I’m Karel Segers and I run The Story Doctor.
Before deciding which service to choose, here are a few things to consider. To be precise: three. You will probably want to know —
- how long this is going to take;
- what it will cost; and
- how useful the feedback will be.
Screenwriting is hard, and the industry is tough. Competition is fierce, and the path to Hollywood is paved with failures and wannabes. Don’t be one of those.
When you seek feedback to your work, you want it from someone who has at least one, and preferably both feet firmly in the industry.
Reading a story and considering it properly takes time; and useful advice takes real-world experience.
Sure, you can get notes from a junior reader at a screenwriting contest for little or no money. My grey sideburns give away I’m no junior. I have worked as a movie critic, buyer, producer and story developer for decades. You’ve guessed it: I don’t come cheap.
However, I do have a kick-ass team that is affordable, and that can help you get started.
We don’t swear by any of the how-to books, but we’ve read and understand most of them. Whether you read Blake Snyder, or listen to Joseph Campbell, you’ll find value in our script reports.
Our feedback does not check whether you follow any rules (other than basic script format) but we will tell you if/how the story works for us, and if it doesn’t: why.
At The Script Doctor, we pride ourselves in giving script notes that you can trust, at a price that is fair and reasonable.
Our regular turnaround time is 15 business days – or three weeks. You can jump the queue if you pay a little more, though. Check the extras.
I believe our fees are a little above average in the industry for the kind of services we provide. But if you’re strapped for cash, here is a smart way to make your money run a little further —
Don’t have your script reviewed.
I know, you’ve spend considerable time writing that screenplay and you’re keen to get some (positive) feedback, but you’ll have to trust me on this one. Get a Story Diagnosis based on your 500-word synopsis instead.
Save everone’s time and your money by looking at the story first.
You can get written notes from my team, then hop on Zoom if you like a one-hour discussion with me to discuss your options.
You can also hire myself to do all the work, and we’ll have a 1 – 2 hour story and script conference over Zoom.(*) You may pay a little more and wait a little longer, but if the project is critical to you, this may be your most effective option. (Afterwards, you can re-watch our conversation, and read a transcript)
More questions? Just shoot me an email and I’ll help you.