Short Bio:

Daniel P. Calvisi is a story analyst, speaker, screenwriter and the author of Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, Story Maps: TV Drama,  Story Maps: 12 Great Screenplays, and Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan. He is a former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox, Miramax Films and New Line Cinema. He coaches writers, teaches webinars on writing for film and television with The Writers Store and speaks at writing conferences and book signings. He holds a degree in Film and Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He lives in Los Angeles.

Longer Bio, from Dan…

I am a professional Story Analyst, Writing Coach, Screenwriter, Author and private Screenplay Consultant with over 20 years of experience working professionally on the craft and business of screenplays.

I live in Los Angeles, California, the movie and television capital of the world.

My employers have included Miramax Films, Dimension Films, Twentieth Century Fox, New Line Cinema and Clinica Estetico Films (former production company of Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme, “The Silence of the Lambs”). I have evaluated written submissions for executives who developed and/or executive produced the films CHICAGO, LIMITLESS, SPY KIDS, SCREAM 2 & 3, CHOCOLAT, THE WEDDING SINGER, ONE FINE DAY, THE GAME, ULEE’S GOLD and many others.

I am the author of the best-selling screenwriting books Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT ScreenplayStory Maps: TV Drama: The Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot, Story Maps: 12 Great Screenplays and Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan.

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I am a paid screenwriter.

I have taught screenwriting and story analysis at the college level and I speak at writing conferences, book signings and regional writers’ groups.

I have coached hundreds of private clients (writers, directors, actors, producers) to write their best screenplays and submit them to the industry with the best marketing strategy. I work with writers of all experience levels on all formats: concept, logline, story map, outline, treatment, short, pilot, feature. I am just as comfortable helping a writer develop a new concept from scratch as I am giving notes on a completed draft.


At the Last Bookstore in downtown L.A.


At the Inktip Pitch & Networking Summit.

At the Scriptwriters Network in Hollywood.

I create and teach webinars via The Writers Store.

I am a published writer in Script magazine.

I am a contributing writer in Now Write! Screenwriting.

On set with Steven Bauer (Scarface, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul).


With the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on the Fox lot.


Dan at Mad Men premiere

At the Mad Men premiere.

I produce videos and podcasts on my favorite topic, screenwriting.

I have a B.F.A. in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

This is my full-time job, not just a side venture.

I hope to work with you and help you to improve your craft and meet your goals!

Good luck and happy writing,

Daniel Calvisi

For more about me: Why Hire Me?

My TV Book: Story Maps: TV Drama: The Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot

My Film Book: Story Maps: How to write a GREAT Screenplay

My Blog: The Story Behind Film and Television

Related: Don’t Pay for Script Coverage

Related: Choosing a Script Service for your Screenplay

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