A Word from the Doc

At 25, I worked as a script reader within the Story Department at New World Pictures in Los Angeles. I was instructed to concentrate on the first ten pages of all screenplays. If these crucial ten pages did not capture my attention I was to consider it a “pass”. That is still the rule in most studios and production companies. The reason is simple: If a story does not have what it takes in the first ten pages, why would it improve later on?

One of DOC SCENARIO’s guarantees is that your finished screenplay will successfully pass that first ten page test.

Many screenplays that get turned down have variable potential but usually most are just not developed enough. As a golden rule, never ever submit your very first draft.

Moving to Paris several years ago, I entered the venerated competition for France’s Best Screenplay Award. I was hoping to be at least part of the ten nominees and thus make myself credible in Paris as a writer as well as a script consultant. I had written my first screenplay, The Turk. Based on a ten year experience as a reader, I sensed that the plot was strong but I also knew that some parts of the script needed to be strengthened. Therefore, I had the script read by a professional analyst and, thanks to his report, I was able to improve my screenplay so much that one month later, on October 18, 1999, out of thousands of other screenplays, The Turk won the Best Screenplay Award.

As a musician must hone his craft by rehearsing and rehearsing again, a writer needs to write and write again. The more movies you’ll watch, the more books and screenplays you’ll read, the more you’ll increase your chances to succeed. And, remember that seeing a story and characters come to life right under your fingertips is nothing short of miraculous.

So, start hitting those keys and good luck to all.

Alain Bismut
Paris, 2005