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The Lakes List is a collection of exemplary screenplays for movies, short films, web series and TV shows, written by the screenwriting students and alumni of the Screenwriting BA program at Metro State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

For inquiries, and for access to a writer and their screenplay, please send an email to lakeslist@metrostate.edu.

Logline and summary

A pair of Alien anthropologists, operating on little time and even less funding, discover a lost and hopeless earthling guide to help them on their evidence-gathering mission. Through their city escapades, both parties find more than they ever expected.

  • Year
    2021
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Short film
  • Genres
    Drama
    Comedy
    Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Logline and summary

Old college friends confront their previous relationships after an illness is discovered at an impromptu wedding.

  • Year
    2020
  • Format
    Short film
  • Genres
    Drama
    Comedy

Logline and summary

A man and a woman enter a green card marriage but each have a different agenda.

  • Year
    2021
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Web series pilot
  • Genres
    Drama
    Comedy

Logline and summary

When his daughter is kidnapped, an indecisive mortgage lender struggling with loss, desperately seeks the help of his deranged brother to conduct a scheme that they hope will work in order to get her back safely from the gangsters that took her.

  • Year
    2020
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Feature film
  • Genres
    Drama
    Comedy
    Action/Adventure

Logline and summary

The eccentric captain Abby and her food critic Kapp set sail across Thousand Seas in this thrilling animated adventure series. Paid to deliver a mysterious pirate chest, they must contend with many dangers, from ravenous sea monsters to failed treasure hunters.

  • Year
    2019
  • Format
    TV pilot
  • Genres
    Comedy
    Action/Adventure
    Animated

Logline and summary

When a headstrong young woman forced home from college due to the pandemic decides to spend afternoons holding up a Black Lives Matter sign at a gas station in her small MN hometown, the uproar finds her in the crosshairs of a sleepy yet belligerent town.

  • Year
    2021
  • Set in Minnesota
  • Format
    Web series pilot
  • Genres
    Drama
    Comedy

Logline and summary

Dash, a backwoods drug dealer, attempts suicide after unsuccessfully betraying his own drug family and the opposing French-Canadian cartel... Except Dash doesn’t die, rather suffering amnesia that leaves him a shell of the former douchebag he was. As the reformed Dash tries to remember his past, those he betrayed learn he’s still alive, each renewed for revenge against him for their own cunning futures.

  • Year
    2019
  • Format
    TV pilot
  • Genres
    Comedy
    Action/Adventure
    Thriller

About the Lakes List

The Lakes List is a collection of exemplary screenplays for movies, short films, web series and TV shows, all written by the screenwriting students and alumni of the Screenwriting Program at Metro State University in St. Paul, MN.

The Lakes List is created by Metro State Prof. Jeremy Bandow, who was inspired by other national screenwriting 'lists' - like the Black List, and the Red List - which highlight excellent screenplays and help connect screenwriters to producers.

The Lakes List mission is much the same, to connect our emerging writers and their stories with local & regional directors, producers, and actors looking for future film and TV projects to bring to life.

As new and improved tax credit incentive programs spur production and create a wellspring of film & TV opportunities in Minnesota, there is no better time to ensure that the stories that get told here are our own stories.

Read more about the new film production incentives in Minnesota.

Many of these scripts are Minnesota’s stories, written by local writers. All contribute to the diverse artistic and cinematic culture of Minnesota, and assist in reinforcing our thriving, vibrant, regional artistic identity.

Enjoy your visit. We hope you find a screenplay you like!

Contact us

For inquiries, and for access to a writer and their screenplay, please send an email to lakeslist@metrostate.edu.