Barely Alive // First Read Radio

Barely Alive

Barely Alive // First Read Radio

Turning short films scripts into radio plays! First Read Radio is a beefed up table read professionally recorded with voice actors and sound designed by a team of top-notch audiophiles all while under the direction of an experienced storytelling team.

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After the world seems to have ended due to an airborne virus, a resilient brother does everything he can to keep his 12-year-old sister safe. 


Written by: Bryce Lane, Garrett Sheeks, and Gary Jones
Directed by: Gary Jones
Sound Supervisor and Editor: Ryan Gottshall
Produced by: Awfully Good Media

Recorded at Spacewalk Sound


Narrator: Kerry Nash
Will: William Gabriel Grier
Ana: Marley Fang
Tom: Charles Brettner
Laura: Analysia Gramajo

Have a script you’d like to hear on the show? Head over to to submit today. We’re accepting scripts 15 pages or less for season 2 now.

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Radio Shorts

Introducing Radio Shorts: Submit Your Screenplay Today

Dig up your old screenplay, or new one.

We are thrilled to introduce Film Shortage’s Radio Shorts! A place where your screenplay can come to life in a high production Radio Short (aka Ear Play, Audio Plays), with real actors, sound effects and soundtracks. The process is simple, submit your script and our team of experienced script writers will read and review your stories. In each competition segment we will hand pick the best scripts and produce them into Radio Shorts.

Bring your screenplay to life

What’s a Radio Short?

Radio Shorts are usually known as Audio Plays or Ear Plays. The idea is simple, actors read out a script with the intended tone, sound effects and soundtracks are then added to create a heightened sample of your story. Here is an Radio Short example created by our team.

But Why Radio?

There are several reasons to put the camera down, at least for a little while. One is that audio streaming formats like podcasts and audio books are increasingly growing in demand and quality. And particularly with many people now settling with working from home – listening to your favourite podcast while working is easier than ever.

But more than that, creating a Radio Short is an incredibly cheap and effective way to get a proof of concept for your story. And with Film Shortage, that cost now becomes even slimmer.

The Process

The process will remain true to Film Shortage’s review methods. Every single submission will be carefully read and reviewed by one or more of our qualified scriptwriting connoisseurs. We will also provide helpful notes and feedback wether the screenplay is selected or not.

What changes a little from our regular short film submissions is that while the entries will be ongoing, we will set up deadline dates for each segment in which we choose the winners.

Top production quality

Our Mission

Our mission is to produce new highly valuable content together with you. To give screenwriters and filmmakers an additional platform to get their work seen and heard. Something you can easily bring into a studio as a proof-of-concept, or even better have a studio call you because your Radio Short has gone viral.

A New Segment

Radio Shorts will become a new segment on Film Shortage. Much like our Featured Shorts and Daily Picks, the Radio Shorts will become a series on continuous content than anyone will be able to see. We are hoping to expand our YouTube Channel and will be releasing the Radio Short wherever podcasts are heard.

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Play. Pause. Kill. // Daily Pick

Play. Pause. Kill.

Julie is a loner. She spends her Saturday off at home trying to write a new screenplay. She keeps receiving messages from H - someone she might be interested in. Julie finally succumbs to H’s charm and invites H over... After all, we all need some contact now and then, right?

Shore Scripts Contest

Win a Free Entry Into The 2018 Shore Scripts Contest

Getting your script into the hands of producers, directors, managers, and agents is a huge stepping-stone for any writer. Shore Scripts is a US based screenwriting competition that was set up to do just that. Shore Scripts goal is to discover new writing talent from around the world, and with their roster of 100+ industry contacts, they have positioned themselves in an expert position to help kick-start your writing career.

Shore Scripts has 36 OSCAR, BAFTA, GOLDEN GLOBE, EMMY & CANNES award winning Judges on-board to read this year’s winning screenplays. These include writers of such films and shows as The Walking Dead, The Constant Gardener, The Sopranos, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, House, Sherlock, Doctor Who and countless others.

As a special promotion for FILM SHORTAGE, Shore Scripts are now offering an exciting opportunity for one of our followers to win a free entry into the 2018 contest category of their choice - Feature Script, TV Pilot, or Short Screenplay. 

Just go to our Twitter feed tweet, and post a 25-word logline for your Short in the Comments, and then follow Shore Scripts. The logline with the most Likes by 22nd August 2018, Midnight Pacific Time, will be chosen as the winner and will be notified by Direct Message.

The Final Submission Deadline for the 2018 Shore Scripts Screenplay Contest is 31st August 2018. So, sharpen your pencils, clean off your keypad and get writing!

For more information on the 2018 Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition and to submit your script, go to

Sunspring | Daily Short Picks


In the wake of Google's AI Go victory, filmmaker Oscar Sharp turned to his technologist collaborator Ross Goodwin to build a machine that could write screenplays. They created "Jetson" and fueled him with hundreds of sci-fi TV and movie scripts. Building a team including Thomas Middleditch, star of HBO's Silicon Valley, they gave themselves 48 hours to shoot and edit whatever Jetson decided to write.

Quentin and Lisa... at the Grocery Store

Filmed in a single, six-minute take, this is the story of two feuding exes who are unfortunately reunited while grocery shopping, resulting in a very awkward, very public display of spite.

This short is a spinoff from the feature length screenplay THE WEDDING PARTY, an ensemble romantic comedy also written to be filmed in one continuous shot.

Domino Falling | Featured Short Film

Domino Falling

A restless hitman is forced to carry out a gruesome errand for a sadistic kingpin rumored to be the Devil himself, in order to save the woman he loves.

A good old Mexican gunslinging film with the inevitable premise of saving a loved one from the bad guy. But Domino Falling takes the tale to a new level with ravishing vintage cinematography style and using to the camera to bring out every inch of character. Domino Falling was inspired by the films of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah like the Dollar Trilogy and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia which Siavash was obsessed with as a young kid growing up in Tehran, Iran during the 80's.

When I was an undergraduate at USC School of Cinema, I wrote Domino Falling as a my senior project and first screenplay feature. The script combined with my short film INGENUE which I completed while a student where both well received in the industry and led to literary representation by a major talent agency (Endeavor now WME), and before I knew it, it was optioned by major production companies and it spawned my professional career.

Siavash then teamed up with two independent film companies based in Los Angeles, namely American Film Productions and Burn Pitctures and together they were able to shoot the film over the course of two days on a shoestring budget.

I was inspired by the tremendous progress in digital film making to make a short film based on the feature script and my vision for it which has a very retro aesthetic to it (which I was afraid would be lost if not shot on film), in order to raise the financing needed to make the feature film.

The open-ended short film opens the door widely for its feature film, but Domino Falling, the short, can sweetly stand on its own as a complete film, or focused on a little chapter.

Domingo Falling | Short Film Trailer

Domino Falling

Domino Falling is an upcoming short film based on the feature screenplay of the same title, written and directed by Siavash Farahani. Set in Mexico, the film tells the story of Dominick, a restless hitman forced to carry out a gruesome task in order to save his love from a sadistic kingpin rumored to be the Devil himself.

Watch Domino Falling on Film Shortage.