Lab FAQs


Q. How long does it take to get from an idea to a polished screenplay?
A. It depends on the nature of the project. Typically, it takes six weeks to flesh out a full treatment, five months on the first draft, six weeks on the rewrite, and two weeks on the polish. If the piece requires extensive research, expect an extra two months for research and maybe a location visit. If all goes perfectly, it takes about nine months… to do it right.

Q. Someone told me they could write a screenplay in 30 days…
A. Conventional wisdom says that if you want something cheap, fast or good, you get to pick two.

Q. Will you steal my idea?
A. No.

Q. Will you help me get an agent?
A. No.

Q. We don’t have financing up front, but will Catharsis provide services for back-end participation?
A. No.

Q. Do we have to pay guild minimums?
A. We have both guild and non-guild writers on staff. We can accommodate producers who are signatories or not. We do recommend for eventual credit purposes that every company become a signatory.

Q. Our offices are outside LA. Will you come to us?
A. Yes, we work internationally.

Q. What factors help you decide whether you will take on a project in the Writer’s Lab?
A. We are interested in being part of the creation of great visual stories, but we are also pragmatic enough to know they must also be commercial. There are some projects that we will take on that are tough sells, but worth it. We won’t work on anything that we can’t see a pathway to a sale.