Screenwriting Services

Make your next draft the best script it can be!

You are a writer trying to break in or an independent creator planning a production. You intend to apply for funding, enter competitions or show a solid draft to contacts in the industry. Perhaps already a producer, fund or grant requires you to work with a story editor for your next draft. Even if you are ready to shoot, you should check that your script makes sense from a production and directorial perspective.

Film Writer provides screenwriting services to cover all your storytelling, editing and development needs, helping you to improve your script and bring it to a higher level.

The scripted projects can be of any length, format and medium (cinema, TV, web, stage, voice over, corporate, commercial).

Each project or situation warrants a unique approach, so it's best to discuss your needs with Film Writer for a customized service, starting with a quote and turnaround estimate.

Services for Writers & Creators

  • Analysis
  • Notes & feedback
  • Proofreading & editing
  • Formatting
  • Script doctoring
  • Adaptation to other media
  • Enneagram personality types for characterization

Services for Producers & Grants

  • Coverage
  • Revision & rewrites
  • Polishing & quality assurance
  • Research
  • Script breakdown (for budgeting & scheduling)
  • Translation (English, French, Spanish)
  • Localization (USA, Canada, Latin America)

Price List

A free 10-minute voice consultation can be arranged to discuss your project and needs.

Notes will be provided as a document or annotated on the script. One-on-one sessions can be done via remote conference or in person.

Adaptable to the budget set by grants for story editor & script consultant.

The quote will be calculated according to the complexity & amount of time the service requires.

Base Service: $200 USD / $250 CAD (entails reading one TV pilot or feature-length draft, providing proofreading, analysis & at least 2 pages of notes that highlight strengths, needs and suggestions for development and improvement).

Remote 30-minute session: add $40 USD / $50 CAD.

Remote 2-hour session: add $120 USD / $150 CAD.

In-person 2-hour session: add $200 CAD (Southern Ontario).

Deeper analysis, editing, doctoring & consultancy: calculated at $40 USD / $50 CAD per hour or $240 USD / $300 CAD per day (base fee applies).

Once you receive your quote, payment is in advance via PayPal invoice (worldwide) or e-Transfer (Canada).

[Above rates valid until August 30, 2022. Please notice that rates are competitive and already as low as possible.]

Special Promotion

As part of the Film Writer Tournament, you can pay for the base service along with the entry fee for your script at the FilmFreeway website.

FilmFreeway Gold members receive an additional 10% discount.

You can also enter your script and receive a $10 USD discount code for later use.

The champion wins a free base service among other perks.

Package Deals

Rewrite Feature Film: $480 USD / $600 CAD. Includes reading the current draft, one 30-minute session (or exchange by email) to discuss needs, up to 2 days of rewriting, editing, doctoring & polishing a new draft, and 2 pages of notes about the changes and possible need for further work.

Rewrite TV Pilot: $320 USD / $400 CAD. Includes reading the current draft, one 20-minute session (or exchange by email) to discuss needs, up to 8 hours of rewriting, editing, doctoring & polishing a new draft, and 1 page of notes about the changes and possible need for further work.

Rewrite Short Film: $200 USD / $250 CAD. Includes reading the current draft, one 15-minute session (or exchange by email) to discuss needs, up to 3 hours of rewriting, editing, doctoring & polishing a new draft, and half a page of notes about the changes and possible need for further work.

All packages include two script documents (the new draft and a comparison between both drafts).

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Formatting

Format in scripts follows certain standard guidelines. Film Writer offers a formatting service to verify your script complies fully and consistently with those guidelines, but requires the original text to already be conceived and written as a script. Otherwise, the text should be adapted first into script form before any further work.

Please visit the Format section for more information.

Benefits

The media arts scene is highly demanding. Grants and the top scriptwriting contests are extremely competitive. Final decisions tend to be quite subjective, so there is no way to foresee if a script will be a winner. However, to have a real chance, the script surely needs to be close to perfection. Your work can be improved objectively in craft, format, language, syntax, clarity, aesthetics, plot structure, narrative design, audiovisual cues, characterization, subtext, relevant connections & thematic references. Film Writer finds the goodness in the details.

If your script is ready to go into production, the final draft should be attuned to budget, schedule, technical difficulties and foreseeable limitations. Even if you are directing or producing your work, the shooting script needs to be as tight and clear as possible. You will also need a breakdown of your script elements to organize and plan the production. Film Writer can help you shape the filmmaking aspects of your script.

Comparison

Film Writer offers you a tailored service with the elements your script needs for its next stage.

Elsewhere, you can get your script looked at by an anonymous, underpaid reader who will write derivative coverage full of claims about undetermined producers, tiresome formulas and hypothetical current trends. For your own personal use, coverage is mostly a waste of time and resources as it won't provide you with enough information and guidance for your next draft. If a real producer or grant needs to see coverage from a third party, they will want to authorize the analyst beforehand and inform guidelines about their needs. Film Writer will gladly provide coverage in that case.

Often readers will tell you all the things why your script is bad in their opinion without any guidance on how to improve it. They will neglect and diminish your story, characters and all your work, time, effort and suffering you have invested. In contrast, Film Writer will help you communicate and shape up the core elements in the story you want to tell.

Experience

Film Writer is an experienced professional with a degree in film production that has written, directed and produced short films and full-cast audio dramas (adapted from his film scripts). His spec portfolio includes 17 feature-length screenplays and a few TV pilots that have garnered about 100 accolades in the competition circuit (the Nicholl Fellowships, the PAGE Awards, the Austin Film Festival and many other contests).

Film Writer has a keen eye for detail and a background in quality assurance, translation and localization of major films, TV series and video games.

Film Writer Tournament

Open to all screenwriters! Submit full scripts for shorts, features & TV pilots.

Every entry receives feedback & discounts.

Qualifiers: First 10 pages of every script.

Semifinals: Next 10 pages of each qualified script.

Finals: Full script of the top contenders.

Champion: Wins Film Writer's base service & screenwriting resources gift card.