Specialising in mainstream, primetime, television drama and scripted comedy
I have been working in television script development since 1987.
From 1987 to 2000 my script development company, Picture That, developed mainstream, primetime, drama projects for all major UK Broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, C4 and B Sky B. The success of the company led to me being head-hunted for the job of Drama Development Executive at Pebble Mill in Birmingham.
“My whole out look has changed for the better and working with Chris has helped me to see what I would like to do as a future career.”
I have also been on the other side of the table and as a writer I have written for all the major UK long-running series including The Bill, Holby City and Casualty., and I have written and developed series of my own for C4, BBC, London Weekend, BBC Scotland, Yorkshire TV, B Sky B and ITV.
“I took an official college course a few years ago but I’ve learnt far more in three months working with Chris than I did in three years with them.”
I am currently writing for the theatre and television and I am Artistic Director of Public Domain. I am a cofounder of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival and a member of the TV Committee of the Writers Guild Of Great Britain.
In 2014 my theatre play, The Liberty Tree, was one of the winners of the Script6 national playwriting competition run by The Space and was produced in May/June 2015 in a co-production between Public Domain and Bath Spa University.
In November 2014, my play, Nadya, about Stalin’s second wife, Nadya Alliluyeva, which was presented as a rehearsed reading at The Park Theatre in September 2015 by The Production Exchange, and starring Michelle Terry, Stephen Tompkinson, Phyllis Logan, Shaun Prendergast, Dominic Mafham, Rupert Holiday Evans, David Robb and Jamie Foreman.
I have lectured on scriptwriting and Film & TV production at the University Of West London, Leeds Metropolitan University and Bath Spa University.
“I think that working with Chris has prepared me very well for the industry and I really can’t think of anything that could have been improved.”
An initial Summary Report (2-3 pages) on a script, treatment or pitch will contain brief comments under 6 headings:
- Premise, Style & Genre
- Theme & Setting
- Plot, Structure & Pace
- Dialogue & Stage Directions
- Conclusion & Market Positioning
If my report indicates that the writing has the potential for further development then we can discuss if, how and when you would like to continue developing your script with me. After that it’s up to you how many drafts you wish to work on and how far you want to take the development process.
One to one, face to face, tutorials are at the core of my working method and after the initial Summary Report each stage of development must include at least 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
Each tutorial costs £50 on Skype or in person at my office in South Warwickshire.
Face to face tutorials at other locations can be arranged but are more expensive costing£50 per hour + my travel expenses + £20 per hour for my travelling time.
If you prefer continual feedback and advice during the writing process you can book extra tutorials and then split each one into 6 x 10 minute segments allowing you to seek advice regularly by telephone or via Skype.
Using the prices below as a guide you can build your development package according to your creative needs and budget. For example if face to face feedback is important to you then you can book more tutorials. Thus the basic costs of developing a script with me are:
Stage 1 – Summary Report on a treatment or pitch
• Under 10 pages £75.
• 10 – 40 pages £100.
• Over 40 pages £150
[Note: Most treatments or pitches require several drafts before moving onto a first draft script].
Stage 2 – Summary Report on First Draft Script £150
Stage 3 – First Draft Detailed Notes & Tutorial £100
Stage 4 – Second Draft Detailed Notes & Tutorial £250
Stage 5 – Third Draft Detailed Notes & Tutorial £250
Stage 6 – Summary Report on Final Draft £150
At any stage you can book extra tutorials at the £50 per hour rate. You can also continue to develop your script through unlimited further drafts at the fee of £250 per draft. The only limit being what you can sensibly afford. I say “sensibly” because there will inevitably come a time when either you or I will decide that further development is serving no useful purpose.
Fees have to be paid in advance at each stage of development and for any extra tutorial hours you book. But conversely you can end the development process at any point and thus you choose how far to go and how much to spend.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how I could help develop your script and your writing.
“I realise now how little I knew about writing and went from being scared of it, thinking it was impossible, to looking forward to becoming involved in the work.”
“I understand so much more about script writing now and think the knowledge I have gained is crucial for anyone entering this world.”
“Chris has completely changed the way I perceive scriptwriting. Not only in regards to the writing process but how the industry itself works, and how the writer fits in relation to it.”
“Without working with Chris I don’t think I would have been able to cope in the industry. He has shown me so much and although a lot of it wasn’t good news it was the sort of information I needed to know, the knowledge I have gained is invaluable.”
“Having a professional talk to me so honestly about my writing and the business of writing really opened my eyes and how little I actually knew.”
“Chris is very honest and working with him has made me feel so much more prepared and aware.”
“I feel that Chris has helped me to gain confidence about trying to gain work as a script writer. I feel I have learnt a lot about the way the industry works and that this will benefit me a lot.”
“Seeing the writing process from the point of view of every other craft role was a great experience.”
“Working with Chris has been extremely helpful and insightful. The entire time I was guided by Chris and never left in the dark. I was always given direction which I really appreciated because previously I have always had to work things out for myself but he would be straight with you and to the point.”
“I think the way Chris communicates is very good. He always responds to any enquiry straight away and is always reachable and reliable and also very supportive in the work we do.”
“I am really glad I chose to work with Chris as I think I have learnt more about scriptwriting and more about myself than I have in anything I have done before.”