Hollywood Script Consultant (and member of the Writers Guild of America) Craig Kellem is an industry professional who has worked as a development executive at both Universal and 20th Century Fox, served as a SNL staff member and also as an agent. Craig was also a film producer ("The Rutles"), Executive producer (both Network and Syndication), and a writer (screenplays and TV shows). He has also taught screenwriting at several colleges (and also weekend workshops), (click
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Craig Kellem will read your script, and use his vast experience in the industry, to provide you with the notes and analysis you will need to get your screenplay ready for Hollywood. I actively consult with Hollywood professionals on material. I receive screenplays (lots of spec ones), TV pilots and episodes, treatments and plays from all over the world. Some of my material comes via my ongoing association with a Hollywood talent/literary agency. My job is to find ways to improve their clients' material.
I'm very aware that your script must catch the elusive interest of an agent or producer whose kneejerk reaction to almost everything is "NO." Thus I scrutinize every inch of your material. (During the consultation period, it becomes the center of my professional attention). Once your material has been completely absorbed, we'll talk and I'll give you my overview. Bottom line-- does the story work or not? (If not, it's must be remedied). The story is the framework that supports everything)! Are there some nice surprises in the script? (Audiences love and expect to be surprised). If not, how can these unexpected twists and turns be strengthened or created? Are the characters rich and effective, and do they "track?" Is there a sense of a theme? (ie: is it about something?) Do your subplots work? Does the script suffer from clutter, bulk or "misunderstoods?"
Besides the "macro" issues, I also provide careful "page notes," details, nuances. I cover everything, the works! And I make specific suggestions on how to fix and improve things.
I consult on lots of pro scripts. The projects that make it have a common denominator--the scripts are tight, no fat, they make sense, you get it! When the reader starts saying to himself/herself, "I don't understand this," or "Where did that come from?"--guess who gets the blame? You'd be surprised how many scripts are tossed aside because of unnecessary oversights and errors.
Please know that the analysis I give is not some academic diatribe, designed to overwhelm and confuse you. It's deeply practical. It's bottom-line. You will hear it loud and clear. And I don't dictate, I consult. Finally, I work with scripts which are fully completed, almost done and everything in between.
I charge a fair and reasonable fee of $227.50 (130 pages or less, 12 point font and normal pagination) and I work rather fast. And I tell the truth...gently.
Send me your script, a signed release (click here for the release) or call and we'll send you one by email) and a check payable to: Hollywoodscript.com LLC by mail (suggest Priority Mail, Flat Rate Envelope - it's $5.60), to Craig Kellem, Mandalay on the Hudson, 20 Second Street, Apt. 204, Jersey City, N.J. 07302. If you want to pay by credit card, please click the Pay Pal button below, but be sure to add $6 ($8 outside U.S.) PER SCRIPT as they charge for this service. Thus a typical script would cost a total of $239.25 which includes $227.50 for the consultation, $5.75 for postage to return your marked up script after the phone consultation and $6.00 for the cost of PayPal, IF YOU USE IT. Western Union is another method of payment if you so choose. (If you like, instead of mailing the script to you, I can scan it at the local Office Depot and then email it to you (with all the notes on the pages). They charge 2.99 for the first page and 25 cents per page thereafter, but then of course, postage won't be needed). Priority Mail postage prices out of the USA are, Canada - 20.55, Mexico $24.75, and international $24.75.
Scripts can also be sent electronically (PDF or Final Draft preferred, (but try whatever you have). Releases can be signed scanned and emailed, mailed or faxed (daytime only (201) 918-6952).
We can set up a time (in advance) for our telephone conference, or just mail/email me the script and I’ll contact you with a proposed date. By the time I receive the script, the wait is usually less than two weeks or so. If you contact me before you send the script (or even while you're finishing it) and set up an appointment in advance, the wait can even be shorter.) At the agreed upon time, please call me at (201) 918-6993, (201) 918-6952. (We can also arrange a call on Skype - Skype Name: craig.kellem)
My services include exhaustive and copious notes given in an unhurried phone consultation for the big/macro issues AND, re the smaller page/micro notes, your script will be returned to you with clear, written notations in the margins (which include references pertaining to the bigger issues). I'll also include a separate summary of the big "headline" issues as well.
Some writers are shy about talking on the phone, and prefer to receive ALL notes in writing. Although a personal interaction is almost always a superior method, if you desire notes in writing instead of the phone conference, that’s fine--I can put them all on the script (along with a summary) and return it to you.
After a conference, you’re always welcome to call (within reason) with follow up questions (call fast while my memory’s fertile) at no charge.
If you want me to read and analyze your revision, I'll do it for $207.50 + postage and paypal fee, if applicable. (if you send it to me within a reasonable period after the initial notes).
As corny as it may sound, I love working with writers and feel a deep responsibility towards those who find the courage to transpose their burning ideas into something "alive" and tangible. I make a joyful living carefully examining your precious work and, even more carefully, doling out expert (and usually much needed) feedback. Most of my clients are really happy with my work. (They almost always send me their revisions and subsequent scripts).
Most writers with a new project are pumped. They're convinced that their script is ready to be grabbed up. It rarely is-they often need CRITICAL work. It's hard (for many writers) to see this for themselves. Honest, professional feedback without risk is usually a very wise move. Why go through the (usually) agonizing process of writing a script, finally have someone important lined up to read it and not have it right? Please take my advice and treat yourself to this valuable help. It will not only enhance your current project but it will also provide important insights for future projects.