Dave Trottier’s
Market-Focused
Script Consulting Services


Absolute honesty at reasonable rates

Services and Fees

1. 14 Point Analysis
2. Master Evaluation & Consultation
3. Read and Chat
4. Rush Service
5. Query Letter Evaluation
6. Mentoring & One-on-one Consultations
7. One-sheet or Synopsis Analysis
8. First Ten Pages Evaluation
9. Treatment Evaluation
10. Formatting Review
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Your goal is to sell your screenplay

You've spent months writing your script and now you're eager to present it to prospective buyers. But is it ready? Considering the large time and money investment you've made (and are about to make selling it), it makes good sense to be sure of where your script stands and how to position it in the marketplace. My goal is to help you prepare it for market.

7 reasons to send me your script

dot.gif (278 bytes) Dozens of my clients have sold their work. Two have won Nicholl Fellowships and one a National Play Award. Hear their stories.

dot.gif (278 bytes) I am rated in the top 6% of the "Cream of the Crop" category of Creative Screenwriting's report "The Best Movie and TV Script Analysts and Consultants as Rated by Screenwriters." And my average fee is lower than the average fee of those same top-rated consultants.

dot.gif (278 bytes) I am a produced screenwriter who understands the market.

dot.gif (278 bytes) Coaching is my game. I have taught and motivated writers for nearly two decades. Although I have succeeded as a screenwriter, I think my greater talents are in analysis, coaching, and helping you reach your potential.

dot.gif (278 bytes) My book, The Screenwriter's Bible, now in its fifth edition, is one of the top-selling screenwriting books in the world.

dot.gif (278 bytes) My evaluation includes notes on your formatting.

dot.gif (278 bytes) Each full script evaluation comes with a one-on-one story conference with me. That telephone story conference allows you to follow up on the written evaluation and get the answers you need to revise and sell your script. If you are overseas, an emailed story conference can be substituted for the telephone conference.

Absolute honesty at reasonable rates

Most written evaluations are completed within 3 - 4 weeks of receiving your material, so there's no long wait for a response, plus I will email and snail mail you a copy of my analysis. If you want the analysis now, my handy-dandy RUSH service (#4 below) is available.

Payment - MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal

Use my handy shopping cart to pay with MasterCard or VISA. If you prefer to use PayPal, scroll to the end of this page.

I evaluate each script myself

I have no assistants helping me evaluate your script; I do it all myself and reward myself with ice cream afterward. Each script is carefully read, sometimes twice. I endeavor to be direct, clear, and realistic; and – according to my clients – my criticism is both constructive and motivating.

How to get your script to me

See instructions at the bottom of this page or at the end of the checkout process.

SERVICES AND FEES

1. 14 POINT ANALYSIS

Your script is carefully evaluated in all spec writing areas. The final report comes in two parts.

dot.gif (278 bytes) A ratings page that presents the standard pass-consider-recommend “box score” along with specific grades (excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor) of your script in 14 key areas: story structure, character development and motivation, dialogue, formatting, heart/relationships (emotional impact), conflict, commercial appeal, characterization, theme, believability, originality, foreshadowing, conflict and action.

dot.gif (278 bytes) A development notes section of 5-6 pages that focuses primarily on the specific areas that need the most help. The evaluation will be conducted and written by me alone.

dot.gif (278 bytes) A story conference of up to 20 minutes. Anytime after you receive the written evaluation, simply call me to discuss your project and/or ask questions. The agenda is yours.

You’ll find instructions on how to get your material to me at the bottom of this page.

FEE: $475. Turnaround: 3-4 weeks. See below for subscriber’s discount..

For scripts over 120 pages, add an additional $4 per page for each page over the 120-page limit.

SAVE $65: Send me your script and query letter together for evaluation. FEE: $590. For you, only $525.

SAVE $10 - SUBSCRIBER DISCOUNT: If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, you qualify for a $10 discount! You can subscribe on my home page.

If this analysis will be my second evaluation of the same script, take another $10 discount (by changing the quantity to 2 after you “Add to Cart”).

For 1-2 week RUSH service, see #4 below.


