Is your script ready to go to market?
Get a producer/buyer’s pov on it first?
I’m Judy James, producer-script consutant
20 producing credits
My experience is your secret advantage.
“Judith James’ notes on my screenplay about the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay were superbly insightful and her support for the project through multiple drafts has been unwavering. She’s got a bullseye sense of what works on the line level (dialogue) and how all the pieces of a screenplay ought to hold together. That aspect of creative producing is a dying art; Judith James is the real deal. —Charles Lyons, PhD, journalist and filmmaker”
AS A PRODUCER MENTOR, JUDY WILL TAKE YOU INTO THE BUYER’S POV. YOU WILL LEARN TO “SEE” WHAT PRODUCERS SEE AS TOO MUCH, TOO LITTLE , OVERDONE OR IGNORED. YOU WILL BE STARTLED.
“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 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
Hi I’m Judy James.
Screenwriters! It’s very important to understand how a producer will “read” your script.
Before you consider your script finished, or before you consider another re-write, I strongly recommend you look at it from the final pov, that of the buyer/producer. They, like you, are in the business of imagining it on screen. As they imagine it they are also thinking of appealing to an audience. Help them.
– Are your first 12 pages interesting or laden with exposition?
– Is your exposition tiresome?
– Have you over-written, over-explained so the story is buried?
– Are you too in love with your written word?
– Is your final scene memorable so audiences will leave talking about it?
These are a few of the basics that producers/ buyers look for while imagining your film on the screen.
At this most vulnerable point in the process, you and your reader-to-buy need to SEE the same film and the same opportunities. .
If you are ready to see your script from the final pov, I’d like to work with you. My greatest strength is talking through the script with you, asking questions — 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.
Would you like to talk? Pricing is in the above menu bar. 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,
“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
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Working on your script
from the objective pov?
Judy will read and acquaint herself with your script readying for the discussions ($250).
Going ahead the sessions are $125 an hour.
If you are about to start a re-write, 3 session hours should do it. You’ll get her advice about what works and where to spend your time.
She suggests 5 session hours if you want to go to market with it soon. She will encourage you to spend some time on an undeveloped wicked idea or a clumsy scene (or similar questions particular to your script.)
It may take 8 hours of sessions if applying the producer’s pov has turned up a lot of missed opportunities. You two will decide.
Every now and then, when you want to, you’ll go away and write. You’ll call when you want Judy to read and you’ll talk and discuss changes, new ideas that have come out of the writing.
And at the end of each of your discussions,
You Will return to your writer’s den fired up
“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.
So What Happens Now?
Click the “Get Started” button below. You’ll fill out a short application answering a few questions so Judy knows where you currently are in your process. You’ll submit that application along with your script and the read/explore $250 to get started fee!
Sound Good?Let’s Get Started!
“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