Q. When I hire you to write or rewrite a script, is there some kind of an agreement or contract?
Yes - All of my work is conducted under a "works made for hire" agreement, which means it's like an employee-employer relationship; basically, whoever hires me is the copyright owner of all my writing/editing/creative work on the project.
Q. Can I hire you to work "uncredited" (anonymously) on my film script?
Certainly, I have worked as an uncredited ghostwriter screenwriter and a script doctor / rewriter / script consultant in the past. The listed prices on my Rate Card are based on a credited service - eg: Co-Writer - "Based on a Story by 'You', Written by 'You' and 'Me'". Though, if you are seeking an uncredited screenplay ghostwriter for your film or TV project, please note this means a higher price than the credited prices on my Rate Card. Please send an email with an offer. Typically, I would accept a rate for uncredited work that is 75% higher than the Rate Card price for the same credited service. (eg: Rewrite a Feature Script - credited Rate Card price is $3635, + 75% = $6360 for uncredited service.)
Q. What projects are you working on right now? Do you have anything 'coming soon' in the pipeline?
Absolutely! Currently, there are multiple co-written movies in production and post-production, including: a coming-of-age drama feature film, an action-packed 'based on a true story' short film, and a feature-length animation / family movie. As well, I have projects in pre-production, with top producers, production companies, sales agents and directors attached. About twice a year I update this website with the latest news of movie releases and successful projects - I'd do it more often, but I'd prefer to be writing scripts, rather than web pages!
Q. Did you go to school, or are you self-taught?
I'm university-educated, with a degree in Film (BA Hons). Although I would also consider myself self-taught, in the sense that much of this industry can't be learned from a book and instead it takes experience - working and collaborating with other screenwriters, producers, directors, studios and networks, and actors too,
My career began by writing my own screenplays on spec, until Hollywood started to take notice. And, of course, I loved watching movies and TV shows from an early age. In many ways, I've been a film student my whole life!
Q. Do you recommend protecting your scripts from plagiarism or theft?
I always register my own screenplays with the WGA before sharing them with the rest of the industry. So, yes, I recommend online registration of your original materials with the WGA, or the Copyright Office; it's affordable and easy.
Q. How do I know YOU will really write the script? Do you "outsource"?
When you hire me, we enter into a legal agreement between you and me - nobody else!
Apparently 'outsourcing' does happen at other (non-professional) screenwriting service websites, based on what I've been told by clients who come to me after a bad experience.
Which is fine, as long as everyone is upfront and on the same page, otherwise it's dishonest and untrustworthy. So, I am pleased to confirm that I have NEVER and will NEVER outsource any of your work and so this isn't going to be a problem here at ScreenwriterDude.com because you're dealing directly with me, and working one-on-one with me. I don't 'bait and switch'. I don't have any interns. I don't outsource. I write every word - every email, every outline, every script. Guaranteed!
Read my Mission Statement to find out more about what makes this the #1 screenwriting service!
Q. What are your rates?
Check out my Screenwriting Services Rate Card for a handy menu of all my screenwriter rates and services.
My rates are essentially an up to 90% savings on the prices in the WGA's 'Schedule of Minimums', which covers everything that you can imagine - from scriptwriting, rewriting and polishing, to writing a treatment or a TV series bible.
So, as an example... the WGA basic minimum for writing a feature length screenplay is $47,862. Deduct approximately 84.5% from the WGA's $47,862 and you get the rate to hire the Screenwriter Dude to write a feature length screenplay = $7500.
That's a $40,000 difference in prices between the WGA and the Screenwriter Dude's services for writing a feature script.
As an award-winning, produced screenwriter, find more info on my rates and check out what services I offer here:
Q. What payment methods do you accept? How about credit cards?
Online payments are accepted via Paypal.com, including credit cards (no Paypal account is required).
Q. How much do I pay as a deposit?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a service and I will send an invoice with a secure web link to pay the deposit.
Per the Screenwriter Dude's Rate Card, if the total price is below $1000, the full amount is payable as a deposit.
If the total price is below $2000, 50% of the full amount is payable as a deposit.
If the total price is above $2000, payments can be made in quarterly installments, so 25% of the full amount is payable as a deposit.
Q. What's the difference between a rewrite vs. a polish?
A "rewrite" is when a script requires "significant changes" to the plot or the interrelationship of characters. Whereas a "polish" is when a script requires changes to the dialogue, formatting, or scene descriptions, but not to the same degree as a rewrite. I offer both services as a Script Doctor.
Q. What genres have you written in?
I've written scripts in ALL of the key genres in the film and TV industry, including: action, thriller, sci-fi, horror, western, crime, war, historical, faith-based, family / kids, drama, coming of age, comedy, romantic comedy, sports, reality / documentary, book to screenplay adaptation, and authorized biopic (biographical, based on a true life story), as well as many sub-genres too. Let me know what genre you're looking for, and I'll bet it's crossed my screen!
Q. I have an awesome idea for a movie... Will the Screenwriter Dude work for free if I offer to split the profits with him?
Nope. Sorry, but I hear this all the time. If you still want to pitch your idea to me and hear my honest opinion, or receive feedback on how to improve it, then I'd recommend booking a phone consultation.
Q. Your prices are in U.S. dollars - Does that mean you only work with people who are in the U.S., or do you also take on clients from other countries?
Absolutely, I welcome clients from anywhere on Earth - my door is wide open to international collaborations! I've worked on projects with clients from all over the world, including China, Australia, South Africa, Canada, U.K., Ireland, and almost every state in the U.S.A.