" Tim has helped sharpen many of my scripts by pinpointing what needs work and providing specific fixes for the rewrite. He has the gift of finding the emotional essence of a story even if it is hidden under pages of first draft bloat. Highly recommend."
- Shawn Boxe - Writer, Silicon Valley
We offer comprehensive script consulting services with LRLA Founder/Moderator and highly respected script coach, Tim Schildberger.
Tim is an expat Australian with over twenty years experience in Los Angeles. He's a former journalist, writer on the long-running Australian series 'Neighbours', and had a leading production role on the feature film 'Borat'. Tim created and wrote his own series for US TV, has had feature scripts optioned, and was a newspaper columnist for many years. He continues to write, along with establishing LiveRead/LA, Write/LA, and working as a screenwriting coach, mentor and consultant. And yes, he still talks with an Aussie accent...mate.
A Message from Tim:
Everyone needs assistance when writing anything…it’s a necessary part of a successful writing process. The challenge is finding someone whose opinion you trust, and who has the insights and experience to actually help.
I’ve been writing for thirty years, and helping other writers for almost as long. I’ve made all the mistakes. I’ve hidden behind pride, stubbornness and ego…especially when it came to re-writes. But I’ve also studied, and grown, kept writing, and developed skills and experiences that are helpful to other writers. I've also discovered a genuine desire to help writers improve their craft - which is the foundation under everything we do at LiveRead/LA.
My script consulting approach focuses on finding out exactly what story you feel driven to tell, then helping you tell your story effectively. Technical details are important, but so is finding an emotional connection between you, your work, and your audience.
I look forward to helping you with every aspect of this writing process. One of the only things more satisfying to me than watching my beloved Richmond Tigers win the Australian Football League Premiership is helping others. (I'm happy to explain 'footy' if you have a day to spare.)
If you would like Tim’s help with your project, you have some options:
Our basic package includes:
- Tim reads your entire project, and delivers comprehensive general written feedback regarding structure, characters, dialogue, scene description and the all important 'emotional connection'.
- Tim schedules a one hour call/skype/coffee meeting (if you're based in Los Angeles) to discuss your project, answer questions, and provide some assistance to help you move in a direction you feel good about - creatively and structurally.
- TV Pilot - 30 min $199
- TV Pilot - 60 min $249
- Feature Screenplay (max 120 pages) $299
- Feature screenplays over 120 pages - $3 per additional page
If you need help turning an idea into a script, fixing a difficult second act, or just want Tim to read your work and offer some notes, you can choose our "Hourly Option" below.
- Hourly Option $95 per hour (minimum of one hour)
- Lloyd Gilyard Jr. - Writer, The Good Doctor (ABC)
Literally some of the best feedback I've received over the course of about a dozen screenplays.
“In LA, I met with Tim for an hour feedback on my feature film script and since then, I have requested help via email since I’m now back in Australia. Helpful is an understatement. He really took the time to explain to me his thoughts, and how I can adjust or fix issues within my script. I really appreciated how open he was when we had different opinions on something. He’s open to compromising and is so respectful of a writers hard work, however when he thinks that something crucial needs to be changed, he will give you specific examples and reasons as to why. This helped my script, and myself as a writer. His positive reinforcement also helped me move forward confidently. He is intuitive, talented and a respectful script writing mentor.
"My screenplay has been a finalist in several competitions, but hasn't broken through. I placed my script in good hands for feedback. Tim's positive comments concurred with the good things others had noticed. More important, he provided logical explanations of the weaknesses, and constructive directions for revisions. I feel confident now about polishing the screenplay to take it to the next level."
- Bear Kosik
" Tim has one of the best story senses of anyone I know. He can always be counted on to locate whatever problem exists in a script and then, make a great suggestion on how to fix it. He has a no-nonsense, analytical understanding of story and character, which is very rare. Everything I write, I always run by him." - Gregg Ostrin - Screenwriter, TV writer, Playwright