Daniel P. Calvisi is a Script Doctor, writing coach and the author of Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay and Story Maps: TV Drama: The Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot. 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 and speaks at writing conferences. Many of his clients have worked with the top networks and studios in the industry, such as HBO, Warner Brothers, Disney, Sony, ABC, Showtime, Apple TV+, Netflix and more. He has been endorsed by Script Magazine and featured on Indie Film Hustle, Film Courage and L.A. Screenwriter. He holds a degree in Film and Television from 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 and many others.
I am the author of the best-selling screenwriting books Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, Story Maps: TV Drama: The Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot, Story Maps: 12 Great Screenplays and Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan.
I am a professional screenwriter. I have been hired by many clients to write, rewrite or polish screenplays. I really enjoy the challenge of using my creativity and technical acumen to help realize someone else’s overall vision for their film or TV pilot.
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, pitch, short, pilot, feature, pitch deck, etc. I am just as comfortable helping a writer develop a new concept from scratch as I am giving notes on a completed draft. I enjoy coaching newbies as well as industry veterans, and I can proudly say that some of my clients have worked with the top networks and studios in the industry, such as HBO, Warner Brothers, Disney, Sony, ABC, Showtime, Apple TV+, Netflix and more.
I create and teach unique and popular webinars.
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,
For more about me: Why Hire Me?
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
Where are you at in the screenwriting process?
- I would like to develop a screenplay with the guidance of a professional writing coach.
- I would like to get detailed, professional notes on my completed screenplay.
- I would like to hire an industry pro to write or rewrite my script for me.