Screenplay/Script Assessment

You've finished your screenplay!  Nice work.

Now get some objective feedback BEFORE you send it to market.

My aim is to give you constructive, writer-friendly feedback that helps you improve your screenplay AND move it closer to being market ready.  I'll tell you what's working and what isn't. PLUS I can deliver your assessment in a detailed document or in person - whichever works best for you.

Not quite ready to fire over your script but want to check that you're on the right track?  I offer a One on One 90 Minute Story Consultation - so if that's more your speed - let's talk.

Check out my FAQ and testimonials below - and if you have questions please get in touch! 

“Long story short, I couldn’t find a script editor that understood comedy. Until I found Kathryn! She instantly got what I was going for. Her notes were concise,clear and she helped me make the story better, and funnier! The script has gone on to win a major award in America and be read by some of the biggest comedy producers in Hollywood. Thank you Kathryn!” Allan George - Screenwriter

Check out my article - Six Things To Do Before You Send Out You Screenplay 

One Pager & Logline - Fee: $165.00 + gst

A short pitch document is often your first step in getting folks interested in reading your script.  I'll check that your concept is humming, the read is engaging and you've nailed the fundamental story elements BEFORE you send it out into the world. New project? there's no faster more effective way to check your premise is solid BEFORE you invest months of writing work. You might also find this useful - Check out 8 Ways New Screenwriters Undermine Their Screenplay

Script Read + Skype Consultation - Fee: $525.00 + gst

I'll read your completed screenplay and deliver your feedback via a one hour skype consultation.  This is one of the most commonly requested of my services because, in addition to verbal notes, it gives the writer a great opportunity to discuss the feedback, ask questions and get advice about moving their project forward.

"Kathryn's assessments are considered, detailed and get to the heart of the matter. Most importantly they support the development of the script and writer. If you are seeking clear and precise insight that will absolutely advance your script, look no further." James Ashcroft - Producer

"Kathryn quickly got to the heart of my script. She is a constructive problem solver and offered practical solutions to assist me where I was stuck. Her feedback is honest and provocative - I came out invigorated and with fresh eyes and a new perspective on my work." Claire van Beek - Screenwriter & director

Feature Screenplay Assessment - Fee: $645.00 + gst

My comprehensive analysis and indepth assessment provides 5-7 pages of written notes will identify your screenplay’s strengths and weaknesses.  It covers in detail characters, structure, story, dialogue and determines whether your screenplay delivers on the promise of the concept + genre.  And best of all - it indicates areas that need attention before BEFORE you take it to market.  

Includes an optional 30 minute discussion via phone or Skype  to go through the assessment and ask any questions. (NB: Stated fee for screenplays up to 110 pages)

"I worked with Kathryn recently and found her script diagnosis extremely useful, practical, and targeted toward the preparation of the next draft, which was exactly what I had asked for. Because she is also a writer, she is solutions-driven - a total pro." Anthony McCarten – Award-winning Screenwriter (The Theory of Everything, Via Satellite, Show of Hands)

“Working one-on-one with Kathryn has been nothing short of empowering, guiding me with honesty and practical support to get around tight corners. She’s reassuring, a great sounding board, and offers a fresh outlook on the craft.” Jamie Lawrence – Screenwriter/Director (Cub)

Short Film Script Assessment - Fee: $295 + gst

A strong screenplay and central concept is vital for a successful short film.  My written assessment will identify your project's strengths and weaknesses. It will assess characters, structure, story, dialogue and whether your screenplay delivers on the promise of the concept + genre. (NB: Stated fee for screenplays up to 16 pages only.)

"Kathryn took my 24 page script for "Cradle" and helped me see how to pare it back from a bloated space opera to a nimble tie fighter. Did I fight it all the way? Yes. Was it better? Abso-freaking-lutely! The film went into production last year." Hugh Calveley - Writer (Cradle)

"Kathryn knows all the tricks and traps of writing short films, particularly in how the storytelling must be different than in feature films. She has a keen eye for using the grammar of cinema to its best effect, and her feedback is insightful and direct without being condescending or confrontational. I highly recommend her." Steve Barr - Screenwriter/Producer/Executive Producer Blue Harvest Shorts (Premiere Shorts)

"I'm excited to report that my script has been named winner for Best Short Script at Hollywood Horrorfest and Best Unproduced Script at the St Tropez International Film Festival. Thank you so much for your script consultations. It has been instrumental in developing the script." Juliet Bergh, (Hannah's Party)

TV Scripts and Treatments - these puppies can be so enormously varied best you contact me for a quote. 

