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 the ability to push 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.

*** 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 new directing talent still has access to the script in the future.

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Scripts By Paul

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
3 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
1 reader loves 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
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
1 reader loves this script
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
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
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
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

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