I studied creative scriptwriting at Stanford University, then Scriptwriting and Story Analysis at USC Cinema. I got prfessional feedback on my scripts –and after that –I worked on over 30 tv shows, including Mork & Mindy, One Day at a Time, ALF, Newhart, Dilbert, Duckman and South Park. I worked with Tom Arnold, Drew Carey, Pee Wee Herman, Roseanne, and Bob Newhart.
I pitched, wrote and sold scripts to studios, have done rewrites on features for Steven Speilberg at Amblin. I’ve created 5 tv shows, including 2 half hour comedies and a long-running animated show called The Wild Thornberrys, which spawned 2 feature films.
Experience at the Studio
When you work as a Story Analyst or a “Reader” you get a very good sense of what studios want to buy — the quality of the writing, the dialogue, the story, the pacing, the characters and their arcs. I did this job while I was breaking in, and it helped me sell my first script.
Everyday the story department gave me a novel or a screenplay to read. I worked as a bartender back then at the Hollywood Hamlet. I would read the scripts or novel at the bar in my down time, then go home and write “the coverage” that’s what the studio execs are given to read — its got a one page summeary and a few pages of analysis. Then most importantly it gets a RECOMMEND or PASS.
The scripts marked PASS never move up, the scripts marked RECOMMEND go upstairs where the money people decide if they want to buy it. I know what it takes to get the RECOMMEND, and I’m going to help you get it.
I will Help You Get That Job
I have extensive experience in how to find writing day jobs that will make you the right contacts day to day. I will show you how to get a paying job working for the studio. I’ve been a Production Assistant and a Story Analyst (“Reade”) I will help you get those jobs. I know the tricks.
I work with creative professionals of all kinds, but especially Hollywood writers, and I coach; Overcoming writer’s block, procrastination, rejection, strategies to improve writing skills, creative writing tools, reinventng yourself, and “Breaking In; Alternative Strategies,” a class I taught at UCLA.
2001 Barrington Ave., West Los Angeles, CA 90025. David Silverman, 1-310-850-4707.
I have a second office : Northstar Mall, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.