8-1-2017 Aloha! My focus has shifted from screenwriting to a more personal/spiritual journey. If you would like to know more, please visit sheilagallien.life or find me on Facebook as Sheila Gallien. Happy writing!
Decades of working with writers, directors, and producers on scripts from early development to on-set rewrites has trained me to suss out the subtle beats of the story, and how to relate them in a compressed, impactful, visual form.
I read a script carefully, in-depth, at least twice, until I fully understand the writer’s vision.
I know that what a writer needs is a clear, trained eye to help them understand what’s working, and what’s not. The writer needs someone to talk to about their story, someone who is deep inside it, and can help brainstorm, problem-solve, create and collaborate to figure out what they need to say, and how to say it.
Instead of pages of assessments, I offer a conceptual overview, then pore through the script, asking questions specific to the story I see on the page, and the story I sense pulsing just beneath. My clients have studied craft. I don’t need to categorize every literal element. It all comes down to story and structure, character, connection, depth, originality, authenticity. Am I dying to know what happens next? Do I want to see the movie? Is it fresh? Am I moved? If not, what would it take to get there?
I send you the notes, then we get on the phone and roll up our sleeves for 90 minutes. We dig, laugh, maybe cry, brainstorm, try things, get inspired. I record all this for you, and you take it all with you to help make your work better.
I keep myself available to you via email for three months after our consultation.
The process is:
I look forward to working with you!
Sheila Gallien Screenplay Consulting
Sheila Gallien has worked on some of the decade’s top-grossing films, and developed stories and screenplays with A-list talent across the board. A compassionate, uniquely insightful, expert analyst, she can help ready your script for the professional arena.