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Old 01-27-2015, 03:45 PM   #1
Join Date: Jun 2009
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Default Great script services: The Screenplay Mechanic and the Wheelhouse Writer

Just finished a very difficult first draft and wanted to give out a shout out to the two folks that helped me get through it -- and mapped out the rewrite road. Two consultants that have seen every single script (multiple times) that I've ever worked on and, in so doing, led the way to a few nice sales.

1) WheelHouse Writer -- I stumbled on her service years ago when I was first getting started on Triggerstreet. She doesn't advertise (never has) and limits her reads to scripts that interest her or clients that use her frequently. When I first sent her a script there was no charge. It's not how she makes her living, but she's since decided there should be some fee or people tend not to value the service. But it's the world's greatest deal at $50.00.
She's a three time produced writer (feature films) so she's pretty selective and often isn't in a position to take anything new. (I do have her permission to post this as she's currently got some time on her hands.)
She's fantastic on first drafts as she not only gives you an idea of what's not working and what's not up to industry standards, but also has some great suggestions to help out with the rewrite. Fair warning: She's brutally honest (in a good way.)

2) Screenplay Mechanic -- he's so good I name a character in every script I write. So yes -- there are Andrew Hilton's in the credits of all my produced (and far to many un-produced) films.
I also use Drew throughout the process and have sent treatments to him before even getting started.

I decided years ago that the fastest way for me to learn and get better was to use both as a part of the process. Two extra sets of eyes. Two professionals and both extremely cheap for what you receive in return.

Both really helped this time and I encourage anyone to give them a shot.
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