About Script Advisor
My approach to
script consulting is an extremely personal one, taking
clients “under my wing,” with my sole purpose to help
them be the very best screenwriters they can be and to
manifest the scripts they have always dreamed of writing.
For a writer to show his work-in-progress to literally
a “stranger in the business” is a delicate matter and
takes a special kind of “literary courage,” a brave act
that I do not take lightly, considering it a privilege to be
chosen to be that trusted stranger (hopefully for not very
long). I have found a different (and, in many ways, an even deeper)
thrill when employing my entertainment experience and
screenwriting and script consulting skills to assist you, the
enthused and budding, author, and look forward to the
opportunity to serve your screenwriting needs.
All it took was a
friend of mine, who worked as an executive assistant to a
seasoned producer (and formerly for the author of the
“French Connection”), to show me one page of a screenplay
and I was hooked (“line and sinker”).
I knew that this was what I would be doing for a long
time to come (and still am).
That was the mid-80’s and, since that auspicious
day, I’ve written and collaborated on a myriad of scripts
and treatments, including comedies (possibly my specialty),
dramas, thrillers, sitcoms, video projects, television shows,
radio programs, and the list goes on.
Due to some of these works, scripts were optioned;
agents were procured; meetings at studios took place. Many of
those “Hollywood happenings” happened.
And don’t let anybody try to convince you otherwise:
It is a thrill.
My desire to
be an actor/performer drew me to Los Angeles (and, even
today, I still use those talents professionally) and, when
involved in educational theatre and television, I was given
the opportunity to collaborate on shows and also use my
skills to write and perform the music.
(I even had a chance to help choreograph a commercial
I was in.) My
fascination with screenplays grew, finding myself wanting to
talk to friends long after viewing a compelling film (often too
long for their tired ears) about how it was put together
writing-wise, and sought out more and more information on the
subject until I was studying story analysis and eventually
working for production companies, doing coverages (extensive
critiques) of submitted screenplays.
Because of my
varied background in the entertainment field (actor,
musician, writer, emcee, standup and improv comedian --
didn’t mention those, did I?), I offer a unique script
consulting service that incorporates, among other things, an
ear for dialogue, a sense of rhythm and tone (both comedic
and dramatic), an imaginative sensibility, and the ability to
assist a writer in expressing his or her vision in a very
precise and demanding context:
the screenplay format.
My years of experience as a writer and story analyst
has sharpened my editor’s eye, which helps me provide the
best opportunity for a screenwriter to end up with a taut,
“studio level” script that will have the best chance
possible to attract the attention of an agent and film