ILLITERATI STORY CONSULTATIONS

ELEVATE YOUR SCREENPLAY FROM GOOD TO UNDENIABLE

What works. What doesn’t.

It’s often hard to see the shortcomings in our own work. If there’s an exception, I’m certainly not it, and maybe it’s not you either. Be wary of sending your scripts out to only those who adore you and your work. That’s how we got the Star Wars prequels.

A screenplay offers the reader one of two experiences. Only two.

Delight or frustration.

Reading a great screenplay is a delightful experience. You can’t wait to turn the page. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

A poorly written screenplay reads like slow death. It’s a slog. You’ve been wading through it for what feels like hours, still stuck in act one, still wondering what it’s about.

It doesn’t matter the genre. A screenplay must delight.

If you want it to be made into a movie. And that’s what you want, 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 probably 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.

And why.

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.

your screenplay

  • 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.

1-HOUR CONSULTATION

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.

LET’S DO THIS

1-HOUR SCREENPLAY CONSULTATION

Payment must be made up front before I begin reading your screenplay. WGA & SAG members receive a 10% discount.

$347.00