The Screenplay Ghostwriting Process
As you most of you already know, Hollywood has very strict standards when it comes to script writing. But where do these strict standards come from? They come from tested genres, which are easily marketed to a broad audience and have a proven track record for success. These genres are carefully crafted to entertain and keep an audience fully engaged from start to finish and are why so many producers use them. Producers will not be interested in most scriptwriters who do not know this craft and who work outside the mainstream, because it is taking a big chance. And risk means money. It is also harder to market a film that doesn’t meet these standards and target the right ‘audience’ which makes them less likely to reach the box office. Let a professional screenwriter with years of experience help guide you through the script writing process so you’re project gets the attention it deserves.
Start by selecting a professionally educated and trained screenwriter who has been trained at one of the top film schools in the country. Columbia University Graduate School of Arts, Film Program is known for producing some of the best screenwriters in the country for many years. This is an intensive three-year program, where other schools offer only one year of education in script writing. In addition, many who graduate from Columbia University Film School go on to teach screenwriting at the top graduates film schools in the country. So that’s a good start. But I am also something that few other professional screenwriters are. I am a very fast writer! Whereas other professional screenwriters can take up to a year to complete a single screenplay or TV Script pilot, I can develop write and polished new Screenplay and TV Series within a few months.
The 'THREE' Stages Of The Writing Process
The Story & Character Development Stage
The most important part of any new screenplay project is the story and character development stage. This ‘critical’ step ensures you have the entire ‘key’ storytelling eliminates in place before the writing begins — and therefore saves you the time and cost consumed in rewrites. It is the most important part of the scriptwriter process and is not to be taken lightly or overlooked. All the decisions are made between the client and the screenwriter are agreed upon during the ten-phone conference call period (one hour each) and are outlined for the client’s approval and review before the first draft is written. It is up to the screenwriter to educate the client during the story and character development process as to what these ‘key’ elements are and why they are needed in ever-professional screenwriters scripts. It is a valuable lesson that all clients learn and take with them to future projects.
The First Draft of The Screenplay
Only once the story and character development phase are 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 by both the screenwriter and the client and are highlighted in the 20-25 scene breakdown of the screenplay outline. Once the first draft is completed (110-120 pages) written in Final Draft Software, the professional scriptwriter software used by most professional screenwriters, it will be delivered back to the client for their review in a PDF File. Both the screenwriter and the client then discuss the script again and the first draft then enters the final stage of the screenwriting process, which is the Final Polish.
The Final Polish of The Screenplay
The Final Screenplay Polish stage is meant to take a first draft of the screenplay and turn it into a fully ‘polished’ product ready for producers and readers to review. The screenplay polish stage takes all that is working, eliminates any ‘fat’ (something that slows the reader down) and further strengthens and highlights the exiting areas of the script that make it a ‘quick read’ and more enticing to both readers and producers. This includes tightening scenes and action sequences and focusing on improving the dialogue between the main and secondary characters. The polish is the final stage in turning the screenwriting project into a professional script ready to be reviewed by industry professionals as well as marketed and sold.
From Concept To Completion
Completed the THREE STAGES of the screenwriting process guarantees that your project will achieve its fullest potential. It ensures that your script is ready to show to producers and industry professionals alike and will come back with either a ‘consider or recommended’ after it has been reviewed.
Going through the entire THREE STAGES of the screenwriting process also gives the client more confidence that their project will meet the strict standards of the film industry and the demands of the current marketplace. There is no greater feeling for the client to be sure that their writing project has been successfully transformed into a viable script they can be proud to share with others and call their own. This is what you get when you hire the right professional screenwriter and TV Script Writer who will give your project the time, talent and attention it deserves to succeed in the marketplace. See client testimonies for more details.
NOTE: I do not work on projects that contain sci-fiction (future worlds/utopias), comic book or immature themes, horror, explicit sex or graphic violence (drug worlds/sexual books). All books must have a strong theme and message and be written for a general audience.