When one door closes, another one opens.

It seems with each passing year, more of my favorite screenplay consultants are walking away from the business.

I learned this morning that another one of my trusted sources for script notes has closed its doors.

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Long before I became the Script Butcher, I was a wide eyed innocent writer who sent my first screenplay to all the high priced script doctors of the day.  I soon learned that not all the big names out there were worth my hard earned money, but ScriptShark was one of the few who delivered on their promise.

They were affordable, fast, and had a unique system where you received a dual set of notes. Many times from both a male and female reader, each offering different feedback on your material.

I remember being offended and heartbroken by their notes on my first ever screenplay. It was harsh. It was specific. It was good advice. But I was too naive to understand the value they had provided.

Over the years I learned to grow thick skin. To take criticism with open ears. As I continued to study the craft and improve my skills, I would often return to those early ScriptShark notes. There was a quality to them that many other services lacked.

I’m eternally grateful for the wisdom and guidance they gave me. Their feedback was invaluable. I’m sure many other writers out there feel the same.

ScriptShark, along with other script consultants who have since closed their doors, helped me become a better writer. As a consultant now myself, I’m honored to take that same journey with my clients as they develop their craft.

If you’re a former ScriptShark client and looking for a new source of honest professional feedback, I’m confident you will have an equally satisfying experience working with me.

I’m offering a 20% DISCOUNT off my services for any former ScriptShark clients.


TV-PILOT SERVICE – $120 (20% OFF the $150 PRICE)


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.

My experience with script doctors I worked with over the years was a crucial part of my journey as a developing writer. I consider them mentors, and almost two decades later we still keep in touch.

I’m hoping to forge new relationships with those of you who considered ScriptShark your trusted source for notes.

I promise to give you the same level of sincere dedication you received from the readers the readers at ScriptShark.

If you order today I can have your notes delivered within 3-5 business days. I look forward to working with you!

Script Butcher – Open For Business



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.


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.



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.



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.