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Old 12-07-2019, 10:56 AM   #1
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Default Are Screenwriting Consultants A TOTAL SCAM?

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I hope you enjoy this week's SCRIPTFELLA special report on Screenwriting Consultants and Script Coverage Services. We unpack the 7 key questions you need to ask a script reader BEFORE you hand over a penny of your hard-earned cash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDTV5GxujB8

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Old 12-07-2019, 01:43 PM   #2
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Really enjoyed this video, Dominic. I wish I had spec I could send you. I'm currently working on dev'ing my rom-com current draft with a producer now. Surely in the future I'll reach out to you. I can't really afford the big notes at this time, but hopefully, sometime soon I will.

Really great information. Thank you for continuing to post these videos.
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Old 12-08-2019, 01:27 AM   #3
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Cheers Lisa. I am wondering if I am going to get any pushback from those prototypical script coverage services who write up scoring grids and a page-long synopsis on your script...

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Old 12-08-2019, 01:48 PM   #4
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Well, I can give you my point of view...

I agree, I don't need a synopsis. It might help if the story was unclear or an element wasn't clear on the page, but other than that I don't use it. Readers/Consultants may include it because it's part of their process and it's important to them to complete it as such. I respect that. I don't think it goes against the number of pages they produce in the notes section.

I'm not interested in "pass/consider/recommend," because it's so subjective and managers, agents, studios, and prodcos have very different uses and needs for coverage. for example:

Managers: they're primarily looking for a unique voice and a skillset at the professional level.

Agents: looking solely for a product that is ready to sell now. It has to have a lot of elements in play.

Producers: looking for something that hits a sensibility and potential mandates including budget and is in "produceable-ready" condition.

Studios: a project ready to be packaged that meets their mandates, is commercial and appeals to a broad cross-section of the movie going audience.

I'm being very general here. It will and, of course, does vary a great deal.

That's why I'm not interested in the pass/consider/recommend because you don't fully understand what that reader is basing their recommendation completely on.

Now the numbers game, that The Black List plays is something I think could be valuable IF THERE WAS A SET OF STANDARDS at play. For example, it's ridiculous to me, to have a script received two 8s and then a 2 for the exact same script. That's insane. And that kind of disparity should absolutely NOT occur in an organization the sells pay-pre-review services. You were on The Black List several years ago, when, imo, the readers were better, but you probably experienced some varying scores.

There should be a rubrick or solid standard by which the material is being judged. Biases should be mitigated. The reader should be a professional and able to articulate their findings clearly, concisely with with the utmost professionalism.

Now, I will say, that you can do a scoring, as long as you hold to your own standard, because you are the same person reading every script. I like the scoring chart that The Black List uses...

Overall
character
plot
premise
setting
dialogue

I think it would be good for you to use a scoring similar to The Black List because you have written and sold much material and have been a working writer. You have a valid opinion based on what you know and what you write.

I would also expect that all of the above elements would have a comments section as well as a section for strengths, weaknesses and prospects.

Prospects is important, when they are prospects and not additional strengths or weaknesses, because it does help establish expectations.

that's my take.
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Old 12-09-2019, 05:17 AM   #5
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The video is interesting and brings up points I never considered. I am not at a level where I would feel comfortable using the service, although I have paid for notes too many times, always using someone recommended on these forums. The last money I shelled out went to a reviewer everyone seems to love, who was booked for several weeks. To my surprise I received my notes in two days, and the reviewer listed the title of my script incorrectly. I wondered if there was a hierarchy in dealing with customers, and I was the monkey in the room.
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Old 12-14-2019, 05:36 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 12-19-2019, 08:53 PM   #7
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Hey Done Dealers,

I hope you enjoy this week's SCRIPTFELLA special report on Screenwriting Consultants and Script Coverage Services. We unpack the 7 key questions you need to ask a script reader BEFORE you hand over a penny of your hard-earned cash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDTV5GxujB8
Hi Dominic. I really enjoyed the video. I especially loved the movie clips. By the way, it was fascinating to hear your voice juxtaposed to Al Pacino. There was a similarity in intensity.
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Old 12-24-2019, 01:36 PM   #8
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"it was fascinating to hear your voice juxtaposed to Al Pacino. There was a similarity in intensity."

Hey Manfred, I'm laughing my head off. I can get a little TOO INTENSE sometimes!
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Hello Dominic, the video was entertaining and informative.

Number 7, “Are You A Deep Diver Or A Surface Swimmer,” where you say, “you get someone that says you’re dialogue is on-the-nose,” your response of “Where?” made me laugh because I can relate and understand the frustration. Yes, the reader could and should at least give two or three examples.

You’ve offered a “taste” opportunity for your services as a script consultant, where for $25 you’ll do an audio review of a writer’s first opening 10 pages.

Is this offer open ended, or is there a deadline?

Peers have given me feedback on 10 pages of a script I’m preparing for the 2020 screenplay competitions and I would like to do some rewrites.

Also, what about overload. There are close to 200 members with multiple scripts. Is a potential work load going to be a factor in getting the feedback done and out?
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Old 01-06-2020, 12:24 PM   #10
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Hi Joe - sorry I've been MIA.

I'm glad my Script Consulting vid hit struck a chord with you - over the last two weeks I've read and audio reviewed dozens of scripts, met some really cool writers and have decided to keep the offer rolling. At the moment, I am turning around reviews within a week or so, so if you, or any another Done Deal member wants to test drive my audio notes for £20, please email me your first 10 pages on scriptfella@gmail.com and we can get cracking.

Here's to a massive 2020.

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