Consultation

Since I work with so many screenwriters and producers, I understand how to talk to you.  Shaping a film story is, I be believe, the hardest part of making a movie.  In a very real way, the screenwriter and producer BUILD the house – everybody else just comes in to decorate it.

Look at the tabs above this post. You’ll see the tabs ‘Writing/Coaching’, ‘Fast Coverage’, ‘Script Coverage’, ‘Writing For Hire’ and ‘Script Coverage’. Each one of them is a slightly different way to help you. Choose the one that is right for you.

I understand that to do all that hard work, you must be inspired.  Great ideas need to be nurtured while they grow.  There’s nothing worse than having a great, original concept, but losing heart, and abandoning ship.  Successful story makers, from what I’ve observed, are the ones who don’t quit.  But how do you stay inspired?  That’s where I come in.

I help story makers at all stages of writing:

  • Concept refinement
  • Character development
  • Story structure
  • Scene work
  • Rewriting
  • Dialogue
  • Style, voice and tone

I will meet you either in person in my offices in Venice, or on SKYPE (voice call) or Webex (Webex lets us work on a virtual blackboard together, and lets us show you movie clips to illustrate our points about your script).  We go over your needs, give you assignments and ask you to do the hard work of creating your original vision.  With lots of encouragement and a clear understanding of the process, I give you the attention and direction you need to write and finish your script.  Finally, we offer our opinion of its saleability.  I work in Hollywood right now, for major studios.  I know what is selling.  What isn’t.  That’s part of my service to you.  Fashion and taste in Hollywood is always changing — and knowing the trends are important when it comes to selling.

Working with me is like hiring a personal trainer at the gym.  You might work out when you go by yourself, but a trainer can push you to go where you’ve never been before — and you’ll appreciate the results.

 

With this package, you’ll be getting exactly what I give our studio clients,

-Three live sessions with Peter. These sessions (1.5 hours or more each) are recorded for you, and take place on Webex, my virtual conference room. All you need is a decent Internet connection and a headset. (It’s simple and it works easily.)

– A full set of development notes will be given to you at each session.

At my first meeting with you, I will give you a full set of development notes. I will show you tools to help you. I will guide you in how to develop your story idea. I may show you movie clips in the genres in which you are working. I will also give you access to certain streaming lectures that we think will help you write your
particular story.My virtual conference room is just like being in the same room with me — but it’s also recorded, so you can watch and listen again and again.

We will discuss the commercial prospects of your story and how to enhance them.

Really, all facets of your story will be talked about — in as much detail as you wish.

This is a development meeting precisely as I give our studio clients. It’s designed to propel you forward in telling your own, vivid, original story. I love my work, and really enjoy working with my clients. I think you’ll enjoy it too — and emerge re-energized and ready to leap forward.

I will personally read all stories and scripts — I don’t use readers.

Your second and third meetings with me can take place any time that is mutually agreed upon at the first meeting — a time that gives you both a deadline (for a sense of urgency and discipline) and also enough time to really recreate your story into a far more powerful draft.

I charge a fraction of what I charge our studio clients – but you receive the same service (of course, you get three hours of my time, whereas they get a good deal more.)

Please give me at least a week to complete your screenplay review, and this often may take longer, depending on my current workload.

Please e-mail me directly (through the Contact Us page) with questions about this.

Please e-mail me directly (through the Contact Us page) with questions about this.

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About Peter Russell Movie&TV Script Doctor

Think of me as a writer, teacher and story consultant with over 15 years experience working with studios. From this experience, I have developed a great class list that focuses on many areas in the business. Peter Russell Script Doctor offers a large variety of classes, so be sure to check back often to see if there is an offering for you. Find Out More...
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