As a screenwriter* I like to get notes on my scripts from a variety of sources. I’ll get free notes from friends who are screenwriters, actors, agents, or producers, but I’ll also purchase script notes to get an expert opinion from a complete stranger.
The way I see it, the more feedback I get, the more I see common threads in the notes and the areas in the script in most urgent need of fixing.
One of the more interesting online sites that helps screenwriters with their scripts is Rob Dillon’s Feedback Friday. Every week, Rob, or a guest reviewer, analyzes the first 10 pages of screenplay and posts the pages and the notes on the site.
Any guess on who was the reviewer this week? That’s right, your favorite screenplay consultant who writes in the third person, Script Doctor Eric. If you want to read them, well, just go to:
I won’t be reviewing pages every week for Rob, but that was fun. I’m sure I’ll do it again sometime in 2013.
Want free notes on the first 10 pages of your script from Rob or another guest reviewer on Feedback Friday? Send it to Rob as per directions on the site. You can also contact Rob on Twitter – @rdlln
The notes are public, though, so be ready for everyone to read them. The idea is that others might learn from your mistakes, but I understand if you’re a little hesitant to put your work online. Maybe use an alias? Submit an old script that you don’t care about? There are a few ways around it.
Even if you don’t submit your own pages, I hope you do check out Feedback Friday. There is a lot to gleam from the writing – and notes – of others. As screenwriters, the more we can learn from each other, the better off we’ll all be.
Sorry to get so serious there at the end there.
Happy holidays, and…
** Oh my.