Firstly, I need to make it clear what I am NOT: I am not an Agent/Manager and I am not a  “coverage service” that farms out your script to freelance Readers for a quick evaluation.

I am a Los Angeles-based Consultant who has over 20 years of experience evaluating professional submissions to major production companies and studios and working directly with writers on their narrative stories. I will read and analyze your work and advise you on how I think it can be improved to boost its level of CRAFT and COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL. I work with writers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels, from newcomers to professionals with credits at some of the biggest companies in the industry, like Netflix, HBO, Warner Brothers, Sony, Disney and more. My clients include Oscar and Emmy winners, six and seven figure screenwriters and staff writers on some of the best shows on streaming and network television. I am the author of the Story Maps book series, including Story Maps: TV Drama, which published the FIRST and BEST beat sheet for television screenplays.

Dan Calvisi writing coach @storymapsdan

Dan Calvisi

I am the only person who will read and analyze your work. I will approach the first read of your script as a Reader on the job who was just handed a cold submission, thus you will benefit from a simulation of the critique of the submission/coverage process and the solutions offered in detailed story notes.

My consultations provide you with specific advice on producing a stronger draft closer to the level of quality that major Hollywood production companies demand from a professional submission. My notes are always very particular and thorough; I offer constructive criticism without pulling punches, followed by positive strategies for solutions. I am very supportive and encouraging, but also very tough and direct, for the express reason that this industry is incredibly tough and you face a lot of competition.

Your work has to be GREAT, not just good, to get past the pro Readers and move up the ladder.

I can assure you that much of my unique insight comes from my industry experience. I also keep up to date on spec script sales, the development slates of the major studios and production companies and the “buzz” in Hollywood in regards to scripted material. (For more on my credentials, see: Why Hire Me? To read a glowing review of my services in Script Magazine online, click here.)

My approach is not to be “on the clock.” I don’t charge for every hour of my time; my consultations are a flat fee. I will give you the exact amount of notes I feel are necessary for you to produce a stronger draft, according to my best assessment of your writing level; I won’t pad my analysis with a long synopsis or supplementary materials. This is not a guarantee of success, but in my opinion it is the best help you can get.

Please select from the services on the sidebar (or top) menu for more information. To inquire about availability and to book a consultation please email me via the form below or the CONTACT PAGE. I will reply as soon as I can.

Good luck, happy writing and I hope to work with you soon!



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