Two posts in one day. Like waiting for the number 19 etc.
So here’s my new blog topic. I’ve recently been lucky enough to be engaged to write the screenplay adaptation of a popular novel (I won’t go into more details of the project at the moment). I’ve just received the final copy of the contract from my wonderful agent Sean Gascoine, in which the terms of the engagement were broken down.
I don’t believe these terms are confidential, so I thought it would be instructive to my blog readers to see how an assignment like this is broken down, both in terms of steps and time allocated. I’ve typed it all out below.
I started work on step one (first draft treatment) this week. My intention is to keep a record of the timings on this project, and any other notes which feel appropriate, in this blog. A real-time writing assignment tracker, as it were. See if we end up ahead of or waaaaaaay behind schedule, and see where there was perhaps too much or too little time allocated in the contract. Maybe at the end I’ll be able to say what it was all in aid of.
Hope you enjoy.
First Draft Treatment
First Draft Treatment client comments
Second Draft Treatment
Second Draft Treatment client comments
First Draft client comments
Revised First Draft
Revised First Draft client comments
Second Draft First Set
Second Draft Second Set
Wow. That’s over a year’s work. Hadn’t thought it was that much. And I was planning on getting a first draft out by Christmas...
Any comments on this basic proposal at this stage? I presume we all agree that just because it says 1 month for the first draft of the treatment, doesn’t mean I need to take the full month, does it? I’m almost done.
Well, we’ll see how it all goes.