Story is King
Since Neanderthals first told fireside tales of the hunt, stories have had to be engaging, distinctive, resonating and satisfying in order to earn audience interest – and not get the storyteller booed out of their cave.
An experienced script editor and funding assessor, Patrick O'Driscoll delivers honest, cohesive, actionable development assistance aimed at meeting a writer or creative team’s objectives and maximising a story’s ability to compete in its target market. Patrick's services cover each level of development, from budding synopses, treatments and early draft scripts to finance-seeking production packages.
He collaborates closely with writers, producers and creative teams from Ireland, UK, US and Australia, developing projects of all genres and formats, aimed at different audiences, with excitingly diverse strengths and needs. From his base in Cork, Ireland, Patrick also consults with public funding bodies here (BAI) and in the UK (NIS), evaluating fiction and factual film/TV proposals in support of funding decisions.
Whether he is helping writers to strengthen their stories, script-editing successive drafts with creative teams or selecting financeable projects with funding managers, Patrick's guiding focus is on quality of content, a value that stems from his background in writing, a lifelong appreciation of cinematic narratives – and his 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