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Topic: ISO.........Synopsis Preparation

Author: Bobbette Findley Posted: 10/02/09 01:56 PM

Hey All,

I am in need of someone to prepare a synopsis for me on a screenplay. I don't have a lot of money to spend, so I'm looking to pay no more than $100, but $75 would be better.

I've sent an email to Donna over at Script Savvy and I'm waiting to hear from her.

I also see that StoryPros has the service at the price I'm looking for, but I've never worked with them. Anyone here has and can tell me if they were satisfied?

Has anyone here mastered the art of synopsis writing and would be willing to help me out?

Thanks in advance.

Bobbette

Author: James McLain Posted: 10/02/09 07:40 PM

Write up a rough and then list it with Scriptstork. For $75 they will rework what ever you wrote for a synopsis and Log line and send it out for you and list it for six months or a year. I did that and then did a small rewrite and was very happy with the result. In effect, they wrote me a very good synopsis and listed it for me too. It seems a good deal and is an efficient use of your money.

Author: Bobbette Findley Posted: 10/02/09 11:23 PM

Thanks James, but I don't think me writing a rough will be helpful because I get too detailed and into story, which is not what a synopsis is about. It would really be better if someone else read the script and wrote the synopsis because I can't write a synopsis worth sh*t.

Author: James McLain Posted: 10/02/09 11:56 PM

Mine was junk.They fixed it.

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 10/03/09 02:35 PM

Bobette, My "secret weapon" for writing a synopsis is to take a Blake Snyder beat sheet (free on his website) and fill it in.

Then I sparingly add any fabulous dialog in standard script format. Nothing else is in script format.

Then I erase the BS headings and I have a treatment. Every producer I've sent them to has like them.

Even if that results in a bad synopsis, you could then do what James suggested and have them fix it from there.

I think the reason having them read the screenplay first is not the best idea is that it's a ton of work on their part and they would probably charge a lot more to "find" the synopsis in the script rather than to fix your weak one.

Author: Bobbette Findley Posted: 10/03/09 04:32 PM

Thanks Heather!!!

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 10/03/09 04:36 PM

No problem! Let me know how it goes.