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Innovative and Effective Services to Strengthen Story, Find Solutions and Advance Your Career

The Story Doctor is IN.

What to Expect:

In-depth discussion providing constructive feedback and discovering answers that strengthen the story and your marketing materials. This isn’t coverage but a conversation about your goals for the story, as well as the project, and how to achieve them. This is like working closely with a producer on a project. We explore options and find solutions to problems. My goals are to bring out the best in your concept, maximize your strengths, enhance your story, and boost your project’s marketability.

I work with screenwriters and television writers, as well as on fiction and nonfiction projects.

Our work is collaborative, focused and practical. Expect honesty.

BONUS: FREE Logline written feedback when you sign up for our newsletter, see below.

The Doctor Will See You Now

Loglines

The Logline Booster Shot -Your logline is the single most important sentence you will ever write. It is your best tool for gaining industry attention and advancing your career. You’ve put a lot into your script, but your logline deserves the same care and attention. Invest in moving your project forward. An in-depth logline consultation, including an 20-minute phone consultation, a 10-minute follow up consultation on the rewrite, as well as a 5-minute polish consultation on the final version to hone your logline to perfection. This is the big boost you need to persuade pros to read your material. Or use as a powerful opportunity to focus and hone before you write or on works in progress for to test for essential character, arc and conflict. $45 


Query Letters – Screenplays and Novels

The Query Check Up – Submit your one-page Query Letter and meet with the Doctor for a thorough 30-minute exam. Have you conveyed the tone? Does your logline grab interest? Does your synopsis tantalize? Have you convinced us you’re a talented writer? The Prescription for a Query that gets results! $85 

The Query Cure  – A Query Check Up with an added a 15-minute Follow Up Appointment to examine changes, test for effectiveness, strengthen weak spots and ensure your query is ready for the pros. $120 

Andy Stewart

“With her expertise in working with me develop a professional query letter, Barri helped me get my feature script in the hands of production companies, management companies, and even, yes, a major motion picture studio just mere months after graduating film school. In a very tough business to succeed, Barri’s coaching really helps even the odds. I am confident I can succeed with Barri Evins in my corner.”

Andy Stewart, Los Angeles, CA


Pitches

Pitch Doctor Consult – Submit a one-page Pitch and then set a 45-minute phone appointment packed with constructive feedback on your pitch and your story. Feedback on Pitches LIVE via Skype. Invaluable prep for PitchFests, Industry Meetings and Elevator Encounters! $100 

Pitch Doctor Combo – The Consult plus submit a revised version for a 30-minute Follow Up phone consultation or live via Skype Pitch for input on changes and polishing to help you hit a home run! $145


“Barri prepared me for so many possible pitch scenarios… a lot harder than real life perhaps. But afterwards I felt I could handle anything that anyone might throw at me.”

Vincent Ho, Atlanta, GA

Screenplay Consultations

Story Doctor Consultation – Submit your screenplay and receive an in-depth, up to Two Hours Phone Consultation focused on constructive feedback, going over my notes and working with you to come to answers that strengthen the story. This isn’t coverage, but an in-depth conversation about your goals for the story, as well as with the project and how to achieve them. We’ll discuss not only what’s working, but what needs work, why, and how to fix it. This experience replicates working closely with a dedicated producer on a project. My goal is making your story strong and marketable. It’s interactive, focused, and practical. Expect honesty. $445 

Gordon Oliva, Danbury , CT


Jeffrey Wright

“Thanks for your time, honesty and quality feedback! After speaking with you, not only did I realize how much sooner I should have come to you, but how much better my story will be once I’ve implemented the suggestions you made. Your insight is amazing and the work you do to help writers realize their vision is unparalleled. Thank you for your tireless effort in making better writers and in turn, better stories! Please never stop. You rock!”

Jeffrey Wright, Los Angeles, CA, worked with Barri on three scripts


The Script Prescription: Diagnosis, Treatment and Care – Benefit from a three-step development process to prepare your script for industry eyes. Receive a full, hour and a half Story Doctor’s Consultation on your screenplay, plus two Follow Up Appointments on this script to keep you on track. After our initial consultation you will have the opportunity to implement the notes, submit a revised draft and then have a second, hour-long Consultation to examine how new choices are working and what still needs attention. When your next revision is ready, we will have a third call, a 45-minute Check Up to hone and polish. It’s like having your own Professional Mentor to ensure your project is strong and healthy. Additional sessions are available at a discounted hourly rate. $745 


Mentorship Packages

Over the course of my career, I’ve learned that, just as each story is different, every writer has a unique approach. My challenge is to connect with you creatively; in a way that empowers you, excites you, and motivates you to get your story to the next level. It’s never the same for any two writers, so our work will always be tailored to fit you, not the other way around. Working with me as your mentor isn’t about receiving impersonal written coverage. This is an interactive and dynamic conversation about your goals for your story, as well as moving your project forward in the marketplace, and how you can achieve them. This is like working closely with a producer on a project. Together, we explore options, highlight your strengths, and discover solutions.