Read my FAQ below or drop me a line. 

"What do I look for in a script editor? I look for someone who instinctively understands the strengths and weakness of the work in front of them. Someone who works with you rather than against you. Someone who will bring out not just the besti n the work but the best in you as a writer. This is why I pick up the phone and call Kathryn. She is my weapon of choice." Nick Ward – Screenwriter (Stickmen, Secondhand Wedding, Love Birds) 

"My recent script consultation with Kathryn was quite simply the best thing that ever happened to my screenplay. After struggling for a very long time, Kathryn's incisive and astute feedback and suggestions helped me to solve issues within weeks.  Her questions (I call them 'Kathryn questions') were notoriously annoying - because they stopped me in my tracks and hit the nail on the head every time; and being able to answer them solved problems in the script that I hadn't even known were there.  By the end of our consultation, I felt I had a script I could confidently pitch to producers.  Kathryn was a pleasure to work with. She made the process totally enjoyable and constructive in every way. I hope to work with her again and would recommend her any time." Jade Valour - Screenwriter/Novelist

"Some great things about your assessment: professional, insightful, and in depth. You provide the kind of feedback that is not only going to help my rewrite, but feedback I am also going to grow and learn from, which I believe will ultimately help me become a better writer. Thank you." David Bath – Osaka, Japan

"Kathryn's analysis of my screenplay was right on the money. She helped me to identify key problems and offered workable solutions. As a professional screenwriter, she has a deep understanding of structure and how to create memorable characters that leap off the page. She definitely brought a level of talent to my project that exceeded all expectations.
Thank you Kathryn!"
Ellory Elkayem – Director (Eight- Legged Freaks, Return of The Living Dead – Necropolis, Without A Paddle)

“I have worked with Kathryn on various projects – and having utilised her script assessing and script consulting skills, I have found Kathryn to be astute assessor, and diligent and hard-working, very quickly identifying weaknesses in a script and posing solutions. As a Script Consultant she is insightful and methodical and a great team player – working well with writers and producers on the team.  I would not hesitate to work with Kathryn again." Karl Zohrab – Producer

“Kathryn recognised strengths in my script that others didn't and identified weaknesses that I couldn't. She helped me see how much better my work could be and inspired me to bring that out. She has a fine intuition for story structure and character arcs. Her in-depth feedback is always constructive and helps you set a path that takes your script to the next level. She's a pleasure to work with and a great collaborator.” Mark Prebble – Screenwriter/Director 

"I found Kathryn's script assessments for "Dean Spanley" to be very insightful, succinct and thoughtful. They were on par with any international assessments I've commissioned and I have no doubt I will be using her again in the future." Matthew Metcalf – Producer (Dean Spanley. The Ferryman, Love Birds)

“Kathryn is my go-to person for script consulting and screenplay assessment. She’s worked on four of my feature film projects and has made a significant contribution to all – in part because writers love working with her and enjoy the way she conducts the script consultation sessions.” Maile Daugherty – Producer (Rest For The Wicked, Be Careful, Eeling)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:How much does a screenplay assessment cost?
A: The fee for a standard length Feature Film Screenplay (up to max. 110 pages) is NZ$645.00 + GST

Q: How long will it take for me to get my assessment?
A: Depending on my workload I deliver within 2-4 weeks. I operate on a first come first served basis – and I will give you an accurate delivery time when we book your assessment.

Q: Do you assess short film and TV scripts?  A: Yes I sure do.

Q: Do you assess treatments, outlines and TV proposal documents?  A: Yes

Q: Can I contact you with questions about my completed assessment?
A: Yes, as part of the fee you can email me with any questions you have.

Q: Do I need to worry about confidentiality?
A: Absolutely not. I will never discuss your work with anyone except you!  And if I did want to mention that your great project exists I’d get your permission first.

Q: Will you co-write or help me with ideas and story fixes?
A: Nope. I’m not a co-writer  - my job is to give your objective feedback about what needs some attention as you to move your script to the next level.

Q: Do you assess books or poetry or non-fiction?
A: I would love to but unfortunately books, poetry and non-fiction really aren’t my forte.  However I do assess short film screenplays, television proposals/scripts and play scripts.  And I can recommend other assessors.

Q: Do you use other assessors or do you read everything yourself?
A: As a rule I don’t employ other readers but if my workload is OTT I may use one of a handful of people who I use for my own work (and who I know will do a brilliant job) – but only if you agree to it first!

Contact Kathryn about your script consultation requirements.

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