2. MASTER EVALUATION & CONSULTATION

My deluxe master service consists of the following:

dot.gif (278 bytes) A ratings page that presents the standard pass-consider-recommend “box score” along with specific grades (excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor) of your script in 14 key spec writing areas: story structure, character development and motivation, dialogue, formatting, heart/relationships (emotional impact), conflict, commercial appeal, characterization, theme, believability, originality, foreshadowing, conflict and action.

dot.gif (278 bytes) A thorough, market-wise written critique of 10-12 pages. I will tailor my comments to your individual script. My exhaustive evaluation will help you strengthen your story structure, bring your characters to life, improve your dialogue, correct your formatting, and enhance your commercial prospects. It will be thoughtful, specific, and incisive. And I will point out the pluses and minuses of your script, give specific examples, and present you with possible solutions to problems. The evaluation will be conducted and written by me alone.

dot.gif (278 bytes) A telephone story conference of up to one hour. Once you digest my evaluation, then you may call for a story conference to discuss the analysis, the script, the market, or just brainstorm new ideas—whatever you need whenever you need it. You provide the agenda for this one-on-one consultation (which I normally bill at $150/hour). I promise to be friendly; I enjoy being your mentor.

dot.gif (278 bytes) A copy of Dr. Format Tells All. This fully updated book contains all of my columns written for Script magazine from 1997 to 2012. I’ll send you a free copy at your request.

You’ll find instructions on how to get your material to me at the bottom of this page.

FEE: $950. Turnaround: 3-4 weeks. See below for subscriber discount.

For scripts over 120 pages, add an additional $4 per page for each page over the 120-page limit.

SAVE $70: Send me your script and query letter together for evaluation. Fee $1,065. For you, only $995.

SAVE $10: If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, you qualify for a $10 discount! You can subscribe on my home page.

If this analysis will be my second evaluation of the same script, take another $10 discount (by changing the quantity to 2 after you “Add to Cart”).

 

For 1-2 week RUSH service, see #4 below.


3. READ AND CHAT

If you don’t want a written evaluation, but you want some comments as to where your work stands, I will read your script, followed immediately by a 20-minute phone conversation with you concerning my impressions. Feel free to ask questions during this “chat.” (After the 20 minutes have elapsed, if you want to continue the discussion, you can buy additional minutes at $40 per 15-minute period.)

FEE: $295. Turnaround: 3-4 weeks.

For 1-2 week RUSH service, see #4 below.


4. RUSH SERVICE

Get fast 1-2 week Rush service on any evaluation you order, and 2-7 day service on query letters and one-sheets!
RUSH FEE: $100.


5. QUERY LETTER EVALUATION

You should spend as much time on your query letter as you do on your script's key scene. Your query letter is your prime "break-in" tool. Agents and producers generally will not read your script until they have first read your query letter. Now you can get my evaluation of your query, my assessment of its marketing potential, and recommendations for its revision.

FEE: $115. Turnaround: 2-3 weeks.

SAVE $10: If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, you qualify for a $10 discount!


6. MENTORING & ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS

I provide several mentored courses and one-on-one consultations.


7. ONE SHEET OR SYNOPSIS EVALUATION

If you are about to pitch your script idea to a producer or agent, and anticipate being asked for a "one sheet" or one-page synopsis, get that written synopsis evaluated in preparation for your pitching opportunity.

FEE: $125. Turn around 2-3 weeks.

SAVE $10: If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, you qualify for a $10 discount!


8. PAGES EVALUATION

The first ten pages must hook the reader. Do you want to know how your first ten or twenty pages read to an agent or producer? Or are you having trouble with that action scene at the end? Let me evaluate any number of pages for scene structure, characterization, dialogue, and format.

FEE: $11 per page. Turnaround 2-3 weeks. When you “Add to cart,” change the quantity from 1 to the number of pages you are sending me.


9. TREATMENT EVALUATION

Get a thorough assessment of your 3-page, double-spaced treatment or synopsis.

If your treatment is longer than 3 pages, call me for a fee. Each page should be double-spaced.

FEE: $195. Turnaround: 3-4 weeks.


10. FORMATTING REVIEW

This service is available to those who want their script reviewed for formatting issues only. Keep in mind that all of my script evaluations include comments on formatting problems. My "Formatting Review" focuses solely on formatting. In fact, I will hand correct the formatting on each page of your script, which means that you must send me a hard copy of your script. Allow 3-4 weeks for your script to be returned.

FEE: $395. Turnaround 3-4 weeks.

SAVE $10: If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, you qualify for a $10 discount!


HOW TO GET YOUR MATERIAL TO ME

After you add your order to your cart and go through checkout on my secure server, email your script (and/or other material) to me at . Attach it as a Word Document, PDF document, RTF file, Movie Magic document, or Final Draft document.

If you prefer to mail your script to me without going through checkout, you may simply send it with your check or VISA/MasterCard information to the following address:

Dave Trottier
4456 Manchester St.
Cedar Hills, UT 84062
800-264-4900

If you send your script to me by overnight mail, waive the signature to avoid an unnecessary delay.

Once I receive your material by email or snail mail, I will email your or phone you so that you know it has arrived. Once done, you can relax while you wait for your evaluation.

You will see these instructions again at the end of checkout.

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