The 3 Stages of the Screenwriting Process


Stage One - Story Development & Character Development

The Screenplay Story and Character Development Process is the MOST important stage of the entire writing process.  It is designed specifically to define and add any missing KEY screenplay elements before the screenwriting process begin.  This is critical to all writers and helps to avoid any rewriting  later on.   The development stage includes the genre, theme, complete outline with story structure and plot development, as well as fully developed characters who have carefully chosen chemistry on-screen,  The completed story development outline gives the client a glimpse of what each scene will show and how the story is structured, from start to finish.  Once they agree on all the key elements, the next stage is the actual writing of the first draft of the screenplay. 

Stage Two - The First Draft

Only once the story and character development phase is completed, it is time for the professional screenwriter to write the first draft of the screenplay.  All the basic 'key' elements are already discussed and agreed upon in the story outline (20-25 scenes) is then written out in the first complete draft of the screenplay.  The writing is done by the screenwriter and isn't shown to the client until it is completed.  The First Draft of the completed script will be written in Final Draft Software, the professional scriptwriter software used by most professional screenwriters, and will be approximately 110-120 pages long.  The script will then be returned to the client in a PDF file for review.  Once the script is discussed it will then move onto the final stage of the writing process, which is the Final Polish.  

Stage Three - The Final Polish

The Final Polish of the screenplay takes the first draft of the screenplay and turns it into a fully 'polished' screenplay ready for producers and readers to review.  The final polishing stage takes all the key elements that are already working, and tightens them up to make the script into a 'page turner.'  This includes improving on the key elements such as action, dialogue and character chemistry, as well as eliminating any 'fat' from the script that slows the reader down.  The polishing stage makes sure that the script is ready to be be reviewed by industry professionals as well as be reviewed by professionals, and ensures that the client knows how well the material is being reviewed before they move onto the marketing phase.

From Concept to Completion

Completed the three stages of the screenwriting process guarantees that the clients new project is fully ready to be presented to industry professionals. There is no greater feeling fora client than to read a positive review of their project, which helps ensure them that they have made the right choice in hiring a professional screenwriter to help them deliver their project.  There are no easy short cuts to having a professionally written and developed project, because screenwriting is a very specific kind of art form.   It takes years of education and writing experience for a writer to know how to develop and execute this complicated writing craft onto the page.  By hiring the a professionally experienced writer, you can be ensured your project gets the kind of results you want and the attention it deserves, through the entire process, from concept to completion.