Visual Story Telling is a process- the story grows from initial vision to fleshed vision to very fleshed out to treatment, screenplay, shooting script, project. You have to keep adding elements much like you would if you were baking a cake. Wherever you are in making your cake, we’ll help you get to the next step in the process:
Do you have an original story idea, or an article, anecdote, book, or life experience to adapt? We’ll help you frame the story into a movie, and ask some key questions to get you started, such as: is it your story to tell? Do you own the rights? What’s your budget? What’s the best format to tell the story (feature, TV, documentary, etc.)? We can help you assess whether the idea you have is worth pursuing and recommend next steps, which will save you loads of time and money.
We can help you frame your story into a movie, TV show, documentary, or other screen format, as needed. The first step is to break your story into a workable basic outline or “beat sheet”. We can consult on the beat sheet you create, or help you write one. This document can be used to attract investors, help communicate your vision to a writer, or be used as the backbone for the treatment.
A treatment is a 10 -12 page working document which includes a description of the area, logline, theme, audience, genre, character arcs, basic breakdown of acts, and movement of the story. This piece is essential before going to script. A proper treatment can save thousands, if not tens of thousands, when executed well, and cost as much in time and money when executed poorly. We’ll consult on any treatment you’ve written, or our experienced writers will help you write one in our story lab.
“Independent” producing is an oxymoron. Every project is unique, but what each has in common is it requires a whole team of collaborators to piece it together. We can assist you in finding an experienced producer or a writer, legal counsel, or recommend options for financing.
If you are a screenwriter, we can mentor you through the entire writing process, or we can consult whenever you need help. If you are a producer, we can assist you in commissioning a writer and overseeing the writing process by helping you best communicate your needs in a way that motivates and encourages your writer to produce their very best work.
Writing is rewriting. We can help you identify the scope of your next rewrite, mentor you in executing your rewrite, work with your writer, or take your project through our writer’s lab. A script consultation will help you identify your best options for this step.
Do you have a draft of a script and would like to know where it stands? We offer 9 -12 pages of extensive notes on plot, character, theme, format, dialogue, marketplace factors, and much more. Also included is a one-hour phone consultation to go over the notes, answer questions, and recommend next steps. Additional services, such as page notes, may also be added. See our rates page for more details.
You have a masterpiece. Now what do you do with it? We can help you find your project a home when it’s ready, and recommend strategies to shop your project, attach talent, pursue financing, attract agencies and producers, pre-sell distribution rights, and more.