May 12, 2016 at 10:23PM


Does Anyone Have a Short Film Idea?

Hi all,
Young teen filmmaker who would like a short film script (preferably drama) so that I might make a short film for the Rode Short Film Contest, please contact me asap if interested.



I don't think this is the right place where you just can ask for a script and someone will just deliver it.
Writing is a very creative and chalenging task that is not everyone's thing. You will find some help to inspire yourself but you have to write your own screenplays. Otherwise it's not your own work and where is then the whole sense of beeing a creative storyteller on form of a filmmaker?
You could look for some script authors here but at least the basic idea and plot of the film should be yours. The writer will make the specific details and writes them into a filmable script.

May 13, 2016 at 4:55AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

Ok, thank you for your advice and opinion, I'll use it to better myself as a young editor. While we're at it, do you know of good ways to get ideas? This is the biggest area of filmmaking I struggle in...

Lucas Buckeye

May 14, 2016 at 5:16PM, Edited May 14, 5:16PM

Good evening, Mr. Buckeye.

When is the deadline for the Rode Short Film Contest? (Because I have a couple of short film script "ideas" available and I can write a short film script fairly quickly)

Please excuse my incomplete No Film School's profile because I just registered and I haven't had the time to complete the profile. But Mr. Buckeye, I am a talented writer or storyteller and I can assist in a positive way.

Sunday, May 15, 2016
12:31 a.m. PST

Lorenzo Morgan Jr.

May 15, 2016 at 12:30AM

The Film has to be submitted by June 1st, however it can be no longer than 3 minutes, to clear things up, I wouldn't be able to pay you, just get your name out...

Lucas Buckeye

May 15, 2016 at 2:57PM

"Otherwise it's not your own work and where is then the whole sense of beeing a creative storyteller on form of a filmmaker?"

Totally disagree with this! There are script writers for a reason; and those script writers write, and other people will shoot it what was written. David Fincher turn a lot of books that were written into movies and he's a film makers that looked up to by many other film makers. Just look at the credits at the end of movies. A lot of time you'll see the screenwriter, director, dp and cam op are all different ppl. Now, sometimes you do see Written, Directed, Edited by xxxx, but that's also usually at the beginning of the movie also because when a person have don't all 3, that's something to be proud of.

Reggie Brown

May 16, 2016 at 5:07PM, Edited May 16, 5:07PM

Good afternoon (again), Mr. Buckeye.

In regard to the reply comment submitted on May 15, 2016 at 5:57PM (to my reply comment on May 15, 2016 at 3:30AM), I was trying to locate a private inbox icon -- to share a couple of film ideas for the three minute "short" film for the upcoming Rode Short Film Contest but I was unable to locate a private inbox icon (due to my newness of this particular website).

Nevertheless, how about utilizing this particular experience of a young film-producer/-director preparing for an a short-film in a short period of time (only to find out the he/she was in an unconscious state and wakes [freighten] from the unconscious state of a telephone call notifying him/her of a winning film award). (After receiving the great news, the actor flops backwards onto the bed or couch he/she was laying on while still reeling from the upbeat unconscious state). FYI, I'm utilizing the term "unconscious state" instead of dreaming because of new-age connotations meaning different things for different people and I would like to communicate as clearly as possible without ambiguous meanings to show effective communication.

By emphasizing a wall clock (preferably a dial-clock) and a strong sense of urgency (preferably quick "cuts" and upbeat music), the strong sense of urgency can be exemplified really good.

Lorenzo Morgan Jr.

May 17, 2016 at 12:10PM

The conscious state would be really great if shot in Black & White to provide a past tense and the illusion of a different state than the normal shooting of color (after the actor wakes).

Lorenzo Morgan Jr.

May 17, 2016 at 12:15PM

Also, a little show of sweat would also be great (this can easily been done from a common liquid spray bottle and water).

Lorenzo Morgan Jr.

May 17, 2016 at 12:19PM

FYI, the preparation part of the conscious state has to have a frantic pace and feel and show the actor behaving frantically (i.e., editing, searching things on the computer, etc.) trying to get everything done in a short period of time.

Mr. Buckeye, this short film idea can be very relate-able to nearly everyone in the film industry and the end result of winning a film award is (also) a shared desire of many in the film industry; thus, making this particular film short idea very relate-able.

Lorenzo Morgan Jr.

May 17, 2016 at 12:26PM, Edited May 17, 12:26PM

Seems interesting... Would it be possible for a rough draft in script form?

Lucas Buckeye

May 17, 2016 at 4:02PM

Please submit that script to

Lucas Buckeye

May 17, 2016 at 4:03PM

Good afternoon, Mr. Buckeye.

