Book a consultation with Award-winning writer/producer Shaun O'Banion.
Y O U R S E S S I O N
Whether you're a professional or just starting out, Shaun will approach your project with the perspective of a seasoned writer-producer with experience in every aspect of the filmmaking process, from early-stage development through post-production and distribution, at all budget levels and for both theatrical and streaming platforms.
This isn't like sending your script off to a random service and getting back a number rating with a sentence or two from who knows where... This is more like taking a development meeting. Shaun will tailor the consultation to your needs, ranging from creating pitch materials and crafting effective query letters to providing notes on the latest draft of your pilot, feature script or pitch deck. You'll discuss your material in detail and Shaun will highlight strengths and weaknesses to help refine your project and give you the best chance of getting your project set up at a production company or studio.
How it works:
Using one of the contact forms below, contact us to select a date and time for your session (please allow up to 1 week for Shaun to review materials and up to 2 weeks for Shaun to review a completed screenplay draft.)
You'll receive a notification when the session is accepted.
Next you'll send payment (via PayPal) and your material at least one week prior to your session.
On the selected date, you'll connect via Phone/Zoom/Skype or, if you'd prefer, we can provide a direct-dial conference line with a dedicated local number wherever you are in the world.
What you'll receive:
Thorough, actionable notes on your script/pitch deck or other document given via your choice of a 1 hour or 30 minute Call/Zoom/Skype discussion with physical notes on your draft/document sent to you following any one hour session.
30 minute follow-up call at a later date for those who select a 1 hour consult to go over additional questions you may have or to review any notes you've addressed in a rewrite or polish. That's two calls for a single price!
Discussion (if desired) about the market/viability of your project and suggestions for where to take it/how to get read.
Discussion (if desired) about the actualities/practicalities of shooting your material.
For screenplays, Shaun will provide detailed notes on all of the elements of your work including: format, plot, pacing, dialogue, characters, and structure. For Pitch Decks, Shaun will provide detailed notes on your complete presentation.
An honest, subjective, no-holds barred assessment of every aspect of your material.
Answers to your questions based on years of experience and a deep understanding of the market.
The ability to structure the consult in whatever way you feel will be most beneficial to you.
$299 USD for detailed (verbal and written) notes on your feature, pilot script or pitch materials in a one hour consultation plus a free thirty minute follow up to be scheduled at a later date (note: Any changes to be addressed must be marked revisions).
$149 USD for detailed (verbal) notes on your feature, pilot script or pitch materials in a thirty minute consultation (no follow up).
C L I E N T T E S T I M O N I A L S
- Melissa Birks, Screenwriter
A B O U T S H A U N
Shaun and producing partner Shannon Mullen on set.
Shaun (right) accepting the IFP Gotham Award for GIRLFRIEND along with lead actor Evan Sneider (second from left) and the film's other producers..
On the red carpet at the London Premiere of DARKEST HOUR
Shaun O'Banion, PGA, is an award-winning writer/producer with nearly three decades of experience in the film industry. In that time he has been fortunate to work with some of Hollywood's most accomplished veteran filmmakers including Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Cameron Crowe, Joe Wright, Peter Hedges, Jake Kasdan and Judd Apatow and has been involved in nearly every aspect of the industry.
As an independent producer, Shaun developed and helped to create the cult hit DAKOTA SKYE, followed by the 2011 IFP Gotham Award-winner GIRLFRIEND, and the 2015 SXSW selection THE AUTOMATIC HATE. He has produced commercials for clients like Pepsi and Chevrolet, music videos, and live events including the launch of First Lady Michelle Obama's Joining Forces Initiative with current First Lady Jill Biden in support of active duty servicemen and women, veterans and military families. He is currently in development on a number of projects including THE BENTLEY BOYS, a $50 million dollar period racing film and Paniq, a procedural drama series set in the wilds of Alaska.
Shaun is also a screenwriter represented by Zero Gravity Management and, with his writing partner, is developing a variety of television and feature film projects. Among the companies he's pitched as a writer are Disney+, Imagine Entertainment, WBTV, Netflix, FilmNation TV, Temple Hill Entertainment, Chernin Entertainment, Keshet and Deborah Martin Chase Productions among others.
Shaun is committed to supporting the development of other filmmakers and storytellers and to passing on the lessons he has learned over the last thirty years. He is a regular contributor to the filmmaking community website Stage32.com and has written for MovieMaker and Filmmaker Magazines. He has also taught Masterclasses at SUNY Oneonta, NY., the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco and Prague Film School. In 2019, the two students on whose thesis films he served as advisor at Prague Film School won Best Director and Best Short Film respectively.
Shaun has also appeared as a special guest speaker at The SAG-AFTRA Foundation, the first two years of the Annual Prague Comic Con and has been interviewed for a number of podcasts including Creative Screenwriting, All The Right Movies, One Good Take, Below The Line and From Page 2 Screen.
He is pleased to offer private consulting services to you.
A consultation with Shaun is not a pitch session. Neither Shaun O'Banion nor Ravenwood Films are soliciting material. A consultation with Shaun is not an acceptance of your material on behalf of Ravenwood Films in order to produce your material. A consultation with Shaun is not a commitment or guarantee to pass-along your material to management companies, agents, or other production entities with whom he has relationships. By submitting your material you acknowledge that Shaun O'Banion is a producer and that Ravenwood Films is a production company both of whom develop material with the intent to produce projects for television, film, podcast, or other media.