What works. What doesn’t.
A screenplay offers the reader one of two experiences. Delight or frustration.
A great screenplay delights. I can’t wait to turn the page. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
A janky screenplay reads like a slow death. It’s a slog. I struggle through it for what feels like hours, still stuck in act one, still wondering what it’s about. It’s tedious. It’s boring. It inspires revenge fantasies.
It doesn’t matter the genre. A screenplay must delight.
Assuming the writer wants it to be made into a movie. And that’s the endgame, right? I’ll put it to you this way, if your goal in writing a screenplay is not getting it made into a movie, I’m not the best person to help you.
I’m here to help you get your screenplay made into a film.
I’ve read multitudes of scripts, written dozens, optioned and sold several–and even gotten a couple made.
My consultation digs into your screenplay’s story structure, dramatic question, character development, pacing, and dialogue.
What I feel works. What doesn’t.
I present you with my feed, and together, we figure out solutions you’re confident serve your vision and what you want to say. Once we’re finished, you ought to have a powerful map to dive into your next draft.
Why you should hire me
I’m a working screenwriter with produced feature credits and several projects on assignment and in development. In 2009, I completed an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, where I studied under Lew Hunter, Hal Ackerman, Linda Voorhees, Tim Albaugh, Dan Pyne, Richard Walter, and Howard Suber, among others.
Beyond my training and experience, I have a passion for helping other writers refine their voices on the page to create tight, fast-paced screenplays that deliver an emotional punch. I want you to get your movie made.
- Should be between 80-120 pages (12pt Courier, standard margins, regular spacing), standard screenplay format. Most producers prefer scripts to be under 100 pages. Shorter is better. Scripts over 120 pages are ineligible for my discounted rate.
- Please include all your contact information on the title page.
- Send me a PDF of your screenplay, logline, and synopsis.
Why do I need your logline and synopsis? Because typically you’ll need to submit them with every screenplay submission. So they must be gripping as well. Where we will focus on your screenplay, I will also offer feedback on your logline and synopsis if you send them along with your script.
We schedule the consultation up front. I typically require a week to prep, depending upon my schedule and current workload.
All consultations last 1-hour and happen over Zoom. If you need to reschedule your consultation, please give at least a 24-hour notice. Cancellations less than 24 hours or no-show appointments can be rescheduled for a non-negotiable $50 fee.
*If you would like to me to consult on an ongoing basis, send me a message with a brief description of what you have in mind.
**If you want to hire me to write or rewrite a screenplay, please contact my manager, Michael Keyes, at Against the Grain.
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1-HOUR SCREENPLAY CONSULTATION
Payment must be made up front before I begin reading your screenplay. WGA & SAG members receive a 10% discount.