How Long It Takes To Go From Script To Screen In Hollywood

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The Hollywood movie-making process can be convoluted. When it comes to how long it takes to turn a script into a movie, the answer varies depending on who created the script. Well-connected writers and producers can write a script and have it in front of the right executives with the power to green light it within days. However, the script to screen process takes significantly longer if an unknown creator writes a script.

Up-and-coming writers can submit their scripts to production companies and competitions–but these organizations have to narrow down the projects they consider and turn a high percentage of scripts away. It could take years for an excellent script to see the light of day due to how elaborate the script to screen journey is.

Considering the technology that we have in today’s world, there must be a faster way to transform scripts into movies. Some believe that applying blockchain technology to the entertainment industry will speed up that process.

A Script’s Journey

Writing a script is one of the most creative parts of filmmaking. Without a good story, none of the other aspects matter. There is no average time it takes to write one — it could take days, months, or even years, depending on the writer and whoever else is involved.

There is no telling how long it will take to successfully pitch an idea once a hopeful screenwriter has completed their script. Again, it could take months or years before an executive says, “yes.” It’s more likely that the script will never get green lit, and instead,

The rest of the process is measurable. Film data and education website Stephen Follows calculated the average length of time between five milestones for 782 live-action studio-produced films between the years 2006 and 2016: announcement, pre-production, the beginning of shooting, post-production, and release.

Announcements were made once a script had been greenlit to become a movie. While genre certainly affects the production process — comedies take the least time to create, and adventure movies required the most — the average production lasted 871 days from announcement to release.

The average period for each phase is as follows:

  • Announcement: 309 days
  • Pre-production: 145 days
  • Shooting starts: 106 days
  • Post-production: 301 days

Several layers of friction exist in this model. With so many intermediaries throwing ideas around whose ultimate goal is to make money, it’s no wonder that scripts get turned away or stuck in “development hell.” A more efficient process would remove many of these intermediaries and expenses, enabling original ideas to stand out without the barriers of nepotism and personal biases.

How to Speed Up the Production Process

One company in the entertainment industry, Filmio, is leveraging blockchain to speed up the script-to-screen process. Filmio has built a platform where aspiring creators can upload ideas, garner feedback from fans before production begins, and expose their projects to studios and production companies without the need for personal connections.

Removing the production process’s congestion and executive bottlenecks will let promising ideas rise to the top, less impeded. Filmio’s platform also allows fans to become more involved in the process instead of being mere spectators, and it enables creators to use social proof to validate the future profitability of their ideas. When executives can see what fans are interested in from the start, then they can prioritize their attention and finances on scripts that would otherwise remain at the bottom of their desk piles.

Using blockchain to take scripts to the screen makes the filmmaking process dramatically cheaper, transparent and, most importantly, faster. When executives have evidence that an audience is excited about a movie well before it’s made, Hollywood’s doors will open to more original content that comes into being at a swifter pace.

Fewer Middle Men, Fewer Inefficiencies 

Eliminating intermediaries will minimize the production process’s inefficiencies and margins for error. An abundance of other industries are implementing blockchain technology into their operations — including supply chain management, real estate, and finance — and all have seen increased efficiency.

It is a great time for the entertainment industry follows suit: approving funding, taking scripts to the next level, assessing audience interest, and other steps all require numerous points of contact in the current Hollywood model. A public ecosystem that enables transparent and decentralized peer-to-peer interactions would allow industry figures to communicate more efficiently and take action quicker. An improved script-to-screen process will make room for exciting movies that don’t take tremendous amounts of time to create.

 

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