PAYMENT AND DELIVERY TIMELINE
Most projects take approximately ten working days for initial consultation, and 3-4 weeks for additional consultation.
Preliminary Evaluation Fee of $100 must be paid up front.
For all other contracts, 50% of payment is due at time of signing and 50% due upon delivery.
RUSH orders (under 1 week) depend upon Catharsis staff availability. Then, add $500 to usual fees.
SCRIPT CONSULTING (FOR FULL DRAFTS)
$100 Preliminary Evaluation
We require all scripts and projects to undergo a preliminary evaluation to determine if it is something to which we can really add value and shepherd to the next level. If we elect to take on a project, the Initial Consult Fee will be applied toward further consultations. If a project is not ready for consult, it will be returned with one page of notes and recommendations.
$500 Standard Consultation (Initial consult fee included)
A rigorous element-by-element consideration that will take a minimum of two days of work. The Standard Consultation will return to you a 7 – 9 page written analysis including citations from your screenplay and recommendations to up the level in each of the many areas of scriptwriting (ie. plot, characters, dialogue, theme, title, arena, visual imagery, commerciality). Includes an hour phone call to go over notes.
$1,200 Extended Consultation
All of the above, plus line notes written directly on your screenplay. Notes will correct standard industry formatting, grammar, and cinematic style as well as highlight specific problem areas in the script.
Second-look consultation. After you have applied the notes from our Standard or Extended Consultation, we will take another look at the rewritten project. We’ll tailor our feedback specifically to follow up on previous notes. Includes a minimum two-page analysis and an hour phone call.
$150 Phone Follow-Ups
Additional phone calls, per hour
NOVELS, BOOKS, ARTICLES, TREATMENTS OR OTHER (NON- SCREENPLAY) IDEAS:
$200 Initial Evaluation (under 250 pages)
Includes one page of recommendations for the project and it’s potential for adaptation. Some projects may require an additional 1 – 2 hours of phone consultation (not included).
$500 Novel and Book Evaluation (over 250 pages)
Includes 1 – 2 page analysis of the project’s potential for a movie and recommendations for adaptation. Includes Initial Evaluation fee.
Additional phone calls, per hour
HOW MUCH TO TURN MY IDEA (BOOK, LIFE STORY, ARTICLE) INTO A MOVIE TREATMENT?
This is a complex process with several steps that will potentially involve interviews, research, reading supplemental material, as well as brooding over the concept and how to make it a worthy, commercial, visual story. It can take from two to six weeks of work to develop a story. Expect Catharsis to work with you closely during this process so that we can together be sure that the project is evolving into the story you want to tell.
The project steps and rates are as follows:
Project questionnaire evaluation and initial phone consultation.
Development of a basic 2-3 page project synopsis
Development of a 10-12 page fully fleshed out treatment including plot with act breakdown, character descriptions and arcs, theme, arena, title proposal and market evaluation
EVALUATION OF A SCREENWRITER FOR HIRE
We will help you hire a screenwriter for your project. We will read and evaluate writing samples to assess whether a writer’s particular skills will be suited to your project, and make recommendations that fit your budget.
We will meet with you and your proposed writer to understand the nature of your project, and help you communicate your needs with the writer.
$2,000 per project, for assessment of 2 writers, add $500 per writer over two writers
Includes 1- 2 page analysis of each writer, and their skills and challenges in regard to the particular project. We will assess professional training, experience, readiness, talent, and the writer’s disposition toward your particular project.
IDENTIFYING AND HIRING A SCREENWRITER
We will help you recruit the right writer for your project. We will set up meetings for you with writers who can work for the budget you have. The writers we recommend are professionally trained and experienced. We can recruit writers for both WGA and non-guild signatory projects.
Hourly rate of $150 (can be capped)
HIRE THE CATHARSIS LAB FOR YOUR PROJECT
Develop your project in house with us. A Catharsis staff writer will write or rewrite your next project. Your project will benefit from the wealth of experience that comes from a seasoned group of professionals working together throughout the process.
Rates vary according to negotiated deal and WGA minimums.
PITCH YOUR SLATE OR PROJECT AND RECEIVE A CATHARTIC ASSESSMENT
Rates depend on if we need to read scripts or treatments or carry on any other project research.
$300 an hour with a cap of $2,000
OUTSOURCE YOUR DEVELOPMENT WORK TO CATHARSIS
For production companies – rates subject to negotiation. (But it will be much cheaper than maintaining a development staff!)
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM RATES
Basic Speech Rates
Cartharsis speakers are available at a variety of rates. Generally fees start at $600 per speech, plus travel and accommodations. Our speakers get booked far in advance so we recommend you make your speech reservation as soon as you know your event dates.
One on One Personalized Instruction -
Catharsis staff will create personalized tutorial sessions for you or your company on any of the aspects of screenwriting or story development.
Rates start at $1,000 per day, per instructor, plus travel and accommodations, if necessary.