My services & rates
For analysis and notes on a draft of a script
In most cases, writers are looking for professional feedback on the draft of a script already written. What I can offer is a careful read and structural analysis of your play or screenplay and an in-depth story conference call to give you my feedback. Turn around time is two to three weeks once I’ve received your script. Analysis and notes on each subsequent draft would be structured the same as for the initial draft.
Another way of working together is to journey through a step-by-step process of developing a new story idea with solid structural underpinnings before the writing of the first draft. This would involve such steps as:
- My guidance, via phone and/or email, on the preliminary structuring of your story idea beforeyou plunge into your first draft, including offering suggestions on character exploration and backstory investigation.
- Analysis and further development of the story structural elements, including feedback on your initial plot outline, how well the story fits into the three-act paradigm, and how it might unfold scene by scene.
- Thorough feedback on an extended pre-draft treatment of your project.
This approach to a consultancy has to remain necessarily flexible in terms of the time I put in working with you on the various story development phases. It demands keeping an open mind to new discoveries and explorations as you proceed–what you think at one point is the best road map for a script might change considerably as you dig deeper into the exploratory process and the various levels of your story are revealed.
My rate is $95/hour, with a $300 retainer to get us started. I keep you informed of how much time I’m putting in and invoice you accordingly as we proceed with our work together. And, of course, it’s always your call if you want to continue working with me or not.