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  • Good Notes Cheap

    Updated FAQ Jan, 2021:

    Yes, friends, the service is still going, still averaging turnaround in two days. Thanks for your continued support.




    Running a Quarantine Special at $105 / feature.



    The Most Bang For The Buck I've Ever Got From A Consultant

    Greetings new readers and old friends, this is a recap of the original Done Deal board thread "Good Coverage Cheap"- among the best reviewed script notes services on the board. This recaps who I am, what my service is, what's new, and some of the reviews previously posted by known Done Dealers.

    My full-feature story notes consist of page-by-page notes taken as I'm reading, followed by an overall analysis formed once I know the intended outcome and entire story. Average 4x as long as standard studio script coverage. I think I'm offering valuable insight at a reasonable rate: I've gotten as much as $160 for notes, but Done Dealers can get these notes at the continuing low price of $130us.


    I'll also offer a different service to those who are brand spanking new to the craft, and who maybe are having a hard time finishing a first draft:

    THE 15 PAGER:

    I'll read the first 15 pages of the project. We'll discuss writing style, and where the story seems like it's going. Hopefully getting notes early will save some people a lot of headache rewriting.

    Introductory DD rate $140 US via this ExtHollywoodDay @ aol.com as the pay-to on Paypal.



    Anyone with questions or curious about samples in any given genre can E me at [email protected]

    THE PHONE CONSULTS also available: E me to discuss.

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    ME: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1096914/

    :I am a sold WGA screenwriter (features) who did coverage for the film companies for five years. I've covered scripts for Brett Ratner, Jerry Bruckheimer, New Line, Orion, Richard Donner, Wendy Finerman, Cinergi, Dreamworks, MPCA (who made Dumb & Dumber), Team Todd (Austin Powers), New Regency and more.

    I've got a keen eye and a lot of experience. I've made good calls as a reader. I made strong recommends on American Beauty, Ocean's 11, Antwone Fisher, Dragonfly and more. I've had film company execs with half a billion dollars in Box Office call me at home to talk them into or out of buying specs.

    And more importantly- Absorbing the lessons of 1000's of spec script readings helped my own writing immensely- to the point where I've written for Universal, Lionsgate and Dreamworks and others.

    I focus on the kind of attention that really makes your writing better and helps you over whatever your own screenwriting hurdles are. It works for veterans, and for newer writers.
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    WHO'S USED THIS SERVICE?

    Some are long time DDealers who thought it was time for a fresh eye, (Ancon and Vig come to mind) many are lurkers who want an easy no-commitment engagement. Mostly this has been a features service, though I can and have read clients' TV specs.

    I believe this remains a high quality service because I don't overdo it on volume.

    There have been over 400 customers since I started, including six two timers, and two five timers (one who had 3 different scripts covered, one who had 5 covered)


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    REVIEWS: (Compiled from threads you can still go back and read)
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    I've recently used Bart's story analysis service and I must say I was overwhelmed by his cogent and detailed analysis. He uprooted story problems I had no clue on and also highlighted what worked.

    I know some folks want to try the trial and error method of script writing and that's fine. I recently sold my first script (sold not option) to an indiepro but it helps me to get a read from pros with whom I'm not personally acquainted. Helps me get my wares into shape because you only get ONE good read from the people in your inner sanctum before you send the script out to the wolves.

    -It's one of the biggest secrets in Hollywood that pros use independent story analysts. A friend of mine who co-wrote one of this summer's blockbusters uses indie story analysts. Shh.

    Bart's good and cheap (for now). And quick, I had my notes within days of sending off my script. And folks, he's a sold writer and has no axe to grind as frustrated wannabe scribe.

    I used to work (as a lowly minion) at a movie studio. I've read lots of scripts and coverage and Bart's work is exemplary.

    DrStiggers(DoneDeal)
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    I just used Bart's coverage service for my fantasy thriller, and I am thoroughly impressed.
    I paid another reader, who shall remain nameless, who charged me twice as much and didn't
    have anywhere near the insight that Bart has. This nameless guy led me to believe that all
    I needed were a few fixes. But after Bart read and reviewed it, I discovered it was much more than a bandaid fix. There were serious problems with my character's motivation, among other issues that the other reader failed to catch.

