There are many screenwriting gurus out there. I am not one of them.
I’m just a guy who’s written a bunch of screenplays, made a half dozen movies of my own, and learned a lot along the way. I’m excited to pass that knowledge along to others.
In 1999, when I completed my first screenplay, I decided to hire a script doctor over the internet. It was the single most important decision I ever made as a writer. The best money I ever spent.
As a 19 year-old naive screenwriter fresh off the bliss of completing my first draft of my first ever screenplay, I remember asking the doctor over the phone:
Do you think this script will ever get made?
There was a cold silence before his respectful response.
You never know.
But he did know. And at that moment, so did I. There was no way it was ever going to get made.
Before I received his brutally honest notes, I was sure my script was just as good as anything you’d find on the shelves at Hollywood video.
I was wrong.
The script was a literary trainwreck.
It was my first screenplay and learning the craft takes years. It’s an endless process. Most writers don’t succeed at creating a viable screenplay until they’ve completed their third script. It took me ten years before I optioned my first.
If you stick with it for years, you’ll get better. If you stick with it for decades, you’ll get good.
THE IMPORTANCE OF FINDING THE RIGHT SCRIPT DOCTOR
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the mentoring advice and guidance I received from my trusted script doctors.
I didn’t go to film school. The notes I received from these professionals became my film school. By failing time and again, by continuing to experiment with the form and seeking constant feedback, I learned the craft.
Despite having my heart broken by those initial notes, I never stopped trying to get better. Growing thick skin and learning how to use feedback to improve your stories is an important skill set for a writer.
Sending my scripts for notes became a crucial part of the writing process and continues to be.
WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE ME
Since learning the craft from my trusted script doctors, I’ve optioned several screenplays, and co-written/co-produced six award winning feature-length films, garnering rave reviews, and boasting international distribution.
Bringing these scripts to life has taught me more lessons about screenwriting than any book or class ever could.
I’ve sat in a packed theatre and watched people squirm with boredom at our movie because a scene lasted longer than two minutes.
I’ve witnessed a drunk homeless man who wandered into a screening stand up in the middle of our film and yell in frustration, “If someone were to ask me what this movie was about, what would I tell them?!”
I’ve also had the good fortune of sitting in the back of a sold out prominent film festival screening. Watching in delight as 350 people gasped in unison at a 3rd Act PAYOFF, because we finally learned how to properly use SETUPS.
Having my scripts brought to life on a frequent basis has taught me invaluable lessons most script doctors haven’t had the opportunity to learn or pass along.
SCRIPT BUTCHER SERVICE OPTIONS
I started this business eight months ago, and until today I’ve been running it completely through the Fiverr platform.
Going forward, ScriptButcher.com is where I’ll be sending clients.
Each of my service options includes in-depth analysis, constructive criticism and actionable advice on how to improve and optimize the story you’ve created.
You will receive 8-20 pages of notes, as well as on-the-page margin notes covering everything from narrative, characters, dialogue, structure, to theme.
Telling stories is what I was put on this Earth to do. Helping others fine tune their stories is a close second.
I’ve been in your shoes. I know the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to complete a screenplay.
This isn’t a job for me. It’s my passion. It’s what I live for.
Helping writers is the easy part. Finding writers to help is what takes work.
My goal is to build a community of writers who share my passion for storytelling. Holding out hope that Hollywood will return to the spec script glory days where original mid-budget films filled the multiplexes.
If you’d like to join this community, sign up for my mailing list and I’ll lead you to it.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I look forward to working with you and helping you realize the best version of your story.