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 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.)

-finalist in 2015 Screencraft Action competition
-top 15 percent of 2016 Nicholl Fellowship
-top 100 finalist in 2016 Emerging Screenwriters competition

DREAMSHIP – swashbuckling fantasy-adventure
A headstrong teenager must enter the secret world behind the clouds to rescue his little sister from the clutches of an evil villainess who plans to create nightmares that never end.

-semifinalist in 2015 Screencraft Family-Friendly competition
-semifinalist in 2013 Tracking Board Launch Pad Screenwriting Competition
-top 15 percent of 2013 Nicholl Fellowship

WOK & ROLL – comedy
An overly-ambitious Caucasian chef in a struggling family-run Chinese restaurant takes on a sleazy powerhouse competitor determined to shut it down.

BABY LIKES JAZZ – comedy (2nd draft)
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.

NORTH POLE’S MOST WANTED – Xmas-themed comedy-noir (outline in development)
While investigating the mysterious death of his former partner, a disgraced detective elf uncovers a sinister plot to get rid of Santa and sabotage Christmas.
(L.A. CONFIDENTIAL + RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER)

AN ANGEL WALKS INTO A BAR… – comedy (2nd draft)
After literally dying onstage, a caustic comedian’s only shot at afterlife redemption is to fix three of the many lives he ruined when he was alive.
What if a Don Rickles/Lewis Black-type comedian was your guardian angel?

LINCOLN BOULEVARD, MONSTER HUNTER – pulp adventure (1st draft in progress)
After the world’s last remaining monster hunter is killed, it’s up to his long-lost son, a nerdy scientist, to take over the job and stop the monsters from wiping out mankind.

13 Responses to My Scripts

  1. Kristina says:

    I love the title Wok & Roll! That’s my favorite log line as well.

    • Maximum Z says:

      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.

  2. 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.

  3. Maximum Z says:

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Will do! I am getting close.. want to have something decent enough and then will give you a buzz! Thanks:)

  6. Mark LaFever says:

    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…

    • Maximum Z says:

      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.

  7. Interesting array of scripts!

  8. 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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