HI, MY NAME'S MITCHELL PECK. My specialty is working with aspiring screenwriters
I've produced 3 studio movies (and made numerous studio script development deals) -- all based on screenplays I developed with first-time, unrepresented screenwriters.
I have an unequaled track-record of proven successes on behalf of aspiring screenwriters at Hollywood's best literary agencies, top management-production companies, and major movie studios.
And unlike most other self-proclaimed script "gurus," my success stories are actually verifiable on IMDB and in the Hollywood trade papers.
I recently decided to open Hollywood Embassy as a boutique screenplay consultancy. (See below to read the full story of why.)
Are you ready to develop your screenplay, professionally? If yes...
How Hollywood Embassy began
A few years ago, my Dad wrote a screenplay. As with most first scripts, there was ample room for improvement. I gave him expert development notes based on my 20 years of experience as a professional movie producer. Dad promptly disregarded my notes! He'd grown attached to his first draft. ;)
Dad sent his script to Hollywood's literary agencies, production companies and movie studios, but it was automatically denied everywhere due to a blanket policy of "No Unsolicited Submissions." Next, Dad paid to enter various Script Contests and Pitch Fests in the hopes of getting discovered...but he didn't "win" any of them. Then, Dad hired a few script Coverage Services, but the analysis was formulaic -- with no specific suggestions for how to improve it. (I explained that coverage exists for the company's benefit, not the screenwriter's; it's a summary judgment, never detailed development notes.)
Lastly, Dad happened upon an emergent niche of "Script Consultants." I was shocked to find most of these so-called experts didn't have any actual produced movie credits themselves, their testimonials cited options to unlisted production companies -- and not one of them had developed an aspiring writer's script successfully into production as a studio movie (or even enough to earn a studio script development deal). At this point, I intervened to protect my Dad. I told him that Hollywood has a simple way of measuring a person's contribution to a movie: credits. If someone claims to have contributed to a movie, then he will have been credited on it; otherwise, if he doesn't have any produced movie credits, then he's never made a meaningful contribution to a movie. (IMDB is the industry-standard website.) I asked my Dad why he would want a person like that messing with his script? He wouldn't. I firmly steered my Dad away from these types.
The three most valuable ways a screenwriter can improve his craft are by writing scripts, reading scripts, and watching movies. Beyond these, there are many good ways to learn: film schools, seminars, books, podcasts, coverage services, and even contests. However, the best method for a writer to improve a particular screenplay is by getting specific notes from an accredited professional who has successfully developed other scripts within the Hollywood movie studio system. Unfortunately, this type of expert guidance isn't readily available for aspiring screenwriters outside of Hollywood. After watching my Dad's earnest, intelligent approach yield unsatisfying results, it occurred to me that a screenplay consultancy like this would be useful, and rare...and that I could provide such a service, on a limited basis.
I love working with aspiring screenwriters. I've produced 3 studio movies (and made numerous studio deals) from scripts I developed with first-time, unrepresented screenwriters. That's my unique ability: identifying a script's potential, and knowing how to optimize its chances of success in Hollywood -- including representation at top literary agencies, studio development deals, and major movie productions. I'm proud to have helped so many aspiring screenwriters launch their professional Hollywood careers at the highest levels.
Script development is a delicate, labor-intensive process. As one person, I will only be able to consult with a handful of writers at any given time. Yet, I'm confident that serious, aspiring screenwriters who carefully research the best options for improving their scripts will find me. And my boutique consulting service will be for people like them -- like my Dad.
Regardless of how you choose to improve your script, my friendly advice is this: look for a professional who has actual produced movie credits, and verify his claims to expertise. That's the same advice I gave my Dad, and it's the best advice I can give you.