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Screenplay Consulting

FEATURE SERVICES

Finding someone who can meet your needs as a writer can be a confusing and expensive affair. For this reason, Linda breaks her services into a two part process.

BASIC COVERAGE

This is the basic studio type coverage, done without a synopsis and with more emphasis on the critique. It includes:

  • a minimum of 3 to 4 pages of critique

  • notations in the script

  • an hour long phone or face-to-face meeting

  • formatting corrections in the script

Basic coverage will identify the script's strengths and weaknesses. The script is examined in terms of story, characterization, plotting, theme, scenes, as well, concept and marketability.

A writer can choose this first part, receive enough feedback to get back to work, and feel satisfied.

Turnaround time is two weeks.

For those writers who want a more comprehensive analysis of the script, Linda offers development notes that build on the critiquie given in the basic coverage package.

DEVELOPMENT NOTES

Development notes are a much more detailed critique of your screenplay. Linda first re-reads the script and evaluates the work in terms of its strengths, weaknesses and marketability. Starting with the concept, she analyses the structure, conflict, characters, plot development, momentum, etc., and identifies the important relationships providing the story with its dramatic unity.

Once the weaknesses are identified, she offers recommendations to solve these problems, always keeping in mind the author's intent.

These notes address scene construction, characterization, dialogue, the bond between your work and the audience, as well as the actual formatting of the screenplay.

One of Linda's special strengths is the attention she pays to the emotional arcs of the main characters. Without this component, a screenplay has little real chance of connecting with its first audience, a reader. Linda focuses on ways to incorporate emotional action as well as the event action so that the emotional presence doesn't derail the plot.

Development notes include:

  • The overview

  • Discussion of the themes, conflict, characters and their relationships

  • The structure

  • Plot development

  • Scene evaluations

  • Dialogue evaluation

  • Style and formatting issues

  • Page notes

  • Suggestions

  • 2 phone or face-to-face meetings on the work

Turnaround time is two - three weeks.

Usually, Linda recommends a writer simply start with the basic coverage, and then proceed according to the demands of the script. For many people, the basic package works well enough to get them started on a rewrite.

Linda will re-read scripts at a reduced rate.

No one can guarantee that a screenplay will sell. But with Linda's critique and coaching, your script and writing will improve.

Click here for fees and options.

For more information, contact Linda by clicking here.


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