Randy Steinlauf

Randy Steinlauf

Screenwriter

Lourinhã, Portugal

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About Randy

Randy is a Franco-American citizen -- American by birth, Franco by acquisition.

Randy has written two feature-length comedies (Nazareth High and The Expat) and two short scripts (Surfing in Siargao and Seniors Suicide Club) all of which have placed well in competitions. His most recent script is a one-hour pilot based on and inspired by 15th century Frenchman François Villon and his poetry.

Randy walked away from a 30-year career in international business that took him to France to Spain, back to France to Japan to China, back France one more time, then back again to Japan before settling in Portugal in 2018. Costa Prata. Areia Branca. An amazing area – especially if you surf. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone.

Leaving a senior level executive job in Tokyo working for an American pharmaceutical company, Randy made the next obvious career choice when he decided to become a full-time screenwriter.

So, how does a successful businessman based in Japan wind up crafting scripts from his home office overlooking the Atlantic Ocean? One word: Molière. Randy graduated with a BA in French from the University of Illinois, fell in love with the French language and a few years later with one of the République Française’s most lovely citizens… the rest is history. Randy and his wife are perfectly bilingual. Everyone asks so… at home they speak a mixture of French and English. Randy speaks to his wife in English… while she upbraids him in French (full disclosure: he mostly deserves it).

He also speaks Portuguese (Claro!), plus some Japanese (ちょっと), Spanish, German and even a little Russian he picked up along the way (such as “Я не говорю по-русски.”)

When Randy is not writing, you may find him surfing at his local beach break, or at home baking the finest homemade sourdough bread north of Lisbon, or traveling to places near and far. Unless there is a global pandemic, then it’s either the bread or the surfing.

Loglines

  • Seniors Suicide Club

    Seniors Suicide Club Budget: $0 - $100K | Comedy Four octogenarians conspire to leave this world...

  • Nazareth High

    Nazareth High Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy An apocryphal gospel chronicles the riotous exploits of a 16-year old Jesus of Nazareth who is more focused on playing with his band and searching for his lost love, than developing into a divine prophet.

  • The Expat

    The Expat Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy An American business executive on track toward his C-suite dream job gets blindsided by an expatriate assignment to Paris where he and his family must now learn to adapt as he tries to satisfy an ever more demanding CEO and CFO.

  • Surfing in Siargao

    Surfing in Siargao Budget: $0 - $100K | Comedy Two 50-year old buddies from Chicago head off to a remote island in The Philippines to learn how to surf, battling the weather, each other, and the treacherous coral ocean floor.

  • Villon

    Villon Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama 15th century French poet François Villon struggles to check his propensity for lying, cheating, stealing and killing, as he endeavors to stay out of prison, stay alive and prevent his life’s work from falling into oblivion.

Awards

  • Fade In Short Script Competition: Semifinalist for "Surfing in Siargao"
    (2021)

  • UK Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition: Phase 3 (Top 55) for "Surfing in Siargao"
    (2021)

  • UK Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition: Phase 3 (Top 55) for "Seniors Suicide Club"
    (2021)

  • Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices: Semifinalist for "The Expat"
    (2021)

  • Austin Film Festival - Script Competition: Second Rounder for "Nazareth High"
    (2020)

  • Final Draft's Big Break Screenwriting Contest: Quarterfinalist for "Nazareth High"
    (2020)

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