“Jupiter Landing” (87 minutes, ensemble dramedy, 2006): Five reclusive slackers band together to fight eviction from their beloved apartment house, only to be thrown into a tailspin of emotional and moral confrontation. A Berlin Film Festival selection. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462377/ or www.jupiterlandingthemovie.com.
“Daytona Dream,” writer-director of 90-minute feature film on 2010 Rolex 24 at Daytona, released August 2010 by Drive Motion Pictures and broadcast January/February 2011 on the Discovery HD Theater Channel. See www.daytonadream.com or www.imdb.com/title/tt1744587/. Winner of the Award of Merit from The Indie Fest in recognition of “exceptional achievement in craft and creativity.”
“Three of One Kind” (comedy, writer, 2012): When his latest relationship crumbles, Richard invites an ex-girlfriend to lunch, thinking perhaps she was the one for him. In their one-sided conversation, Richard recounts his three most recent love affairs, which seemed to send him the same message. But will he figure out what it is in time to recognize the imperfect woman who’s perfect for him? (Amis Entertainment)
“Guess Who’s Coming to Supper?” (11-minute comedy, writer-director, 2011): A wealthy but ruthless developer is forced to reassess his life when some rather influential spirits invade his home. (Produced jointly by the Lion’s Agency, the C3 Company and Happy Walter Productions)
“Next-Life Crisis” (seven-minute comedy, writer-first asst. director, 2011): After angels catch him possessing the body of a teenage girl, a young soul with less-than-stellar credentials from his past lives attempts to negotiate a good deal for himself while planning his next earthly sojourn with a next-life counselor (29 Degrees Leo Productions).
“Bubby” (18-minute comedy, writer, 2011): A young woman in love with her Teddy Bear, "Bubby," struggles in her relationships with men until she meets a man who, unbeknownst to her, is also in love with a Teddy Bear. Can they find true love with someone who isn't stuffed with fluff? The answer is revealed in this hilarious comedic romp. (Epic Sky Productions)
“The Importance of Being Furnished” (10-minute dramedy, writer, 2012): When a couple decides to move in together, her insistence on renting a furnished apartment brings the many issues in their relationship to light. (Heypenny Pictures/SitaRam Productions)
“New Religion” (10-minute comedy, writer, 2012): A young man planning to start his own religion seeks advice from his church pastor, who tries to dissuade him. In the course of their discussion, the pastor questions his own beliefs and confesses to some sins of the flesh – but he does save the world from another religion. (Produced and directed by Catherine Laine, London, U.K.)
“Family Fuel,” writer-director, reality show TV pilot, Drive Digital Media. In the world of endurance racing, winning is everything. But for the passionate, risk-taking drivers and crew of Level 5 Motorsports, sometimes survival is enough. Their fast times and hard lives during the 2011 season are chronicled in this personal, behind-the-scenes look at one road racing “family.”
“Emerald City,” writer-director, 10-part miniseries, Community Cable TV, Eugene, Ore.
“Eugene’s Worst Team,” writer-director, six-part sports mockumentary, Community Cable TV, Eugene, Ore.
Numerous Webisodes for Youtube series “Hot and Crowded,” including “We Find a ‘Massage’ In a Bottle,” (http://www.youtube.com/hotandcrowded#p/c/9A8684EADC324958/2/TIzOrhhgqsE), 642,000 views, and “Three Ways to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket,” 253,000 views, (http://www.youtube.com/hotandcrowded#p/c/9A8684EADC324958/3/JFiL1tD9XM8).
Feature Scripts in Development:
“The Topsy-Turvy World of Thomas Telford,” family comedy, Feature Films for Families; “Shadow Killers,” action/thriller, High Integrity Productions; “Couch Potatoes,” family comedy, Stepping Stones Entertainment; “Starseed,” sci-fi drama, Shekinah Light Productions; “Jenny and the Light Queen,” family drama/adventure, Feature Films for Families; “How I Survived Junior High Without Really Crying,” musical comedy, Stepping Stones Entertainment; “Hadley House,” family dramedy, Feature Films for Families; “Hockey Night in Mexico,” sports comedy, producer Justin Middendorf; “President Kenny,” broad comedy, producer Dean Mavrikis.
