B&W- Smile.jpg

About

Small Motor Skills is the creative hub of writer/director Scott Burkhardt. He believes in the primacy of character and story in creative work.

Scott is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts where he received an MFA in Film. Scott wrote and directed his graduate thesis project, The Assastant. The film won the New Line Cinema Development Award and additional funding 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 has gone on to be a 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 and on Girls Are Strong Here, a short film, slated to shoot in the summer of 2019 with the financial support of the Sun Valley Film Festival.

In addition to his work Scott 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.

His scripts have placed and won numerous contests at the Austin Film Festival, Slamdance, the Nicholls Screenplay Competition, Fade In Magazine and the Sun Valley Film Festival.

He is represented by MXN Entertainment and The Marks Law Group.