"I highly recommend Nathan for consulting on any aspect of a screenplay from start to finish.
His vast knowledge and experience speak for itself. He is brilliant!" Sheila Vaughn, Screenwriter
To submit a screenplay for a consultation you must first:
Have completed at least a first draft
Register your screenplay with WGA West ($20 Fee)
Fill out and return a Submission Release Form (provided by e-mail)
What is a screenplay consultant? Webster says a consultant is "one who gives professional advice or services: EXPERT." Since I am a writer, I find the occasional mincing of words, refreshing and exhilaration, so, allow me to mince Webster's definition. What is an expert? Webster says an expert is: "a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area." I have found, in my own writing endeavors, the criteria for earning the title of expert consultant is subjective- "based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions." There is a myriad of screenplay consultants, script readers, script doctors and the like, from which to choose. Some will be beneficial to you and some will have been a waste of time and money. Choosing a consultant is "like a box of chocolates..."
What I am... I am a screenwriter. I am a consultant. Look hard enough and you may find someone with more expertise, more experience, more credits, and more "authority" (whatever that is). The best consult I have ever gotten on any of my screenplays was from friends in the industry who took the time to read my work. They were honest with me and, more importantly, they were invested in my success. They were invested in me. That is what I do and what I am. Almost to a fault, I invest in people, and I have a demonstrative investment in you and in your success as a screenwriter.
What I am not... I am not a screenplay instructor or teacher. I don't "score" your script as if I were grading a final exam. I have had my screenplays scored by nameless strangers and have found the process to be mechanical, impersonal and highly subjective. I assume you are serious enough to have read the screenplay books, taken a course or two and are fairly familiar with basic story structure and the like. The fact is, all of that has benefit but a high score does not assure that your script will be well-received. The personal perspective by a friend who challenges you to creatively fulfill your screenplay vision is always the better way. If you have good friends in the industry, such as I have, then you don't need me as a consultant, however, if you don't have such friends, perhaps I can fill that need.