Played speaking role of Tall Cop in feature film “Jupiter Landing.”
Played speaking role of Pizza Guy in short film “Guess Who’s Coming to Supper?”
Played speaking role of Vince Douglas, 10 episodes, in television show “Emerald City.”
Played speaking role, as self and narrator, six episodes, in television docu-comedy “Eugene’s Worst Team.”
Work: Zack has written 34 feature-length scripts, including 11 on contract for various producers. He has optioned five spec scripts, sold one, and sold seven shorts. He has 10 feature screenplays in development. He has also written four television pilots, two of which are now in development with networks.
Other: Before he began screenwriting full time, Zack enjoyed a successful career as an investigative news journalist and editor for daily newspapers, winning several prestigious awards for his research and writing.
Unique traits: Can shape-shift into any animal or alien form.
Alley Cats Comedy ⋄ Drama ⋄ Fantasy ⋄ Romance ⋄ Sci-fi Five young city dwellers question reality after a mysterious crystal, discarded in a back-alley Dumpster, sends them on a dream-like exploration of their past lives in Atlantis. (Set entirely in one location, an urban back alley, with no special effects required. Thematic references to reincarnation and the lost continent of Atlantis. Ensemble cast. 85 pages.)
Bjorn Again Drama ⋄ Romance Bjorn Andersen, a 70-year-old widower, learns to live again when he joins a rock band in an effort to reach his suicidal grandson. He falls in love with his grandson’s girlfriend, an affair cut short by Bjorn’s death. But his spirit returns, inhabiting the body willingly vacated by his grandson’s tormented soul. A romantic saga that suggests true love endures beyond a single lifetime.
Bodychecking Comedy ⋄ Romance The world’s best female hockey player tries to compete on a men’s minor league team. But her life is turned upside down when she falls in love with an eccentric goalie past his prime. (100 pages)
The Devil's Ranch Drama ⋄ Sci-fi ⋄ Thriller A cattle rancher moves his family to rural Utah, only to discover their new home is a breeding ground for frighteningly bizarre phenomena intent on scaring them away – or worse. Based on a true story, set in 1996. (104 pages)
Dreadlocks Comedy A prematurely bald man enjoys sudden popularity when his scientist buddy invents a tonic that instantly gives him a full head of hair. But the hair has a personality of its own and takes over his life. (104 pages)
The Eighth House Comedy ⋄ Drama ⋄ Fantasy ⋄ Romance ⋄ Thriller An amateur astrologer and womanizer, who believes his bad advice ruined the life of his former best friend, escapes a sex-worshipping cult and decides to make amends. But instead, he steals his old buddy’s girl and pushes him over the edge in this seriously warped, but smart, comedic romp. It’s AMERICAN BEAUTY meets AMERICAN PIE with a metaphysical twist. (102 pages)
Faded Glory Drama ⋄ Sports A veteran pro basketball player making a comeback must work with a cocky, disrespectful rookie and a coach who has a grudge against him. (106 pages)
Five of a Kind Drama ⋄ Romance ⋄ Sci-fi ⋄ Thriller Five buddies on a Nevada gambling junket must re-evaluate their lives when an attractive, mysterious woman separately seduces each of them. Caught between reality and dreamlike confusion, the recently divorced and hopelessly depressed Nick Helton leads the effort to discover what the enchanting Maria is all about. What they don’t know is, the answer may kill them. It’s a modern take on the grim reaper myth. (103 pages)
Going in Circles Comedy ⋄ Romance ⋄ Sci-fi A small-town newspaper editor fakes a series of crop circles to boost circulation, but gets more than a front-page headline when he falls in love with the investigator who exposes him. (102 pages)
Hotel Wyoming Adventure ⋄ Comedy ⋄ Romance An erroneous astrological reading convinces two disillusioned rock musicians to move to an isolated Wyoming town in search of happiness. But their bliss turns to dread as the quirky locals do their best to get rid of the rockers, fearing the town’s well-kept secret will be revealed to the world. (105 pages)
