SCRIPT EDITOR | STORY CONSULTANT | SCREENWRITER
Ever since Neanderthals first told fireside tales of the hunt, stories have had to be engaging, resonating, distinctive and satisfying in order to earn the listeners’ interest and not get the storyteller booed out of the cave.
I deliver honest, cohesive, actionable development assistance aimed at meeting a writer or creative team’s objectives and carefully maximising a story’s ability to compete in its target market. My work covers each aspect of development from budding synopses or outlines to production-ready projects seeking financing.
I collaborate with writers, producers and creative teams from Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia, helping to troubleshoot projects of all genres and formats, aimed at different audiences, with excitingly different strengths and needs. From my base in Cork, Ireland, I also consult with public funding bodies here (BAI) and in the UK (NIS), evaluating and assessing fiction and factual film/TV proposals in support of funding decisions.
Whether I’m helping a writer to strengthen their story, script editing with a creative team or working with a funding manager to select financeable projects, my guiding focus is on quality of content. That value stems from my background in writing, a lifelong appreciation of cinematic narratives and my desire to keep storytellers from being booed out of their respective caves.
Service received: Script Editing
We worked with Patrick over the course of a year, doing extended development on two drafts of an Irish/Australian co/pro feature film with funding support from the South Australian Film Corporation.
Patrick’s approach to story structure and the precision of his analysis meant that we were able to compress four or five drafts into two. The writer gained enormously from Patrick’s expertise, which is reflected in the quality of the screenplay.
Patrick’s detailed and insightful notes are incomparable to any story developer I have worked with and the funding agency were also blown away by his work. It’s an acknowledged truism that a writer is as good as the developer they’re working with. Patrick will elevate any writer worth their salt, with his tireless commitment to developing screenwriting craft, honouring the story, and pushing the writer to do their best work. We will work with him again and again.
Karena Slaninka – producer, Comedy Waltz Australia