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Script Coverage & Analysis
Get Your Script Analyzed By Dr. Melody Jackson To Help You Make Your Screenplay Better Than 90% of the Scripts Submitted To Hollywood
Over the past 20-some years, I’ve worked one-on-one with hundreds of screenwriters just like you and guided them in writing the best screenplay they can so they can most greatly fulfill on telling the story that originally inspired them.
While some so-called “script doctors ” tell you they want to help you make your script the best it can be, they’re actually also screenwriters — and they want you to rewrite your story — the way they want to tell it!
That’s NOT how I roll!
I guide you to write your best version of the story you want to tell — not to make it into a story that I would write.
My specialty is in digging deep to make sure you tell your story to its fullest potential. It’s critical to start with a strong foundation in story concept and structure.
My background is in mythology, literature, psychology, the humanities. I know what makes people tick. I know what makes people feel something. And I know how to help you bring out the best of your story and get it onto the page of a screenplay.
You have your choice of three different types of analyses and feedback.
You can get your notes in a written review, a one-on-one phone session, or a combination of the two.
Or with the Interactive Development, you have the option to have me work with you over time to develop one or more of the screenplays you’re working on. Check out the details of these options in the pricing grid above.
No matter which one you choose, here are some of the topics you can get guidance on developing in your screenplay:
- Two critical elements that must be present in your screenplay or it’s just plain boring — it’s not what you think.
- The single biggest point in the first three pages that sets up the rest of your script to pull the reader along. If this is not done right, the reader becomes pre-occupied with wondering, “Where is this going?”
- A simple fill-in-the-blank template that helps you identify the theme, so you can use it to help you make critical plot and character choices for your story.
- The three pillars of every powerful story — If one is missing, your story will be a disaster until you fix it.
- The truth about how to write the direction/action in your story and what its real purpose is. (HINT: It’s not just to tell your reader what happens.)
- We will discuss how to fix any problems that I see. I won’t tell you something is totally wrong and then leave you hanging on your own to figure out how to fix it. You’ll have ideas for how to fix it before you get off the call or before the end of the written notes!
- You’ll learn crafting tips and techniques that will work not just for this script, but ones you can apply to every screenplay you ever write or re-write again.
- You’ll get ideas on how to add commercial appeal to your screenplay
- You’ll first be asked a few questions about what your vision is to make sure we look at it from what you want — I’m not going to hijack it and turn it into my story
- You’ll learn the strengths of your script to make sure you keep what’s working in place and only change what’s not working.
- You will find out how to make your story marketable while staying true to yourself and your story.
- … and lots more depending on what you want feedback on and what your specific story needs.
I can’t promise that when we’re done working together that you will sell your screenplay or win an Oscar.
But I can promise you that you will get an honest assessment about what work needs to be done on your script. You will know what you need to do make your script the best it can be for the type of story it is.
Not everyone’s story is destined to be an Oscar contender, but any story that you want to tell has the seed for a story that is strong enough to touch people otherwise you wouldn’t have the desire to tell it.
I help you grow that seed to blossom. I know that might sound corny, but the emphasis is on helping you bring your script to its fullest potential. That’s what this is about.
To get started, simply choose the script analysis you want on the pricing grid below.
Place your order by clicking on the Add to Cart link, or simply call me at the office at 818/907-6511, and I’ll take your order over the phone.
When you click on the Add To Cart, you’ll be taken to Paypal, where you can either pay with a credit card or by using your Paypal account. If you call me at the office, I’ll answer the phone and take your order, or if you leave me a message, I’ll call you back.\
Once you place your order, you will receive an acknowledgement of it within 1 to 2 hours during regular business hours. At that point, your script analysis will be scheduled. My turnaround time ranges from 1 to 3 weeks, depending on my schedule.
When we start, you’ll be asked a few questions first about what you want to accomplish so I can make sure I cover it. We’ll also cover the next most critical things in order of importance for as much time as we have. If it’s a written analysis, I touch on all major areas, including plot, theme, characters, character arc, dialogue, and formatting.
To help you choose which Script Analysis is right for you, here’s a comparison chart.
Which one is right for you?
Decide which is right for you based on your preference or learning style.
We offer several types of analyses because different writers have different preferences for how they like to get feedback. Some like notes they can review over and over a few times.
Others are more auditory and like to have something explained. And others like some of both. Which do you like?
Still not sure?
Let me help you.
80% of our Clients choose the 1-hour Phone Call because they can ask questions in our phone discussion.
