Entries by StoryMapsDan

Million Dollar Baby Screenplay

Million Dollar Baby (2004; Screenplay by Paul Haggis, based on stories by F.X. Toole; Directed by Clint Eastwood) Million Dollar Baby is an incredibly focused story. Screenwriter Paul Haggis achieves what I call “story cohesion” by making sure that every element logically flows from strong main dramatic elements while generating dramatic conflict. The first level […]

Million Dollar Baby Script

Million Dollar Baby (2004; Screenplay by Paul Haggis, based on stories by F.X. Toole; Directed by Clint Eastwood) Million Dollar Baby is an incredibly focused story. Screenwriter Paul Haggis achieves what I call “story cohesion” by making sure that every element logically flows from strong main dramatic elements while generating dramatic conflict. The first level […]

How To Submit A Screenplay

Would you like to learn how to write a screenplay from a professional screenwriter and Script Doctor who has worked for major movie studios and is based in Los Angeles, California, Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world? I can give you the TOOLS — the professional screenwriting how to — to write a great […]

Choosing a Script Service or Screenplay Consultant Part II: The Three Main Types of Script Services You Can Hire

“Those Who Teach” Choosing a Screenwriting Coach by Daniel Calvisi, professional Story Analyst (Miramax Films, Dimension Films, Twentieth Century Fox, New Line Cinema) and author of Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay PART II: The three main types of screenplay coaches/consultants you can hire… 1) The Produced Screenwriter A screenwriter who has sold […]

How to Write a GREAT Script! page 2

back to page one In fact, each one of those categories in the Great Script list represents a great deal of study and practice. To truly understand each element is the first challenge and it takes time to get there. From there, the ability to implement each element on the page requires a strong focus, […]

Choosing a Script Service or Screenplay Consultant Part III: The Triple Threat

The Triple Threat: Industry Vet, Teacher and Coach Due to the recent economy woes and all the layoffs in Hollywood, you’ll probably spot more new script services founded by recently downsized development and agency employees,.  Yes, they’ve worked in the industry, but have they taught and coached writers to improve their work? As I stressed […]

Copyright

You can copyright your screenplay or novel with the U.S. Copyrights office in Washington, D.C. Download the proper forms at their website.

Coverage

Script Coverage/Screenplay Coverage is a 3-5 page report evaluating the quality and potential of a written submission to be a successful film for that particular production company. Final judgment is a Recommend, Consider, or Pass. Most scripts are given a Pass (at least 85% of all submissions). This can be for story or commercial reasons. […]

How To Write A Screen Play

Would you like to learn how to write a screenplay from a professional screenwriter and Script Doctor who has worked for major movie studios and is based in Los Angeles, California, Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world? I can give you the TOOLS — the professional screenwriting how to — to write a great […]

Script Coverage

I don’t offer script coverage as one of my consulting services; I prepare detailed story notes that identify narrative problems and offer specific suggestions on how to fix them. However, I wrote coverage on scripts and books for years as a professional movie studio Reader. So I’m very familiar with it. You will find a […]

Screenplay Tips

Would you like to learn how to write a screenplay from a professional screenwriter and Script Doctor who has worked for major movie studios and is based in Los Angeles, California, Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world? I can give you the TOOLS — the professional screenwriting how to — to write a great […]

Screenplay Consultants

Would you like to learn how to write a screenplay from a professional screenwriter and Script Doctor who has worked for major movie studios and is based in Los Angeles, California, Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world? I can give you the TOOLS — the professional screenwriting how to — to write a great […]

Screenplay Consultant

Would you like to learn how to write a screenplay from a professional screenwriter and Script Doctor who has worked for major movie studios and is based in Los Angeles, California, Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world? I can give you the TOOLS — the professional screenwriting how to — to write a great […]

Screenplay Analysis

Would you like to learn how to write a screenplay from a professional screenwriter and Script Doctor who has worked for major movie studios and is based in Los Angeles, California, Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world? I can give you the TOOLS — the professional screenwriting how to — to write a great […]

How to Write a Script

Would you like to learn how to write a screenplay from a professional screenwriter and Script Doctor who has worked for major movie studios and is based in Los Angeles, California, Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world? I can give you the TOOLS — the professional screenwriting how to — to write a great […]

Screenplay Coach

Do you want a screenplay analysis from a Script Doctor with major movie studio credentials? Are you looking for a screenplay coach to give you the best script consultation you can get and to mentor you through the process of how to write screenplays? I am a screenplay teacher and script doctor with over 14 […]

Screenplay Writing

Would you like to learn how to write a screenplay from a professional screenwriter and Script Doctor who has worked for major movie studios and is based in Los Angeles, California, Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world? I can give you the TOOLS — the professional screenwriting how to — to write a great […]

Screenplay Coverage

I don’t offer script coverage as one of my consulting services; I prepare detailed story notes that identify narrative problems and offer specific suggestions on how to fix them. However, I wrote coverage on scripts and books for years as a professional movie studio Reader. So I’m very familiar with it. You will find a […]