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Screenwriting Needs

You are a writer trying to break in or an independent creator developing 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 consultant 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 with creativity and thorough attention to detail.

The scripted projects can be of any length, format and medium (cinema, TV, web, stage, voice over, corporate, commercial). A feature script runs from 75 to 130 pages. A TV pilot script runs from 25 to 70 pages.

Film Writer can tackle any narrative genre, but has a deep understanding and passion for drama, historical fiction, thriller, horror, science-fiction, action-adventure, western and social justice.

A free 10-minute voice consultation (or email exchange) can be arranged to discuss your project and needs.

Script Services

  • Analysis, notes & feedback
  • Proofreading (spelling, grammar & formatting)
  • Script editing & story consulting
  • Script rewriting
  • Polishing & quality assurance

Additional Services

  • Coverage
  • Pitch critique & guidance
  • Screenwriting
  • Treatment writing
  • Research
  • Adaptation from other media
  • Enneagram personality types for characterization
  • Script breakdown (for tentative budgeting & scheduling)
  • Translation (English, French, Spanish)
  • Localization (USA, Canada, Latin America)

Price List

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

Revision - Screenplay: $480 USD / $600 CAD. Reading the current draft, two pages of notes and possible changes, a 30-minute session (or email exchange) to discuss needs, followed by two full days of rewriting, editing & polishing a new draft.

Rewrite - Screenplay: $900 USD / $1,125 CAD. Reading the current draft, three pages of notes and possible changes, a one-hour session (or email exchange) to discuss needs, followed by five full days of rewriting, editing & polishing a new draft.

Major Rewrite - Screenplay: $1,500 USD / $1,875 CAD. Reading the current draft, four pages of notes and possible changes, a two-hour session (or email exchange) to discuss needs, followed by 10 full days of rewriting, editing & polishing a new draft.

Additional Day of Rewriting: $160 USD / $200 CAD.

The above services include two PDF documents (the new draft and a comparison between both drafts) and a master document (Final Draft 12 or RTF).

Live Sessions: remote one-on-one conference with video or just audio. In person possible only in Southern Ontario.

  • 30-minute session: add $40 USD / $50 CAD.
  • One-hour session: add $80 USD / $100 CAD.
  • Two-hour session: add $120 USD / $150 CAD.

Script Doctoring: maximum flexibility at $40 USD / $50 CAD per hour or $200 USD / $250 CAD per day. A quote will be calculated according to the complexity & amount of time the service requires. Minimum charge of 3 hours.

Script Editor & Story Consultant: adaptable to the budget set by US, Canadian & European grants.

Creative Screenwriting: for developing a new script from a treatment or outline, the quote will vary depending on page count, production budget & other factors. This service will require a professional contract.

[Rates & deals valid until October 30, 2022. Please notice that these rates are competitive and as low as possible.]

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

Credit & Copyright

Film Writer will not seek for screenwriting credit or ownership for editing, rewriting or consulting jobs of existing scripts. If the work is produced, a "story editor", "script doctor", similar credit or a mention in the "thank you" section will be appreciated but not required. However, for the creative writing of a first draft script (or a complete page-1 rewrite), proper credits and ownership will need to be negotiated with a legal contract.

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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 vague reasons 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 extremely creative and 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 over 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.

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Film Writer Tournament

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

  • Every entry receives feedback, at least 1 VPF Pitch & discounts.
  • FilmFreeway Gold members receive an additional 10% discount.
  • Qualifiers: First 10 pages of every script.
  • Semifinals: Next 10 pages of each qualified script.
  • Finals: Full scripts of the top contenders.
  • Champion: Wins 10 VPF Pitches, Film Writer's base service & $50 USD gift card.