The script, I always believe, is the foundation of everything.”
— Ewan McGregor
Janet Lee Chapman was born in Manchester, England. Her maternal grandparents were from Dublin and Galway – she didn’t know much about them growing up, as her grandmother passed away when Janet was 4 years old, her grandfather didn’t speak to Janet’s mother, so she never met him. They’d run away to get married in Manchester, due to family disapproval, as grandma was Catholic and granddad was Protestant. Janet moved to Ireland in 2003 for several years, she felt very much at home there, living first of all in Dublin, then Sligo and finally, Leitrim. In 2005, she read all she could find on the Irish Famine in the library, angry that she’d never learned the truth from her English schooldays.
When she read the true account of two children who were sent to a workhouse during the Irish Famine, she was so moved it broke her heart and haunted her until, one day, she just sat down and began to write ‘MO CUISHLE’, a fictional story based on their account. In Irish, Mo Cuishle means ‘my blood, my heart, my darling’ and it is a term of endearment.
For over twenty years, Janet worked as a PA/Secretary in such diverse settings as a Racial Equality Office in Yorkshire and a large Hotel Group head office in Manchester. Since 2013, Janet has worked as a writer and Creative Director with King Pepe Films (based in Belgrade, Serbia), on several projects, including Wonder Women of Wine, a pilot tv show. Today, Janet works an Associate and Film Agent with Susan Mears Literary and Film Agency, based in London, where she writes screenplays adapted from books, film assessment reports and she also edits books. Janet studied screenwriting with Scriptwriting North and the University of East Anglia.
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Janet offers film script assessments for a fee of £375.00, which is payable in advance. She will produce a report from your book, script or conceptual idea, which covers the following areas:
CONCLUSION – IS THE FILM SCRIPT ENDING WORTH THE JOURNEY?
Janet will generally need around 3-4 weeks for a full report to be completed but this is a variable and you will be advised of time frame at the outset.
Should a script be of interest the Susan Mears Literary and Film Agency may wish to consider taking it on for the agency portfolio, to pitch to film companies, and to pitch at the Cannes and Dubai film festivals, but this is not a promise and is a stage to be contemplated mutually after consideration and discussion of the eventual report.
Janet is an experienced script writer and is offering her services to write your script, either adapting it from your novel or draft script. She can also create a script from your audio transcripts of your conceptual ideas and notes.
The fee for script writing is variable, according to the amount of work involved, such as whether it is to be adapted from a book, or a script, or to be written from notes and audio transcripts and the length of time to study, assess and any research necessary to complete the task. The fee is agreed beforehand and payable in advance. The time it takes to produce can vary, though usually it is ready within 6-10 weeks, and you will be given a time frame at the outset.
If you are interested in booking my services, please use the contact form to get in touch and we can proceed from there.