Writers Boot Campís Producer Consulting matches an independent producer with a talented and affordable writer through our alumni network to develop a project idea or adaptation into a viable script. Producer Consulting provides the equivalent of work-for-hire writing services, along with a year of Writers Boot Camp supervision and project management. Once commenced, a writerís official development and writing timeline is approximately six months, from inception to first draft and through many interim creative deadlines.
Writers Boot Camp writers have had nearly 30 notable movies made in just the past 18 months. Hundreds more alumni have major film and television credits, and form a virtual vanguard of digital and branded content creators.
Writers Boot Camp is a conduit for talented writers and a facilitator of the creative process. Our methodology is not just for new writers. The tools are highly effective and professional, accelerating creative achievement and articulating specific project objectives.
Writers Boot Camp Professional Members have gone through a minimum of two years of intensive coursework to learn a specialized and unique arsenal of tools, evaluation skills and rewriting process.
On the verge of career breakthrough, many yet undiscovered writers have learned to be more efficient and prolific than typical working writers. During our coursework, writers must write 10 hours per week and are trained to complete major stages of work every four weeks on a part-time basis that often surpasses what full-time writers achieve.
The writerís deal structure also abides Writers Boot Campís Full Development philosophy taught through the professional memberís coursework, breaking the creative timeline into 10 distinctive stages of work and formal drafts of a script.
One of the evolving ideas here is a departure from the old view of writing. Screenwriting is challenging because, of course, we're in a visual medium. We have to show rather than tell. And in making the jump from the ideas that are in your head or in your heart and trying to get that on the page, it's crucial that you realize that you have to translate those ideas to a form that other people--readers, gatekeepers (the assistants to whom the executives delegate your scripts), the crew who are going to have to interpret (and hopefully not interpret too much) and eventually produce that material--can understand.
Screenwriting is a very conceptual process. The mentality of I'm-a-hard-working-person-and-can-write-120-pages doesn't quite work, because all content is derivative. Every story has been done before, at least in some way and to some degree. Even BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, an admirably original project, is based on the paradigm of switching bodies. There's just no such thing as a story that's totally unique. So, the approach that you take has to mitigate that problem. And in screenwriting that approach proves itself on the page through entertaining moments. Since the story moves through moments of interaction between people, your characters will ideally come across as people and not just props with feet. Hopefully, they're human beings at a significant stage of their lives, and that stage of life--that experience, that adventure--is going to change them forever.
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Based on an expedient first-draft process, including emphasis on developing tools like the Unity Page, the 3-6-3, the Horizontal and brainstorming of setpieces, Writers Boot Camp estimates that a feature-length script can be readable by industry standards within six months, working at a part-time pace of ten hours per week.*
The ratio of tools work versus writing during the first-draft stage would be 80% tools and 20% writing. Once the tools have been established, then the subsequent rewriting stages would flip that ratio to 20% tools, primarily updating and brainstorming for particular issues, and 80% emphasis on writing pages. Of course, the rewriting stages are the primary portion of a Six-Month Full Development process, even with earnest tools development and preparation.
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