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 a good script to great to attract a producer. I understand the POV that producers take on 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.
“ Judy James understands writers. She understands movies, and she understands the industry. Any writer fortunate enough to work with her has received a priceless gift. Thank you, Judy, for “Having Our Say”!
-Emily Mann--playwright/screenwriter, “HAVING OUR SAY- Developed and produced by Judith James and Camille Cosby-Tony nominated on Broadway and award–winning CBS Film.
“ Judith James’ notes on my screenplay about the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay are 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--Charles Lyons, PhD, journalist and filmmaker.
“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 Bishop, Writer/ Director of MAD DOG TIME aka TRIGGER HAPPY, produced by Judith James
“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-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
“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-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-Anthony Buono, screenwriter
Hi I’m Judy James.
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.
Would you like to discuss this further? Pricing is in the above menu bar (or scroll down.). 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
“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
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Working on your script
from the objective pov?
Judy will read and acquaint herself with your script readying for an hour-long discussion ($250) with you. You decide jointly if you want to go ahead.
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 some 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