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June 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 187

A script consultant is entrusted to verify screenplay scripts to ensure that poor scripts are not selected for shooting. Some scripts appear flawless and easy to shoot, but the consultant will be able to see areas for improvement that others may overlook. The producer may have the script consultant choose a winning script among dozens of film scripts.

A script consultant is usually a specialized professional of a specific genre. Romantic experts are not really qualified to consult thriller screenplays, since they may not understand the pacing and the dialogue rhythms of these movies. Some professional Hollywood screenplay consultants are specialized in more than two or three genres, and they also have much more chances to find a job. However, they are also informed of the fact that renowned directors and producers usually choose a script consultant who has established itself as a specialist in a specific genre (family films and horror movies for example).

The consultant has to be adept at the craft of script writing. Experienced screenplay consultants understand the formatting and the dynamics of astonishing scripts. They are even able to recognize an excellent screenplay after reading the first few pages. Some excellent script consultants have begun as script writers. They constitute their own portfolio of 5 pages of films they love and hate, with their primary strengths and weaknesses. However, the portfolio does not just mention the weaknesses of a script. Ideally, the script consultant will also point out ways to improve the script. The role of a script consultant is not to criticize, but help the production team or the director to improve the script potential with appropriate suggestions.

A professional consultant for scripts will be well informed in the principles of storytelling and screenplay writing. He or she knows that a type-paged of script equals 1 minute of shooting, and that the first ten minutes makes the difference between outstanding and boring films. Therefore, it is not by chance if most of the suggestions usually focus on the first pages of the script. Experienced executive producers take this into consideration when they choose a screenplay consultant. They prefer those who have understood that screenwriting is, above all, the craft of minimalism. Moreover, almost all excellent script consultants are passionate about movies. Many gifted writers with no passion for movies have tried to succeed as screenplay consultants, but they usually discover that it is impossible to succeed as a consultant without being an expert in the movie industry.

A consultant should also be experienced with screenwriting software such as Movie Magic and Final Draft, which are necessary to open and work on some scripts. Many consultants are web-oriented and use online payment methods for their transactions. Ideally, the script consultant should have his own website and collect appreciable testimonials that may contribute in driving more traffic and clients. Some Hollywood actors or producers are hired as consultants by other producers who are more satisfied with their colleague's suggestions, but more often it is best to hire a neutral and objective consultation.

Contact professional Screenwriters for Hire and script consulting services by visiting www.ScreenwritersForHire.Com or calling (323) 570-HIRE.

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