GOOD SCRIPT NOTES
Script notes are often given a bad press by screenwriters (including myself).
But most notes I get are great, because I’m lucky enough to work with great directors, producers, script editors and commissioners (some of whom I’ve picked, most of whom I’ve been ‘given’).
A good script note makes you feel inspired - that the next draft is something to look forward to, not dread.
A good script note makes you feel like the script is worth giving everything you can to - even though you’ve already given everything and more.
A good script note makes you want to please the person who gave it. You may have fallen out of love with the script, but their love will keep it alive.
A good script note makes you see that the last draft you thought was perfect is actually an embarrassment you wouldn’t show your best friend.
A good script note is one you’d never think of by yourself. Suddenly you’re playing script soccer with a crack team rather than pathetically alone.
A good script note is your best friend.
PS For more on notes & ‘notiquette’ check out this blog: