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From: Carlo D.
Sent on: Monday, July 23, 2012 8:59 PM

Good Monday Evening

Jeff wanted to send this message along to everyone. Message below.



Greetings, Phoenix Screenwriters!

I hope you're all doing well, and that you're making good progress with your scripts.

I wanted to provide a quick clarification of emails that have been sent regarding the script services I have offered to the PSA group.

First, based on a large number of requests I've received over the past couple of years, I've decided to offer some classes to writers in Los Angeles.  The website for those classes will go "live" today.  As a result of what I believe will be a good turnout on a regular basis, I won't have as much time to read and consult on your scripts.

That's why I've set a hard July 31st deadline for anyone who wishes to secure my private services, including proofreading and correction, story/script analysis, outlining, etc.  I've worked with over a dozen Phoenix writers in the last few weeks, and I know that some of them have shared testimonials with Carlo and the group.

If you wish to take advantage of these services, feel free to contact me at [address removed].

Second, although I've only said it a couple times in the past, and because I've been asked about this a lot since my last visit to Phoenix, I will state my position on whether or not I can help PSA writers by co-writing a screenplay with them, and using my contacts and connections in L.A. to bring the script to market.

Basically, if I come across a script or story that I'm particularly excited about, I will definitely consider joining a PSA writer as co-writer.  But, as you can imagine, it's impossible for me to judge a story or a draft of a script if it isn't complete.  I'm always looking for a great script or idea, but it has to be well thought out and it must conform to story and structure guidelines.  I can't listen to a half-baked concept and volunteer to fix it from top to bottom, and then write it for you.

Similarly, I won't risk my credibility within the L.A. writing community by distributing a screenplay that isn't ready.  If you want me to consider your project, it needs to have a solid foundation.

Third, Carlo has asked if I would be interested in guiding a small group, perhaps 6-8 PSA writers, through the entire process of writing a screenplay.  For example, to start you off at the outline stage, walk you through that process, then into writing the first 10, crucial pages, then a session to pinpoint specific rewrite areas on those pages, then on to completing Act One, etc., until the entire screenplay is written.

In approximately 120 days, the 6-8 writers who participate in this class would have a finished, second draft screenplay that has gone through the analysis process from outlining through printing.

We will discuss this further, since I anticipate being in Phoenix on a regular basis over the next few months.

You have my personal email address and I'm pretty good at responding.  Be well, folks.



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