Posts tagged ‘script doctor’

August 12, 2013

Summer Flops Leading to a Film Industry Implosion?

Scott Brown of Vulture recently interviewed Damon Lindelof, one of the most highly sought-after script doctors in Hollywood, about the current state of the film industry. The two seem to agree that Hollywood is running full-sprint toward a cliff, and the whole industry is bound to belly-flop:

Damon Lindelof, the ubiquitous ­screenwriter-producer whose name seems attached to all of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, is doing his damnedest to get small. This summer, he (along with fellow triage artists Drew Goddard and Christopher McQuarrie) miraculously pulled Brad Pitt out of the mass grave that was World War Z’s zombocalyptic original third act and restored the regular-guyness that made Pitt’s character work. He also resisted the temptation to threaten Earth’s existence (yet again!) at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness,focusing instead on a personal vendetta—albeit one enacted via a dizzying mile-high pursuit across a 23rd-century cityscape. But, hey, you have to give something to get something.

“We live in a commercial world, where you’ve gotta come up with ‘trailer moments’ and make the thing feel big and impressive and satisfying, especially in that summer-movie-theater construct,” says Lindelof. “But ultimately I do feel—even as a purveyor of it—slightly turned off by this destruction porn that has emerged and become very bold-faced this past summer. And again, guilty as charged. It’s hard not to do it, especially because a movie, if properly executed, feels like it’s escalating.”

That escalation can be felt across the entire film industry this summer, a season of unparalleled massiveness: more blockbusters released, more digital demolition per square foot, and more at stake than ever. The first tentpoles out of the gate did breakneck business, but a late run of expensive flops (and even respectable also-rans) has industry watchers reexamining Steven Spielberg’s prediction, in June, that Hollywood is headed for an “implosion”: An industry that makes only megamovies, prophesied the father of the megamovie, will die of its own gigantism.

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June 15, 2011

Discounts on Recommended Script Consultants

The International Screenwriting Association recently suggested this list of script consultants. If you’re a member of ISA (which simply entails signing up for their newsletter) you can get a discount with many of these consulting services.

I personally haven’t tried any of these services, so I can’t vouch for one over another. As always, do your homework and find the one that makes the most sense for your script and your budget.

“Sell Your Script to Hollywood!”
Writer/producer and USC professor Paula Brancato offers one-on-one script consultation and industry coverage.  An investment banker and music industry CFO, Brancato has successfully developed hundreds of scripts and raised over fifty million for independent film and entertainment projects.

Mention This Email For $25 Off Standard Coverage Or Studio Notes!

Active industry professionals to help you!
The Happy Writers is a script consulting service consisting of hand selected consultants that are active industry professionals. They range from high profile producers, directors and respected script analysts. Not only do we simply consult, but we will help any writer with a well written script find an agent, manager or put their script in the hands of numerous production companies


The Script Broker®…. expertise and access is key
 It’s all about access. You can’t sell it if you can’t get someone to read it.  I’ve developed a large professional network who respect my bar of excellence.  If your project is ready to go, or you’re willing to put in the elbow grease to get it ready, I’ll help get YOU and YOUR project to my contacts on your behalf. / / (323) 655-2225 
I.S.A. Member Discount: $10 off

Free $25K Contest Entry with CI Script Analysis!
Top-rated Coverage Ink, run by “Creative Screenwriting” industry expert Jim Cirile, is the place for the best priced, most thorough and empowering script analysis out there. Submit your script before July 31, you’ll be entered into our $25,000 Writers on the Storm contest free! Visit for all the deets.
Special for I.S.A. readers Expires 7/31/11
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Got Movie Ideas?
Endorsed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning screenwriters, MSNH! helps catapult your movie or TV show idea into the marketplace — with guaranteed industry feedback! From coverage to pitching, we can do a little, or we can do it all!
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You’ve spent the time and money writing your screenplay.  Now give it a fair shot at Hollywood!
There are many ways to skin a cat and now even more ways to get your script to Hollywood.  Get it ready with a Script Consultation by “Top 5 Consultant” Melody Jackson.  Then create a Script Marketing Campaign to get it to Select Hollywood execs.  Smart Girls has helped writers since 1992.  Call today:  (818) 907-6511 or email
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Have you made the #1 screenwriting mistake – sending out your script before it’s ready?’s a premier screenwriting consulting firm run by producer/script doc David Kohner Zuckerman. David’s uniquely qualified for this work as he actively produces movies including the recently wrapped “The Fourth Noble Truth” and “All I Want for Christmas.” David also runs VPF – the only site that enables writers to pitch Hollywood Pros with a guaranteed response back.  His ScriptCoach Special includes notes + a query letter + 10 free pitches from 


DAVID FREEMAN – Script Consultation
 All writers, even the very best, can get blind to the faults in their own scripts after rewriting them over and over again. Sometimes it takes a very trained and talented outside eye to bring a fresh perspective.
Expect a lot more from David.  He won’t just spot the weaknesses in your script that can destroy a sale — he’ll roll up his sleeves and give you ideas on how to fix them.