The Last Roommate Comedy ⋄ Drama A graduate unable to cope with the real world moves in with the misfit college buddies he thought he’d left behind, unaware of what it will take to escape the house with his life. Set in the 1980s, it’s ANIMAL HOUSE meets GROSS POINTE BLANK. (103 pages)
The Morning Noose Comedy ⋄ Crime ⋄ Drama ⋄ Romance A lewd and loathsome journalist uses his knowledge of the police beat to begin a life of crime, only to uncover corruption dirtier and seedier than he’d ever thought possible. Now all he has to do is report the conspiracy before a serial robber, the governor or a local millionaire take him out. With thematic references to Hunter S. Thompson. (111 pages)
UnderServed Action ⋄ Adventure ⋄ Comedy ⋄ Crime ⋄ Romance A young private detective is hired to serve divorce papers in Europe, but his client’s husband turns out to be an undercover CIA agent. To avoid blowing his cover, the detective pretends to be the agent’s nephew. But they get along more like sibling rivals as they try to escape a pair of assassins and rescue a young woman from the Russian mob. (110 pages)
Winning Isn't Everything Comedy ⋄ Sports Players on a high school football team, about to set a record for consecutive losses, discover losing makes them more popular than winning. But their devil-may-care attitude leads to growing success and they find themselves in position to end the school’s decade-long losing streak. But is that what they want? It’s THE LONGEST YARD meets SCARY MOVIE. (102 pages)
The Sound of the Game Comedy ⋄ Drama ⋄ Family ⋄ Sports A 12-year-old girl paralyzed in an on-field baseball accident heals her broken spirit, and her relationship with her father, by becoming a radio broadcaster for a local minor league team. When her outspoken nature gets her in trouble with the club’s manager, she leaves the broadcast booth and joins her father in coaching her old baseball team to a title. In the process, she inspires her downtrodden father to recover and reunite with her mother.
Spiders and Snakes (short) Crime ⋄ Drama ⋄ Romance A teenager bored with his small-town life finds excitement in the company of a female fugitive. But the journey she takes him on could be his last. Male lead, 16. Female lead, late teens to mid-20s. Four male supporting characters, a teen, an older man and two police officers. Exteriors near a freeway and on a country road. Interiors in a van, a car and a house. Drama, 11 pages.
The Importance of Being Furnished (short) Comedy ⋄ Romance When a couple decides to move in together, her insistence on renting a furnished apartment brings the many issues in their relationship to light. Male and female leads, 20s to 30s. Interiors in apartment. Comedy, 5 pages.
Abby Normal (short) Comedy A woman who is happy and mentally balanced uses a free coupon to visit a psychoanalyst, only to be convinced her life is a mess and she sorely needs counseling. Two female leads. Interior/exterior, office. Comedy, 10 pages.
Customer Service (short) Comedy A customer driven insane by his bank's ridiculous policies and its clerks' incessant salesmanship tries to get even by robbing it. But can his stick-up message get past the corporate red tape or will he simply open a new account? Male lead, female lead, any age, several supporting roles/extras. Interior and exterior of small bank branch. Comedy, 6 pages.
Buyer Be Where? Comedy A hard-to-please baseball fan drives a scalper crazy when he turns his nose up at every ticket he is offered. But is this prospective buyer simply picky or does he have an ulterior motive? Two male leads, one is 20s-30s, other is 30s-50s. One supporting male, any age. About a dozen extras (non-speaking). Exterior street corner, preferably with stadium in background. Comedy, 6 pages.
The Body Shop (short) A sex-starved clerk at an auto parts store is besieged with customer requests for human body parts. Male lead. Two male supporting roles, one female supporting role. Interior, auto shop. Exterior, city street. R-rated comedy, 4 pages.
Love in Subtitles (short) Comedy LOVE IN SUBTITLES – A comical day in the life of a suburban couple is explored using subtitles, for every line of dialogue, to show what the characters are really thinking. Male and female leads in their 30s, a 13-year-old girl, 10-year-old boy, a male and female neighbor (20s-40s), a few extras and a dog. Comedy, 17 pages.