“Your screenplay is a happy smiley sunny day unicorn movie that makes my heart swell with warm kitten love. Don’t change a thing. #uselessfeedback” – Chip Street via Twitter
Screenplay feedback shouldn’t be nice.
It should be honest.
What you don’t need is another sycophantic know-nothing blowing smoke up your ass. If that’s what you want, ask your mom or your boyfriend to read it. Ask the other writers in your weekly Starbucks meetup who all just want the same thing.
Because you can’t get that here.
If, on the other hand, what you want in your script analysis is a little brutal honesty from someone who knows how to dish it out, you’re in the right place.
“Chip is a damn good script reader because he’s a damn good script writer. He takes his kid gloves off and delivers honest, on point and actionable notes. My scripts would not in the shape they are without his professional input and insightful feedback. Because of Chip’s professional script feedback, my entire approach to writing now goes to 11, not just my screenplay. Thanks Chip!” – Jeff Palmer, Producer/Director/Screenwriter, On The Fringe, The Sleeping Deep (Finalist or semi-Finalist in 11 competitions)
“I’ve paid for script coverage before, but this was by far the most comprehensive and helpful feedback I’ve ever received. Extremely thought-provoking. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for this considered and thorough reading. Back to the drawing board – with a much better sense of what to do now that I have your insights!!” – M. Goff, Poet, Screenwriter
“I’m so grateful for the feedback on the script – I don’t think it would have gotten to a better place on its own, regardless of how hard I tried. I spent a full year doing a re-write based on your notes, which I hope resulted in a better story. Thank you!!” – Jason Nicholson, screenwriter, novelist, Dreamers Edge
But can’t feedback be honest and nice?
Sure, I guess. You can spend money and get back notes that spend as much time telling you what you did right as you did wrong.
But you should already know what you did right.
- You should know your premise kills.
- You should know your characters are original and complex, with unique voices, that a star would die to play.
- You should know your format is professional, and your spelling is impeccable.
If you don’t know that already, you probably shouldn’t have written it in the first place.
And you sure as hell shouldn’t be getting ready to lay down serious money for professional analysis.
What Is Script Analysis?
Script analysis, notes, coverage…. it’s called different things by different people, but essentially it goes like this:
- “Coverage” is what a studio reader writes and passes along to a producer, with a “pass, consider, or recommend” rating. It’s brief, generally doesn’t include ideas for improvement, and isn’t intended for the writer.
- “Notes” or “analysis” are more thorough, specific feedback, with recommendations for improvement at the story, prose, and character level, and are aimed at the writer.
What you get from me is the latter.
“I really appreciate your feedback about issues in the story! I also appreciate these funny suggestions! They’re great! I’m going to add all of these. Thanks for helping me fix it up!” – Erikka Innes, Writer/Director/Comedian
“Chip has been a judge for Shriekfest for several years now and he is wonderful. [He] knows his stuff….his notes on scripts were on the mark. I was really impressed with his screenwriting knowledge. Chip has even been a finalist in Shriekfest! I’d work with Chip any day!” – Denise Gossett, Founder and Executive Director, Shriekfest
“Chip Street is a wonderful and inventive writer. He knows how to create unique stories and keep them moving in a way that captivates the reader.” – John Rainey, Rainey Script Consulting – Voted #1 Sript Consultant by Creative Screenwriting
What It Looks Like
Some readers give you notes embedded directly in your screenplay.
Some readers give you a document with a few pages of notes.
Some readers give you a score on your concept, characters, dialog, and story structure.
Some readers give you a new logline and synopsis (for an extra charge.)
I give you all of it.
- You get line-by-line notes embedded in your PDF
- Minimum 6 pages of narrative notes with 1-5 scores on:
- Character Development and Motivation
- Dialogue and Voice
- Story Structure
- A new logline
- A new 1 page synopsis
I do NOT offer “marketability” estimates or budgets.
Want to see a sample?
Download an example of script analysis [pdf].
“I just read your comments. Great job, Chip! [It] definitely gives the kid motive, and helps me in directing the scene.” – Ram Hernandez, Writer/Director, Phoenix Falling
I’m an IMDB credited indie screenwriter (and art director) who has optioned, sold, judged, edited, ghost written, story-boarded, art directed, produced, or directed shorts and feature screenplays. See my complete resume here.
I’m a competition finalist, screenplay judge for a major industry competition, film pre-screener for an International Film Festival, and founder of both Write Club and CineSpin.com (called a “must read” by IndieWire.)
My blogs on screenwriting, contract negotiation, and crowdfunding have been featured, cited, or reproduced by the BlueCat Competition Newsletter, Script Magazine, John August, Bleeding Cool, NoFilmSchool, ScriptTips, and IndieWire.com. See the PRESS PAGE for more info.
I’m also a writer who knows the value of clear actionable script analysis and making the best of notes.
“You did a terrific rewrite. Thank you for being so open and creative.” – Stan Harris, eKidsFilms
“The script is great! We love it! Chip is one of those great creative minds, who always brings something above and beyond. He is professional, proficient, and a true pleasure to work with. I hope to collaborate with him again in the near future.” – Josh Gillick, Producer, Magic Paintbox
“The script is great! You hit it on the head, good job! Thank you, and I’m looking forward to working with you much more in the near future.” – Mark Saia, Producer, Digital Media Factory
“Your script is terrific … truly you have captured the children and me. I think it’s more of a winner than I ever dreamed and I am close to tears with joy. Thank you!” – Sari Mitchell, Creator/Producer, Nature Rangers
“Larry and I read your latest script, and we think it’s wonderful! I love it, thanks!!!” – Margaret Rex, Creator/Producer, Magic Paintbox
Is Your Screenplay Ready?
Before you send your screenplay to me, consider the following.
- You don’t want to pay me to correct your spelling. It should be impeccable. There’s no excuse for more than a dozen typos in your 90+ pages, and that’s too many. And there better be none — zero — nada — in the first 10 pages.
- You better know how to format a screenplay. Yes, there are some varying opinions on specifics like whether or not to capitalize SOUNDS, and how to format an INTERCUT. But by and large, industry standard formatting is agreed upon, and is a requirement. Don’t think you’re above it.
- You better know what your story is about, who the characters are, why they do everything they do, and why they make every decision they make.
- In fact, you should know the why and wherefore of every single scene. What it does for your story, and your characters.
If this is your screenplay — if you’re really at the point where you think it’s ready to send to producers and agents — then it’s ready to send to me.
How Much Is It?
Yes. It’s expensive.
I don’t do a lot of it, because it’s incredibly time consuming to do it right.
So I’ve tried to price myself out of the market.
There are cheaper alternatives that still deliver solid guidance. If you’re on a budget, I’m happy to recommend colleagues whose work I respect.
If you’d rather spend more, I’m happy to recommend colleagues whose work I respect.
It Costs Nothing To Start – First Five Free
Step One: Send me your stuff.
Send me your FIRST FIVE PAGES as a .pdf attachment.
I’ll let you know my schedule, and give it a quick read.
Step Two: You get some feedback. Free.
Then I’ll return it (with a few notes) for you to review.
If I think it’s ready, I’ll let you know.
If it’s not, I’ll tell you. I don’t want your money if it means I’m wasting your time or mine.
Step Three: Only pay if you want to.
Want me to do the whole thing?
Let me know. I’ll give you the PayPal details.
You send payment, and I’ll get started.