Our work will be effective, practical, and collaborative. I promise to deliver inspiring advice, constructive critique, and endless encouragement. Expect honesty about both what is working and where your work could be strengthened.


Concierge Service: Doctor On Call

When the prescription calls for a Specialist, you want the personalized service of a Professional Mentor. Five hours plus one free script read. Scripts, loglines, queries, pitches, outlines, and concept development all available to meet your every need. Build screenwriting skills with complimentary tools, customized handouts, readings and exercises designed to strengthen your writing$895


Idea-Story-Outline Package – From Idea Through Ready to Write

The most important decision a writer will ever make is what to write next. The key to a successful screenplay is building solid skills, digging a solid foundation and creating a successful outline. 

Whether you’re starting from an outline, or you have a draft that needs to be reworked and rebuilt from the ground up, to showcase your strengths, express your story and convey a meaningful message, while elevating your execution this the package for you. 

Includes complimentary tools and customized reading.

  • We begin with an introductory half-hour phone or Skype session. All calls may be audiotaped allowing us the freedom to be completely interactive without the burden of having to take notes or the limitations of receiving written notes. 
  • Through Advance Assignments, I will take you on a journey of self-discovery, spark creativity, and give me insights into making out work together truly transformational, customized to meet your needs, match you learning style and speed your learning curve. In an hour-long phone or Skype session we delve into what drives you as an artist, what makes you strong as a writer and then target your top genres that capitalize on your strengths.  
  • Submit up to ten ideas. Based on what we’ve learned, we’ll narrow your list, then target, explore, shape and hone your top idea, and craft a working logline in an hour-long call. 
  • Next, we will build it out into a Story Foundation with Genre, Tone, Prototypes, Hero’s Flaw and Character Arc, Primary Characters and Theme in an hour-long session. 
  • Then we move onto Outlining, with my unique, flexible Structure Template. We build strong structure muscles with examples and breaking down your Prototype Films. Then we start with your story’s Five Big Beats in up to an hour-long session.
  • Includes up to an hour-long call each for the First Act, First Half of Act Two, Midpoint, Second Half of Act Two and Act Three and up to a half hour polish of the final outline.
  • Three hour-long calls for each act of the expanded outline, and up to an hour long polish bring you to “Ready to Write,” confident in your story and fully prepared to type Fade In.  

Ask for more info or set a call to chat and see if this fourteen-hour customized skills-building and mentorship package is a fit for you.

Idea-Story-Outline Package $1675

Installment plan available. Contact us for details: info<at>bigbigideas.com.


Comprehensive Outline and Script Package

My expertise is in helping writers discover the right idea for them to write next and develop it into a cinematic story. The intersection between your strengths, your passions and the power of a Hooky Idea is a powerful combination. It drives your work as a writer, draws audiences and makes it possible to break into the industry with a strong and compelling story. 

  • Review of your outline before proceeding, up to one hour, with a rewrite and an additional ½ hour devoted to a polish pass.
  • From the outline we will work act-by-act, with hour-long phone or Skype sessions each for the First Act, First Half of Act Two, Midpoint, Second Half of Act Two and Act Three, as well as written Page Notes provided in the margins. 
  • Focus on skill building and honing with cinematic description, creating visceral subtext, crafting lean fluent dialogue, expressing character arc, interweaving theme and the narrative drive from scene to scene.
  • We will take two passes on the full screenplay, with comprehensive, two-hour notes followed by a polish pass, each with a 1½ hour-long session. 

Ask for more info or set a call to chat and see if this ten-hour customized skills-building mentorship and consultation package is a fit for you.

Comprehensive Outline to Polished Script Package $1250

Installment plan available. Contact us for details: info<at>bigbigideas.com.


Purchase Together: Idea-Story-Outline Package + Comprehensive Outline and Script Package – $2700 Contact us for purchase options

Installment plan available. Contact us for details: info<at>bigbigideas.com.


Elena Wagoner, Mentorship Package

“Barri is an amazing mentor! She has a wealth of experience and talent that makes her an extremely insightful and inspiring teacher. Her method helped me get to the core of what I really wanted to say and taught me how to use structure and visual storytelling in its service. Working with Barri has been absolutely essential for my development as a screenwriter. She is so responsive and dedicated to her students, and I’m profoundly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her.” 

Elena Wagoner, Berkeley, CA, Mentorship Package


Bob Bland, Mentorship Package

“I have sat at the feet of some wonderful screenplay teachers, but never someone like Barri Evins. She has the insight to ask the right questions to challenge writers to get to the visceral heart of our stories. When it comes to story structure, her ability to explain it in understandable terms is unparalleled. Barri’s mentorship program is speeding up my learning curve as I progress from idea, to outline, to finished script with her support. I’m confident that it will shine and resonate with readers. It’s time and money well spent.”

