1. WHAT IS A SCREENPLAY?
A screenplay is a succession of visual descriptions including name of scenes, day/night indications, dialogues and some basic, dramatic indications. On the average, one screenplay page is equivalent to one minute of film, which means most screenplays are usually between 90 to 120 pages long. Technical indications need to be kept to the minimum as they should be left to the producer and the director to worry about.
Any given concept for a fiction or documentary project may also be presented as a synopsis or a treatment. Generally, a synopsis is a short, one to three page summary of your final screenplay whereas a treatment should be more developed - ten to thirty pages - and optionally include bits of dialogues.
2. WHAT DOES A SCRIPT DOCTOR DO ?
A script doctor is an expert story editor who tracks down any given dramatic or format flaw in a completed or in a progress screenplay and helps the writer find the right solutions.
Film and television are industries. The audience is the market and your screenplay is a product that you want to sell to that market. The more you improve your screenplay, the better it will become and the more chances for you to have it produced. It is a simple and universal rule.
Please note that no matter how much this site contributes to any improvements of your screenplay, you will remain the sole author(s) of your work.
3. WHO SHOULD USE THIS SERVICE ?
Doc Scenario welcomes all writers seeking advice regarding a film or a television project whether it is a completed screenplay, a synopsis or a treatment, before it is submitted to any key, industry professional.
It is just as easy to criticize as it is hard to create. So true, and how come? Because very few writers can actually reflect on their own work. A screenplay is like one’s child: one can’t help but loving him/her without seeing his/her faults. Therefore, it is fundamental to get an exterior, objective and constructive point of view.
A telephone consultation is also offered. However, for your optimal benefit, it is strongly recommended that you use this option only after your work was first reviewed by this site.
4. ELEMENTS TO BE EVALUATED:
• Structure, continuity and acts
• Conflicts and situations
• Impact of the first 10 pages
• Plot points and twists
• Primary and secondary plots
• Leads and secondary characters
• Dramatic set-ups, motivations and goals
• Exposition, confrontation, resolution and conclusion