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Social issues, sci-fi, and scams: An all-time classic Craigslist job ad

By Griffin · April 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Absolutely nothing to do with politics, but… 

I was making my way through Craigslist earlier today and came across this hilarious, real job ad.  The sheer brilliance begins at sentence two:

Producer wanted

My name is Bill and my web site is I have been called a genius by some of the world’s top scientists. I became interested in writing scripts many years ago, and studied screenwriting independently (and intensely) between 1985 and 1990, and wrote two practice feature scripts and ten TV scripts. However, I was living in isolation (as geniuses sometimes do), so had no social contacts, much less connections in the industry.

I went on to do work in mathematics, nanotechnology, cognitive psychology, and education. I also learned to work with others and now I enjoy it.

I have watched with interest the rise of digital effects, which has made making science fiction much more viable. This has stimulated my interest in this area again. I have outlined a series of science fiction scripts, starting with a low budget one that deals with the effects of two graduate students who genetically engineering a psychic.

I have managed to interest an investor from overseas via my website, who wishes to remain anonymous and who has 20 M he wants to invest outside his country in some area. However, he would also like a business plan, budget, timeline, etc. He has not specified the entertainment industry, but also has not rejected my proposal of it.

Ideally, if the investor likes the science-fiction business plan, I would like to write or cowrite the first script and then bring in a name director and name actors. I would also like to get a studio involved at some point. So, initially we would need money for me to write or cowrite the script and for a producers fee to cover your costs of creating the business plan and getting name talent.

You will have to do the business plan and budget with no pay from me, which means that there is a risk that the investor may decide against the plan. So, how thorough and convincing you make the plan will to a degree determine whether the project goes forward.

I am also investigating a possible TV series for this.

Let me know if you are interested, your background, etc. I do not need music composers or related fields at this point. We will advertise for specific positions like that when ready. Thanks.

There’s just too much brilliance here to even attempt to go through this point by point.  Between the “I used to have serious social issues, but I like working with people now,” the ”I found an anonymous overseas investor who has expressed an interest in investing millions in some idea somewhere, though not necessarily mine,” and the ”Look, I basically need someone to do all my work and pay all my bills for the next few months with the rock solid promise of zero compensation from me,” this is just an embarrassment of comedy riches.  I could seriously read this every day.

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