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We love working with writers of all levels as they develop and execute their creative vision through the screenplay medium. Aside from screenplay coverage and script development notes, we regularly provide re-writing services, editing and proofing, short film story notes and, most crucially, outline & treatment development.
We’ve worked with dozens of producers over the years in many capacities; helping them to evaluate new material with industry-style script coverage; providing story notes on multiple screenplay drafts over the course of several years; evaluating novels, musicals and foreign films for adaptation; providing synopsis, treatment, and bible material for financiers and studios.
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From play to screenplay, an historical perspective.
Casablanca is one of those films that everyone feels like they know. The many famous lines from it are part of the American lexicon. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” But for many reasons, the source material, a play called Everybody Comes to Rick’s, has gone largely unrecognized and unappreciated.
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Services include Coverage – industry or in-depth, Outlines, Treatments, TV Pilots, Proofreads, Short Film Coverage, Polishing, Rewriting, Query Letters, Synopsis Writing, Logline Construction.
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TITLE: Meltdown AUTHOR: John Carpenter (unproduced)
FORM/PAGES: Screenplay / 118 pp
DATE: READER: DB
The script is masterfully written in many ways and a complete joy to read. The dramatic premise is intriguing. The characters, though certainly on the thin side, are sympathetic and real, and the dialogue created to express their points of view is effective throughout. The visuals, the action, the topography of the space… all are exceptionally well crafted.
The script is also very much a product of its time. While the Fukushima partial meltdown of 2+ years ago is still creating a sort of rolling disaster, it can’t be said that there is actually a great deal of public American fear, suspicion, anger, or even upset at the issue of nuclear power itself. While this script does present an interesting plot in and of itself, it’s undeniably a political polemic against nuclear power and against technology in general. It’s difficult to fully gauge how this subject matter would land in the
Tyler Jackson, Director of Development & Production – Unified Pictures
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Chris Coen, Producer: Funny Games, Shadow Dancer, A Single Shot
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Maria Washington, Writer
“As a new writer I appreciate your honesty in appraising my screenplay and talent in the frank way that you did. I think I can now only improve.”
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Robert Blalack, Producer (Visual Effects Oscar winner, Star Wars, 1977)
“It’s true movies are not made, but willed into existence. The passion and energy it takes to run the gauntlet of producing a film will only be sustained if the script is uniquely compelling. Too many grubby hands will touch your baby, hands eager to say No. How do you make sure the script is at the rarified level of irresistible Yes? After you’ve sweated blood and tears to take it as far as you can, you want a reader and story analyst who shares your passion for film story, but who delivers objectivity in detail, clearly communicating where your script is and is not working. Analytic feedback like that is invaluable. Script-Fix delivers it time after time, professionally.”
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Why get Script Coverage?
One of the things that makes writing stories for film different than writing for publication is that film, by nature, is a collaborative process. What a screenwriter has written and how they’ve written it is only valuable to the degree that other people can use that script as a tool in the in the pursuit of their own creative and professional goals. Whether a writer is established and accustomed to collaboration, or whether that writer is struggling to break out, coverage is a writer or a producer’s first window into how a script connects with the other people who bring great cinema to life.
Seeking and integrating regular feedback from sources that reflect the needs and perspectives of our production community is how screenwriters develop the habits that make them efficient and effective collaborators. Writing in a vacuum will certainly advance a writer’s command of language, but it does nothing to develop screenwriters as actors, directors, production designers or even as producers… and great screenwriters are all of these things and more. Keeping the needs of our collaborators in focus makes us accountable to the fundamentals of dramatic structure, it puts our egos in check, and it helps us develop our craft in ways that actively serve the community.
Great films are made by families of people who believe in one another and who believe in the production. Earning that trust comes down to making sure a screenplay really does serve the needs of other people, both in the production community and in the audience… and understanding the needs of others begins with listening. Good coverage comes from people who have experience worth listening to, who care about the success of a production, and who seek to make the film community stronger.
When a screenwriter has a coverage source they can trust, getting that feedback as often as possible will help steer their projects and their writing habits in a direction that serves the success and the betterment of the film community as a whole. Successful careers come from successful collaborations. Great coverage empowers a writer or producer to engage that collaborative process as early and as often as possible.
