Using Script Consultants

What’s the difference between a script editor and a script consultant? Everything. Script editors simply are proofreaders of your work to make your script polished, but a script consultant is someone who rips your structure and characters apart to elevate your overall story and get it ready for the screenplay market. Learn the pros and cons of getting professional feedback on a screenplay as well as get advice from script consultants and script readers themselves.

Reel Story: You Need the Truth

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  — John 8:32 “The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.”– Gloria Steinhem When I was a student in film school, I joined a writing group where the members were committed to providing...

Writers on the Verge: Championing Your Screenplay

Filmmaking is a collaborative process, right? Everyone says you gotta get notes, and you gotta learn how to take them early. Don’t be precious about your work. Do what you have to do for the sake of your script. But then you go out there, and for every person you show...

Story Talk: Pity the Poor Script Consultant

Ala Rodney Dangerfield, “I don’t get no respect.”  Actually, I do, I get lots of it, but at the moment of this writing I have been eviscerated and disemboweled by a fellow writer who hates story consultants and story gurus.  I enjoy sharing my little humiliating conversations with you, so here’s...

Ask the Expert: Finding a Mentor

Question: How do I know if someone would make a good screenwriting mentor? As a producer and former VP of Development for production companies based at Sony, Universal and Disney, I have had the privilege of working with award-winning writers, directors and actors.  I have also been fortunate to have many...

Balls of Steel: Lessons of a Reader

Every once in a while I get an opportunity to help a fellow writer or colleague. Whenever my schedule permits, and even when it doesn’t, I do my best to say, “yes.” Why would I offer up my time, even when I’m busy? To learn. I don’t care how many scripts...

How to Get the Most Out of a Script Evaluation

Virtually all screenwriters seek feedback on their work before they begin marketing it.  Whether that feedback comes from a writer’s group, a fellow writer, a story analyst, or a paid script consultant, it’s important to maximize the benefits of that feedback. Evaluating the evaluation First of all, the feedback you receive...