The Printer

Gregory Swong, Writer 

Sloan Grant(s) Received: 2020, Screenwriting Award, NYU 

Project Type: Feature 

Genre: Historical 

Length: 119 pages 

Field of Science: Engineering 

Stage: Development 


Bi Sheng is a peasant and engineering genius living in the capital city of Bianjing. Desperate to be part of the aristocracy, Bi Sheng lies about his class status in order to secure a job as head of the failing Office of Printing. However, when he comes up with the revolutionary idea of movable type, Bi Sheng enters the dangerous world of Song Dynasty politics, where success means everlasting glory, and failure means an untimely death.