Who am I and what can I do for your project?
I'm who you call when you want to rise above the rest with the best industry-ready professional screenplay that will make your ideas shine, impress investors and producers, and attract actors and directors.
"This needs to get made!" ~ says Kathryn Hahn - star of Bad Moms, Step Brothers, Crossing Jordan, We're the Millers, The Visit, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Girls, Transparent, Anchorman, Tomorrowland - after reading the comedy screenplay that I crafted, based on the original concept that I helped develop, from brainstorming ideas to outlining to completing the script.
Whether your project is already in the development pipeline, or it's a new idea on the launchpad waiting for lift-off; I'm the "dude" who Hollywood hires and I've written film and TV scripts for some of the top names in the industry.
Of course, most people haven't heard of my name, let alone the names of James Manos Jr or Andrew Davis - the legends who work 'behind the scenes' in the industry...
That's why I say to people, I've written a TV pilot script with the dude who was a co-producer and an Emmy-winning writer of The Sopranos, the showrunner/creator of the hit TV series Dexter and a consulting producer on The Shield.
Or, I tell them that I wrote a feature film screenplay that attached the dude who directed the Oscar-winning film The Fugitive (starring Harrison Ford - I'm betting everyone has heard of him), Under Siege (Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones), Chain Reaction (Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman), Collateral Damage (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and A Perfect Murder (Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow).
And just because I've proven myself working with these dudes in Hollywood doesn't mean I won't work with you too, wherever you are; I've collaborated on exciting projects from all over the world.
While the film and TV industry can seem like a locked box, the key is a great script and I'm here to ensure your's opens the right doors to get your projects off the ground and into production!
Read on to learn more about my extensive experience in a range of genres, including action, drama, thriller, historical, comedy, horror, adaptation, biopic, romance, sci-fi, family, faith, animation, musical, war, western...
As a Screenwriter-for-Hire, I've worked with many Hollywood producers on projects for major TV networks and film studios, including three TV pilots written for Viacom (one of the world's largest broadcasting and cable companies; owner of Paramount Pictures, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike, and Nickelodeon). My pilot script was selected to be expanded into a feature film, which I also wrote for the producer of The Whole Ten Yards (Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry), Dawn Rider (Christian Slater, Donald Sutherland), Final Girl (Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley) and over 60 other films!
My background includes writing films of all sizes and budgets, from independent films to big-budget tentpole blockbusters! Most recently, I was hired to develop and write a movie launching a new film franchise for the characters of Capcom's Street Fighter, the best-selling video game franchise, with over 38 million units sold, and over 500,000 arcade machines, making it one of the top 3 best-selling arcade games of all time, alongside Pac-Man and Space Invaders!
As well, as a co-writer, I've developed and written treatments, outlines and first drafts, and been brought in for second or third drafts: rewrites, polishes, problem solving, offering creative ideas to help improve the script's plot, dialogue, characters, etc. My co-written scripts are repped by top agents including WME (William Morris Endeavor).
I have also implemented coverage or notes from Oscar-winning producers, development executives, directors and fellow screenwriters.
For instance, I recently worked on a new draft of a screenplay, implementing notes/changes from the filmmakers of Predestination and Daybreakers (both starring Ethan Hawke). As well, I co-wrote a first draft of an action-thriller script, and then tweaked/perfected it with guidance from the producer of Oliver Stone's Academy Award winning movies Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK and many more. I've also developed a feature film pitch and treatment based on a best-selling author's book, incorporating suggestions on behalf of the film's producer - who produced the Oscar-winning films The Madness of King George and Henry V, and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind directed by George Clooney.
Among the projects in the pipeline, I have two movies in the works (I'm a credited co-writer on both) with top producers, production companies, sales agents and directors attached. One of them is an award-winning director in the film and TV industry (his last movie had a budget of $6 million), and the other director has an impressive industry background as a creative force on the box-office blockbusters King Kong, The Hobbit, Star Wars Episode 2, The Matrix Revolutions and District 9 (I co-wrote the film with him and he will be shooting it with a $3 million budget). It's thrilling to have a producer onboard who previously produced Daybreakers and is now Executive Producer of Daniel Radcliffe's next movie.
In addition, I've also worked on many scripts for independent movies, collaborating with directors and producers. I wrote and produced an award-winning 'Best Film' for Amazon Studios, the Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning filmmaking arm of Amazon.com (Chi-Raq, Transparent, The Man in the High Castle), which has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. Also, I wrote and directed a critically-acclaimed film, which was released by the distributors of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
What's more, an award-nominated script that I co-wrote with one of the writers of Pretty Woman is being developed with a producer and development executive, who was Director of Development at Marvel Studios; his credits include Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Punisher: War Zone, as well as The Bourne Supremacy, Mr & Mrs Smith, Jumper and The OC.
And when I'm not writing, rewriting or consulting on film & TV scripts; I'm watching them. New, classic, cult, foreign, indie, and everything in between. I enjoy viewing (and writing) every genre, from action to drama, biopic to horror, sci-fi to comedy!
