It's important to find a reader who's a good fit for you.
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 don'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.
Some of my recent favorite movies include LADYBIRD, GIRLS TRIP, THE BIG SICK, EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, ARRIVAL, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, MOONLIGHT, MAGGIE'S PLAN, JACKIE, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, THE MEDDLER, HIDDEN FIGURES, WELCOME TO ME, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, ZOOTOPIA, BAD MOMS, ROOM, BROOKLYN, CAROL, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, TRAINWRECK, SPY, SPOTLIGHT, THE MARTIAN, THE BIG SHORT, HER, MONEYBALL, PITCH PERFECT, NIGHTCRAWLER, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, EDGE OF TOMORROW, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, SELMA, 21 JUMP ST, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL. I also like period pieces such as JANE EYRE, THE GREAT GATSBY and A ROYAL AFFAIR. Older favorites include BRIDGET JONES' DIARY, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, WAYNE'S WORLD, DIRTY DANCING, WORKING GIRL and ZOOLANDER, and I think recent films like SNATCHED and ROUGH NIGHT were underrated -- but as you can see, I tend to list things I want to watch again and again over excellent but serious films (but I enjoy those, too). Even older favorites include the THIN MAN series, A PHILADELPHIA STORY and THE GRADUATE.
As for TV: I currently watch MINDHUNTER, GLOW, THE HANDMAID'S TALE, GIRLBOSS, THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, BIG LITTLE LIES, CRASHING, INSECURE, MASTER OF NONE, QUEEN SUGAR, BETTER THINGS, BROAD CITY, GIRLS, SILICON VALLEY, CATASTROPHE, GRACE AND FRANKIE, DIFFICULT PEOPLE, THE MINDY PROJECT, YOUNGER, OUTLANDER, YOU'RE THE WORST, FRESH OFF THE BOAT, TOP OF THE LAKE, BOJACK HORSEMAN, CASUAL, LOVE, ,GREAT NEWS and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND.
I've watched some of BILLIONS, JANE THE VIRGIN, TRANSPARENT, FLEABAG, NEW GIRL, BROOKLYN 9-9, SCANDAL, IZOMBIE, AMERICAN CRIME, AMERICAN CRIME STORY, 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, 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, SAMANTHA WHO, KROLL SHOW, FRIENDS, ENTOURAGE, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER and BROTHERS & SISTERS.
I've also sampled a ton of pilots, including WESTWORLD, THE GOOD PLACE, THIS IS US, ATLANTA, I LOVE DICK, FLAKED, ONE MISSISSIPPI, DR. KEN, THE CARMICHAEL SHOW, UNDATEABLE, ANGEL FROM HELL, LIMITLESS, MR. ROBOT, UNREAL, CASUAL, ANGIE TRIBECA, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, Z NATION, COOPER BARRETT'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE, 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. I also get assigned a lot of biopics, historical dramas and young adult scripts. 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.