Small Motor Skills is the creative hub of writer/director Scott Burkhardt. He believes in the primacy of character and story in his creative work.
Scott is a graduate of Davidson College (yes, where Stephen Curry went) and Columbia University’s School of the Arts where he received an MFA in Film.
Scott’s two short films have won multiple awards. The Assastant, his graduate thesis project, won the $10,000 New Line Cinema Development Award and additional grants from the Milos Forman Foundation, The Caucus Foundation and the Carole and Robert Daly Foundation. At the 2008 Columbia University Film Festival, The Assastant was a Faculty Selects film and went on to win the 20th Century Fox/Farrelly Brothers Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award and the Student Choice Award for Best Writing. The film was nominated for a Student Academy Award and was distributed by Cinetic Media as part of their FilmBuff series on Hulu.com.
Scott’s second short film is Girls Are Strong Here. The script won the 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival’s 1 Potato Award which came with a $5,000 production grant and a dedicated premiere at the 2020 Sun Valley Film Festival. The script also won the 2018 Fade In Short Script Competition and the Best Short Script at the 2018 StoryMode Independent Short Film Awards. The film is currently in post-production.
In addition to his short form work Scott was a staff writer on the NBC one hour drama SMASH and has developed and written projects for CBS Studios, Universal TV and Flower Films. He is currently in pre-production on Adjunct, a web series about an itinerant adjunct professor in New York City, a project close to his heart because he teaches screenwriting and television writing at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and in Killer Films/Stony Brook University Graduate MFA Film program headed by artistic director Christine Vachon.
His feature script, Slipstream, is slated for production in summer 2020 with Scott directing.