Every great script starts with a conversation. The most important part of our process is creative dialogue. We build relationships with our writers so we can tailor the program to their needs.
We’re not just providing impersonal coverage. We want to understand a writer’s vision, and we’ll tailor our feedback to their ambition.
“I could be just a writer very easily. I am a writer. I am a screenwriter, which is half a filmmaker. … But it is not an art form, because screenplays are not works of art. They are invitations to others to collaborate on a work of art.”– Paul Schrader (screenwriter, director, film critic)
Development is the foundation of every film. The work to create the script determines the fate of the entire project. It’s also the most misunderstood phase of film production. Failure to support and nurture the writer, at this stage, can force the script into a never-ending cycle of unproductive rewrites. In the industry, this is called ‘development hell.’
We know from years working at the top of the industry, how much the best studios and production companies invest in development. They know you can’t make a film without developing a good script, but the process is often overlooked by emerging filmmakers.
At Script Compass, we will guide you through an industry-level development process. A process that is structured, practical, and good value for money. We want to help you avoid mistakes and expensive failures. By working with us, you can get your team up the development learning curve while creating successful films.
At Script Compass we share a passion for storytelling. It’s at the heart of everything we do. We’re working filmmakers and we truly understand the effort that can go into developing a concept from script to screen.
We are sensitive, interactive and discursive. We will always work with you to see your creative vision and bring it to fruition.
“The easiest thing to do on Earth is not to write.” – William Goldman (screenwriting doyen)
As development consultants, we hear a lot of horror stories about bad notes and coverage from individual ‘script consultants’ or from large, impersonal companies selling coverage. Unfortunately, it’s common practice in some companies to hire cheap, inexperienced readers to drive down the costs. It’s not uncommon for writers to feel like their notes (from other companies) have been written by a reader who hasn’t read the script. They hide the inexperience of their readers behind the anonymity of a written report.
At Script Compass, feedback always includes an actual dialogue with the consultant(s). We pride ourselves on working together with every one of our writers. Our face-to-face feedback sessions are where all the important development work happens. Following each of our meetings, we put together a rewrite strategy to ensure that you have direction for your next draft. We only hire experienced, industry level consultants, who we nurture and train in-house. You’ll be on first name terms with all the people involved in your script’s development. Unlike our competitors, we get to know you and your story through frequent creative discussions, so you feel supported throughout the entire process.
We offer a free consultation to every prospective client. From here, we will assess your project and advise on a package accordingly. All of our quotations are bespoke, so while our packages act as guidelines for services and pricing, we will amend them to suit you and your project. We offer a range of payment plans to ensure that our development process also suits you financially.
We understand that it’s not just individual filmmakers who require script development. At Script Compass we offer the same extensive development process to companies and production partners across the industry.
We are forward-thinking in our approach to development. We pride ourselves on working with anyone who requires development, whether you’re an individual or a production company.
At Script Compass we work with any team, no matter how big or small. When it comes to script development, we understand that companies as well as individuals often require a managed process to create a production-ready script.
Our team has extensive experience of working with and alongside production companies to develop stories for them in-house. When you hire Script Compass as a company, you don’t just get the expertise of one individual executive, but instead the full-force of our team of development consultants.
All of the services that we provide are suited to individuals and companies alike. We have excellent skills in understanding the specific aims of every project, and we take into full consideration the objectives that you as a company, champion.