I am a story analyst with fourteen years of experience.
If you are looking for screenplay coverage, writing help, script consulting or are just in need of intelligent advice on your screenplay's prospects, you have come to the right place.
As a former gatekeeper for William Morris Agency and Sony Pictures Entertainment, I read incoming screenplays and wrote coverage and analysis for top literary and talent agents, writers, directors, producers and movie stars.
Now, as a script consultant, I help a writer hone his or her material into a commercially viable product so that he or she can get the coveted greenlight when submitting a screenplay to an agent or producer. I can read your script and give you a clear idea how it will be received in Hollywood plus offer in-depth analysis of your story and how you can make it more commercial and ready for purchase by a studio or production company.
I now also offer personal phone consultations to help you through the challenging journey of crafting a screenplay. My experience in the industry can help you avoid the damaging pitfalls that novice writers fall into. My time-tested commercial sensibility will help you stay on track and develop your idea in a way that will ultimately prove to be far more lucrative for you.
Use your consult time to pitch your ideas, develop your characters, get help on your outline or treatment or just get my thumbs up or thumbs down before you dive into the deep end.
Below are some suggestions how to effectively use your consult time with me:
15 MIN Some of my clients are now using this option for weekly check-ins to help them through their process. In fifteen minutes, I can also help you create a compelling logline to give your story uniqueness and narrative momentum. Quick pitch your idea, characters, and the story. I’ll pinpoint your trouble spots and lead you in a clear-headed direction. To maximize our time together, email me your pitches or character summaries to review prior to your consultation.
30 MIN is an ideal amount of time to do my Genre Clinic. You know, I'm consistently surprised when my students have not seen the prototypical and best films in the genre in which they are working. And sometimes they're even more surprised when they don't realize what genre they are writing! I can give you insight on what films to watch and reference. I will also make sure your idea, characters, treatment and/or full screenplay inhabit the proper genre that lends itself to your concept. This way you can deliver material that audiences naturally expect to experience when they buy a ticket to the movies.
1 HOUR is enough time for me to consult on your finished or developing outlines, extensive pitches or help you develop a successful treatment. I can read your summaries and discuss whether or not your premise, characters and narrative are working in synergy. I can also consult on your first act and help hone structural elements to make them more effective and emotionally resonant.
No matter where you are in your process, I have services to facilitate your writing success.
15 MINUTES - $25
30 MINUTES - $50
1 HOUR - $100
My prices are the most reasonable you will find for someone with real industry experience. You are welcome to email me your quick pitches or character summaries for me to review prior to your consultation. This will maximize our time together. However, I ask that you limit review materials to one page. If you would like me to read your full screenplay or television pilot please utilize my coverage and development services.
I keep my coverage prices low so my services are affordable to struggling writers. Trust me, I know first hand how difficult it can be to pay the bills and also find time to write. The last thing you want to do is shell out five hundred dollars for good advice on your script.
Your coverage will consist of a detailed summary of your work, an elegant logline, my constructive comments regarding your story and characters and what your commercial prospects are.
My deluxe package affords me the time to spend not only critiquing your script, but brainstorming more ways to take your script to the next level. As a professional screenwriter and story analyst, I will give you lots of ideas on how to better arc your characters and make your story MOVE. My deluxe service also includes an extensive phone consultation to workshop your script. If you live in San Diego or Los Angeles, I'll gladly sit down with you in person to go over your screenplay.
Whether it is from draft one to draft two or from your laptop to a reputable literary agent, I will offer you my candid and professional insight based on my many years in Hollywood's trenches.
Scripts must be in industry standard form, no more than 120 pages. There will be a $1 per page charge for pages over 120.
For Novels email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org for individual rates.
Feature length script: $150.00
Television script: $120.00
Feature length script: $300.00
Television script: $250.00
Mike can provide proven story insight for your production whether pre, post, or during filming. Professionals looking for story analysis please contact Mike at email@example.com.
I look forward to helping you make your story the very best.
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