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
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
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
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 Produced 5pp
2 readers love this script
Read Review by Michael J Kospiah
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
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
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
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
Kittens
A planned hotel rendezvous takes an unexpected turn.
Short Comedy, Drama, Thriller Available for Free 4pp
Read Review by Michael J Kospiah
Passwords
A young video-gamer's session is interrupted by a particularly aggressive online opponent.
Short Horror Available for Free 5pp
Read Review by Michael J Kospiah
Potato Radio
When a bored and lonely man's science project unexpectedly agitates his neighbor, he decides to use it to his advantage.
Short Comedy For sale 8pp
Read Review by Michael J Kospiah
Between: Pilot -- "Gambrial's Break"
A retired literature professor, torn between the real world and a magical fantasy world, fights to heal his broken family while simultaneously working to find and save the Child Princess.
Web Series Pilot Adventure, Drama, Fantasy For sale 9pp
Customer Support
A lonely shipwreck survivor calls for help when his cable goes out.
Short Comedy Produced 10pp
The Hand of God
A modern extension of Cain and Abel: A murderer, sentenced to life on earth by God, is given a chance at redemption when God reunites him with his brother— the man he killed long ago.
Feature Drama, Thriller For sale 109pp
Sanctuary
Young boys seek an escape from the horrors of the world around them.
Short Action, Drama Produced 6pp
3 Hail Marys
Young aviators attempt to survive a mysterious attack on their aircraft carrier task force.
Short Action, Drama, Horror Available for Free 5pp
Iron Egg: Origins
A young Easter egg, dreaming of becoming a superhero, gets his shot when a large battle breaks out near his playground.
Short Action, Adventure, Comedy Example of work only 2pp
Blood Brothers
Sixty years ago they made a pact to die together. One of them intends to honor it.
Short Drama, Thriller For sale 9pp
60 Feet Under
A struggling widower, desperate to help his anxiety-riddled, claustrophobic daughter, takes her on a road-trip, only for them to be kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, underground missile silo.
Feature Thriller For sale 115pp
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