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William Kuechenberg

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William Kuechenberg
Los Angeles, United States

     Born into the wild wilderness of Northwest Indiana, I was above-average in all things academic and below-average in all things important. Having had my head filled with all manner of delusions of guaranteed success, I resolved to one day make my living creating the only things that made sense to me: film and television. This was, in retrospect, a rather foolish idea, and I should have instead tried for something more practical and easier to break into, like becoming the president or the first person to pitch a perfect game on Mars. 

     I went to Indiana University of Bloomington, the finest collegiate institution that was willing to give me a discount. I got two degrees: one in Film Analysis, and another in Film Production. In other words I learned how to make movies and then tell you everything that's wrong with them using sesquipedalian technical jargon. While in school I took several classes on animation, and much to my delight I was actually getting praised for my eagerness to talk about cartoons. For one such class I made a stop-motion animation piece called "Trashboy," which won some awards. I also wrote, directed, shot, produced, and edited a program on local-access television that profiled regional musicians. I lost a lot of money making that show, but I did gain an over-inflated sense of accomplishment and the chance to hang out with some cool bands. 

     With my education over and several short films, scripts, and even a television show under my belt, I knew it was time for me to move out west and try my hand at the Big Time. I was so confident and ready I could hear Hollywood calling. But as it turned out it wasn't Hollywood calling; it was debt collectors. So I postponed my move out to Los Angeles and got a job with a local PBS station where I produced, wrote, directed, and edited a weekly "Behind-the-Music" style show which featured artists from all around the world. I was living large on the outrageous $400 dollar a month salary that's given to associate producers at a non-profit PBS affiliate in Indiana's seventh largest city. I had to pick up several other jobs to buy pesky things like "food" and "pants without holes in them," but every penny that could be spared went straight into my piggybank labeled Moving Fund. 

     And eventually, I did move to Los Angeles. I had degrees! I had experience! I won an Emmy for best Magazine Program (Lower Great Lakes Region)! I'd be writing TV shows in no time! Two years, several dozen unpaid PA gigs, one pilot I filmed that never went anywhere, and over three thousand fruitless job applications later, and I've had my provincial expectations soundly squashed. But I'm still trying to be a writer, because it's my passion. Because I am determined. Because it's all I truly know how to do. And because once I decide to do something, no amount of toil, hardship, or signs that I am in far over my head will dissuade me.

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Scripts By William

Inheritance
A struggling photographer becomes snowed in at a hunting cabin inherited from his schizophrenic father. A voice from the radio offering answers claims to be a friend of his father’s— but may be Death itself.
Feature Horror For sale 108pp
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Ashes of Empire
A coup has thrown the empire of Gryswick into disarray. In a world torn between the modern and the mythic, factions vie for power with violence, subterfuge, and blood magic. A sociological story.
TV Pilot Drama, Fantasy, Thriller For sale 68pp
Southern Gothic
New Orleans, 1865. A resurrected slave strikes a deal with the Voodoo god of death: kill the Confederate general who killed him. Succeed, and he is free. Fail, and he’ll never see his family again.
TV Pilot Action, Drama, Fantasy, History For sale 59pp
Right Place Right Time
When a badass Time Agent is killed, an unmotivated loser assumes his identity and finds himself the only person standing between the forces of Chaos and the complete destruction of Time. We are SO fucked.
Feature Action, Comedy For sale 120pp
Blackballed
A washed-up uncompromising director must return to an industry that reviles him to avoid losing everything. One problem: the only studio willing fund his magnum opus demands he make it a porno.
TV Pilot Comedy, Drama For sale 54pp
Windy City Blackout
When the robotic defenses of post-apocalyptic Chicago's last free city suddenly stop working, an enigmatic scout, a fast-talking comm officer, and a bitter scientist must travel to reactivate them before barbarians destroy their home.
Feature Adventure, Sci-Fi, Western For sale 104pp
HelL.A.
After Hell rebrands itself as a private business, three demons and Satan Himself struggle to find money, love, and innocent souls in a strange world they don't understand: Los Angeles.
TV Pilot Animation, Comedy For sale 28pp
The Beast of Sunhome Mountain
A disillusioned Navajo police officer must protect his family and come to terms with his identity when he learns that his reservation is the home of a skinwalker -- an ancient, shapeshifting serial killer.
Feature Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller For sale 112pp
New Girl -- "Career Day"
Jess loses the class hamster and uses it as an opportunity to teach Nick about responsibility.
Episode Comedy Example of work only 30pp
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