One of the first things I had you do when you discovered this site -
Go and pull out that piece of paper now!
I had you write down the great idea you had for a film. Whatever that was. The idea that was so good you needed to come here and learn how to turn it into an actual Hollywood screenplay.
Now that you know all about proper story-
It looks completely amateurish, right? It looks like a 5 year old wrote it, doesn’t it? It doesn’t have any acts. It doesn’t have turning points. The story has no depth. It’s embarrassing, right? There’s no character-
But, what is your idea now? What is your movie about now?
It’s a lot more complicated, right? It has way more depth. It feels just like a real movie now.
Night and day, isn’t it?
What you have now, looks and feels like a real, big-
Well, just wait!
Once you’re done writing it, your screenplay’s going to be literally a thousand times better than what it would have been if you’d never found this site!
I helped you turn that simple idea -
Just read my screenplay and tell me how it compares to everyone else
Well, really just a post-
‘I finished a SCREENPLAY.TODAY and all I got was this lousy postcard!’
You made it! You’ve just finished the best free online screenwriting program that exists! Your storyline is done. Your story-
You’ve done it. You’ve done all the work, you’ve learned everything you need to know to finally start writing your script! Actually writing! It’s finally time to pick up the pen (or sit down at the computer)!
Give yourself a pat on the back!
Just getting to the point where you have a full-
As you write, be sure to use our Screenwriting Cheat Sheet. It gives you step-
Break a leg! And write me a classic!
Thank you for choosing this site to help you write your film! I am honoured that you chose us to help write your screenplay. I really do appreciate your support.
If you read through every single page on this entire site diligently, probably around a hundred of them, I probably made less than a quarter. That’s how many people are using ad-
But, if you want to help out and keep this site alive to teach the next generation of screenwriters, we could really use your help in other ways!
As I said, I don’t like taking donations. I believe that you should get something for your money -
So, I’ll actually offer you something of value for any help you provide (please scroll down to see the various options).
I don’t like traditional script-
I’ll read your screenplay and then give you ultra-
This usually takes me around 10 to 12 hours per script. I read the script front-
The notes depend on the screenplay. If the writer isn’t proficient in English, perhaps they’ll mostly be pointing out grammatical or spelling errors. If the writer is proficient in written-
This isn’t cheap though. I charge $500 per script (for any reasonably-
I estimate that I’ve seen over 60,000 hours of films and dramatic television in my life (I’m only in my 40’s). Not including new or reality-
The first thing every independent film-
And, I should mention, that I don’t do any of the work. It’s all the screenwriters! It’s all you guys. I just guide the writer and show them what is and isn’t working in their script. They are the ones that actually have to go out and fix all the problems. I don’t write anything for them -
Heck, even the top screenwriters in Hollywood can use an expert set of eyes. You wouldn’t believe how many hundred million dollar films I see that could have been dramatically improved with just a little bit of story-
Writing a good story-
And, keeping track of the structure isn’t the only problem you’ll be facing. It’s very easy to have a weak structure too! Even the best screenwriters do it all the time.
There’s a reason why pro-
If you aren’t looking for detailed notes and coverage, but still want to help support this site. We do offer a couple, much cheaper options.
For $50, I’ll read your script and give you my honest opinion about where it stands.
And, just like with coverage, I do it slightly differently than most. Instead of having an intern read your script and give you their (uninformed) opinion on it -
That’s what you want to know, right? You don’t give a crap about ordinary coverage. Ordinary coverage doesn’t really tell you where you stand compared to everyone else.
So, instead of giving you the usual information that comes with coverage, I’ll only give you only one piece of information: the quality of film that would typically be produced from this script. [Well, two actually. I’ll also tell you roughly what you’ll rate on IMDB if you shoot the screenplay competently.]
For instance, I might say ‘this is a $100,000 indie film’ or ‘this is a top-
Be warned, about 90% of my responses are some variation of ‘this is a low-
If you can’t afford fifty bucks, and you still want to give back a little something to say thanks, we do offer a ‘diploma’ (really just a postcard that confirms you have completed our program) for only ten bucks!
You can order each of these services down below.
NOTE: The above rates are my special rates for young and indie film-
If you order screenplay coverage/script-
|No Writing Yet|
|The First Act|
|The Inciting Incident|
|The Supporting Cast|
|The First Turning-Point|
|The Second Act|
|The Love Story|
|Screenplay Page Counts|
|Everything is Looking Good!...|
|False-Victory or False-Defeat|
|The Pit of Despair|
|The Second Turning Point|
|The Third Act|
|All Is Not Lost|
|Wind It All Up|
|Wrapping Up Your Sub-Plots|
|The Final Battle|
|Actually Writing Your Script|
|Back to the Future|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them|
|T2 - Terminator 2|