Type FADE OUT – THE END? Time for in-depth screenplay consultation?
May 12, 2015 § Leave a comment
Perhaps the four most anticipated words a screenwriter can ever type: FADE OUT – THE END. If you completed your latest screenplay or draft—a hearty congratulations! There is no better feeling when you finish months or years of hard work. You want to shout from the rooftops that you finished and hand the script out to everyone who ever said they would read it.
Okay, take a deep breath and pause a moment before you unleash it upon Hollywood. Never allow anyone to read the script before it’s ready. If you distribute a script riddled with problems, it will harm your reputation as a professional and kill the project.
You really only get one shot to make the right impression in a town where they stop reading after the first typo and where format or structure issues can reveal you as an amateur. Your talent is as important as your attitude and work ethic and it takes all three to standout in a very competitive marketplace. When you consider that writers register approximately 30,000 – 40,000 loglines/treatments/scripts and books with the Writers Guild of America every year, you have write at a professional level to compete. I happened to find The Scoggins Report for the spec screenplay sales up to August of 2015… it’s depressing that only 46 specs have sold. It’s down 30% from the normal sales and it’s the second worst spec sale year in seven years.
If you don’t already know, screenplays are about the execution. You may start with a fantastic premise, but if you haven’t executed a kickass screenplay that lives up to its full potential—it will fail. Never forget that even with an amazing script there are no guarantees—you may love it, but Hollywood doesn’t have to love it.
Of course you’re up against incredible odds, but the only real competition should be with yourself to become a better screenwriter. Part of this process is a rite of passage for all new screenwriters—criticism and notes. If you have any doubts about your screenplay, now is the perfect time to receive professional consultation before you unleash your magnum opus upon Hollywood.
I’m a working screenwriter and script consultant with twenty years of professional experience and eight produced films in television movies and independent features. My latest movie “Mommy’s Little Girl” premiered on Lifetime in the spring to huge ratings and has re-aired many times since.
I’ve been blessed with a spec sale, fourteen script assignments, and getting to work and collaborate with some top professionals in Hollywood. Many have became my friends and mentors and in this spirit of giving back, I offer professional analysis and editing/proofing of your feature script or TV pilot script to help push it to the next level.
Why not make the time to get it right? Maybe it’s time for in-depth screenwriting consultation? Take a moment to check out my services. Please browse my website for more information about how I might be able to help you push your script to a higher level that is ready to compete.
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