Linda Seger is one of the foremost script consultants in the world and a screenplay coach. She created the script consulting profession in 1981. Linda has worked on over 2,000 scripts and over 100 produced films and television shows. She has spoken on screenwriting in 33 countries on all six continents. Her clients include writers, directors, producers, executives and companies, in film, television, and theater. Clients range from beginners to Academy Award winners such as Peter Jackson and William Kelley.
“When I arrived I had an idea. Three days later the idea had become a complete and rich outline. Linda’s warmth, guidance and insight helped me structure my story and discover the layers that made it come alive.” –Sergio Umansky
“Linda, Thank you for your comments/coverage! It’s so accurate it hurts:). It’s taken a few days to re-read, but you said everything I could sense but couldn’t see!! Thanks again.” — Mary Robbins
“What I love about working with you is how you extract what is already in the woodwork of the screenplay, and then offer ideas on what to expand and what to lessen. It’s really beautiful.” — Chris Scheuerman, Writer-Director
SCRIPT CONSULTANT SERVICES AND FEES
NOTE: Linda does all the work on the script. When you hire Linda, you get Linda.
(see below for how to submit your script)
Hourly Fee: $250
Extra Pages: For scripts over 125 pages, add $5 a page.
Rush Jobs: Add $100 extra to all fees to do a rush for – one week. Contact Linda for availability. Otherwise usual turnaround is 2-3 weeks.
Phone Calls: $250 per hour for phone calls with Linda
Script Evaluation: $400
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.
Story Idea Consultation: $500
Linda will analyze story, characters, and theme on 4-6 story ideas of 1-3 paragraphs each. She’ll provide possible marketability for each idea, guiding the writer to pursue the idea with the most potential.
Novels: $5 per page plus price of the chosen service
For example, if the novel is 200 pages ( $1000 ) with the 12-15 page Overview (plus $1500) Price = $2500 with the 5-6 page report for the Recession Special ($600) – Price = $1600. Linda makes notes on the novel but doesn’t edit the copy, although grammatical errors and awkward sentences will be circled to guide you to re-approaching them but focus is on story and structure, theme and character. See instructions below for submission.
Recession Special: $600
Due to its popularity, the Recession Special has become permanent even when the recession ends. The client has a choice between a 5-6-page written report with suggestions for some additions, subtractions, and changes for the rewrite — Or a phone call of 30-45 minutes can be substituted for the report.. This does not have the detailed analysis of the more expensive services, yet it gives a good guide to the rewrite, with specific suggestions for solving problems, as well as an analysis of the talent of the writer and next steps.
Script Overview Plus Script Notes: $1500
Includes a 12-15 page report plus written notations directly on the script which reinforce the report and add additional details. A phone call of 60-90 minutes can be substituted for the report. The Script Notes that Linda writes include suggestions for scenes that could be cut or condensed, improving script transitions, dialogue that could be clearer, possible character changes, scene transitions and where to insert story changes.
Re-Read Script After Rewrite: $600
Linda will re-read the rewrite and provide polish notes after rewrite.
Script Integration: $2500
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.
The Annotated Script: $2500
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. Linda gives more detail and explanation in this report than in the margin notes and actually makes cuts on the script, suggests some dialogue changes, plus gives concepts to think about as the Writer is doing the rewrite.
Script Breakdown: $3500
Includes 20-30 pages of notes, including conceptual notes, a graphic analysis of the script, a page-by-page analysis.
Script Treatments: 1.5 Line Spacing with 14-point Font
- Treatments up to 6 pages: $50/page
- Treatments 7- 11 pages: $45/page
- Treatments 11 pages or more: $40/page
For Short Films:
- 1-5 pages: $35/page
- 5-15 pages: $30/page
- 15-30 pages: $25/page
Script Consultation from Early Draft into Production: $5000
This includes consultation from Linda 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.
Production Consulting: $7500
For consulting on script up to four drafts, then to rough cut of the film and availability in pre-production, production and post-production. Includes Linda doing up to four additional reads with polish notes at no extra charge.
