This analysis will expand your perspective on the story, assist you in understanding today’s script-writing standards, and provide a massive deal of knowledge specifically applied to your story. With a minimum of 3 script reads, the service includes 25-40 pages of detailed notes involving:
- Page Notes: Specific thoughts, ideas, reactions, suggestions, criticisms (things that didn’t work or are confusing) that come while reading your script multiple times. These are on-the-spot, unadulterated thoughts and reactions. It is beneficial for you to know what thoughts come to readers when they are reading. This lets you know what they like, what they don’t, and what takes them out of the story.
- Overview: A summary of the strong points of the story and the writing. The commercial and or artistic merits of the script in general are addressed, with an overview of suggestions.
- Genre: Is the script an easy-to-define genre, or does the story venture outside of the tonal environment that it set up? Blending two genres together is one thing; having an abnormal tone is another.
- Theme: The underlying universal moral that is implied in your story. Every story has one, which is usually experienced through the main character’s internal journey unfolding as a result of being provoked by external events. The resolution of the inner struggle is what audiences typically remember. Keep your theme central and consistent to the story without blatantly stating it.
- Structure: Discussing the inner designs of your script, pacing of the main plot, thematic relationship of the subplot to the main plot, and if your protagonist is taking the necessary structural steps in their character arc while advancing the overall conflict toward the plot’s resolution.
- Characters/Relationship: How well defined are the characters regarding their needs, wants, views, secrets and traits? Do they behave in keeping with their motivations and desires? Are they adequately different from each other? How well do they work regarding your overall story? Is there sufficient conflict to sustain forward momentum of the overall conflict? Is there elevated protagonist/antagonist relationship building through conflict that naturally leads to climax?
- Dialogue: Is it cliché, or is it unique? Does your character’s dialogue truly match their world views? Does it move the story forward and progress the character? Does it reflect what they want or need within the context of their situation? Is it too “on the nose,” or does it have the necessary character subtext?
- Visuals: Are you painting a picture, or are you “writing a book”? Can your descriptions be condensed yet be elevated? Do you use enough metaphor, attitude and mood, or too much? Do you tell too much and not show enough? The writing must evoke emotion and passion without being distracting. It should be efficient in making the reader’s eye zoom down the page.
- Recommendation: Suggestions on the steps you can take with the rewrite of your script and any other helpful ideas that didn’t fit elsewhere.
**30 minute phone discussion included to answer any questions you may have regarding the analysis***