Film & TV Development

Ink to Screen develops a project in three stages
We develop for film, TV and interactive projects. Although the process does vary for different media, the basic principals apply.
Whether you are developing a feature film or a TV series the first thing that has to be conceived is the story you are trying to tell. You have to get clear on what it is you want to say. And this has to be done before attempting a screenplay or developing a TV series. Because In presenting any project to a producer, writer and/or showrunner, the story needs to be finely customised according to genre and format. Ink to Screen was set up for this purpose. We prepare core project information to meet age-old industry standards and expectations, but with an approach better suited for the digital age.

Compose a Bible for Your Series – This is a comprehensive document that explains the premise and lays out the background and world-building of the series, as well as plotting the overarching storylines for the season 1. It explains why your characters are in the situation they are in when we first meet them and the conflicts they will face. The bible supports and defends the idea of the series. Every good series has a reason for being, has something to be solved, and/or it has something to be attained. The bible will make this clear.

Character Breakdowns – These are short paragraphs that explain each of your main characters — in the idea presented above I would need to have the breakdown for each of the 5 to 7 main characters of your show. Make sure each character represents different ideals and goals — both internal and external — otherwise you will not have enough conflict to sustain a complete series and multiple seasons of the series.

Future Episodes – Write short paragraphs describing the flow of your series — how are the characters embracing their internal and external issues and problems. If your episodes do not flow and move through changes for the characters and the show, then your idea is not alive, it is not realising its total potential, and you do not have a television series — you have only an idea.

Pilot Episode – If I do not have a pilot episode your idea is just that — show the tone, subtext and the action of your characters as they go through the scenes you have written for them, and any unique aspects that may shine through the story.

Within the world of screenwriting, the story can be developed in a multitude of different ways.

Script Outline – The outline is part of the writer’s creative process. It is a tool or a resource that will guide you through the completion of the screenplay. This is usually created by the author of the story.

Script Treatment – Unlike the outline, which you write for yourself, the treatment is a document that writers show to producers and other prospective collaborators in order to quickly showcase the story and the feel of the project.

Character Development – These can short paragraphs that explain each of your main characters. Make sure each character represents different ideals and goals — both internal and external. Define who is the Protagonist and who is the Antagonist.

The Screenplay – this shouldn’t be attempted until all the above elements have been developed.

Stage 1:

  • Read manuscript/book
  • Story-mapping
  • Determine the development direction
  • Produce a report on what needs to be developed

Stage 2:

  • Story development
  • Series development TV
  • Character development
  • Creation of a story ‘synopsis’
  • Creation of a password-protected website – for industry marketing
  • Credited producer overview
  • Movie Poster

Stage 3:

  • Comprehensive project ‘bible’ TV
  • Full character development
  •  Story synopsis
  • Treatment TV or Film (tell the story)
  • Pilot episode overview TV
  • Season breakdown TV
  • Movie Poster
  • Teaser trailer
  • Credited producer or Showrunner attached to project
  • Industry pitching – USA/Australia.
  • Completed screenplay for pilot TV episode or feature film – if required