- Reading Source Material: $2/page
- Breakdown of Source Material: $2500 plus per page charge.
- Series Bible $250
- Sit-com Scripts $750 – includes a series bible of up to 10 pages
- Dramatic Series Scripts $1000 – includes a series bible of up to 10 pages
Attending staged reading, taking notes, one meeting.
Editing notes for rough cut
HOW TO SUBMIT:
For U.S. Clients: To submit a script or any other work to Linda, send a hard copy (without brads) along with any other information that you want Linda to have, with your check and return stamped envelope or FedEx account number. Please let Linda know when to expect it. Make the check out to “Linda Seger” and mail to: Linda Seger, 4705 Hagerman Avenue, Cascade CO 80809. Clients may also pay by wire transfer (Add a $35 bank fee for wire transfers) or PayPal (Add 4% of total fee to cover Paypal fees. Account email is email@example.com). Please add $20.00 for printing fees if you want Linda to print out the script.
For International Clients: Same as above, however, when sending a script through email, send in FinalDraft, as a PDF file, or as a Word attachment. For payment via wire transfer, contact Linda for bank information.
Make sure all your contact information is on the title page of the script.
ONE-ON-ONE PERSONAL CONSULTATION IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES
Script Meetings: For writers, directors, producers, individually or with the team, come to the Colorado Rockies to work on your script for half a day or from 1-6 days of meetings one-on-one. We’ll tighten and strengthen the structure and story, create stronger character arcs and character details, further explore the theme and images.
- $5000 a week for 5 days, (4-5 hours a day ) and $500 per day for a half day ( 2 1/2 hours)
- For 2 or more trainees $3500 for 5 ( 5 hour) days
$1250 a day for a 5 hour day. Recommended time is 5 hours a day for 3 days.
We work from 9:30 am to noon, and take a lunch break together, and then work from 1:30-4 pm. I leave my evenings free in case the client wants to have dinner together. If the client is here for 3 days or more, we try to have 1 meal at our home. We generally work in the sitting room and, if a team comes, we work in my living room. See my post here with photos of our lovely Colorado Home
Stay across the street at the rustic and elegant Rocky Mountain Lodge. Contact Brian or Debbie at Info@rockymountainlodge.com or call 888-298-0348 | Website: http://www.rockymountainlodge.com
Adobe Inn at Cascade, a distinguished 1929 adobe style bed and breakfast nestled in the pines at the base of Pike’s Peak. Contact Sheri or Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 719-684-2194 | Website: http://AdobeInnAtCascade.com
Blue Spruce Inn, a beautiful Bed and Breakfast near the foot of Pikes Peak. Contact owners, Bill and Lynda Martinex at 719-684-7795
Escape to a quiet cottage in the pines at Cascade Escapes. Contact Sandy or Bob at email@example.com or call 800-915-3633 | Website: http://www.CascadeEscapes.com
For more details on these accommodations, please call Linda Seger at 719-684-0405.
Film Your Script in the Colorado Rockies: Interested in filming your script in the Colorado Rockies? Visit http://www.filmcoloradosprings.com/
LEARN SCRIPT CONSULTING
Linda has trained script consultants in New Zealand, Scandinavia, Germany, Austria and Italy, giving 1-3 week Master Classes in these countries. She has also had some individual training classes in the United States. It is recommended that those who are interested, work for 5-10 days in Colorado with Linda. Contact her for details.
INFORMATION ON MY CAREER CONSULTANT
Judith Claire Counseling: Since 1978, Judith Claire has specialized in helping members of the entertainment industry, creative thinkers and spiritually-motivated professionals achieve their goals. Judith is my career consultant and helped me create my career. She is brilliant!
Endorsement: Judith has just published a wonderful book about hormones and how they affect behavior, called “So THAT’S Why They Do That! Men, Women and Their Hormones.” It’s so well written and informative that I realized it could help writers have insights into character and help them deepen their characters. I’m going to use it in my classes and am recommending it to all my clients.