The most important part of the the screen writing process is the story and character development process. The process makes sure your story has what will be required to write a marketable professionally written feature screenplay.
The Feature Film Story & Character Development with Outline (20-25 pages in Word Doc) includes the following:
The purpose of the story development outline and character development process ensure that all KEY story and character elements before the writing begins. During this process the client and screenwriter discuss and agree on all the key elements of the script which is then reflected in the detailed outline. This outline and development process helps to prevent the need for costly rewrites once the first draft is completed. During this development stage the client and the screenwriter work closely together for a total of 10 one hour phone sessions (Mon-Friday EST). Once the conference calls are complete, the screenwriter then sends the outline to the client to review. Once the outline is agreed upon, the First Draft of the feature screenplay is then written in Final Draft. The script will then be ensured to meet all of Hollywood's strict screenwriting standards.
The time to complete the Story & Character Development process for a feature screenplay is approximately 3-4 weeks.
The first draft of a feature screenplay is based on the completion of story development outline process above.
The First Draft of a Feature Screenplay Script includes:
No new projects are written by Suzanne unless they have undergone the full story and character development process mentioned above The story development outline is agreed upon by the client and the writer and is the blueprint for the first draft.
The time to complete the writing of the first draft of a feature screenplay is approximately 4-6 weeks.
The Final Polish of a feature screenplay is focused entirely on taking the first draft of a script and improving on what is already working in the script, while cut out fat in the dialogue or action. The Final Polish goal focuses on improve on the main characters dialogue where needed enhancing the scenes so that the script reads more like a 'page turner' that can't be put down.
The time to complete a final polish of a feature scriptis approximately 2-3 weeks.
The TV Series Story Development Process includes the complete development of a new TV Series concept, as well as the tone, settings and conflict and characters. The Character Development Process includes the careful selection of each of the main and supporting characters, along with a detailed background using a four page character development worksheet. The Character selection process also defines the on-screen chemistry and conflicts between each of the main and supporting characters.
The TV Series Bible (15-25 pages in Word Doc) includes the following:
The time to complete the TV Series Story and Character Development for a TV Series with the TV Series Bible is approximately 4-6 weeks.
Once the Bible is completed and the show is fully developed the First Pilot Episode is written in Final Draft and will be 60 pages long which is for a one hour TV Show. Five Additional Episodes will then be summarized up to one page each to show what the additional first season of the show storyline and character conflicts will be about.
The TV Series First Pilot Episode with Five additional Episodes Summarized:
The time to complete the TV Series First Pilot Episode with 5 additional Episodes summarized is 4-6 weeks.
I also typically do not work on script that was not written and developed by me. Many of these scripts have too many problems to fix simple because they avoided the story and character development process. Basically, if more than a quarter of the script needs to be rewritten than the entire script will have to be rewritten, as each change you make affects every other scene, and the character development and character arcs. In the event that is only needs minor changes, a rewrite can be done. The actaully price will be based on how the script is currently written and what needs to be addressed or changed.
Turn around time for coverage of a Feature Script rewrite (120 pages or less written in Final Draft software) is approximately 1-2 week.
If you have completed a feature screenplay that needs professional feedback about its content then I can help. First the script summary should be emailed to me for consideration. The feature scripts must also be converted into Final Draft Screenwriting software before being analyzed. If you have it another type of software, let me know and I will see if it can be updated. Once the script is read, I will be provided with notes written in a Word Document about how well the script is written now. I will also send notes on what I see as problems and things that still need to be fixed or addressed. The notes will highlight the main story and character key elements, its well as the main theme and genre and conflicts. The ending will be addressed as well as the overall structure. Missing or overlooked elements will also be addressed.
Turn around time to review and analysis of a Feature Script is one week or less.
Turning a book into a screenplay or TV show concept is very difficult and requires a lot of time, decision making skills as well as TV and Film writing skill. If you have such a book project in mind, I would suggest contacting Suzanne beforehand and send a one page summary of the book for her review. For a book to work well for a movie or TV show it should contain ONLY ONE basic story line and have a plot to it. It should also have a very limited number of characters. Multiple characters, decades of time, and multiple storylines do not work well for film or TV projects. There are many restrictions required in film and TV writing that do not apply to books, mostly due to the huge costs involved in making them. They are short, to the point and quick projects that have to be executed with great writing skill. Most books do not work well with such tight writing and structure and genre restrictions and will have to undergo extensive changes to work for a visual medium.
For more details contact the writer to discuss your project or send a summary of the book.
If you have completed materials about your project that need to be read and reviewed there is a fee for the time it takes to evaluate the material. Once I have read the material I will send you note and schedule a time to discuss the project more in detail over the phone.
REVIEW OF MANUSCRIPT OR TREATMENT (40 pages or less) - $100.00
REVIEW OF MANUSCRIPTS OR TREATMENTS (41 - 90 pages) - $200.00
REVIEW OF FEATURE SCREENPLAY (120 pages or less) - $250.00
REVIEW OF NOVEL OR BOOK (360 pages or less) - $350.00
REVIEW OF A NOVEL OF BOOK (over 360 pages) - $550.00
Turn around time to review materials approximately 1- 2 weeks.
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