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We’ll take your screenplay and perform either a full or partial rewrite or polish on it while keeping your “voice” intact. For an idea of the sort of script doctor services we regularly undertake, see below.

SCRIPT DOCTOR SERVICES 
THE LOWDOWN

Thanks for checking out our script doctor services. See what’s included and find out what sets us apart from other script doctors below.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Although professional writers in Hollywood aren’t known as “script doctors” when they’re asked to come in and rewrite or polish a script, we’re going to call this a script doctor service in order to differentiate it from our script coverage services.

Our Margin Notes, Regular and Deluxe script coverage services are all about giving feedback to help you improve your script. Our “script doctor” service, however, involve one of our readers actually digging in and rewriting and/or polishing your script in order to help it achieve its full potential. This could include all or some of the following:

Adding/cutting scenes, characters and plotlines. Creating new areas of conflict and amping up the stakes by introducing new characters and story beats, or cutting them. Introducing new thematic questions and character arcs, etc. Melding two or more characters together in order to streamline and focus the story.

Polishing the dialogue. Adding more subtext and humor and/or making it sound more natural. Making sure each character’s dialogue sounds individual and specific to them. Reworking flat Q&A-style conversations and converting to “verbal battles” where needed.

Enhancing scenes. Creating more conflict, suspense and surprises. Making sure each scene ends on a “button” that pushes the story forward. Elevating individual beats by adding humor and drama. Creating more visual and cinematic moments and looking for ways to make transitions smoother and more creative.

Polishing characters. Adding character beats to enhance personalities and amp up dialogue. Providing or suggesting more emotional beats in order amp up the connection between reader and character. Making sure all the character’s arcs are properly resolved and reflect the theme.

We can also do a specialized script rewrite or polish. Let’s say your writing style and description is fantastic, but you struggle a bit with writing effective dialogue. We would then go in and give the script a “dialogue polish,” concentrating only on elevating the characters’ conversations to a professional level.

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WHY CHOOSE US?

Our average client rating is 5 out of 5 stars. Read what writers, producers and managers have been saying about our script coverage and script doctor services here.

Full Skype/phone and email support. During a script rewrite and/or polish, we set up a number of calls between script doctor and writer enabling you to stay in touch with the process. 

You can choose who you’d like to work on your script. Pick a script doctor who you think would be the best fit for your script rewrite and/or polish depending on their genre specialties. All of our readers are working screenwriters who have sold screenplays and had them produced.

Industry connections. If our script doctor really likes your screenplay, with your permission we may offer to pass it on to their industry contacts, such as agent, manager or producer.

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STEP-BY-STEP
INSTRUCTIONS

Follow the instructions below to get started with your script doctor service. You’ll also find the answer to many other related questions on our FAQs page.

1. Pay assessment fee. If you’d like to go ahead with our script doctor service, the first step is to pay $59 so we can assess your work. Note: This amount will be deducted from the overall cost of the script doctor service should you decide to go ahead. Here’s the button:

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2. Fill out the initial assessment form. After purchasing you’ll be directed to fill out a form, from which we can review your goals and expectations regarding the script doctor service. Be as detailed as possible, letting us know what you think is currently working in the script and what’s not, or if you’re interested in career or craft mentoring. You will be prompted to attach your screenplay as a PDF (if you have one).

3. Review our feedback and quote. Once our script doctor has read the script and your assessment form notes, we will send you a page of feedback on the work that needs doing, along with a projected timescale and quote. If everything sounds good, we’ll send you a customized purchase button to pay for the script doctor service. If you still have questions, fire away! 

4. Book a Skype call. Whether you’re happy with the proposed script doctor work and have already paid, or need more information, it’s often a good idea to book a 1 Hour Skype Call with the script doctor of your choice. Either way, this is a good opportunity to discuss the project in more detail face-to-face. (The fee is waived if you’ve already paid for the script doctor service.)

5. Sit back and relax. You’ll receive your new draft within the agreed turnaround time. If after receiving the script you’d like further changes made, a new small fee would have to be agreed upon.

Please note: Hiring a script doctor to perform a script rewrite or polish is going to be more considerably more expensive than purchasing script coverage, but our prices are very competitive. We price our script doctor services on a case-by-case basis but aim to make them as affordable as possible. If you have any questions at all about them, don’t hesitate to email usClick the button below to get started with your script doctor initial assessment.

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