Your story will be organized into four acts. If you’re familiar with the three act format, then you should know that the four act format is identical in length, but the second act is split into two acts keeping each act 30 minutes long totaling 120 pages. We have found that splitting the traditional act two into two acts makes it easier for all parties to understand.
Each act of the four act system is broken down into an average of 12 to 15 scenes. These are captured in the form of bullets that are easy to understand for everyone involved. This high level approach captures the core action of every scene and allows us to determine whether or not a scene is valuable enough to remain in the script or if it needs to be re-engineered or erased for a better alternative.
Once complete, you will see your vision come to life. You will see the impact of your original premise and story breathe life.
The scene breakdown is a beat-by-beat analysis of the scene outline. For each bullet in our outline, we break down every moment into beats to reveal the dimension and impact of every scene. We keep track of what circumstances enter a scene and what turn takes place to give the scene its value.
Once complete, the scene breakdown will run between 12 to 20 pages depending on the complexity of the script. One of the more complex areas where agents and professional script readers look for are the beat polarities. This is a delicate process that ensures that a scene isn’t filler or what is more traditionally referred to as exhibition. This is an area where new writers struggle or fail to address all together. We are professional beat designer when it comes to polarity. We will ensure that the simplest scene develops the most powerful meaning to the overall story.
Once we have the scene breakdown complete, we have all the pieces to begin writing the actual script. This process usually takes approximately two months. In rare cases where research is a crucial part of the script’s accuracy, this can be three months.
As the client and collaborator, you will receive dailies of the script as the occur or as often as you desire. Some clients like to have weekly updates instead of daily updates. The choice is yours.
Once the script exists in its initial form and we’ve had a chance to make any major changes, we enter the phase of refinement. This phase includes an all encompassing set of improvements that slim down the overall writing and begins to give the characters a very special dialect and character. For instance, if a character speaks with an accent that is important to the character’s overall style, this is the phase where we start to lock down these unique elements. One of the common mistakes is to attempt this phase in an initial writing before the logistical “from to” phases have been determined or before the value of a scene has been finalized. By delaying this phase into its own stage, we avoid stylistic phases that can lead to writers block.