Are you thinking your script is ready to submit? Are you sure?
I’m Judy James, a producer/developer of 30 years. I now use my producer skills to help writers take their good script to great to attract a producer. I understand how producers evaluate a script. There are factors beyond the craft, structure, rules you have struggled to learn. Beyond even story. You have to learn to see what a producer will still see as too much. Too little. Overdone? Missed opportunities?
EVEN WHEN THE STORY IS GREAT! MANY, MANY SCRIPTS GET A PASS .
YOU WILL BE STARTLED BY WHAT YOU HAVEN’T SEEN.
THE OBJECTIVE PERSPECTIVE
I will mentor you to read your script with new eyes. Every writer knows this challenge; Objectivity benefits your script. I know it can be unsettling, but I won’t point it where you don’t want it to go. It’s your script not mine.
This exercise—Less or more in all the right places—If done with objectivity, it is remarkably successful.
It’s the final step before you go to market.
“Judy has improved any script I show her by leagues…She is my most trusted
-Richard Dreyfuss-Richard Dreyfuss, Producing Partner, Dreyfuss/James Productions
“Judy never pushes. When I would have a scene I was wondering about, we’d talk it over. It was always very helpful. And… We made the movie we wanted to make!”
-Larry Bishop-Larry Biishop, Writer/ Director of MAD DOG TIME aka TRIGGER HAPPY, produced by Judith James
Hi Screenwriters –
If you are prepared to see your script from this ready-or-not pov, we could work together. My greatest strength, honed by years in the business, is talking through the script with the writer, asking questions, discussing the answers. Notes aren’t enough. In one-on-one sessions -via phone or Skype – we’ll explore the essence of your script without damaging the quality of what you’ve written. I can help you refine and define the elements of your script. I offer straightforward savvy and objectivity.
Every script has it’s own challenges. It has curves that need to be edges, edges that need to be magnified – it is an exciting process, one that I learned from doing it for over 30 years. I have 20 producing credits and I developed more than 40 screenplays under option. Scripts I’ve produced: QUIZ SHOW, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, HAVING OUR SAY: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years…. to name a few. It is a career of understanding screenplays.
Would you like to discuss this further? Click Below for Pricing Info. And you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know when it would be convenient and we’ll set up a conversation.
I look forward to speaking with you,
“Judith is a fantastic mentor to her writers. You will learn more from her in three hours than most writers learn in years. Erin Condron -Writer/Conceptualizer Hasbro/Star Wars, DANNY for Irish Film Board
“Judy James is a game-changer if you want to figure out the heart of your story and make it work. Her insights are priceless to me. There is no-one out there like her. She is truly unique among story/script consultants.” Anthony Buono, screenwriter
“Judy’s clarity, precision and above all else, her genuine respect for the writer, is what sets her apart from anyone else I’ve collaborated with over the past twenty years.Joe Cacaci -Writer/Director/Showrunner Television, Theater, Film. Teaches Television Writing at Graduate Film School - NYU and Columbia; Undergraduate at Wesleyan.
“JUDITH JAMES — She understands that a screenplay is a living organism. She helps the screenwriter focus on getting to the point. She guides the project through the eyes of a Reader, the gatekeepers of the industry whose job it is to say “NO!” She also knows that screenwriting does not exist in a vacuum. Judy is all about focus with empathy and results. She is a treasure and she has become my friend. Ross Vick - Screenwriter of NOTHING GLORIOUS
“Before I knew it, the script had come together in a way I didn’t expect… and for the better. Working with Judy was a great learning experience and a lot of fun too!”
Rob Smithline - Writer/Editor/Director - TRUST US, THE HUNTER'S ANTHOLOGY
“Judy James understands the difficulties of screenwriting and the movie industry. She understands the process and she understands that rules are made to be broken. Her depth of experience gives weight to her thoughts, opinions and expressions about any given project she is working on.
She also has the insight to understand the delicate nature of the screenwriter. She understands those words are our children, our stories are our lives and that each letter, word, dialog and exposition must be treated with respect and dignity, even if they are to be deleted!more from Ross Vick, screenwriter 40/8
“Very few film people can dissect a script as thoroughly and capably as Judy, who comes to her work first and foremost as a producer. David Paulsen - TV showrunner, 15 years, the only person to have directed, produced and written for each of the three big prime time soaps of the 80s – Dallas, Knots Landing and Dynasty.
“One of Judy’s myriad talents is her innate ability to successfully guide a writer to the movie they’re trying to describe on the page. ”David Knell - Writer/Actor, Whizz Online Person