Linda Seger is the author of 9 screenwriting books and a consultant on over 100 produced films and television shows, includingPeter Jackson's "Braindead","Universal Soldier" by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, "The Bridge" (miniseries), and "The Long Walk Home."
A script consultant since 1981, she has presented seminars on screenwriting in 33 countries around the world, leading talks at ABC, NBC, CBS, Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, and more. Sought out internationally, Linda has trained script consultants from New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Scadinavia.
In Dr. Seger's own words,"My job is to identify, analyze, and help solve elusive script problems while nurturing your creative process. Whether you only have an idea, a completed script, or are ready to begin filming, I can help you move your project to the next level."
Includes 10-12 pages of notes. The notes include an analysis of structure, story, character, and theme, plus comment on what works, what doesn't work, and how to strengthen, tighten, and clarify the work.
Script Overview Plus Script Notes
Includes the above service, plus written notations on the script. Script Notes includes suggestions for scenes that could be cut or condensed, dialogue that could be clearer, possible character changes and where to insert story changes.
The Annotated Script
This service includes a 12-15 page conceptual report (the same as The Overview) and then Notes are added on the Screenplay Document (in FinalDraft or Word) which show how to apply the Report to the Rewrite. It has more detail and explanation than the margin notes and actually makes cuts on the script, suggests some dialog changes, plus gives concepts to think about Specific Scenes as the Writer is doing the rewrite.
Includes 20-30 pages of notes, including conceptual notes, a graphic analysis of the script, a page-by-page analysis.
Script Consultation from Early Draft into Production
This includes consultation on treatment and outlines, complete Script Breakdown service, plus top priority status and availability through first week of production. Includes up to four additional reads with polish notes at no extra charge.
Occasionally writers, producers, directors, and executives want a reading of a script, to determine whether it's worth pursuing for consultation. This service includes a reading of the script and a one page report on commerciality, general strengths and weaknesses, and a recommendation about whether to proceed to a consultation.
For consulting on script through two or more drafts, then to rough cut of the film and availability in pre-production, production and post-production. - Includes up to four additional reads with polish notes at no extra charge.
Sometimes producers or writers need to integrate two different drafts, choosing the best of both but it's difficult to see the forest for the trees when integrating scripts. This service includes cutting and pasting and, if necessary, re-structuring the script to use the best of two different scripts.
Editing notes for rough cut.
Dr. Linda Seger created and defined the job of script consultant when she began her business in 1981, based on a method for analyzing scripts she developed for her dissertation project. Since then, she has consulted on over 2000 scripts, including over 40 produced feature films and about 35 produced television projects. Her clients have included TriStar Pictures, Ray Bradbury, William Kelley, Linda Lavin, Suzanne de Passe, Tony Bill, as well as production companies and writers from six continents.
Dr. Seger is an internationally known speaker in the area of screenwriting, having taught and lectured in over 30 countries on 6 continents. She presented the first professional screenwriting seminar in both Moscow and Bulgaria, and has trained script consultants and script editors in Germany, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Austria, and Italy. She has given seminars for studios, networks, production companies, television series, and film commissions.
As the author of nine books, Seger has appeared in more than 60 radio and television shows, including All Things Considered, National Public Radio, Good Morning L.A., Good Morning New York, and CNN. She is included in The World Who's Who of Women, Five Thousand Personalities of the World, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Entertainment, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the West, The International Edition of 5000 Notable Women, Leading Intellectuals of the World, Two Thousand Notable American Women, The International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women, and 2000 Notable American Women.
"I found MAKING A GOOD SCRIPT GREAT so helpful, specifically your section on the Central Question and on creating scene sequences. I've used those concepts on all my films starting with APOLLO 13." - Ron Howard
"Linda's technique is a light to see by." - Ray Bradbury
"Linda is one of the most generous and insightful story and script consultants I have ever met. It takes a special talent to be able to address, critique and analize another person's writing without damaging the spirit and passion of the writers. Linda has that very special talent. Linda and I have consulted together on projects here in the States as well as overseas. And again I am impressed with her unique talents, insights and patience." - Mark Travis
(Mark Travis is a director and directing teacher and has given directing seminars and classes around the world.)
"I have worked with Linda on 4 screenplays now. I am always amazed and delighted at the new possibilities she opens up for me with her notes. I'm not exaggerating when I say she inspires me and drives me to produce the very best I am capable of. I'm dreading the day she hangs up her hat and retires from the biz." - David Gleeson
(David Gleeson, writer-director, WideEye Films, Dublin, Ireland. Credits include: Cowboys and Angels, The Front Line, etc.)
"If you want to take the bullet train to Hollywood, hire Linda Seger as a script consultant. I'd written five scripts using Linda's books as guides and then when I moved to LA Linda became my "go-to" analyst. I never sent a script to my agent or producers without Linda's detailed critiques first. Many times screenwriters are too close to their work to be objective, especially during the first few drafts. With Linda's help, I was able to elevate my work and began selling scripts. Now with several movies produced, I can highly recommend Linda Seger to anyone who is serious about selling their scripts to production companies or studios." - Sharon Cobb
(Sharon Y. Cobb's credits include Lighthouse Hill, On Hostile Ground and Just Write.)
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