First Film Job provides script consulting from a former development executive who has worked with A-list writers, pitched, set up and bought projects. At last, you have typed “THE END” and are ready to send out to managers, agents and producers? Perhaps, your friends and family have generously read and loved your project. Now it’s time to ask the hard questions: Are they qualified to do script consulting? How many scripts have they read? How many pitch meetings have they been in? How many projects have they set up at major studios? If the answer is zero to any of those questions then it’s time you get an inside perspective on your script.
If you are shopping for script consulting, one click will provide you with plenty of options. Many readers claim they have been writing coverage for over 10 years, read thousands scripts and worked with top writers. Those are strong qualifications when hiring someone for script consulting. And yes, I have written lots of coverage, read about 4000 scripts and developed material with both rookie and A-list writers. However I believe my script consulting has a distinct advantage: I have “sold” projects. I have relentlessly pitched projects to my bosses, actors, directors, studio executives and producers. I have also worked as a studio executive where I bought material. Like all producers, I have not successfully set up every project I have pitched, however, I have never received feedback that the script was not good. No buyer has said it lacked character development, authentic dialogue or a well structured plot. Buyers have “passed” because it wasn’t the right fit for the company. By delivering strong material, I have garnered me a reputation of having good taste and spotting new talent. Utilizing my script consulting services gives you the advantage of seeing how buyers will look at your material. Writing a screenplay is an art. It takes many drafts to get it to the “ready to be shown” stage. As the great Vince Lombardi once said “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect”. There is no perfection in writing but you must present your best effort to effectively compete in the film and TV business.
Yes my script consulting can help you with characters, structure, dialogue and plot. However, I don’t promise you “studio coverage”. I am not writing a synopsis of your script – you know what you wrote. However, what I will give you constructive, sharp insight on your material. I will provide you with written analysis and ½ hour phone consultation. Let’s be frank, good scripts don’t always sell but they are rarely ignored. Maybe your script gets you a “general meeting”. That “general” may result in you being hired on a writing assignment. There is a host of writers who make a good living doing rewrites.
Just because it’s a cliché doesn’t mean it isn’t true: you only get one chance to make a good impression.