Monday, October 17, 2005

The verdict is in!

I have my script notes from Scott the Reader, and I can say that I recommend his service to anyone:

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Although I have nothing to compare his service to, I found he was very prompt. I sent him the script on Monday and had the notes on Friday (3 pages of A4). I thought that was quite good given the time difference between us. Ok, advert over ;)

What was the outcome? Well, he thinks there is a commercial film lurking in the material (fantastic), and that I'm not a bad writer (phew, although there is a world between not being a bad writer, and being a good one), however the script needs *lots* of work.

I have to say that it didn't hurt as much as I thought it would. There was an issue with an aspect of the relationship between the main characters. I was aware of this, but left it in 'to see' rather than take it out, mainly because I had spent time on it. Scott confirmed what I thought and I'll drop it from the second draft.

The main issues (and after reading the notes I agree with them), will take a big chunk out of the first draft. I need to merge and compress acts one and two, and come up with a new act two. I also need to give a lot of work to the villains to make the story more believable. There are lots of other things, but I think these two are the 'biggies' so to speak.

I'm happy I was able to stand what he had to say. Even though he wasn't harsh at all, I was afraid I would have a "How dare he!" attitude. It seems I can take constructive criticism after all :)

You know, I think this script make it to a second draft :)

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