Paul R Despins

Paul R Despins

Founder at Working Class Zombies
Director, Editor, Filmmaker, Producer, Screenwriter, Script Consultant and Story Analyst

Calgary, Canada

Member Since:
June 2015
Last online:
> 2 weeks ago
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About Paul

Paul is a Canadian who produces independent films for competitions and film festivals around the world. He ran a successful ESL filmmaking program for Junior High school students in Taiwan and created and ran a multi award-winning ESL drama program for 13 years.

From 2004-present, he has written several short theatrical plays that have won top prizes at competitions all around Taiwan, and has written/produced/directed several short films that have shown or are currently showing at festivals around the world. For more info, please visit: .tw

In early 2019, he received his license in Story Analyzing/Consulting through the Hollywood Gatekeepers program, making him fully qualified to provide coverage for producers & studios, as well as working with writers to make their scripts more attractive to Producers.

He's very happy to have been invited to Stage 32 and have the chance to forge new working relationships with other people who share his passion for films and filmmaking!



  • Dark Web

    Dark Web (2019)
    Film (short) (Horror and Thriller) Producer/Director/Editor When screenwriter Tom researches the Dark Web for his latest collaborative screenplay, he inadvertently attracts the attention of some sinister hackers who gain access to all his private information. Soon, Tom’s Dark Web horror story becomes a reality for him and the people he holds most dear.

  • Of Hearts and Spades

    Of Hearts and Spades (2016)
    Film (short) (Fantasy and Film-Noir) Writer/Producer/Director/Editor "In the game of Hearts, beware the Queen of Spades." A cheating husband gets a nasty surprise when his wife unexpectedly returns from the underworld. (Loosely based on the ancient tale of 'Inna and the Underworld')

  • Beautiful

    Beautiful (2015)
    Film (short) (Drama) Writer/Producer/Editor A young woman is forbidden to express herself freely in front of her conservative lover. However, the longer she represses her feelings, the more likely they are to erupt and destroy the seemingly unbreakable bond she has with him.

  • Grace

    Grace (2015)
    Film (Drama, Fantasy, Horror and Short) Writer A man with a past he longs to leave behind takes a temp job as a night watchman at an abandoned hospital. He finds out that not only does it look haunted, it is haunted, and he may never escape.

  • Daddy's Girls

    Daddy's Girls (2015)
    Film (Fantasy, Horror, Thriller and Short) Writer/Producer/Director/Editor Two sisters decide to watch a ghost movie that's been forbidden by their father. As they watch the movie, strange things begin to happen in the house, making the girls think twice about having disobeyed their father's wishes...

  • Chemotherapy Blues

    Chemotherapy Blues (2015)
    Film (Documentary, Short and Music) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Lives

    Lives (2014)
    Film (short) (Drama, Fantasy and Short) Writer/Producer/Co-Director/Editor On the precipice of death, a Triad boss seriously re-evaluates the decisions he's made that have led to this moment. How would it be different if he could go back and change just one decision?

  • Stand

    Stand (2014)
    Film (Drama and Thriller) Producer STAND is a high concept, micro budget thriller along the lines of OPEN WATER, following two American brothers traveling through Vietnam who get stuck on top of land mines when they unwittingly walk into one of the many undiscovered mine fields left after the war.

  • The Wonder Grrlz!

    The Wonder Grrlz! (2013)
    Film (short) (Drama, Family and Short) Writer/Producer/Director/Editor Angel, a young teen aged girl, must make a difficult decision between sticking with her best friend -- a girl who dresses as a superhero and fights the schoolyard bullies -- or fitting in with the 'in' crowd at school. At the same time, she must also deal with her abusive older sister and her sister's alcoholic boyfriend. Written by Anonymous

  • Bearing Sanctuary

    Bearing Sanctuary (2013)
    Film (short) (Drama, Horror and Short) Writer/Producer/Director/Editor The line between reality and imagination becomes blurred for Mei-Ting as she struggles to deal with a life changing event. Caught between traditional expectation and modern thinking, she finds her personal desires at odds with her familial responsibilities.

  • Rice Wine

    Rice Wine (2013)
    Film (Short, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department A young man deeply in love battles to commit to his girlfriend fearful of losing his freedom, then comes face to face with his own fate in order for him to realize the true nature of freedom.

  • The Ghost Wife

    The Ghost Wife (2012)
    Film (short) (Comedy, Drama, Horror and Short) Producer/Director/Editor When Phil picks up a red envelope filled with money, he finds himself unwittingly married to a ghost. Unable to fully understand the implications of this ancient Chinese tradition, he continues living his life as if nothing had happened. His new 'ghost bride', however, decides that she will wreak havoc on his life in ways he never imagined unless he accepts the duties that Chinese traditions demand of him... Written by Paul R. Despins

  • Johnson County War

    Johnson County War (2002)
    TV Movie (Western) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Samurai Swing

    Samurai Swing (1999)
    Film (Short) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • The Comic Book Christmas Caper

    The Comic Book Christmas Caper (1990)
    Film (Family, Adventure and Crime) Actor Set in Canada in December 1945. A boy sets out to investigate an attack on his friend's father.


  • Best Cinematography (Of Hearts and Spades) - Cinema Formosa 39hr Short Film Contestival

  • Best Scare (Daddy's Girls) - Independent Movie Awards

  • Judge's Pick Award (Daddy's Girls) - Freeky Creek Short Film Festival

  • Best In Show (The Love Potato) - National Taiwan English Playlet Competition

  • Best Public School Drama (The Love Potato) - National Taiwan English Playlet Competition

  • Audience Choice Award (The Wonder Grrlz!) - CTS online Short Film Competition

  • Best Editing (Bearing Sanctuary) - Tainan 39hrs Short Film Contestival

  • Best Sound (Bearing Sanctuary) - Tainan 39hrs Short Film Contestival

  • Best Public School Drama (An Elf's Tail) - National Taiwan English Playlet Competition

  • Best in Show (Rayne's Day) - Southern Taiwan English Playlet High School Competition

  • Best Public School Drama (Love Potion) - National Taiwan English Playlet Competition

  • Top 10 Script Reader (


  • SAIT Polytechnic

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