|What Our Clients Say|
To start at the end... Your closing line is 'feel free to come back to me to tell me how misguided I am'. I'm afraid I won't be doing that, because... because your notes are brilliant, quite brilliant, and my head is spinning with possibilities. I am not going to go into a detailed response here and now, but I wanted you to know without delay how pleased I am again (rather than maybe worry that you had mortally offended me).
Your skill is being able to articulate clearly what others (including myself) may feel about a script, but cannot express. Best of all you are generous enough to leave clue/keys throughout your notes, and hopefully one of these might just unlock the thing. Damn, you are good.
If there are any writers out there who are wondering whether or not to use a script editor at the moment, perhaps for the first time, I am e-mailing to recommend Ellin Stein. I had felt for a while that a script editor was a bit of a luxury and just an extra cost and there was also the problem of not knowing whether they were able, of course.
I have been re-enthused by the report on my short film which has brought me some much needed clarity - what it is I have got, what its weaknesses are and where I need to make improvements. It has been a very good milestone on the way to a final draft and I firmly recommend use of a script editor - and of Ellin, in particular.
It's a real boost to read your encouraging comments about premise, dialogue, potential etc. Of course we all feel our projects are worth persevering with but it's still helpful to have a professional, objective endorsement. I'm very grateful for your clear eye and unsentimental approach. You've spotted a major weakness of mine - I tend to assume that just because I know what the motivations, dilemmas and conflicts of my characters are, an audience will automatically spot these too. Wrong! I need to learn how to expose these more obviously without being patronising to the reader/viewer.
I knew there were problems with this script, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. But when I read Ellin’s notes, it was one “a-ha” moment after the other.
Ellin has given so many great notes and suggestions, it’s a lot to absorb and take in, especially with everything going on right now.
Ellin, thank you, thank you, thank you for your very insightful notes! I very much appreciate your time and attention to our script!
Having had her recommended, I sent my latest script to Ellin Stein for feedback. I just received a detailed and very insightful 10-page analysis - I highly recommend her, and I've had professional feedback from 3 other editors, but this was the most impressive....although I don't agree with all your points, Ellin! ;-)
I’ve recently used three script consultants. All have been valuable but the one that had the greatest impact was Ellin Stein. Amongst other things Ellin suggested that I rework the second half of the screenplay as I had become bogged down with plot machinations that were holding the script back. She was right and I have now re-written the second half completely leading to a much improved script.
I've just read through your comments and I wantto thank you. I knew the outline was far too general, far too rough but wanted good feedback before developing it. Your comments are v. helpful.
Please, don't worry. Your comments helped me see that the most important thing for me to learn is proper structuring so that my 'powerful stories' turn into proper movies. It's a slow learning process for me coming from stage direction where you attach your vision to an already existing structure but I will get there in the end. Thank you for your patience. Good luck with your deadline. I'll keep plugging away at my outline.
superb notes as always. thank you.