality scripts, minimum page counts, mostly easy shoots -- though I have included several more challenging projects for the brave.) If you are interested in shooting one of these projects, please contact me first. I have a simple agreement designed for quick approval: I retain the rights, you get permission to shoot, other directing talents still have access to the script in the future.

Awards

Nicholl Fellowship - Quarter-Finalist for
Wait Till Next Year

Scripts By Paul

Playing Cars
A young boy wants to play cars with his mommy. The only problem? He's dead.
Short Horror, Thriller Available for Free 5pp
6 readers love this script
For Now
A lonely widow needs a push to begin dating again.
Short Comedy, Romance Produced 8pp
3 readers love this script
Read Review by L. Chambers
Ice
A disgraced detective looks to jumpstart his career by solving a complicated murder case.
Short Mystery Available for Free 5pp
3 readers love this script
Read Review by Michael J Kospiah
Unreliable Witness
When a group of strangers wake up trapped in a car together, they work to discover who put them there, and why.
Short Horror, Thriller For sale 9pp
2 readers love this script
Ole Bess' Bait Shop
When you want to catch something big, it's all about the bait.
Short Adventure, Thriller For sale 4pp
2 readers love this script
Lines
A mother and daughter, struggling to get by, find themselves eluding gangsters when their deadbeat, drug-addicted husband/father can’t pay the gangsters the money they’re owed.
Short Thriller Under Option 5pp
2 readers love this script
Read Review by Michael J Kospiah
Wait Till Next Year
A small-town broadcaster hoping to avoid life in his father's septic business attempts to lift the downtrodden town and his career prospects by calling the winless high school basketball team to a mythical championship.
Feature Comedy, Family, Sport For sale 102pp
Nicholl Fellowship - Quarter-Finalist
1 reader loves this script
Dr. Schnederly, Mobile Psychiatrist
Lulu has an appointment with a psychiatrist. Unfortunately, it's too late.
Short Comedy, Horror For sale 6pp
Kittens
A planned hotel rendezvous takes an unexpected turn.
Short Comedy, Drama, Thriller Available for Free 4pp
Read Review by Michael J Kospiah
Halloween Spirit
A super employee and a super fan face a dark choice when their dreams of a year-round Halloween store gain momentum after unique but sinister animatronic displays mysteriously appear.
Short Comedy, Horror For sale 15pp

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