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Phone: 781-654-1418

Email: sgillis771@gmail.com

www.scriptstories.com CONTACT FORM

​​​​Suzanne Elizabeth Gillis​

Professional Screenwriter for Hire

Offering Screenplay Help

Screenwriting & TV Series Ghostwriting Help 

FULL Story & Character Development SERVICE PROVIDED​​

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www.scriptstories.com 

FEES & SERVICES FOR 
FEATURE SCREENPLAYS & TV SERIES WRITING PROJECTS
HOW TO GET STARTED
The FIRST STEP is to email or call with a brief description of the main story line, main characters and main idea.  This 'idea' doesn't have to be perfect, but should simply convey a strong conflict.  Story is conflict.  If you don't know all the details yet, that's fine.  That is what the STORY DEVELOPMENT process is all about.  If you have other material to be reviewed see the end of this page for details on cost of reviewing materials.  


​THE GHOSTWRITING CONTRACT

All of the writing stages below are accompanied by a writing contract. The contract states that I am being hired as a ghostwriter for the fees being paid for each service below.  So when you get the project back and it is completed, you will then register it with WGA and the US Copyright office under your name alone, it will be owned exclusively by you.  NOTE: I do not send 'blank' contract for clients to review, but only to clients ready to commit to working on a particular project.   
 
PROTECTING YOUR STORY IDEA
If you have concerns about sharing your 'story idea' with someone you don't know, then use the NON-DISCLOSURE FORM (BLUE NFD BUTTON ABOVE). This form is for your records only.  Once we agree on working together, the contract is signed which replaces this and shows that all right to the project remain yours (and not mine as the ghostwriter).  Once it is complete written, you will then register it with WGA and The USA Copyright office in DC. 


FULL STORY & CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

FOR FEATURE SCREENPLAYS - $3500.00 

The FULL Story & Character Development process is required for all new screenplay projects that are not accompanied by an existing screenplay or book.  The story development outline provides a scene by scene breakdown of the entire screenplay (20-25 scenes) as well as full character development for all the main and secondary characters.  The purpose of the story development process is to fill in all the missing key story elements that the story idea maybe missing, as well as making sure the character's chemistry and dynamics are right.  It also ensures that the terms and genre are also working.  (See the Story Development page for more details about this Story Development process).  More complicated scripts such as period scripts, sci-fi, true stories, and/or multiple genres are typically at a higher fee. 


FIRST DRAFT FOR

FEATURE SREENPLAY - $5000.00

The first draft fee is only for projects that have completed story development process and is based on the genre.  Screenplays that require more complicated genres result in a higher fee.   All screenplays are written in FINAL DRAFT software which is the industry standard.  Feature scripts are generally 100-120 pages once completed.  The First Draft of the screenplay is based entirely on the story development outline which has already been approved by both the client and the screenwriter.  The turnaround time for the First Draft of a feature screenplay is usually 4-6 weeks.  



FULL TV SERIES DEVELOPMENT
& FIRST PILOT EPISODE - $5500.00 

The TV Series development Process includes in-depth character development as well as the Theme, Conflict, Locations and Main conflict of the TV Show.  It also includes the writing of the First Epsiode (up to 60 pages) which is written in Final Draft Software (industry standard for all Scripts and TV shows).  The turn around time for the Full TV Series Development Service and completion of the First Pilot Episode is typically 6-8  weeks.  



FULL TV SERIES TREATMENT &
ADDITIONAL (5) EPSIODES - $2500.00


The TV Series Treatment is written in Word Document and is typically up to 25 pages along.  It includes many areas of interest to the TV Producer, including the Title, the Logline, Theme, Genre details and locations, as well as a detailed summary of the main Characters of the show.  It also includes the addtional five episodes which complete the first Season of the TV show which is summarized in terms of the conflict and main character goals.  The turn around time for the TV Series Treatment and additional Espiodes is 2-4 weeks. 


FEATURE SCREENPLAY

REWRITE - $2500.00 - $3500.00


The Feature Screenplay Rewrite is based on the current script NOT requiring more than half of the entire script to be rewritten.  It will require being reviewed first by me  ($250.00 fee) to see it if fits into this category.  It will then be followed up with notes and discusssions about the project and what will be required to fix it.  If more than half the script needs to be rewritten, then it will have to first go through the entire Screenplay Develpment Process.  Turn around time for a rewrite is based on specific project. 



FEATURE SCREENPLAY
FINAL POLISH - $1500.00

The screenplay polish is only offered for scripts that Suzanne has already worked on which have completed the story development process. The polishing stage further tightens and improves all the main aspects of the script and focuses on eliminating any 'fat' or unnecessary action which slows down the reader.  It also further strenghtens the existing dialougue between all the essential characters, as well as tightens the action.  Turn around time for a screenplay polish is usually 2-3 weeks.



FEATURE SCREENPLAY
REWRITE - $2500.00 - $3500.00
 
The screenplay rewrite is offere ONLY if not more than one half of the script needs to be rewritten.  It would first have to be reviewed by me (cost is $250.00 for evaluation).  If I determine I can offer you this service, it is based on how much work needs to be addressed and in what areas.  This will be discussed with you the client first and then if we are both in agreement with the proposed changes, we can sign the contract and begin. If the script needs more then one half to be written, or has many key element missing, it will need to start with the FULL development process first.  See above for detaisl.  The turn around time for a feature screenplay rewrite is usually 2-4 weeks.  




LOGLINE & QUERY LETTER
FOR MARKETING- $600.00

The Query Letter includes the LOGLINE whch is considered the number ONE marketing tool for selling a feature screenplay to producers (known as the 'pitch').  The Query Letter also includes a brief synopsis (one paragraph) of the basic premise of the film as well as who the the main characters is. It also hints at the genre and theme of the film.  Also included is a
 ONE PAGE synopsis which further highlights  the main story line and main conflict addressed by the main character as well as demonstrates how the story conflict addresses their 'inner flaws' (the main reason why people watch the film).   Turn around time is typically 1-2 weeks. 



REVIEW OF EXISTING MATERIALS

 
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 read and evaluate the material. Once I have read and evaluated the material I will send you notes and we can discuss the project more over the phone in detail.  Turn around 1 week.


MANUSCRIPT OR TREATMENT (40 pgs or less) - $100.00 
FEATURE SCREENPLAY  (120 pgs or less) - $250.00

BOOK REVIEW  (350 pgs or less) -  $350.00