"She's the she-devil of feedback, the priestess of criticism and she'll whip your script into perfect shape every time!"-Boris Rodriguez, Writer & Director (Eddy the Sleeping Cannibal)
"Her take on story is unique; and her advice should definitely be solicited if you want to look at your work from an angle that nobody else thought of."-Alex Franchi, Writer & Director (The Wild Hunt)
"Elza isn't interested in changing your screenplay, but helping you figure out what you want to say so you can have a more productive rewrite." -Jay Reid, Grand Prize Winner - Cours Ecrire ton Court (Phases of the Moon)
MISSION & APPROACH
Having written scripts and read for others for over 30 years, I am well versed in the joys & pains of writing and, more importantly, rewriting. I love helping creatives get to the core of their idea, push through blocks, and find out what process is right for them. It’s not about my giving you solutions, but helping you find them yourselves. It’s normal to get lost, to have doubts. In fact, it’s essential to the creative process. You have to explore different avenues before realising you knew the way all along. I will help you navigate through the ups and downs of creativity, without losing your aim, find your way to the core of your story and putting the puzzle pieces that are all there in the right place.
I specialise in fantastical projects (horror, supernatural, mystery, mythology & general strangeness), but am open to all genres.
Je lis et écris également en français.
SERVICES & RATES*
Package #1) Script read with notes - $300 CAD
Includes script read, 4 pages of notes
Covers concept, genre, structure, and execution, looking at the project’s potential, what I feel you’re trying to achieve, and how best to improve it.
Package #2) Script read with a meeting - $300 CAD
Includes script read, 60 minute meeting
This is an hour-long discussion covering concept, genre, structure, and execution, looking at the project’s potential, what I feel you’re trying to achieve, and how best to improve it.
Package #3) Complete package - $450 CAD
Includes script read, 4 pages of notes, and a 60 minute meeting
GRANTS & PITCH CONSULTING
Grant application consultation - $300 CAD
Includes read, margin notes and 60 minute meeting
Pitch document consultation - 150$ CAD
Includes read and margin notes
If you need a refresher, or have a team that would benefit from my advice, I will be happy to set up a consulting workshop tailored to your needs.
Annie Macdonald, Screenwriter & Owner Cinemannie
Kaye Adelaide, Screenwriter & Director
Louise Lapointe, Producer
Mariel Scammel, Screenwriter & Producer
Pierre Larouche, Screenwriter
Sid Zanforlin, Screenwriter & Director
SODEC (Société des entreprises culturelles)
*All prices are in Canadian dollars (CAD). Prices are before tax.
Screenwriting services do not include formatting or proofreading. Formatting or proofreading are an additional 50$/hour. Total cost will be based on the number of pages of your material.
Meetings can be online or in person.