Write a screenplay in 4 steps

Write a showcase script in just a few months
with Dave Trottier (me!) as your personal mentor

Tired of the usual floundering, blocking, stalling, lack of motivation, and endless rewriting of even the simplest of scripts? Do you need someone to stand by you all the way to your script’s completion?  If so, this exclusive script development service by correspondence is for you.

My unique and newly-revised program is devoted to developing a completed script in a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere. The individual guidance and direction you will receive can save you time, headaches and money, as well as improve your work and reveal its commercial potential.

Here are some answers to often-asked questions about this 4-step program.

What does each evaluation include? Besides pointing out problem areas in structure, character, dialogue, theme, etc., suggestions will be made on how to improve your work. If you're having trouble with certain concepts or principles or techniques, call or write me and I will explain them to you. Certain readings may be suggested to clarify points. You may be asked to rewrite certain scenes or be given special assignments. There is no extra charge for this. Everything is personalized for you.

How long will it take me to complete my script? In most cases, it will take about five to six months writing part-time, but you may proceed at your own pace since this is a personalized, pay-as-you-write program. I will guide you through every phase of the writing process, including the all-important initial stages where most writers make their biggest mistakes. Most of all, you'll have the satisfaction of having written the best script you can.

Is there anything else to buy? Naturally, you will cover the cost of your own postage and of any phone calls. If you don't already own the fifth edition of The Screenwriter's Bible, you will want to purchase a copy. There is no requirement to buy anything else.

As my mentor, what are your qualifications? I am a produced screenwriter, award-winning teacher, and script consultant with tons of experience. My clients and students include two Nicholl winners. All evaluations will be made personally by me in writing.

What if I want to talk to Dave personally? My phone number is 801-492-7898. If you need a clarification of a critique or just want to ask a question, feel free to call or email me. Assignments may be submitted via email or sent hard copy through the mail.

What if I already have a script written and only need an analysis of the completed draft? See my current script consulting fee schedule for completed and partial scripts, treatments, and query letters.  This four-step course is designed for people just starting a script.

How is this different from your mentoring courseThe four steps are the same, but there are fewer written assignments, no classroom or chat room experiences, and no guaranteed interaction with other writers.  However, you will be given access to my free discussion forum to ask questions. The main benefit of this program is you can go as fast as you want or as slow as wish. This is a private, one-on-one experience.  

Can I mix and match this program with the mentoring course?  Yes.  For example, if you wish, you can take Steps 1 and 2 of this program, take Step 3 of the mentoring course, and then return to Step 4 of this program.

Once I start, am I committed to continue to the end?
No. You may drop out anytime or take as long as you'd like to complete each step. You are in control of the process.

HOW TO GET STARTED

What follows are the four steps of the course, which you can pay for at each individual step, or all at once for a discount.  You cannot skip steps or choose just one step (except Step 1), but you can stop anytime along the way. 

Step 1 – Idea, story, and character creation. You will begin by submitting three story ideas. Once you have developed one clear story that you love along with the main characters, then we move on to Step 2.

Fee for Step 1 – Only $95

Once you pay the fee, I will email you your starter materials.  If you prefer that I physically mail them to you, please let me know by phone or email.

Save $70 by paying for all four steps now.

Fee for all 4-steps – Only $750

Step 2 – Act 1 and the Set-up. At this step, we make sure your scenes are working (in terms of characterization, motivation, story logic, etc.) and that you understand formatting, an important issue. Along with your story synopsis, I will evaluate the first ten pages of your script. 

Pay for this step only after you have done Step 1.

Fee for Step 2 – Only $135

Step 3 – Act 2 Problems & Solutions.  This step includes a story outline and other assignments designed to deepen characters and stories.  If, in addition, you want me to evaluate a certain number of written pages, I will do that at the addition fee of $10 per page. 

Pay for this step only after you have done Steps 1 and 2.

Fee for Step 3 – Only $195

Step 4 - Completed draft.  This is the equivalent of my 14-Point Analysis, which is normally priced at $450. 

Pay for this step only after you have done Steps 1-3.

Fee for Step 4 – Only $395

These critiques would normally cost you significantly more under any other circumstances. You receive professional evaluations from Dave throughout the writing process. In addition, you will have the motivation to finish your script and learn from the process.  

Please call (800-264-4900) or email me with any questions.

If you do not already own the fifth edition of The Screenwriter's Bible. Order it below.

The Screenwriter’s Bible – Only $19.95