I'll be submit the script-form shortly.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
3:50 p.m. PST

Lorenzo Morgan Jr.

May 18, 2016 at 3:49PM, Edited May 18, 3:49PM

I disagree with Eric:
it is no must to write your own scripts.
There are people who love to write, but don't want to direct/film and there are people who love to direct/film, but aren't the strongest writer.
However, it can be much 'easier' to be your own writer, so you are not depending on others to actually shoot something. 'Waiting' to get a good script can be a great procrastination tool:
"I'm a filmmaker."
"Oh, cool, what are you working on/what films did you make?"
"I'm still looking for a great script."

Looking online for people to give a script (for a contest) might not be the most effective way. Especially if your post is this short and doesn't link to a portfolio.
However: you already got a response (although it is containing a question that should have been answered in your post).

You are always allowed to ask for something.
Whether it is realistic to expect to get what you ask for will mostly be based on gut feeling and statistics: both of them can be beated by the result of your own quest.
Eric says you shouldn't ask for it in here, unless you have some significant input in the story. Lorenzo just steps in saying he has got some ideas.

BTW, I think Eric's opinion is based on his own view on being a filmmaker, which seems to be based on the idea you need to tell your own stories. If you look at how films are being made there are 3 globally different 'scenarios':
- the director writes and makes the movie
- the director and a writer work together, the director makes the movie
- the writer writes, the director directs

So, you can always ask for something.
Not asking it will always mean 'no'.
Asking might give you a 'yes'.


May 15, 2016 at 3:55AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

A curious three year old's various and wise stuffed animals come to life and form a Council and decide on pressing matters of geo-political import, such as nuclear proliferation, terrorism, AIs winning at GO, the hospitals of Venezuela, and strange changes in weather.

May 15, 2016 at 10:28PM

Ramon Llull
Film Scholar

Shortly after college my friends and I made some fake book trailers and did video adaptations of our favorite short poems. It's a great way to work within constraints and also be creative!

Single room, 4 hours, a Director, Grip, Operator, Sound, Art, HMU, and an actor.

May 16, 2016 at 3:58PM, Edited May 16, 4:00PM

Zack Wallnau
Cinematographer & Tinkerer

Hey Lucas,

Please contact me - I have award-winning concept.

Not going to pitch it on here :) so e-mail me to chat.

Idea based on accelerated peace-building
in developing world settings - using new technology.

Hope to hear from you...

Keith D Maust


May 17, 2016 at 12:33PM


I would look to comic books for short story ideas that you can adapt or change?
What really pisses you off? That is a good story idea.
Interview your classmates about history, most of them have no idea use video footage from war.
when the Civil War or the Vietnam war happened and issues. What have we learned from them, interview vets.
Make a film about something you know.
Make a film about your grandparents re enact events in their lives.
Make a story about your broken heart in a failed relationship and what you did to recover?
Your movie could be five min long, do not think you have to have a 90min movie, also shorts 10min max are most likely to be accepted by a film festival, keep the moving fast enough that the audience will wonder where the time went, no filler.

May 18, 2016 at 3:57PM, Edited May 18, 4:01PM


Couple of things:

1. Try reaching out to writer-specific FB groups and chatrooms. DoneDealPro is a fairly good, well-intentioned site for writers and they run periodic short script competitions, with all entries online so you can read them and contact the writers directly if you're interested.

2. However... You really need to sell yourself as a potential filmmaker - don't underestimate how much work goes into writing a decent short script. If you expect writers to give that up for little or no money, you need to be better at explaining why you are uniquely gifted to bring their words to life. Years ago I sold a short script that I loved, only to see it completely f**ked up by a director who just didn't get it. And now it's gone - wasted. So writers may be (rightly) wary of just handing over a script to anyone.

3. If you want to try writing yourself but can't come up with ideas - watch shorts, read short stories and poems. Re: short stories, try Raymond Carver, more recently Simon Rich. If you're in to horror read some MR James stories.

All the best.


May 19, 2016 at 9:20AM

Jon Mills

Yeah, I'm gonna have to disagree with Eric about needing to write your own script in order to shoot it. Screenwriters rarely shoot their own films. Of course, there are exceptions (Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, etc.). Keep searching for your story.

May 19, 2016 at 1:53PM

Don Way
Writer/Director of Photography

A girl. A gun. A Car.
Fill in the blanks.

May 20, 2016 at 11:34AM

Mark Holmes
Guy with camera

I have some written that I can't film because of lack of resources, If you want I can give you the rights to film it.
If you're interested email me

November 6, 2016 at 5:51PM

Alejandro Badillo
Music Producer, Actor, Screenwriter

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