Write to Reel

Hank offers his thoughts on your script, expressed through the Write to Reel question format, for $100.

The process inevitably results in slightly more (occasionally a lot more) than 1500 words about the strengths and opportunities of your script.

Your story will be rated utilizing the following criteria:

1.) Marketability of the Idea
2.) Plot Stability
3.) Quality of Characters
4.) Dialogue and Description
5.) Format
6.) What Hank liked…
7.) What needs work…

Since everyone loves ratings, the overall score will then earn one of the following:

A.) Why isn’t this a movie yet?
B.) Polish it, then query it.
C.) A rewrite or two away from being ready.

*SPECIAL* The $100 price point also includes a 60 minute follow-up Skype session with Hank to ask any questions you have about the review.

Thanks for reading and for considering this service for your script.

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Testimonials from You, Our Readers

I sent GIDEON in to WritetoReel thinking it was pretty much done…I was really happy with it….

After I got Roy’s Review and wonderful notes and suggestions I realized I needed to revisit it. When Roy reviewed the script it was 126pgs long…After I got Roy’s notes and Hank’s suggestions afterwards in the discussion forum, I was able to get it down to about 115pgs.

When I rewrote it per the notes I ended up completely rewriting a scene that made the script that much stronger. Then I entered it into 2 more screenplay competitions called ACT ONE and KAIROS PRIZE and just heard back from ACT ONE that it made the top 111 scripts and the quarter finals…November I will find out if it makes the Semi’s. KAIROS doesn’t announce their quarters until Nov or Dec sometime….But thanks to the detailed review the script has gotten so much better.

Not only that, but I have since revisited GIDEON and just recently put the finishing touches on some major reworking of the script, by combining two characters into one, and cutting out whole scenes and replacing them with new scenes…GIDEON is now at 110 pgs. and it would not be where it is now if not for WritetoReel and their wonderful service to the screenwriting community. I have learned just as much reading their in depth reviews of others scripts as I did with my own.

How can you put a price on two people that care enough to help make you a better writer and your screenplay the best it can be….You CAN’T!

So you just have to settle for whatever they are willing to charge and shake off that guilty feeling of getting something worth more than what you are paying for.

By the way, I would love to post the latest version of GIDEON as proof the service is worth the price of admission…..Thanks ROY and HANK for all you do….

Sincerely, Randall W. Hahn – Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

As luck would have it, I happened to stumble upon Hank and Roy’s services at Write To Reel out of pure chance, a mere passing exchange of courtesies from one writer to another on the Internet. At the time, I was tired of the usual back and forth style of getting my work read by someone who did not know their craft. For every one Hank or Roy, you get one hundred others who picked up a Syd Field book or read over one of The Bitter Script Reader’s entries and started calling themselves screenwriters, crucifying your work for no other reason than they don’t know how to actually give criticism.

And after enough conflicting notes, after you’ve been lectured by another fifteen-year-old who thinks you need to add more chicks into the mix, the idea of jumping right back into that mess didn’t seem very appealing.

Thankfully, I took the time to visit Write To Reel, and immediately understood what Hank and Roy were attempting to accomplish. They wanted to understand the craft just as much as I did, yet they did it in such a simplistically brilliant way: they invited writers to showcase their work and, together, they would learn from each other. They’d dissect the writer’s techniques, praise their strengths, and warn of any missed stumbling blocks. The writer got great coverage, while Hank and Roy learned valuable lessons that they’d be able to apply themselves as writers.

I couldn’t have been more pleased with the notes I received from Hank; not because of the praise, but because he saw the scope of the story. He was able to look past the petty spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors that any writer makes and scrutinized my spec the way it needed to be. Even if he had hated the story, the characters, or all of it, I still would have been grateful for the service, because it was exactly what I needed at the time: unbiased, unfiltered truth. Naturally, we writers are self-conscious when it comes to our passion projects, but the truth needs to be told if anything is to come of it in the future.

Because of Hank’s excellent criticism, I was able to see my spec from an outsider’s perspective, and it made all of the difference. If you have reached that point yourself, where your beta readers aren’t enough anymore, and you need to know the strengths and weaknesses of your work, I would highly recommend Hank from WriteToReel. The in-depth look at your work will be an invaluable tool at your side as you continue to polish your craft.

Taylor McCleve – Founding Member of Silver Creek Productions

Write to Reel provided me with an awesome review and a new comprehension of Storm Dragons. The review gave me many points to work on. Their wise and priceless advice led me to improved versions of my project and they were largely responsible for my screenplay success as a quarter and a semi-finalist in two different contests. I wish to make public my gratitude, my congratulations for the great work and my wishes of success to you both.”

Leonardo R., Creative World Awards Semifinalist and Top 1O in the Contest of Contest Winners

When you’ve done all you can to make your script as good as you possibly can, it’s time to put a fresh set of eyes on it. Hank and Roy can help spot those flaws that we as the author don’t see because we’re too close to the story. Because it is so hard to view your own work objectively, you really need that second perspective to help with your final draft. The things I thought were obvious in my own script turned out to be less obvious than I thought. The review and notes I received from Write To Reel were invaluable to my being able to spot the areas where I could make the finishing touches that made my good script a great one. If “good” isn’t good enough, you need Hank and Roy.

Michael J.

Before you submit, we do have a few guidelines.

Terms and Conditions – This is a typical NDA you’ll have to sign. It establishes we’re only giving you notes. We’d love to recommend good scripts to agents or producers, but we can’t (and won’t) promise that.

Page Length – Typical scripts are around 100 to 120 pages in length. We’ll accept scripts from 80 pages to 140 pages. If you’re not within these lengths, you’ve got a problem (especially with Hollywood readers).

Turnaround Time – Quoted time is 10 to 14 business days. More often than not we’ll get that done sooner. We don’t like work waiting on us, so staying caught up is important. We also reserve the right to stop accepting scripts should the backlog become too great. (A great problem to have for us, but not fair for our readers to pay and then wait on pins and needles while we catch up.)

Privacy – As this is a service you’re paying us for, all notes and scripts will remain private. In rare instance we may ask to post examples from your script or reviews but know that we will NEVER do so without the author’s permission.

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