Bob Bland, Canyon Country, CA, Mentorship Package


Tonya Zuniga, Mentorship Package

“I started working with Barri as a novice who has never completed a script. Barri mentorship program helped me understand the importance of building a strong foundation and then provided resources and tools to help me start filling the gaps. As a result I have a clearer vision for my script and have grown stronger as a writer.”

Tonya Zuniga, Sacramento, CA, Mentorship Package


See Mentorship to Pro Writer Success Stories Below and here.


Story Consultations

MORE PAYMENT OPTIONS:

Please contact us for info on how to pay via Zelle, Venmo or personal check. We’re happy to accept these! Just ask:  info<@>bigbigideas.com


Unique Screenwriting Tool Now Available!

Big Ideas Electronic Structure Template and Bonus Structure Fundamentals Handout – Previously available exclusively to Big Ideas Seminar students, now you can purchase the Big Ideas Structure Template. This Word document enables you to both quickly grasp the heart of your story – from character arc to theme – and discover a strong structure with the ease of filing in the blanks and cutting and pasting. Included as a bonus is the Big Ideas Structure Fundamentals Handout, that elaborates on each major plot point and clarifies the concepts to ensure you understand their meaning and how they work within the structure framework. You will receive the Template and the Handout via email – within 24 to 48 hours – to ensure you have the most current version. $7.50


Michael Mahoney & dog

“The only part of screenwriting I’ve always dreaded is the outline…until now.  I’ve tried outlining systems from virtually every screenwriting guru out there, but none of them helped me to see the entire movie from FADE IN to FADE OUT, including character arcs and theme, like Barri’s One-Pager.  I’ve never been so excited to work on new ideas.  Her template is super easy to use and practically guarantees your concept will develop into an amazing screenplay.  And best of all it’s going to save me from months of rewriting on every new script.”

Michael Mahoney, Mashpee, MA


Big Ideas Structure Template and Handout

NOTE: Once you have purchased a consultation, email us at barri <at>bigbigideas.com with the medium, title and genre of your project. Within 1 to 2 business days, you will receive a custom Letter of Engagement outlining how we will work together. Read, sign and return with your material, and our work together can begin.


Consultation Extras

Script Consultations Additional Pages – Scripts over 125 pages will be charged at the rate of $2.50 per page. $2.50
Additional Time on Consultations – Should you want a longer Consultation, or should your call run over by more than 15 minutes of the scheduled time, additional hours on the Consultation will be billed at the discounted rate of $150 per hour, in 15 minute increments. $37.50

While we make every effort to respond to each client promptly, rush services are available:

Rush Charge on Pitch or Query Consultation Less Than Three Business Days – Rush turnaround is available to meet your needs. $25
Rush Charge on Script Consultation Less Than Five Business Days  – Rush turnaround is available to meet your needs. $5
Consultation Extras

Free Service

Think you have the next BIG idea?

Here’s how to get a FREE Logline Feedback:

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Find out if you’ve got a BIG idea that will ignite industry interest:

  • SIGN UP: Join the Big Ideas community for articles and videos on screenwriting and breaking into the film industry. Use the form to the right or click here.
  • EMAIL ME: pitchme<@>bigBIGideas.com
  • FIRST: Your title.
  • NEXT: Tell me the genre of your movie – be specific!
  • NEXT: Your logline.  One sentence.
  • REMINDER: Loglines must define the hero and the hero’s conflict.
  • REMEMBER: Your response will be an insider’s perspective on the strength and marketability of your concept and the execution  of your logline plus constructive pointers.
  • NEWSLETTER: Joining Big Ideas includes monthly newsletters with practical and entertaining advice. If you do not wish to receive newsletters, please include “unsubscribe” in your submission.
  • LASTLY: One per customer!

Mentorship Success Stories:

“Barri Evins has had an indelible impact on my life, both professionally and personally.  She helped me get my first job in the industry, taught me the ins and outs of the business, supported and encouraged me in my career, read and critiqued my screenplays, helped me land an agent, and was even instrumental in finding me a wife. Now that’s a full-service mentor! Throughout it all, Barri’s insight and advice has always been clear, honest, and endlessly helpful. Her caring for her students and mentees knows no bounds, and she takes genuine pride in seeing us do well. Anyone would be lucky to have her ear, her mind, and her heart to help them find their way to success.”

Jeffrey M. Howard, Los Angeles, CA Screenwriter of Planes, Planes: Fire and Rescue


Erin Donovan

“I took Barri Evins’ Big Ideas Seminar a few years ago, and can see now what a turning point it was for my writing (no pun intended… although, that kinda works). Her passion for storytelling combined with solid structure know-how was conveyed in a way that has stayed with me, and definitely brought things to the next level in my career. Inspiring, uplifting and highly practical; I came away with tools that have served me well since. I’d recommend her workshop to anyone serious about writing; whatever stage of your career and craft, Barri’s work will help you go deeper, farther, improve your storytelling exponentially.”

Erin Donovan, Los Angeles, CA Writer on The Enemy Within, NBC; The Mentalist, CBS; A Tale of Two Thieves, Netflix documentary