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This site offers advice for screenwriters.
It's fast, easy to use.
The info is free. It's sponsored by Aubrey M. Horton (Hollywood script doctor; MFA, UCLA film school).Horton has consulted on projects for Warner Bros., Paramount, and HBO.
Writers can use this service to maximize their talent before submittal to screenwriting contests, agents, and producers. For the script doctor, continue reading down the page. For the weekend screenwriting workshops to be taught this summer at the Pickford Film Center in downtown Bellingham: click on -> "workshops."
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Aubrey M. Horton is an award-winning screenwriter.
He received his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA film school ("the Harvard of screenwriting").
He's had two development deals and has consulted on projects for Warner Bros., Paramount, and HBO. He's also worked as a freelance story analyst for the Dick Clark Film Group.
If you check out his "success stories," you'll discover that Horton has doctored scripts for five screenwriters who've won national competitions. In 1999, a screenwriter (who has had several scripts doctored by Horton) wrote a project which won a Golden Globe nomination.
In "Creative Screenwriting" magazine -- Jim Shea rated Horton as a "highly recommended" script doctor, i.e., in the top 8 nationally.
Horton has edited five books for the Directors Guild; he's worked as a judge for two national screenwriting competitions; he's given seminars at Barnes & Noble, Book People, the Austin Film Society, Borders Books, and St. Edward's University; and he's taught numerous screenwriting workshops.
Considered by some to be one of the best script doctors in Hollywood -- Horton offers in-depth feedback on screenplays. His MFA Method (tm) is based upon the techniques used at UCLA film school.
Your script will be notated with suggestions. Typos and formatting mistakes will be highlighted.
The dialogue will be polished as needed. Extraneous scenes will be cut.
Suggestions for improvement (e.g., new scene ideas, enhanced characterizations, plot clarifications, etc.) . . . will be given as needed.
Your script will be notated per a red-ink edit.
An overall evaluation of the quality of the work will be offered in written form.
Companion notes will be returned with the screenplay (as required) -- when the script is mailed back to the writer.
Note that the doctoring quote does not include any phone or e-mail consultation.
Script consultations are offered in written form only.
If a phone or email consultation is requested, then the writer will be billed an extra fee.
evaluation fee -> $38
doctoring fee -> $300 to $450
Note: The screenplay's format density and story complexity are the parameters used in the calculation of the doctoring quote.
* The above fees apply to writers only.
* Studio rates are available upon request.
* Low-budget rates for indie productions.
* No credit cards accepted.
Note: Your $38 evaluation fee is non- refundable.
Your fee covers the cost to evaluate your screenplay for the editing process.
Your screenplay will be reviewed, and you will be quoted a doctoring fee -- which can range from $300 to $450 -- depending upon the amount of work needed to edit your script.
No screenplay will be reviewed without the advanced payment of the $38 fee.
Once your screenplay is evaluated -- you will be mailed a letter which quotes the required doctoring fee . . . which must be paid before the work will begin. If you decide not to pay the doctoring fee, you are under no obligation to do so.
Normally, you will receive a doctoring quote within 1 to 2 weeks.
This doctoring quote will include a time estimate -- as to how long the editing work will take.
In most cases the turnaround time will be from 2 to 3 weeks upon receipt of the doctoring fee.
There are no refunds once the doctoring fee is paid and the editing has begun.
* SUBMITTAL PROCESS ->
You can submit a full-length theatrical feature-film screenplay or a 2-hour MOW. 80 to 120 pages. (No TV-show specs.)
You must include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with your screenplay. No material will be returned without an SASE.
You must read the "evaluation agreement" -- print each page . . . then fill out the complete "evaluation agreement" and submit the agreement with your screenplay.