SCRIPT COVERAGE SERVICES
Studio Coverage – $100
Studio coverage is what all production companies and major studios use to gauge the potential of a screenplay. When a new script comes in, studios will have someone read it and write out a summary of the story. Then the person will comment on the script’s structure, characters, concept, style, and story before giving it a grade of pass, consider, or recommend. The point of studio coverage is to provide the higher-ups a summarization of the story and a brief run down of what aspects of the film work and which do not. Script-Fix will will provide studio coverage for you so you know what an executive would see if your script was sent to his or her company.
Coverage – $125
Three pages of screenplay analysis covering the strengths and weaknesses of the concept, story, structure, characterization, and conflict. Comments also cover the story’s overall effectiveness from dramatic, comedic, and emotionally involving standpoints. A great first look appraisal to see how your script stands up. Objective and impartial commentary.
Analysis – $175
Five pages of in-depth screenplay analysis of concept, story, structure, characterization, and dialogue. Including a character breakdown, discussion of story strengths and weaknesses and suggestions for improvement of your screenplay. Allows you to assess in detail the direction of your script and how it’s working.
Detailed – $280
Ten pages of notes on story, structure, characterization and dialogue including line-by-line screenplay analysis – where necessary – tackling story issues and logic, continuity, inconsistencies, dialogue and action. Also includes useful story suggestions to improve all elements of your screenplay. Comments also cover the concept and how to exploit it to its full potential. Special consideration is given to the ‘hook,’ discussing its effectiveness and how to develop and improve it. This is deep analysis that is an essential tool in your arsenal when developing an early draft or reworking deep issues in your script.
Extensive – $500
This service provides a comprehensive screenplay appraisal from two readers on two drafts covering concept, structure, character, story, dialogue, etc. After the first set of notes the writer works on the new draft and re-submits back to each reader for their follow-up notes. Each reader works independently to offer suggestions for improvement – so the notes are completely impartial and objective. This means four sets of notes and two separate opinions. No time limit applies as to when the second draft need be submitted. A great service to challenge the writer to go deep into the script and assess varying viewpoints.
TV Pilot – $125
As per basic screenplay coverage, three pages of notes, but as it applies to the specific needs of a TV pilot – act breaks, plot, story, characters. Also available are TV Analysis – five pages of notes, $175, and TV Detailed, $280 – ten pages of notes, both for more in-depth coverage.
Outline / Treatment – $125
Get coverage notes on your outline or treatment at this vital stage of the writing process — to make sure your fundamentals are strong, and that the ship is sailing in the right direction.
Proofread – $75
A comprehensive check for your screenplay or script to make sure it contains no grammatical or spelling errors, typos, or formatting problems. Make sure your script is as good as it can be before you send it into the marketplace.
Extensive Proofread – $200
A service for those who need to fix major proofing problems: bad translation job, wonky format, or for foreign writers for whom English is a second language.
Short Film Scripts – $30
Critical appraisal of your short film script including evaluation of concept, structure, effectiveness, strengths and weaknesses.
Studio Coverage – $75 (as described in ‘Coverage Services’)
Discounted pricing for purchasing multiple coverage:
Bulk 5 – $450
Bulk 10 – $800
Overnight or 3-day express for any service is available.
Logline – $35
We will read your script from start to finish and construct two loglines that describe your screenplay.
Synopsis – $45
We will write a one-and-a-half page synopsis of your story.
Query Letter – $45
Road test your query letter before you send it out – you only get one chance to impress, don’t waste a contact on a query that lacks punch. We’ll help you craft the best letter we can, to give you the best opportunity to get your screenplay requested.
Development – $1600
This service provides unlimited 1-year screenplay support from the founder of script-fix to aid the writer in developing their screenplay through multiple drafts. Whether starting a new project from its conceptualization stage, or working from a first draft, this ‘mentor’ service is both comprehensive and rewarding for the dedicated screenwriter. This service includes discussion of changes over instant messenger, E-mail support with full back up, and supplemental notes. There is no limit to the amount of notes the client receives.
Screenplay Polish – $2500
This service provides overall screenplay improvement of all aspects of the screenplay. From re-writing action and dialogue to adding or removing scenes and/or sequences. This service includes discussion of changes over instant messenger, E-mail support with full back up, and supplemental notes.
Dialogue Polish – $1200
This service provides a comprehensive screenplay overhaul to sharpen and improve the dialogue; eradicating inconsistencies of speech and dialect, while creating more unique speech patterns and vocal idiosyncrasies to make the characters richer, more distinct, and dynamic. Also, redundant, unnecessary and expositional dialogue will be cut.
Overnight – $60
Fast next day service for your coverage or service.
Express 3-day – $30
Get your coverage or service within 3 days.