Roughly 30% of those writers add on the bullet point notes so they have a point of reference after the call, thus getting the benefit of both the verbal interaction and the written bullet points to help them remember exactly what to change.
There is not a best one, just choose what feels right to you. If you’re not sure, choose the most popular one, the 1-Hour Phone Call.
To help you feel confident in moving forward, I want to assure you that you are at the right place. I guarantee that you will be satisfied with the consultation I give you on your script, or I will keep discussing it with you till you are–as long as you are legitimately open to receiving feedback.
And you don’t have to just take my word for it. Read what a highly reputable industry trade rag wrote about me.
In three different blind surveys done over a span of 11 years Creative Screenwriting Magazine rated the industry’s best script analysts and the Smart Girls Productions founder and CEO, Melody Jackson, Ph.D., came out with rave reviews:
- Melody Jackson was name a “Cream of the Crop” Script Consultant and placed her in the Top 3% Overall out of more than 200 other script consultants.
- Melody Jackson and Smart GIrls Productions marketing services were “Highly Recommend!”
- Melody was also named one of the “Top 5” Script Consultants in the industry.
- “If you need to get your foot in the door, I suggest you take advantage of Smart Girls“ marketing expertise.” Creative Screenwriting Magazine
And here’s what some of my clients say:
I’ve worked with Melody on multiple occasions and her insight is invaluable. She’s opened up my thinking and led me down new avenues that has drastically improved my writings. Under her guidance, I have had scripts place highly in contests and I was also hired for a writing assignment. There’s a good reason why she’s consistently rated one of the best screenplay analyst out there.
~ Michael Noble, Plainville, CT
The #1 Smart Girl, Melody Jackson, Ph.D., guided me in developing and fine-tuning my screenplay “Summer Ball” to a polished script ready to shop. The writing, editing, cutting, and development techniques I learned from Melody are also helping me start the first draft of
my next project at a much more advanced level, which will save me a huge amount of rewriting and polishing time. I’m more excited about writing than ever as I understand the foundation of storytelling at a much deeper level. Thanks for the education, Smart Girl!
~ Vic Cabrera, Screenwriter, Burbank, CA
— Writer, Producer, Director and President of Cabrera Prods.
— Co-founder/past President – Alameda Writers Group
“Thanks for spending so much time on my script. Your observations are excellent, and I will be rewriting it with them in mind. You are truly Smart, Girl!”
~ Jess Paxton, Screenwriter, Los Angeles
I am so glad that there is someone like Melody Jackson with Smart Girls who is capable of helping screenwriters navigate the tough waters of the film industry. Melody provided a valuable critique of my writing and was very candid in telling me what will and what won’t work in Hollywood. Her expertise has enabled me to be a better writer, and her marketing campaign has taken my career path further than I could ever have gone by myself. I plan on working with her on further projects, and would highly recommend her services to other writers.
~ Brian Nelson, FL
Questions About What You Want?
After you place your order, you’ll receive a questionnaire so you can tell me what you want to accomplish in your script analysis. I will use that to address any concerns you have. I want to know what you want to accomplish so I can help you get there. If you’re not quite sure, I’m happy to help you simply take the next step forward on the development of your script.
Sometimes writers come to me after they’ve used other consultants and they’re now confused. With the questionnaire, you’re welcome to tell me that information so I can keep it in mind as I do your evaluation.
My time frame for turnaround is no more than 21 days. Oral critiques are typically completed within 10 business days and the written ones in two to three weeks. If you need it sooner, let me know and I may be able to turn it around quicker.
As a bonus, after your script is all polished up and ready to go, you may also want to continue working with me by using another of our signature services to help you market your screenplay, such as the Email Query Blast or Query Letter Mailing.
Many screenwriters love the continuity we offer going from the script analysis and moving through to marketing their scripts.
I hope you will , too!
All the best,
P.S. Keep this in mind, my script consultations come with a Satisfaction Guarantee that when I finish, you will be clear on how to make your script better, or we will keep discussing it until you are!
P. P.S. What you’re really buying when you purchase one of my consultations is not just the Script Consultation by me (Dr. Melody Jackson) — what you’re really buying is the chance to get Hollywood to seriously considering making your script into a movie!
P.P.P.S. Opportunity doesn’t knock twice. This is sad, but true. Before you send your script out to Hollywood, make sure that you have written it to fulfill its potential.
If you still have questions about how my critiques will work, or if you just want to see that there is a real, live person in the office, feel free to call me at 818/907-6511, and I will answer your questions on the spot. — As long as it’s not 3:00 a.m. in the morning in California!