Project Scouting and Development
Every day someone is pitching a project to your company. You may have scouts out in the field searching for the best new books or storylines. But did you know that some of the most exciting books being written are not represented by an agent or don’t yet have a publisher? What’s more, many of these gripping stories end up in scholarly articles that no agent or book editor will ever see. Equally important, there are countless gripping historical events that have never been explored in a book, but nevertheless would make an extraordinary motion picture or TV series. History Studio is uniquely positioned to connect you with these projects. We have connections to a vast network of scholars working on books and articles about incredible events, both historical and contemporary. History Studio also has its own rich database of exciting events and powerful stories that have never been rendered on page or screen. History Studio is the industry hub for fresh project ideas that are timely and will move audiences.
History Studio also has its own rich database of exciting events and powerful stories that have never been rendered on page or screen. History Studio is the industry hub for fresh project ideas that are timely and will move audiences.
Your studio or network has just landed an exciting new project on a particular person, event, or news story, but what exactly is the story you’ll be telling? Maybe the project is based on an optioned book, but is it enough simply to duplicate its storyline on screen? History Studio is here to help you create a story line that draws from myriad sources on the person or event you’re now bringing to life. History Studio not only consults with the main author whose work is being adapted, but we don’t stop there. Our researchers comb through additional documents and sources to suggest to your creative team the most powerful moments and memorable characters that might be included in your production. Whether you need a comprehensive timeline, dossier, or analysis of the real-life events and figures, or a simple fact check of any situation or individual, our team gives you the most reputable, cutting-edge research out there. We leave no stone unturned, scouring all relevant books, memoirs, photographs, archival documents and interviews. We do the digging, freeing you up to focus on bringing your story to life.
Errors and Omissions Review
(service coming mid-2020)
Whether your production schedule is being finalized or you’re at the acquisition stage, the last thing you need to worry about is your production landing you in litigation. At History Studio, our researchers bring Ivy League training and our unique access to academic sources and databases to inform our Errors and Omissions service. With our deep commitment to thorough, objective, and time-sensitive research, History Studio will work with your legal team to ensure that every line in your screenplay and script, as well as every press release you draft, and all representations of people living or dead are vetted for accuracy and flagged for potential liability.
Scene Authenticity Review
History Studio offers another invaluable pre-production service to ensure your production resonates with its intended audiences – scene authenticity review. Are the scenarios you present on screen historically logical and believable? Our experts draw on the most legitimate sources out there to ensure the historically accuracy of your scenes. Whether your project needs to recreate a rural town in Wyoming in 1877, a Japanese city in 1940, the bedroom of Louis XIV, or any other time and place, History Studio helps render your production both authentic and visually gripping. Our experts can help you answer questions as simple as “what kind of typewriter did a secretary use in 1932?” or “what sort of food did people eat at the time of the Russian Revolution in the Winter Palace?” or “what local stores were near the epicenter of the Watts Riot of 1965?” And we can answer questions far more complicated such as “what were the most important issues argued during the Nuremburg Trials?” or “what was the general mood in suburban Chicago when violence broke out at the Democratic National Convention in 1968?” or “what sort of birth control did women rely on in the 1950s?” No question about scene authenticity is too small or too large for the research team at History Studio.
Cultural Sensitivity Review
Your production needs to appeal to as wide an audience as possible and not unwittingly invite bad reviews for its portrayal of certain characters or controversial events. Are your characters portrayed as authentically and sensitively as they need to be? Is your depiction of groups or individuals in line with how those groups or individuals would represent themselves? Does your production unconsciously rely on type casting that might render it a far less believable to diverse audiences? Do some of the characters in your production have more development than others, based on unwitting racial or gender blind spots? Is your portrayal of a particularly controversial event careful to consider it from multiple vantage points and make even the villains in the story complicated rather than resort to stereotyping? Our team at History Studio is committed to bringing its multi-racial, international perspective and sensitivity to historical and cultural context to your project. Your production will be not only historically authentic, but it will resonate with the broadest audiences possible.
Our team at History Studio is committed to bringing its multi-racial, international perspective and sensitivity to historical and cultural context to your project. Your production will be not only historically authentic, but it will resonate with the broadest audiences possible.