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Topic: Nicholl, Major contest tune ups

Author: John Arends Posted: 03/05/08 01:28 AM

Noticed the news item today - the Nicholl Fellowships are now open for submission. And the deadlines for the other major contests are right around the corner. So...

For what it's worth, if anyone is looking for a top-flight script analyst to take a script that is really close -- as good as you think you can get it -- up to an even higher level... I just had an excellent experience along those lines with Sheila Gallien.

She's a former assistant to William Broyles, Jr., the guy who wrote Cast Away, Unfaithful, Jarhead, Apollo 13, etc., and was a reader for CAA for several years. Real, in the trenches experience, working with scripts that not only got made, but, well, rocked...

Anyway, the analysis was deep stuff. She focused on the spine of the story, the core conflicts, and aligning the action, character goals and set-ups to deliver even more emotional impact.

She's not for every one, and she's not cheap -- she's the first one to tell you that, on her web site and in her articles. But if you've got something that needs a real sharp, pro's eye...and you're into honest, tell-it-like-it-is analysis...Sheila is definitely worth taking a close look at, to see if she's a fit for you and your material.

I've also heard great things about Barb Doylan, here and elsewhere, but haven't had the pleasure of working with her.

Any others out there that MB'ers would recommend, as well?


Author: Jean Hunter Posted: 03/05/08 08:48 AM

You can't go wrong with Barb Doyon - she really delivers and at a fraction of the cost. No one sees my work until Barb has blessed it. She's tops. :)

Check out her website (link above) and read about her and her many well-deserved testimonials.

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 03/21/08 10:46 PM

Hi everyone,

I just tried Barb for the first time with two scripts and I can't tell you how amazingly impressed I was with her service. She was professional, gave me a date to expect the feedback and met it promptly.

I've just sent her two more.

Thanks for the info on Sheila, John. I'm so glad to have these two women who come so highly praised.

Take care, Heather

Author: jerry pinn Posted: 03/26/08 05:08 PM

Hi Folks,

Just a doubt! If the script turns out to be exceptionally well or recommend class, do they help those scripts get into the right hands?

Thank you,

Bye Bye Vj

Author: Jean Hunter Posted: 03/26/08 05:43 PM

Hi Jerry -

Barb's website will answer your questions.

She's topnotch. :)

Author: ERIC SENTELL Posted: 03/26/08 06:23 PM

Barb's not only top notch in quality, she's also the best bargain in the consulting biz. It's simply amazing how reasonable her rates are and the specials she runs are incredible. This month she's offering a two for one deal that's unbelievable!

Author: John Arends Posted: 03/26/08 08:41 PM

Jerry -

Best to get all the details right from the website, per Jean's sound advice just above.

Sheila's URL is: