Why should I use Screenplay Notes and Analysis?
I have been reading scripts and doing notes for many, many years. I have worked for A-list directors & producers as well as with indie writers and writer/directors. Having read thousands of scripts professionally, I’m very familiar with providng a thorough and informed analysis. I also went to a top-three film school and have written feature scripts myself. I have also done a great deal of work over the years helping writers by providing not only creative guidance but industry advice as well. And ultimately, I’m offering my experience at very reasonable & competitive rates.
Will you say nice things about my writing and script?
My job, as I always see it, is to give you an honest evaluation of your writing and your story/script. Telling you nice things about your script won’t improve it. But telling you what isn’t working and how to hopefully “fix” will help. Think of it as tough love but not too tough and with some solutions. It’s better to hear from me what aspects don’t work rather than from a producer, an executive, an agent or a manager who only says, “Not for me” or “It’s a pass,”and then you never hear from them again.
Writers can benefit by hearing from an impartial person as to where their material stands so they can make the best choices in terms of polishes and rewrites, as needed. Yes, I’m just one person with one opinion, but I have read scripts by novice writers up to Oscar winners. I have a strong sense of story and a good feel for when & why something is or isn’t working. And I track the various scripts, books and pitches being set up and sold in the film and television industry and thus have fairly good understanding of the market place.
How about a logline and a synopsis?
I can do them for you, sure, but I think your money and my time is better spent on notes only. It’s up to you. My suggestions & thoughts should clearly indicate I read your material. A logline and synopsis is really for executives, producers and reps who are not interested in spending their “valuable” time reading scripts, unless highly recommended first by their readers or an industry peer. Ultimately, they want a quick overview so they can decide if it makes sense for them to spend the time to read. They normally have a stack of scripts on their desks thus they have to find a way to prioritize their time as best as possible.
Do you read short scripts?
No. That’s not for me. But thanks.
What will you send me back and how long will this take you?
All coverage & notes will be sent as a PDF and will be within a week in most cases, after receiving your script. If there will be any delay, I will let you know by e-mail. I do not post a rate for rushes since I don’t like to be rushed. I want to try to provide you with the best notes I can. If you really need something done overnight or over a weekend, write me and let me know the situation. I’ll see what I can do for you.
Can I also submit an outline, treatment, a synopsis or even a TV pilot?
Sure. See my Services page for rates. I like writing outlines & treatments myself so I have a road map when I start my scripts; thus I encourage others to consider working with them as well before getting started on the actual script. I prefer to work from finished scripts but if I can help I’ll be glad to. And in terms of TV, I read for a major cable network for over a year so I am familiar with the TV space.
Should I register or copyright my script before sending to you?
You don’t need to do that for me alone, since I have more than enough ideas/stories to keep me busy for five or six lifetimes; but that said, it’s really a best practice to use the U.S. Copyright Service before sending your material out to anyone. Per my discussions with lawyers, it is the only way to provide you & your script with the most legal protection.
Can you help me write my script?
No. I am not looking to take on all that. It’s not worth it for either of us. Either try to write it yourself or quite honestly don’t worry about it. If you want to be a writer then you need to learn to write. That said, if you are producer or director and you actually have some development funds we can always discuss. Mainly though, I want to help guide writers with their stories.