As many of you will already know, I'm also a screenwriter. A writer-for-hire. An author.
And after many years of being hired exclusively by production companies in such a role, I have decided to broaden, open up, and offer a number of services commercially to all.
Whether you have an existing script in need of work or are starting ostensibly from scratch, I'm sure there's a service right for you.
For those who have an existing script, I have two services...
the POLISH service
This is for writers who have an existing script that is close to being ready for submission. We're not talking a first draft, here. Rather than a full-on rewrite, a polish conventionally consists of some minor tweaking to get it ready. These might be minor changes to the dialogue, scene action, layout and language. This service gives an already-decent script a professional shine. Think of it as putting your car through a really good car wash.
Feature: $1845 (2 installments) - Screenwriterdude
TV: $805 - Screenwriterdude
(Or can give a ball-park estimate, ie $300 - $1000)
the REWRITE service
This is for writers who have an existing script that needs more work than a polish. Perhaps it's a very early draft, a flawed draft, needs a new take, but you've taken it as far as you personally can. And now it needs someone new to identify problem areas and apply improvements. We're talking more substantial changes. Major fixes and alterations to script, story, characters etc. Maybe you've had feedback on it or it's not hitting the heights you'd hoped within the industry.
Feature: $3635 (2 installments) - Screenwriterdude
TV: $1269 - Screenwriterdude
the FIRST DRAFT service
No script? No time, knowledge or inclination to write it yourself? No problem!
If all you've got is a synopsis, treatment or just a pile of notes, you can hire me to turn them into a first draft of a screenplay. (The Synopsis to Script service.)
Together we'll work out a plan of action to develop a basic script outline. Once approved, I will create that first draft for you.
Feature: $7500 (4 installments) - Screenwriterdude
TV: $4125 (3 inst) - Screenwriterdude
the BOOK-TO-SCREEN ADAPTATION service
Who is it for? For those writers who have a novel they wish to adapt into a screenplay.
Perhaps you've got a book on Amazon and are keen to see it developed for the big screen.
The skinny/lowdown/the deets/the 411/the basics/what's what
First: I would need to perform a required/compulsory/essential assessment/evaluation/appraisal of the book of manuscript. This not only allows time for me to give your book an in-depth read, but will give you advice, observations from a cinematic perspective, assess its potential and give you my suggested approach to the adaptation.
Then I will liaise with you on the direction you'd like me to take and once agreed, I will then follow the plan of action/action plan and create a first draft screen adaptation based on your source material.
What's next? In order to be able to provide you with an accurate quote, I would need to perform the required evaluation as all book to screen projects are different. This costs $450 (Screenwriterdude) If you decide to hire me to adapt, this amount will be deducted from the total cost of the service.
How much? / The damage
Feature: $7500 (4 installments) - Screenwriterdude
$3,000 - $5,000 - Coverscript
$950 per 30 mins ($3,800 for 120 mins script) - USAScreenwriters.com
$2,500 - $3,500 - thescreenplaywriters.com
Want to talk further? Email correspondence is preferred but I am happy to Skype text chat.
In any case, send me a message via my CONTACT page and let's get the ball rolling.
This brand-new service focuses on your script's most important pages: the first five. No reader is duty-bound to love your story, so it's up to you to engage them and engage them early. And overworked execs don't have time to persevere with your story to see if it picks up later on; they need to know the quality of the script and its writer straightaway.
Using my all-new ST★RCARD system, I rate 10 key aspects pertinent to the opening of your story and script and provide brief notes on each to help you ensure your first five pages are working hard for your story. Click on the above link to see a sample of this new service.
If you feel you'd benefit from this focused feedback, then contact me with your logline and let's make a start on your start.
Introductory Price: £UKP 25.00*
the ONE SHEET service
This is my one page once-over. A quick and concise look at your TV script or screenplay that features my unique Scorecard system covering ten essential story and script elements with brief notes on each.
Click on the above pdf link to see what the One Sheet and the all-new Scorecard system looks like. This service is ideal for writers who would like a quick review of their work without the cost that more in-depth analysis brings.
