Do you want your script to be a page turner? Do you want to ensure that it stands out among the thousands of other scripts which are competing for the attention of producers, broadcasters and agents? Then you need a script reader/editor!
You have the advantage of writing with your own unique voice, so you have every opportunity to position yourself as a highly sought-after screenwriter.
However, since development executives read dozens of scripts per week, yours has to be exceptional to capture their attention.
Some of the ways in which screenwriters sabotage their careers include sending out scripts before they are ready and failing to spot formatting/spelling/grammar mistakes in them! The result? They may not even be read!
But for those who choose to invest in elevating their scripts to the highest level, many achieve great success, increased profile, financial security and a long career.
To optimise your opportunity to achieve these goals, I provide the following services:
- Reading of script or treatment
- Detailed feedback on your script
- Analysis of presentation, story, structure, theme, pace, dialogue, characterisation, tone, and genre
- Meeting or online video call to discuss the script report
- Advice on next steps for your project
- Script editing of multiple drafts
- Detailed feedback on multiple drafts of your script
- Analysis of presentation, structure, theme, pace, dialogue, characterisation, tone, and genre
- Analysis of story progression and marketability
- Meetings or online video calls to discuss the script reports
- Advice on next steps for your project
Script Reading for Competitions / Funding Rounds
I read all submissions and give a detailed and succinct report on each.
I reached the 2016 Quarterfinals of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which stages the Oscars. I’ve been trained in Script Editing by the Script Factory (UK) and the BBC. I’m also a graduate of the ProSeries Professional Screenwriting Program – named #1 online screenwriting course by Script Magazine in 2010 – and the Professional Rewrite Class, both run by ScreenwritingU in Los Angeles. I was a Script Reader for Northern Ireland Screen from 2013–2014. I have provided script reading and editing services to screenwriters in the USA, the UK, Ireland, Australia and South Africa.
“As an international multi-award winning writer supported solely through my efforts in the screen industry I am acutely aware that when my script or treatment lands on the desk of a funding body or investor it has but one shot. Therefore, to give it the best possible chance, I pass it through the filter of insightfulness, creativity and keen intelligence which is Fiona Ashe. Without reserve, I recommend her to any position where her formidable talents in script editing and analysis can be called upon.” — Declan Cassidy, multi-award-winning writer/director, ‘Whatever Turns You On’.
“I feel very lucky to have been given Fiona’s name to assist me as I worked on a film script of my novel. Fiona’s approach was thorough, insightful and honest without being in any way unkind. It was clear that she read and assessed the script with a keen eye and ear, and her advice was crucial. Fiona also recommended several terrific books to help me on this, my first journey into scriptwriting. She has reviewed a further draft with equal professionalism and also had a conference call where each and every issue I had was fully addressed. I would very strongly recommend Fiona and am glad she is part of my ongoing review process.” — Fran Russell Banks, Author of ‘Blown Apart’, winner of the Irish Writers’ Novel Award 2016.
“I am a professional screenwriter who has hired Fiona Ashe to edit two treatments and query letters for agents and production companies. She is a very talented script editor who helped guide my treatments into solid scripts. I would gladly recommend her to anyone seeking help with their work.” — Eileen McAuley, commissioned and optioned scriptwriter.
“Fiona’s service was very prompt and professional and her notes really helped smooth over the gaps in my story. Highly recommended!” — John O’Rourke, writer/post graduate BA (Hons) Film & Broadcasting, DIT.
The investment required for my script reading/editing services depends on the length of your script or treatment. To request more details or to get a quotation, please click here to contact me.