As writers, we spend a lot of time alone. Starring at the blank page, the blinking cursor, it's easy to become filled with doubt. Where do I go from here? Is this good? Why did I spend all that money on a literature degree?
Writing a feature film script is a long, arduous process. It's ignoring the voice in your head telling you to watch Netflix or check Instagram. For me, it's all about picturing the final product in my head. Describing on the page what I'm visualizing and hearing. For those that have had the fortune of seeing your work produced, there is really nothing like it. A director coming on board, the casting process, location scouting, shooting, hearing the music composed to give your characters a soundtrack, and finally, seeing the final version up on the big screen.
What once existed only in your head, now exists in the world. Charlie Brooker (creator of Black Mirror) once compared it to an imaginary friend suddenly knocking on your front door. I love that.
I've found there to be no great asset to a writer than a good sounding board. I send every draft of every script to trusted writer and producer friends for coverage and feedback. I'm lucky to have those people in my life. I've decided to offer this service as a way to be that sounding board for other writers. What I'm offering is simple, I'll read your script, give honest and detailed coverage, and perhaps a few notes or ideas for how it might be improved. There are a million companies that offer this same thing, the biggest problem is that you rarely know who is reading them. Is it an intern? Is it a jaded writer who has no desire to see someone else succeed? I offer transparency. If I don't have time, I wont take it on. But if I'm in between projects, this seems like a great way to be a part of the writing community, as well as make some extra money to buy my incoming daughter cool hats.
Who am I?
I'm a writer and producer. I have produced four feature films and two pilots with folks like Patton Oswalt, Daniel Stern, Jane Lynch, Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell, and Abigail Breslin. As a writer, my first feature premiered at Tribeca and my second is in pre-production. I worked with Will Ferrell's "Funny or Die" for a good while before that. I'm repped at one of the five big agencies. This has been a 15 years success and not an overnight. And like everyone, I'm still grinding and pushing for the next thing.
For $75, I'll read your feature script and provide a logline and one page of notes. I'll also happily give you an honest rating on structure, dialogue, etc. And I wont be nice just so you'll pass along my info. I'll be honest and try to help.
For $100, I'll also add either a phone call or Skype, or we can email questions and answers and I can try and provide any career advice that's helped me along the way. I always see people asking how to get representation or navigate this world once they finish their script. Honestly, same price for a pilot as while it's a little shorter to read, it overall ends up being the same amount of work.
I'll do $35 for a short though (under 20 pages).
TIMELINE: I'd be aiming for 7 days, but could tell you at the time how busy I am. I'd rather give you a date and finish sooner than apologize for being late.
Not trying to get rich here, just thought maybe it's a way to help each other out and I have a pretty good perspective being someone on both sides of it (as a producer, we option 3-5 scripts a year).
To get the process started, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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About Luke Barnett
Luke is a writer, producer, and co-founder of Lone Suspect, a boutique production company dedicated to the development, packaging, and production of film, television, and new media projects. Often brought in for their ability to create the highest quality content on the lowest possible budget, they are probably best known for their work with Will Ferrell's 'Funny or Die', where they created the Streamy nominated series, The Walking Fred, and many topical comedy videos on the site. In 2015, Barnett executive produced Loitering with Intent, a comedy starring Academy Award winners Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell. He followed that with Fear, Inc., a horror-comedy written by Barnett that stars Lucas Neff (Raising Hope, Downward Dog), Caitlin Stasey (Please Like Me), and Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens, Zombieland). Fear, Inc. premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Lone Suspect is currently in post production on the pilot for Captain Karl's Institute for the Abnormally Bizarre, a workplace horror-comedy for eOne starring Daniel Stern (Home Alone), YouTuber Lisa Schwartz, Kate Flannery (The Office), and Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld), as well as Painkillers, a dramatic horror film starring Adam Huss (Power), Madeline Zima (Californication), Grant Bowler (Defiance, True Blood), and Mischa Barton (The O.C.). and Anderson Falls a crime thriller with Gary Cole (Veep) and Shawn Ashmore (X-Men) and the first American film from renowned French director Julien Seri.
They have multiple projects in development including Dycktator (Patton Oswalt, Jane Lynch), Everything's Peachy, directed by and starring Daniel Stern, and the mockumentary Faith Based.