Of course, as much as I love watching films and TV shows, my business is writing them. As a work-for-hire screenwriter, this is my full-time day job and so I really want everyone to be able to find the screenwriting services offered on my website. Though apparently not everyone who wants to find a screenwriter will use that specific job title when searching for one...
There are variants on the title and a handful of other terms, many of which might be used interchangeably with the term screenwriter or essentially a screenplay writer.
Let's consider screen writer, screenplay writer, or script writer as the broadest terms for a writer who crafts a script, screenplay or teleplay. But then, with a closer look at the specialization of their work, other titles may also apply.
For instance, if they work full-time as a screenwriter for hire and they have produced films, with industry credits to their name, then they would be considered a professional screenwriter or a professional screenplay writer.
Or, if they write a pilot script or they write an episode for a TV series or mini series, they may also call themselves by such job titles as teleplay writer or a TV script writer, or even a TV pilot writer.
Typically, a story writer or screenwriter for a TV show, a TV writer as they're known to most people, refers to someone who works as a scriptwriter for a TV network or production company. Often they work under the direction of a producer or showrunner when developing and writing a TV series with a network. Yet, many TV shows in development will move forward to the stage of a TV pilot script and it's those script writers or screenwriters who get involved at the initial stage of a project.
These TV screen writers will help to develop the concept and characters to pitch for TV executives, and write a TV series bible for the proposed show or mini series. The TV bible writer would map out the course of the series, including character arcs and plots for each episode.
After planning a script outline, the TV pilot script is written - this is the first episode of a new TV series - by the TV pilot writer, or teleplay writer, or TV writer - each one of those terms may apply.
When talking about screenwriters for movies, these film script writers or feature screenplay writers may be known by several titles, related to their specific talents as well. For instance, someone who specializes in book-to-film adaptation would be considered an adapted screenplay writer. However this term also equally applies to a scriptwriter who adapts a comic book or graphic novel or even a newspaper article into a screenplay or film script.
In the case where a biography or historical facts serve as the basis for a film script, then this would make them a biopic script writer or bio-pic screenwriter.
Other terms for a screenplay writer of feature films may be simply a movie writer or a film writer, or even a Hollywood screenwriter - Hollywood being renowned as the movie capital of the world.
With all that said, screenwriters who are skilled at collaborating with others would be a co-writer. Whether working one-on-one with a fellow screenwriter, or a book author, or a producer, or a client with a story to tell, these script cowriters are the ones who help write a screenplay or rewrite additional drafts.
This cowriter title can cover a wide range of situations: both writers might have actively participated in the brainstorming and writing process together, or maybe one writer had the initial idea which they developed together before the screenwriter worked the ideas into a professional film script, sent for creative input and approval of the other credited cowriter.
As well, it may be a much less collaborative process where the script has been handed to a screenwriter for a second draft, or rewrite, and the screen writer completes the needed work receiving a co-writing credit with the original screenwriter who wrote the previous draft.
In this cowriting situation, each screenwriter on the project is usually credited as a cowriter on the script. And as such, these screenwriters can be called co-screenwriters, co-scriptwriters, or a film cowriter with their name appearing on the cover page of the screenplay. Eg: "Based on a Story by X. Written by X and Y."
If you're looking for a cowriter / ghostwriter, or perhaps an uncredited screenplay screenwriter who writes the script anonymously with the "Written by" screenwriting credit going solely to you, then that role can be described as: a screenplay ghostwriter, script ghostwriter, or screenwriter ghostwriter. And if you're getting creative with it, maybe a ghostscreenwriter or ghost-screenwriter.
This type of cowriting / ghostwriting / screenwriting is when someone has a great idea for a movie and they want the assistance of a pro screenwriter to work on the screenplay. A co-writer / ghostwriter relationship is ideal for those who want to create an industry-ready screenplay, which will get noticed for all the right reasons. They may hire a screenplay ghostwriter to develop, draft and polish their story into a script. And then their screenplay ghostwriter may be credited as a script consultant for this work, or be paid at a higher rate to remain anonymous.
However, the more commonly accepted role of a script consultant is someone who reads script outlines and reviews scripts, to provide script analysis and offer detailed notes / feedback on an existing script or concept for a movie or TV series. The original screenplay writer or person who is pitching a movie idea can then take these notes and recommendations to implement themselves in a screenplay rewrite.
Just to clarify, the work of a script consultant is not the same as screenplay coverage by a script reader. Typically a script reader will point out major issues, but script consulting by a script analyst would go into greater depth.
In some cases, the script consultant might also be qualified to assist on a rewrite or polish as a script doctor who will be able to offer a seamless service, rewriting or polishing the script with any approved changes to deliver a new draft that is industry-ready for the next steps of sending to producers / agents / actors / investors.
Screenwriters at all skill levels work with script doctors for a second opinion or a professional check up to look over their screenplay and get advice on how to make it the best it can be. Someone who does script doctoring might also be called a screenplay doctor, script rewriter, script polisher, script editor, or even a screenplay proofer or script proof reader.
So, as you can see, there are many different names and job titles for the professional screenwriter. Whatever kind of screenplay writer, script doctor, or consultant you're looking for, I’ve worn all of these hats and look forward to collaborating on your film or TV project!
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