    Bart also turned the script around with lightening speed and gave page by page feedback on what worked/ what didn't work, etc.

    Unfortunately, I'd already sent my script to a few companies who had requested it. I wish I had sent the screenplay to Bart beforehand.

    I would wholeheartedly recommend this service to anyone who was looking for attractively priced coverage by someone who clearly knows what he's doing.

    Fellows2004(DoneDeal)
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    I had never paid a professional to read my script before - only fellow writers like myself.

    However, I decided to give Bart a look at my project so I could get advice from someone who's read hundreds of scripts and knows what to look for. I'm hoping because of his critique and my next re-write, this project will finally get off the ground.

    His notes broke down structural problems which I couldn't see on my own and helped me get on track. He was very specific about his opinions and what he thought were both the good and bad decisions I was making in my script. Both overall and on a page by page basis.

    He was even cool enough to send me examples of past reviews he had written so I knew what to expect. He also responded to every email I sent him with additional questions that were raised as a result of his notes.

    Very prompt, professional, and affordable service in my opinion. I'm glad I went this route rather than blowing a ton of cash on Pimps or Sharks - From what I've heard about those other services, Bart seems to offer much more, for a lot less.

    Take it for what it's worth. But, I'm definitely another satisfied customer.

    -WasupJude(donedeal)
    ExtHollywoodDay
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    Last edited by ExtHollywoodDay; 01-07-2021, 12:05 AM. Reason: 2021 update
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    Script consulting still going strong.

    Details and updates here, as always: http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/...ead.php?t=9901

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    • #3
      Re: Good Notes Cheap

      i can vouch for bart. he concentrates on all elments of the script, even the minutia. he understands the thread line of how changes multiple into other changes.

      i used him before nicholls, (after i didn't advance one year), the next year i got into the top 300. then i went back, reviewed his notes again, and decidd that i would use ALL his suggestions, to the letter, this spawned the best draft we have ever written.

      i'm getting three scripts ready to send to him as we speak. rom-com. sci-fi, and drama and i'm stoked that there are people out their who can add their two cents that really have their pulse on what works, what doen't and what could.

      bart, you're a solid guy, and i thank you for helping my brother and i create a script that has opened doors, and hopefully will lead to a sale.

      best

      vig

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      • #4
        Re: Good Notes Cheap

        Hi all.

        Thanks for the kind words, and to all of you who've given me the nod in this thread or recommended me in other contexts. Four of the last five folks I read for were referrals from previous folks.

        About once every 5-6 months it seems like time to verify I am still here. Not for the lack of valiant efforts to sell more six figure scripts... but the service remains available as always.

        Thanks,

        -Bart

        www.bartgold.com
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        Script consulting still going strong.

        Details and updates here, as always: http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/...ead.php?t=9901

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        • #5
          Another Satisfied customer.

          Okay, I admit, this was worth the price pretty easy. And I'm a known skeptic.

          I finally decided to go with the ExtMan after my writing partner and I came to loggerheads on our script. The notes were a great tiebreaker. The analysis was well reasoned, clear, and really let us see how a film company script reader reacts as he's reading. I even ate a little crow as far as the clarity of a side character's motives. Ext's fixes for act one were great, because that's where we were having the most trouble and the most rewrites.

          Even better, my writing partner and I split the $130, so it was dirt cheap. Practically as cheap as the last time we mailed out script copies, and a much better use of the money.

          Kudos and thanks, Mr. Bart.


          Buzz.
          Buzz2074
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          Last edited by Buzz2074; 11-14-2005, 06:27 PM. Reason: Fixing Droz's typo.

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          • #6
            A Milestone:

            Don't worry about spelling! What's important is ALL writers can still get quality notes.

            Okay, seriously. I'm not here to be the Kool Aid Man, I'm here reporting a Bart's-notes milestone.

            The notes recipient who won the Script Magazine contest last year now has her film IN PRODUCTION. I'm majorly excited about this. More as the film gets finished-- looks like an indie production deal where they'll need to get distribution on the back end, which is half the battle. But damned if I'm not excited and experiencing a hint of parental pride.

