I am a well-versed script consultant and writing coach with a genuine passion for helping fellow writers get their stories out into the world. I have helped many writers develop a broad range of scripts, several of which have gone on to sell to networks and studios. Over the years, I developed specific tools (not rules) that other writers find helpful during the creation process. I do not teach a particular way of working or abide by some "guru" story paradigm. Instead, I let your content dictate our form and draw upon universal principles of storytelling that I have cultivated over decades.

 

My coaching is far more in-depth than the skim-through analysis offered by most. I not only invest in the project but also in you, the writer. I help you hone your singular voice on the page, and I offer you ways to enhance your craft. Your success is my success. Should you sell a project that we worked on, I refund the initial coaching fee and take a continuing 5% commission on the project. As you'll see below, I am a far more effective sounding board than agents or managers, whose continuing 10% commissions exceed the cost of my services. If you are interested in working together, email me at davidcornue@gmail.com to arrange a free phone consultation to discuss your goals. 

1 month

$2000

THE WISE REVISE

If you have written multiple drafts of a completed script, consider this package. I coach you through a final revision of the script with a weekly in-person or video chat (1-hour each). I am also available to you via email throughout the 4-week process. After I read your script, you receive detailed page notes. We go through the notes together and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the story, plot, characters, and writing style. Development steps include:

 

    ▪    Detailed comments, clarifications, and considerations on your script
    ▪    Building more dimension into your characters

    ▪    Plot analysis and strengthening causality

    ▪    Comparable script analysis and comparison
    ▪    Notes on your Final Draft

1 month

$2000

THE ROYAL TREATMENT

You have a great concept. You also know how to write great dialogue. It's just all of that stuff in between. This is the package for you. Come to me with a concept and leave with a roadmap for your script in the form of a Treatment. This is an intensive 4-week process, but well worth it. I will guide you through the initial phases of development before you sit down and finally write "Fade In." Development steps include:

 

    ▪    Concept formation

    ▪    World-building, theme & tone discussions

    ▪    Detailed character construction with a one-of-a-kind process and analysis

    ▪    Plot construction to make a compelling story with propulsive energy

    ▪    Outline & Treatment

2 months

$3500

VISIONARY REVISION

If you have already completed a 1st draft of your script, this is the package for you. I coach you through TWO revisions of the script (2nd draft & Polish) with a weekly in-person or video chat (1-hour each). I am also available to you via email throughout the 2-month process. After I read your 1st draft, you receive detailed page notes. We go through the notes together and design a winning revision strategy for the project. We also identify the strengths and weaknesses of the writing style and explore how it can be elevated. Development steps include:

 

    ▪    Detailed comments, clarifications, and considerations on your 1st Draft
    ▪    A step-by-step revision strategy

    ▪    Building more dimension into your characters

    ▪    Plot analysis and strengthening causality

    ▪    Comparable script analysis and comparison
    ▪    Detailed notes on the 2nd Draft

    ▪    Detailed notes on the Polish Draft

3 months

$5000

START-TO-FINISH PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

I'm your writing coach throughout the entire professional development of a script, start to finish. You come to me with a logline, and we work together from there. We go step-by-step to help you dream up, design, and deliver a top-notch script that stands out from the competition. Throughout the process, you receive my detailed notes and guidance. We have weekly in-person or video chat sessions (1-hour each), and I'm available to you via email throughout the development period. By the end of this 3-month process, you not only have a completed script, but you are also a far more confident writer. Development steps include:

    ▪    Concept formation

    ▪    World-building, theme & tone discussions

    ▪    Detailed character construction with a one-of-a-kind process and analysis

    ▪    Plot construction to make a compelling story with propulsive energy

    ▪    Outline, Treatment, and Scriptment

    ▪    Extensive notes on your completed first draft

    ▪    Extensive notes on your completed second draft

    ▪    Completed final draft (the "polish")

    ▪    Guidance on sales material

1 month

$2000

PITCH-PERFECT PITCH

Dream, design, and deliver a pitch for your television or film project that will
 engage agents, producers, studio executives, financiers, 
and distributors. I take you through the initial process of development for a television pilot or screenplay. We then design a verbal pitch for you to rehearse until you can walk into any room and talk about your idea with command and ease. You will be well-versed and rehearsed. Development steps include:

 

    ▪    Concept formation

    ▪    World-building, theme & tone discussions

    ▪    Detailed character construction with a one-of-a-kind process and analysis

    ▪    Guidance on writing and memorizing your pitch

    ▪    Comments, clarifications, and considerations for the pitch
    ▪    Three practice pitches, in-person or video chat (1 hour each)

$450

À LA CARTE ART

Sometimes you just need a single session for guidance on your project. I am at your service. You tell me what you would like to accomplish and I will help you achieve the goal. If the work requires more than one session, you may pay as you go and go at your pace. We can do these 2-hour sessions in person or over video conference.

$500

SUPERIOR SCRIPT COVERAGE

With most script coverage services, writers pay for a "verdict" on their current draft. I take a far more useful and effective approach. First, I make sure to understand your goals as the writer. Then I read your script and provide a one-of-a-kind report focused on helping to improve and enhance the project based on your goals. For a reduced price ($300), you may request coverage from a seasoned Chapter alum who has been personally approved by me.

$500

PROFESSIONAL TABLE READ

If you are in the Los Angeles area, veteran actress/director (and my wife!) Milena Govich will help us cast and invite professional actors to participate in a table read of your script, hosted at Chapter & Versed headquarters in Burbank.

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