My Philosophy

On the world of script consulting

Lots of coverage services exist - and you're right to be skeptical of them. I hope it's clear that I'm not a scam artist looking to make millions off the dreams of aspiring writers. I'm simply offering the same kinds of insight that I already give studios and producers at what I feel is an affordable price. I've done paid screenwriting work and I've developed projects with a few different producers and directors, but I'm not yet able to make my entire living from screenwriting alone. Some pro writers rail against all screenwriting consultants, which I understand, especially when some consultants charge a lot and make ridiculous promises. However, it's your money and you can do what you want with it. (I've also priced my services specifically so that you won't feel like you're parting with a fortune when you seek my help, and I don't ever up-sell writers or pressure them into hiring me.) Additionally, I only promise to take my time and give you my best notes.

On the notes process

I understand how hard it can be to finish a script. I'm a writer too, and I don't take any delight in tearing other writers down. People don't realize that a reader WANTS to find a script that blows her away. I don't want to Pass over and over - I want to find that Recommend. I'll be honest about your script and how I think it stacks up against the professional-level ones I read, but I pride myself on being supportive, helpful and specific. If I think a character needs work, I'll point out a scene that supports my claim. I'll offer big-picture ideas as well as page notes, and I'm happy to address specific concerns and tailor my notes in any way that you think would be helpful. I aim to help you think about your script in a new way, offering potential solutions while also realizing that there's no single "right" way to tell a story.

My Taste

I gravitate toward dramas and comedies, but I also enjoy thrillers and occasional action movies. Here are some of the movies I watched in 2018:

  • THE FAVOURITE

  • CRAZY RICH ASIANS

  • A STAR IS BORN

  • EIGHTH GRADE

  • MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

  • ON THE BASIS OF SEX

  • OCEAN’S 8

  • BLOCKERS

  • BIRD BOX

  • GREEN BOOK

  • FIRST MAN

  • BLACKKKLANSMAN

  • LOVE, SIMON

  • BEN IS BACK

  • THE HATE U GIVE

  • A PRIVATE WAR

  • GAME NIGHT

  • CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

  • VICE

  • THE WIFE

  • BEAUTIFUL BOY

  • TULLY

  • DESTROYER

  • MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

  • MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT

  • JULIET, NAKED

  • SET IT UP

  • I FEEL PRETTY

  • PRIVATE LIFE

  • LIFE OF THE PARTY

  • IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

  • COLETTE

  • WIDOWS

  • OVERBOARD (REMAKE)

  • ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

  • BLACK PANTHER

  • PADDINGTON 2

  • BOOK CLUB

  • TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

Older faves:

  • LADYBIRD

  • THE BIG SICK

  • EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

  • PHANTOM THREAD

  • MOONLIGHT

  • MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

  • 20TH CENTURY WOMEN

  • GET OUT

  • THE POST

  • ARRIVAL

  • MONEYBALL

  • PITCH PERFECT

  • 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU

  • NIGHTCRAWLER

  • ZOOLANDER

  • BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY

  • EDGE OF TOMORROW

  • DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL

  • WRECK IT RALPH

  • MONSTERS INC

  • HOME ALONE

  • COOL RUNNINGS

  • THE MIGHTY DUCKS

  • THE GRADUATE

  • A PHILADELPHIA STORY

  • WAYNE’S WORLD

  • DIRTY DANCING

  • WORKING GIRL

  • The THIN MAN series

I also enjoy period pieces such as JANE EYRE, THE GREAT GATSBY, A ROYAL AFFAIR, and LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP.

As for TV, some of the shows I currently watch are

  • THE HANDMAID’S TALE

  • INSECURE

  • THE GOOD FIGHT

  • CASTLE ROCK

  • THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL

  • CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

  • THE GOOD PLACE

  • KILLING EVE

  • BARRY

  • FRESH OFF THE BOAT

  • MASTER OF NONE

  • MANIAC

  • BIG LITTLE LIES

  • BROOKLYN 9-9

I've watched some of MINDHUNTER, LOVE, GOD FRIENDED ME, TOP OF THE LAKE, BILLIONS, ATLANTA, BOJACK HORSEMAN, JANE THE VIRGIN, TRANSPARENT, FLEABAG, SCANDAL, IZOMBIE, GIRLBOSS, AMERICAN CRIME, AMERICAN CRIME STORY, AMERICAN VANDAL, GREY'S ANATOMY, THE GOLDBERGS, BLACKISH, MODERN FAMILY, GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE, TRUE DETECTIVE, NASHVILLE, MOM, BIG BANG THEORY, 2 BROKE GIRLS, WORKAHOLICS, CASTLE, GRIMM, GRACELAND and AWKWARD. 

In the past, I've loved MAD MEN, SIX FEET UNDER, DIFFICULT PEOPLE, DOWNTON ABBEY, THE O.C., BREAKING BAD, VERONICA MARS, SOUTHLAND, GOSSIP GIRL, THE GOOD WIFE, THE NIGHT MANAGER, GREEK, HAPPY ENDINGS, 30 ROCK, PARKS & REC, WEEDS, GILMORE GIRLS, SELFIE, KEY & PEELE, NEW GIRL, SAMANTHA WHO, KROLL SHOW, FRIENDS, ENTOURAGE, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER and BROTHERS & SISTERS.

I've also sampled a ton of pilots, including SUPERSTORE, CAMPING, GROWNISH, GOOD GIRLS, WESTWORLD, THIS IS US, I LOVE DICK, FLAKED, ONE MISSISSIPPI, THE BOLD TYPE, DR. KEN, THE CARMICHAEL SHOW, UNDATEABLE, ANGEL FROM HELL, LIMITLESS, MR. ROBOT, UNREAL, CASUAL, ANGIE TRIBECA, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, Z NATION, THE NEWSROOM, HALT & CATCH FIRE, THE LEFTOVERS, EMPIRE, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, TOGETHERNESS, SWITCHED AT BIRTH, MARRIED, ELEMENTARY, MAN SEEKING WOMAN, ONCE UPON A TIME and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. 

I may write and enjoy comedies the most, but I frequently Consider and Recommend scripts in other genres too. Since I read for an international distributor, I get assigned all kinds of scripts that are for sale at festivals like TIFF, Sundance, Berlin, EFM and AFM. Although taste is a part of reading, I evaluate scripts based on their potential within their genres, not based on how much I like that genre.