Writer's Wrench

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHY DO YOU DO THIS?
I love screenplays, and am a perpetual student of the craft. I long ago discovered giving help to others is also a way to sharpen my own skills.

WHAT MAKES YOUR OPINION ANY MORE VALUABLE THAN SOMEONE ELSE'S?
Nothing. Opinions are just that. Mine are formed from research, knowledge, and experience, but the ONLY opinion of importance is that of the person with the money to produce your film. What I try to provide is objective analysis of your work. I don't have to agree with the theme or enjoy the genre in order to evaluate the components against the accepted norms.

WHAT IS COVERAGE? HOW DOES IT HELP ME?

Coverage is simply an industry term for a script review. Decision makers prefer a concise report. Coverage normally includes a logline, the simple 1 or 2 sentence hook that describes the story in a nutshell. A sysnopsis of the story follows, describing the primary story beats and plot points. Lastly, a comments section relates the reader's opinions with regard to the major elements of a screenplay; Character, Pace, Writing, Dialogue, etc. Often times, the coverage is concluded with the reader's/analyst's reccomendation. This may be Recommend, Consider, or Pass, sometimes with a modifier. The great majority receive a Pass. This does NOT mean the script is bad. It simply reflects the reality of the business. When considering the number of available scripts, versus the number of films actually produced, only the very best have a chance of being made.

Decision makers seldom, if ever, will read or even look at a script without first reviewing the coverage. Though in-house coverage people are normally employed, sending along professional and unbiased coverage can be an asset. Moreover, coverage can be of use to the writer in identifying weak areas of their work and making improvements.

DO YOU OFFER A GUARANTEE?
Yes. I promise to provide you the best advice and value I possibly can. I will not however, write my coverage to please you. Should you believe some part of the coverage is incorrect, or stands in contrast to other areas, I will make every effort to help you understand why specific areas are weak, or strong.

HOW MANY 'PAGES' DO I GET?
I do not sell 'pages' of feedback, and do not use boilerplate paragraphs. Most submissions can expect 3-6 pages of feedback, but the actual count will be determined by how much needs to be addressed.

CAN I REQUEST FOCUS ON SPECIFIC AREA?
Yes. If you have areas of special concern, such as structure, overall cost, dialogue, etc., you can point this out when you make your submission and I will make every effort to address them. In general, you may find it advantageous to send along a note with your submission that indicates your target audience, genre, budget target, or any other specifics that might serve to better focus my analysis to your concerns.

WHY CHOOSE YOU?
Because you know who will do your coverage. The work is not passed along to an intern. I personally do it, and have twice served as an intern, written coverage for production shops, and provided both professional and pro bono coverage and review of over a thousand scripts, from novices to black list films. Like you, I am a writer. I have had one film made, and currently have 2 scripts under option. I have reworked scripts in pre-production and know the process.

HOW DO YOU ACCEPT PAYMENT?
Via PayPal only.

DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS IF I DISAGREE WITH YOU?
No. You are paying for my analysis, not yours.

DO YOU REVIEW OTHER TYPES OF WRITING?
No. I only work with screenplays.

DO YOU REVIEW SCREENPLAYS OVER 130 PAGES?
No. If you are in need of guidance, you aren't going to sell a screenplay of over 130 pages.

DO YOU CODDLE WRITERS IN ORDER TO GET REPEAT BUSINESS?
No. If you want someone to tell you how pretty your baby is, give it to your mother to read. I will encourage you if I feel so inclined, but my job is to give you honest and  frank advice and guidance, not blow hot air up your skirt.

DO YOU RECOMMEND SPECIFIC BOOKS OR PUBLICATIONS?
Not as a general post, but I may include such a suggestion within your analysis if I feel it may be of use.

DOES YOUR ANALYSIS CONSIDER COMMERCIAL VIABILITY?
That depends on what you are seeking. The Services offered blog gives more information on this, but as a general rule, a standard script analysis does NOT take into consideration the current market, or other considerations for the eventual production of your work. This is an area of analysis that can be requested.

DO YOU OFFER AGENT, MARKETING, OR MANAGEMENT TYPE SERVICES?
No. If you believe that simply writing a great script is enough, you are mistaken. Nobody is going to come to your house and ask to see it, but this is not an area I consider myself strong enough in to offer guidance. I believe that these type services are best separated in order to give the most candid and unbiased opinion on the craft of writing.

WHAT IS THE 3 MONTH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM?
A dynamic interaction with the writer to fully develop a script for marketing. This option only becomes available to authors that have purchased a Writer's Analysis for the script they wish to pursue, and is subject to an interview to determine compatibility. If accepted, the Ageless Man provides hands on, time unlimited guidance, input, and advice to refine the script, including specific examples and suggestions in the style, concept, logline, characterization, dialogue, structure, cost targeting, and tone. I will serve as an 'uncredited ghost co-writer', without limitation of time involved (within the 3 month period). All rights and final script decisions remain with the author. The Ageless Man retains the right to deny this service to any writer, for any reason, including, but not limited to, time restraints, or incompatibility with the author or story concept. The Ageless Man makes no guarantee of ultimate marketability and plays NO role in getting the script to market. Further information is available on request to clients that have a script that has already been analyzed by the Ageless Man.