Professional Script Services from Matt Lazarus
My services exist to make you better as a writer. I will analyze your material and ask three fundamental questions:
- Does this project have a chance of advancing your career?
- Does the writing make any sense?
- Is this story interesting, and if so, how?
What’s offered here is not a fast track to anywhere. I can’t help you get an agent and I can’t place you on an industry list. But you knew that.
Being able to write is like owning a weight bench. People buy them with fantasies of getting buff in a few months, but they usually end up collecting dust in the basement because discipline is hard, whether you’re bench pressing or sitting in front of your keyboard. Writing, like all forms of excellence, is hard, complicated, and requires serious emotional investment.
Most people have the theoretical ability to create a decent script. The biggest problem they have is that they’re not writing often enough, and that they’re not writing carefully enough. It’s the biggest problem in screenwriting. I’m a professional story coach. My services are geared to help you with that.
The standard service where I read your scripts and write two pages of notes, including a gut reaction, what I liked, what I didn’t, and some actionable advice for how to polish the draft.
A good premise helps you measure twice, cut once. Many scripts fail because they spend all their time setting things up, and never get to what’s interesting, vital and meaningful about their concept. For 10 dollars I will read and give notes on three drafts of your premise (up to 75 words) to help you make sure that you have an idea that will actually work in screenplay form. This often saves months of wasted energy and pages.
The more in-depth version of the basic notes. This is the kind of report that I’d write for a studio executive who had to supervise a rewrite. 5-6 pages of notes tracking character arcs, genre beats, and the three act structure. These notes will concentrate on how to ensure that all these myriad elements stay in alignment.
In a perfect world, we’d buy a treadmill, use it every day, and stay in great shape. In practice, most people end up hiring an outside professional to keep them focused, disciplined, and on task. The same goes for writing. My coaching clients get the benefit out outside advice and consulting. This can include lessons, organization, or simply having a person to bounce scene ideas off of. It’s all the benefits of a writing partner with none of the downside.
Matt Lazarus is a story editor and screenwriter in Los Angeles, California. He is an Asian-American, born in Seoul, and adopted by kindly Ashkenazi Jews. He has been a WGA member since 2007, having sold ISLE OF THE DEAD to RKO and 13 MOVES to Cartoon Network. He has worked at CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Platinum Studios, and has done freelance coverage for a dozen companies, and has covered over 5,000 scripts. He has been running classes since 2012.
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