£UKP 50.00* (for TV & feature scripts up to 120 pages only)
the SNAP READ service
This is my basic critique. It's for those writers who require only some brief feedback on how their screenplay fares.
It's ideal both for writers seeking an affordable evaluation on an early draft and those preparing to submit a well-revised script to an agent, production company or script competition and want one final check. Purely a general overview of the work, a typical Snap Read report covers premise, character development, structure, dialogue, action, formatting and grammar in about 5 pages.
£UKP 80.00* (for TV & feature scripts up to 120 pages only)
the ANNOTATION service
To those who've worked with me before, this is also known as my A Game and involves a thorough annotation of your script in PDF format, highlighting typos, grammatical and formatting concerns along with any story and character-based comments that I feel need to be made.
This service focuses primarily on the cosmetic concerns - layout and language - so if you are a writer who feels you need help with the formatting side of screenwriting or struggle with spelling and grammar, then this is likely to be a beneficial choice. It's also ideal for writers who like a more visual approach to analysis.
This full annotation guarantees the client that his or her work has been read in its entirety and hasn't been given the "five–and–dime" treatment. This is the dismal practice whereby many Hollywood script readers & consultants – bombarded with so many screenplays – read only the first five and last ten pages before making a judgement. You can be sure with my Sticky Note annotations that this does not happen.
£UKP 160.00* (for TV & feature scripts up to 120 pages only)
the ANALYSIS service
This is a uniquely thorough feedback service. Rather than merely providing Hollywood-style coverage – a report designed more for the executive than the writer – I don't pad out the report with a storyline breakdown but get right to the salient points, the issues, focusing on the perceived areas of concern.
Each report breaks down formatting, dialogue and description followed by an Areas of Concern section where I go into detail about issues specific to your draft. These may be character development complications, story structure problems, poor pacing, troubles with tone and theme, clarity concerns - there are a myriad potential pitfalls - but you can rest assured that whatever is found, you'll receive a comprehensive examination. On average, this deep analysis runs to between 25-35 pages
£UKP 180.00* (for all TV & feature scripts up to 120 pages only)
the A&A service
A&A stands for Annotation & Analysis and is simply the two above services combined. That's a full, detail-rich annotation of your screenplay complete with Sticky Notes together with a uniquely thorough feedback report – the best of both worlds.
This ultimate stress test of your screenplay costs £UKP 300.00* for all TV and feature scripts up to 120 pages
* Please note: these prices do not include any potential add-on fees charged by Paypal. But worry not, I will calculate these for you, if applicable.
Script over 120 pages?
Be aware this may severely hamper your chances of success. If an agent or production exec finds FADE OUT on page 121 or above, it will be a clear black mark against you. Most feature scripts these days fall between the 90-110 page count. That said, if you still wish for me to read your 120+ page script, please add an additional charge of £UKP 2.50 per additional page.
Chosen a service? Great! Just get in touch with me to confirm via the CONTACT page and we'll sort out payment and schedule and get your script where it needs to be.
the FORMAT EDIT service
a complete formatting clean - let's get your spec script looking professional with this Final Draft make-over.
the ANGLICISATION service
ideal for non-English writers wishing to get their dialogue and action sounding authentic.
the SYNOPSIS review
written a synopsis and need a professional opinion? let me at it!
the LOG-LINE review
log-lines are essential for the writing and marketing of your screenplay. I can help you develop yours.
the PROOFREADING EDIT service
spelling & grammar not your strong suit? I'll catch all those typos and syntax snafus with this complete proofing clean.
SKYPE text chat
want to discuss your project or a particular screenwriting query in a real-time conversation? Not a problem. Just contact me with your Skype address and I'll add you.
If you want a helping hand as you make your journey from first to finished draft, then this is the service for you.
I don't just handle tales for the big & small screens; I also read manuscripts for novels, novellas and short stories. If you need an eagle-eyed editor, then I am your man.
Let's not forget I'm also a writer. If you're a producer seeking an experienced scribe to write a first draft, adapt a client's novel or bring something fresh to an existing screenplay, then please do contact me at your convenience.
In addition to the fixed-rate services above, I have a host of other services available. For more information on these, please get in touch