Arne Olsen is an outstanding screenwriting talent. His work is fresh, exciting, memorable, funny and commercial as hell – which is why I like working with him so much.Steve Hoban
Arne is a first-class senior story editor/consultant with a deep knowledge of writing screenplays for movies and television. I have seen him in action and was impressed with his breadth of talent and effortless flow of ideas.Christine Haebler
Arne is my absolute “go-to” guy whenever I need help with any creative materials, from conceptualizing to written materials to sizzle reels and beyond. His instincts across the board are spot on, which is why I have sought him out at every studio I have worked at and he always delivers the resultsPaul Gertz
First off, if you’re reading this then you’ve no doubt completed a first (or 4th or 12th) draft of a screenplay or teleplay, and for this I give you a hearty salute! My name is Arne Olsen. I’m an AFI graduate and successful working screenwriter with fourteen (fair to middling) produced movies including MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE, COP AND A HALF, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN II, RED SCORPION and the 2018 paranoid-thriller DISTORTED. I say “fair to middling” because if I’m going to be candid about your work, it’s only fair I’m candid about my own. And while I’m thrilled to have had fourteen movies produced and am proud of a few of them, most of them I consider to be stepping stones to becoming a better writer. And/or the scripts were pretty damn good but got lost in translation. In the immortal words of Robert Browning: “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”
Having said that, I am also one of the very fortunate people you’ve read about in VARIETY or THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER who have sold a spec script in a bidding war, not once, but twice: COP AND A HALF to Universal, and DRAKE DIAMOND: EXORCIST FOR HIRE to Warner Brothers. I’ve sold pitches, (most recently the half-hour comedy TV series BEVERLY HILLS GHOST to 9 Story Entertainment) been hired by both studios and independents to do rewrites, adaptations and sequels. I wrote and directed HERE’S TO LIFE (nominated for 9 Genies, winning one.) I wrote the pilot ESCAPE FROM ATLANTIS for STARZ/ENCORE and an episode of RELIC HUNTER. I have also consulted on hundreds of scripts for fellow writers, producers and directors, many, like SNOW WALKER and THE UNSEEN that have gone on to be produced. And finally, I have taught screenwriting at Vancouver Film School, Capilano University and PRAXIS.
What I can offer you as a Screenplay/Teleplay Consultant
Arne has a highly perspicacious insight into script analysis and form, gleaned through years of working within the US studio system and independent film-making. As a screenwriter and editor he has developed an innate ability to extrapolate deep story structure issues, whilst enhancing your creative vision to an advanced story telling level. I cannot recommend Arne highly enough.Christian Piers Betley
While many screenwriting consultants have had plenty of experience working as a story analyst or creative executive, I believe that it’s only by living in the screenwriting trenches for many years that you can gain a truly comprehensive perspective of the screenwriting process. It’s my experience as a producer, director, actor, story editor and teacher combined with my experience as a long-time working screenwriter that has given me a unique edge when it comes to helping others elevate their screenplays. While I have a strong editorial opinion on every screenplay I consult on, I believe it’s crucial not to impose my own sensibility on your work, but rather help you find the most compelling way to tell the story you’re trying to tell. We all have a singular voice, and my job is to help you fully realize yours. And although I am fluent in the traditions and nuances of all genres, I believe one of my greatest strengths is in developing “high concept,” commercial fare. That’s not to say I’m not equally adept at consulting on art-house movies or small character dramas, it’s just that I tend to focus not only on key elements such as structure, character, dialogue, theme and tone, but on finding ways to enhance the marketable aspects of your screenplay. To put it bluntly, as both writer and consultant, I am always seeking the path of least resistance to actually getting something made.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
While on the surface writing a quality screenplay can appear easy, nothing could be further from the truth. Furthermore, the odds of getting a screenplay produced are significantly stacked against you. This is a very tough business!! That being said, one of the biggest pitfalls on the journey from script to screen is sending out your work before you’ve had some crackerjack feedback. And while I think it’s essential that you have a network of fellow writers to give you notes, there is clearly a benefit to also consulting with an experienced industry professional. (Professional screenwriters rely on managers, agents, producers and fellow professionals to help develop their work to its fullest potential). Although I cannot promise you the “elixir” that some books, classes or consultants allude to, I can guarantee that if you’re willing to work hard and keep an open mind, then together we can markedly improve your screenplay or teleplay.
Arne story edited a feature script I wrote. He was a wonderful mix of articulate, tough, and generous. He was absolutely the guide I needed; my first draft was so much stronger than it would have been without him. I’ve since recommended Arne to other writer friends, and I hope to get the chance to work with him again.Jennica Harper
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