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script consult

Whether you have a first draft of a new project or need a final set of eyes before your script goes out into the world I can help. My interest is less in making your screenplay cohere to a set of rules (though if you need that I can do it) and more about working with you to find the best, truest expression of your idea and voice. I have 20 plus years experience in screenwriting and filmmaking and am strong at expressing visual ideas within the screenplay form. I love non-traditional narratives and characters and my personal inclination is toward movies that break the mold or attempt to say something new. Raw and authentic is always better than polished and flat. More about my background here.

standard rate: $150. I will read your screenplay and discuss it with you for an hour-long session in person (Portland only) or via phone/video conference to go over strategies to strengthen your draft.

premium rate: $250. I will read your screenplay and discuss it with you for a 90 minute session in person (Portland only) or via phone/video conference to go over strategies to strengthen your draft. I will provide several pages of notes and we will talk about broader strategies to get the script into the world and produced.

note: the above rates are for feature-length screenplays. if you have a short, a web-series, a tv show, contact me and we’ll work something out.

another note: all monies go directly to making Sister/Brother.

last note: script consulting in the abstract is kind of gross and slippery, filled with charlatans and promises. I don’t have all the answers or any magic potion but I love cinema in general and I love the form and format of the screenplay and translating visual ideas to written form. Hit me up.

TESTIMONIALS

Brian's feedback on my screenplay was exactly what I needed. The revision process can be daunting, but Brian's suggestions were specific and detailed, so I had concrete suggestions I could use throughout process. The result was a tighter, cleaner, and altogether more powerful screenplay. Naomi Ulstead

I send every script to Brian. He delivers honest feedback from a perspective forged by his deep knowledge of storytelling, his years of experience as a filmmaker and his keen perceptiveness of human nature and motivation. Scott Ballard

To schedule a session or request more details contact me here
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directing

contact me about directing your project.