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Hollywood Virtual Film School: Phase 0 (Screenwriting Project Selection)


Our Script Academy is a Virtual Hollywood Film School for writers and producers at all stages of their development… Screenwriting project selection is key to delivering the right project.

PHASE 0 – Screenwriting Project Selection

Focus your time and efforts on the most viable project from the start.

Screenwriting project selection, with the help of an industry expert. If you’re skipping Phase 1 (Concept & Theme) in our Academy’s virtual film school, you might like our help choosing your best project to focus on within the Academy virtual film school. It’s a chance to work closely with a Hollywood writing expert to get our overview of your projects and our recommendation of the best one to develop through the Academy and take to the market afterwards.


What You Get…

Sign up now, for just $250…

Subscribers to the Screenwriting Project Selection phase get:

  1. Tools and forms to complete to help you define and informally present your projects, whatever stage of development they’re at.
  2. Self-diagnosis tools for picking out the projects that look most viable from an objective viewpoint.
  3. Submission and feedback mechanisms to get our recommendations about all of your projects.

Alternatively, we’ll give you the same tools to develop and select projects yourself with our help, within Phase 1. And you should find that it gives you new insights and approaches into your ideas anyway, even if you think you know them inside out.


In this Phase you will:

  • Be given short webinars and activities to help you identify yourself, your current status in the market, and your goals, and get mentoring feedback on these from a dedicated accomplished analyst who helps nurture and develop hundreds of scripts a year of all types.
  • Work through the lessons, activities, submissions and mentoring notes in your own time at your own pace.
  • By the end, confirm, define and refine the project idea that you’ll be focusing on throughout the rest of the course.

Sign up using the form on the right, or find out more by contacting us using the form below. To Contact us: For enquiries about the script development program, please fill in the contact form and state your interest in the development program. Someone from our team will get back to you with details about how to apply, within 4 working days.

About the Academy…

Maybe you have an original story, with great characters, but something is missing… Or, you’ve got a great plot, but the characters don’t seem interesting or believable… Maybe you have a great idea, but you’re not sure how to start… Or, you’ve just completed a first draft and you know it needs work… Or, you’re just not sure!

These are problems many screenwriters encounter. But when it’s just you and your computer, they are often hard to solve. When is your story ready to write a first draft? Or when do you know your script is finally ready to send out to attract that great talent agent or name actor? That’s what we’ll be helping you with…

WriteMovies is offering a new service to screenwriters. Instead of just giving feedback, we’ll guide you through the writing and pitching process, whatever stage you’re in. Whether it’s your first screenplay and all you have is an idea, or you’re an experienced screenwriter with a first draft, we’ll guide you through writing and rewriting. Below are all of the Phases available to you.

To just sign up for this Phase, use this form. Links to the other Phases are below, or sign up to the full course (within which this Phase is provided for free).

Terms and conditions:

By clicking "Submit", I agree:

1. To the accuracy of the information provided.

2. That the material submitted is my sole and original work and that I own all rights to it.

3. To my holding WriteMovies and all those involved in it, harmless from and defends them against all claims demands, losses, costs, damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any stories submitted to the competition or on any screenplay developed out of such stories.

4.That I recognize that WriteMovies and those involved in the film school to which my involvement pertains, may have access to, and/or, may have created, or have commissioned, through some other independent source, or may have otherwise acquired, literary materials and concepts, similar to the material submitted hereunder, in theme, idea, plot, format, or in any other respect. I agree that I will not under such circumstances, be entitled to any compensation, nor consideration of any kind, through the use by WriteMovies of any material so acquired. The ownership of any literary work submitted shall remain vested in the author, until otherwise assigned by contract.

5.That should my project be selected to be part of WriteMovies' slate, I grant WriteMovies the exclusive right to submit my material to as many studios, production companies and agencies as seen fit, for a period of ninety days from the announcement of the competition winners. I also grant WriteMovies the right to use my name, as well as the title and synopsis of my submitted material, in all publicity and promotional activities related to the competition. I also grant WriteMovies the right to contact me to provide me with contest updates.

6. That the burden of obtaining copyright or otherwise protecting any proprietary interests in the material rests entirely with me.

Fill out the following form to sign up to the full course for $3000 (within which this Phase will be provided for free):

Terms and conditions:

Before you begin the course, we will need to receive assurances from you that your submissions within the course will all meet legal requirements (such as regarding copyright etc). We'll provide these in a follow-up email after your enrolment on the course is confirmed.


Alternatively, choose whichever combination of Phases you need – no need to pay for anything you don’t! Full information and booking forms for each Phase are at the links below.

  • Phase 0 (Project Selection, Additional consultation & notes): $250 (or free if you buy the full course for $3000!)
  • Phase 1 (concept & development): $500
  • Phase 2 (development & outlining): $500
  • Phase 3 (1st draft & coverage):
  • Phase 4 (writing is rewriting & 2nd draft coverage): $500
  • Phase 5 (pitching and promoting your script): $500
  • Phase 6 (that’s a wrap): $500 per year for ongoing support


Terms and Conditions:

  • Note: We no longer accept checks due to issues with fraud. Please use the Paypal options when participating.
  • There are no physical items deliverable under our services – all reports will be provided by email in standard document formats.
  • Refunds or cancellations must be requested within 14 days and/or before any public announcement of winning entries and/or before receipt of any completed Consulting report (which will typically be within 7-14 days). Disagreement with the opinion and suggestions of the Analyst is not accepted as valid grounds for a refund, however we are happy to receive other feedback and enquiries.
  • If you agree to us pitching your script, you can earn up to $1 million in option monies from the A-List producers we work with. If an established studio/production company with theatrical credits wishes to option the script, we will fly the winner to Los Angeles and pay (up to $4,000) for their accommodation. We will pitch the top three projects to relevant production companies (such as Neal Moritz Productions, Bruckheimer Films, Scott Rudin Prods.) and studios (Paramount, Warner Bros, Universal, etc.). You keep ALL the option/sales money up to $1m. The Grand Prize winner is also pitched to several literary agencies and management companies as well as non-US companies to increase the chances of a sale. We will pitch your script to companies such as CAA, ICM, William Morris Endeavor, ACME, The Gage Group, etc.

Choosing the right project to focus your attention on, and any additional consultation around that, is outside of the main Phases 1-6 development “curriculum”. If a writer is adapting his/her own novel, short story or other medium, our mentor can read and cover that source material prior to guiding you through Phase 1, if requested, at the additional cost shown here. Once our analysis on the source material is completed, and guidance provided to you, then you can act on it, and the development process starting with Phase 1 can get underway. We don’t advise adapting material which the screenwriter doesn’t own the rights to, or which can’t be readily optioned.