My Scripts

Feature-length scripts written by me. Please inquire about those available for representation.

THE IRON HORSE OF LUCY STEELE– western-adventure
A fiery female train engineer relentlessly pursues the ruthless outlaw who has stolen her one-of-a-kind locomotive to pull off the biggest heist in US history.
(A female Indiana Jones in the Old West. Plus trains.)

-top 15% – 2018 Nicholl Fellowship
-semifinalist – 2018 StoryPros
-official selection – 2018 Script Summit Screenplay Contest
-finalist – 2018 The Wild Bunch Film Festival
-finalist – 2018 Artemis Women in Action Film Festival
-3rd place – War & Western feature screenplays – 2018 Page Turner
-Gold Remi Winner – western screenplays – 2017 Worldfest Houston
-top 10 finalist – 2017 Screencraft Action/Thriller
-top 10 finalist – 2015 Screencraft Action/Thriller
-top 15% – 2016 Nicholl Fellowship

ALEX FINN VS THE NIGHTMARE MARAUDERS (formerly DREAMSHIP) – swashbuckling fantasy-adventure
After his little sister is abducted to a secret world behind the clouds, a headstrong teenager must get her back home by sunrise or they’ll both be stuck there forever.

-semifinalist – 2015 Screencraft Family
-top 25 semifinalist – 2013 Tracking Board Launch Pad
-top 15% – 2013 Nicholl Fellowship
-featured on The Unproduced Table Read from Popcorn Talk Network – May 2017

WOK & ROLL – culture clash/food-oriented comedy
An ambitious chef in a struggling Chinese restaurant takes on a sleazy powerhouse competitor determined to shut it down.

A.R. – ARMORED RESISTANCE – sci-fi adventure (co-written with C.A. Stallworth Jr)
On a future dystopian Earth, an idealistic mechanic joins a band of cybernetic freedom fighters in order to stop a megalomaniacal CEO’s plan for global domination.

-quarterfinalist – 2018 Screencraft Sci-fi & Fantasy

AN ANGEL WALKS INTO A BAR… – dramedy
After literally dying onstage, a caustic comedian must fix three of the many lives he ruined when he was alive, or be damned to Hell for eternity.

BABY LIKES JAZZ – comedy (rewrite in progress)
As a carefree musician shakes up the suburbs raising his orphaned niece and nephew, a conniving has-been actress concocts her own self-serving plan for the kids.

13 thoughts on “My Scripts

    • Thanks! That was the first script I ever wrote (since rewritten many times). It also made me realize comedy isn’t exactly my strongest genre. Still like the way it turned out, though.

  1. Hey Z, I have known you a while but just got a chance to check this tab and see your projects! Nice stuff – enjoy the titles and loglines, they are all unique in their own respect so should offer something fresh and fun to the usual fodder. Question for you: at what point did you apply to all the contests and look for managers and stuff? Did you already have a few scripts under your belt? Any advice? Thanks.

  2. Thanks for the kind words.

    I’d sent a very early script to the Nicholl only because I didn’t know any better, and stopped sending out the next few after realizing I really needed to get better. That took a few years.

    Only when I felt the script was solid enough is when I started entering contests and contacting reps.

  3. Great, thanks.. that’s what I am gearing towards myself – have four projects in various stages I am writing, rewriting, etc. Aiming to try for contests, etc. hopefully mid next year as well, fingers crossed. Good luck with your projects.

  4. Paul – I really like the idea of WOK & ROLL…I wanna say this sounds like “comedy gold,” and then I remember that’s what Jerry Seinfeld’s hack comedian friend Banya used to say (so maybe the expression should be avoided). But even without an actual script, I’m smiling at the thought of the comic potential here. Are the competitors also Chinese? Or might there be a three-way inter-ethnic joke-off about to happen? There may also be 30-minute sitcom potential here…

    • Thanks, Mark! This is a script from early in my career. Yes, the competitor is also Chinese, and the chef in question is Jewish. If that doesn’t scream out “comedy gold”, I don’t what else would. A friend has offered to help me with a rewrite, which may eventually happen.

  5. Just listened to an episode of the Creative Writing Career podcast and you were featured in it. I really enjoyed hearing about your experiences. I also placed in the top 15% of this year’s Nicholl with my script EIGHT DAYS IN ’88! Congrats!

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