Kingart Pictures is a New York City metro resource for location scouting, management and production services.
And writes scripts. And offers Dr. Script Coverage too.
That's a winkin' nod to the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: a gem of legendary dialogue and iconic scenes. We lesser cinema scribes, however, may need other doctors to provide prescriptions, a check-up or surgery.
DR. SCRIPT COVERAGE...HAS A PLAN...AS EASY AS 1...2...3...4...5
You draft-write-evolve your Script for weeks and months. Years? One day, you deem It done, a crop for harvest. Maybe it is, or not. You'd be wise to get fresh eyes on it. Perhaps not those of your friends, family or colleagues; perhaps they can't or won't offer what is most needed. And that is? Concise Honest Professional Constructive Criticism. Such as (and a dozen variations):
Needs A Distinctive Voice / A More Original Premise / Stronger Execution.
Get out of your own way.
Move over, rover, let a producer take over.
Something more fundamental or less obvious.
Just As Possible: it's terrific. For your home run trot, may I suggest ...?
This Doctor is a screenwriter, production veteran, cinephile, aspiring producer. The best medicine is a ton of diligence, tough love and camaraderie. Not well-wisher praise, but a thorough critique from someone who walks a similar road. I've Been There, Done That. If your script has good potential for a business-and-art producer, an agent/manager or actor, investors and other deal-makers, you live for a Pitch Meeting with them, and the Second Act of your Writer's Journey.
5 Rules of Healthy Screenplays (Surely not the only 5. Feel free to add yours.)
1. A Passion for (the) Story - Like a Profound Movie, a Beloved Track of Music, A Love Affair, it should be setting your Heart and Soul Ablaze. It may do the same for others.
2. Characters and Their Words -- What They Say, What They Don't, and How. Natural Fit and True Spirit vs. Flat, Synthetic, Insincere, Unrevealing or similar.
3. Structure -- Timeline/Tempo. Not All Acts Are Created Equal -- But All Are Vital
4. Genre Requirements and / or Vs. Audience Expectation.
5. Craftwork -- Brevity. Readability. Impact. Flow. The Most With More of Less. Write It As You'd Like the Reader (at first, your only audience) To See It and Feel It.
Help me to help you. As a basic, send 1 or more of these 3. All would be ideal.
1. a tight Log Line - 1 sentence, 2 lines, 30ish words
2. an Elevator Pitch - 1 sentence, 3 lines, 50ish words. A brief paragraph.
3. a Premise Line - 1 long sentence, 4 - 6 lines, 70ish words. A full paragraph.
These vital slices of your writing--tasty bait in limited bites--should be precise and punchy; they engage (or not) the initial interest of BUSY agents, producers and others. (You Need Them). Characters. Story. Genre. Arena/Locale. More.
Also, a summary of How My Script Is Different Than So Many Others.
In addition, you can send those crucial first 5 - 10 pages. Or, if you're confident and are willing/able to pay for the whole 9 Yards, the Full Script.
Rates are modest, depending on the turnaround you need, the length or status of the project in its current draft, etc. ASAP. Or, a month. You decide. I'll offer a due date for my coverage: how quickly I can explain my P.O.V. and analysis, with notes.
Originality or Sizzle of Premise, Characters, Genre, Structure, Voice, Craft, Timeliness, and More. Also, if relevant, a few words on production-related matters, such as scripted locations or budget concerns. All is intended to advise, motivate, reinforce, encourage, praise... And no b.s. You'll see FADE IN what I’ll provide at THE END.
I specialize in feature scripts of 80 - 120 pages. I’ll read TV, documentary and shorts too. The forms and coverage can match closely or diverge widely.
I have a Disclaimer, a form of NDA. 1) Your I.P. Is Your Baby. I Zip My Lips. 2) I read, analyze and advise. Period. I do my best to evaluate your work, to read subtext and between the lines, to ask questions, objectively suggest A/B/C, and support your efforts and choices. 3) The Script Is Yours Alone.
Rates start low for reading one or more of Your Lines, a 1-page summary and/or the first 5 - 10 pages. Fees then rise incrementally. Again, the Menu depends on the length of your submission, how quickly you'd like an appraisal, and how in-depth you’d like that to be. A simple check-up, or serious surgery.
Find my e-mail and phone contact on this site. At The End, we can walk the happy trails of screenwriting, over the rainbow to YES!