Ranked 5th in the Country
"The best example I've seen of how an analyst can give concrete help without veering off the track of your story... (he) is not just telling you how to rewrite a particular script... much of what he said could be applied to future work as well."
— Nancy Hendrickson in her review of 24 script consultants in Creative Screenwriting magazine

If you want to learn how to write a great script in seven days and sell it for a zillion dollars, then you've come to the wrong place. However, if you're ready to roll up your sleeves and get busy on improving your script and growing as a writer, then my experience as a screenwriter, development exec and filmmaker can help you. Today.

As a screenplay consultant, I immerse myself in your project - taking cues from your work, mining your script - to help you elevate it and your writing to their fullest potential. Having read more than three thousand scripts, I know that not all screenplays fit into one mold. Thus, I am a flexible story analyst, adapting to each writer and script.

I have taught and helped thousands of screenwriters and filmmakers, with students and clients ranging from beginners to A-list superstars (with billions in box-office receipts). I was a star speaker at many of the Screenwriting Expos and was invited by Disney to teach story at Siggraph in Boston. I directed the original 41 Expo DVDs, as well as my well-reviewed Killer Endings.

I produced the award-winning feature film Hard Scrambled starring Kurtwood Smith (That 70's Show), which had its world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival. The Washington Post called the filmmaking tutorials I wrote for the bonus material "a must for would-be filmmakers."

The breadth of my dramaturgy and approaches are exemplified in the review I did for Creative Screenwriting magazine of some of the country's top screenwriting teachers (read online | download PDF). And here is a quick example of how I use three different paradigms-dramaturgy, mythology, psychology - to explain the same concept: Character Arc.

My experience as a filmmaker allows me to approach issues like dialogue, scene writing and theme with unparalleled specificity. If you're an indie filmmaker, I can't emphasize how important it is to put 0.10% to 1% of your budget into development support. Your competitors - the studios - put tens of thousands of dollars into development of each project.

Or if you're trying to break into the Hollywood spec market, allow my diverse professional points of view help you succeed in this brutally competitive field.

My services are intensive, interactive, and/or ongoing, so please email or call to learn how I can help you.


Jim Mercurio

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