            Cheers:


            ExtHollywoodDay

            www.bartgold.com
            ExtHollywoodDay
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            Last edited by ExtHollywoodDay; 01-03-2008, 11:22 PM.
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            • #7
              Re: Good Notes Cheap

              Well can i add that after doing a rewrite of your notes i recieved my first option offer for the script, within one month of notes.

              and i will add that i have one rewrite to go and the notes on the polish where almost identical to barts.

              thank you

              Vig

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              • #8
                Re: Good Notes Cheap

                I just finished going over Bart's notes on the opening chapters of a second novel.
                Besides direct comments, there are always a few comments something like, "I'm completely lost here, could it be you've lost me for some purpose?"

                The answer is always...uhhh....no. Sigh.

                Bart calls them the way he sees 'em and he sees a lot.

                Thanks, Bart.

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                  Re: Good Notes Cheap

                  It looks fine on the CRTs and LCDs I've tried it on. Not necessarily set on max. contrast. I admit to 'not contrasty enough to be foolproof', but not to 'grey on black' It's more a cool selenium blue sort of thing. But I'll try to boost the contast more when I get the time...

                  -B

                  www.bartgold.com

                  Now in stereo.
                  ExtHollywoodDay
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                  Last edited by ExtHollywoodDay; 04-14-2006, 09:37 AM.
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                  Details and updates here, as always: http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/...ead.php?t=9901

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                    Re: Good Notes Cheap

                    Your website looks professional and is attractive. When I will finish my script and the necessary steps I will be giving you a nod Bart. Thanks for being there for us.
                    A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.
                    Gore Vidal

                    "Aisatsu Yori Ensatsu"
                    Money is better than compliments.


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                    • #11
                      Good Notes -> Moving!

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                      ExtHollywoodDay
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                      Last edited by ExtHollywoodDay; 06-03-2008, 05:28 PM. Reason: Change of email addy:
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                      Script consulting still going strong.

                      Details and updates here, as always: http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/...ead.php?t=9901

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                      • #12
                        Re: Good Notes Cheap

                        Hi all:

                        I'm piping in to plug Bart/ExthollywoodDay's services, which I have now used four times over the course of the last three years.

                        Early on, I knew my Sci-Fi project had some problems. I had problems with the story, problems with the wordiness of my writing, and problems figuring out act 3, which seemed to change from draft to draft to draft. That may seem like screenwriting 101 to some, but live and learn. I hadn't mapped out the story well.

                        Anyway, Bart listened to the explanations of my intent, and challenged me to really rethink the ending. "Not just the what, but the why." Over the course of a few drafts (some of which I used Bart for, and some of which I had read by others) I made slow improvements to the story, and major improvements to the writing style.

                        A few months ago, I used Bart for another script. I was gratified to hear many more positives. Apparently I'd learned a lot since my first script. My writing style was "lean and mean now." But the thing that really impressed me the most was that Bart's suggestions became all the more targeted, precise, and wise. The better my script, the better the notes.

                        My Sci-Fi script might have gone from a D to a B after all the time I spent on it... but my new RomCom went from a B to an A.

                        How do I know this? Because a manager who left me at 'show me your next one' after the 2007 draft of my Sci Fi script has ASKED TO MEET ME based on the RomCom!

                        I know there's a lot of services, and I've even used others with satisfaction. But I have to plug Bart as among the best.

                        Cheers....


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                          Re: Good Notes Cheap

                          ETA: As a result of this script, I now have my first ever literary representation!

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                            Re: Good Notes Cheap

                            Is Bart still doing this? I can't figure out how the hell to fix a script that keeps doing in the "next 100" in Nicholl.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Good Notes Cheap

                              Yes I'm still at it. I has the following plug from a recent thread lower in this forum. Drop me a line, Grommet. I look forward to it. [email protected]


                              http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/...ad.php?t=44079
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                              Bart= Lighting speed turnaround, honest succinct notes, follow up help with clarification, great instincts for character and plot. Moreover, not your typical coverage report-- a more writer-friendly-style service, geared towards helping with subsequent drafts. Recommend.
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                              Details and updates here, as always: http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/...ead.php?t=9901

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