“I previously received notes from two very experienced, produced, professional screenwriters, who have placed highly in the Nicholl Fellowship and Page Awards, and your coverage was easily more thorough, understandable, and valuable. Now that I’ve seen the high quality of analysis you give, I recommend your services enthusiastically.”
-Brian McLaughlin, Emerald Elephant Entertainment, Writer/Producer
With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Joanna first received her training as a script reader with a literary management company - reading everything from drama and horror to comedies, pilots, specs and shorts to be able to identify screenplays ready for production and find strong screenwriters based on an understanding of the core elements of a successful script. Since then, she has read for producers, major studios and screenwriters, helping to find the screenplays ready to be produced and to polish the stories writers have written.
Unlike other story analysts, Joanna’s experience as an actor helps her have a keen eye for character and dialogue while her own experience as a writer helps her understand the creative process when consulting on a script. As a screenwriter, she studied with the late, great Syd Field. Joanna is known for her ability to masterfully analyze screenplays, articulate objectively what’s working and what’s not and help writers move into feeling confident in how to specifically improve their work.
- Apprentice - One Page Analysis* - Exactly as it sounds, a one page story analysis of the strengths of your screenplay and what needs polishing to help strengthen it, plus development suggestions to help you move forward with a rewrite.
- Expert - Detailed Studio Style Notes* - An in-depth analysis delving into ten specific aspects of your screenplay (such as character, pacing, dialogue, tone, etc) to evaluate how your script fares in each area and personalized development suggestions for your screenplay.
- Rookie - First 10 Eval - Don't have a full screenplay yet? Not sure if you're grabbing the audience in the crucial first 10 ages? Perfect for writers that have a hard time getting what they envision in their head on to the page. An evaluation of the first 10 pages of your screenplay. In a one-on-one phone consultation, you'll get personalized advice and discover why your screenplay may not be coming across as you intend it - before you write the full script! If you have any doubts, this is the service for you so you can get clear direction and answers. It's also the service for you if you want to see how effective that crucial first 10 pages is.
*Complimentary follow up phone consultation is included after you receive your notes!
“I have always had a passion for the visual story. I have an innate understanding of story structure and attention to detail. That, combined with having worked with producers, screenwriters, and literary management as a script reader, has given me the tools to be able to help you polish your screenplay and get past the ‘gatekeeper’ by identifying your script’s strengths and weaknesses.
I want to help you tell the stories you want to share with the world!"