Philip gave me the best notes I’ve had — and I’ve had many. I have written 3 full length scripts and one short over a 20 year period and have had several drafts of each read by friends, acquaintances, screenwriting clubs, screenwriting instructors, and coverage services. I also owned a small script coverage service myself about 10 years ago. Philip’s advice was very insightful and the criticism he did give was always constructive. He also did not feel the need to gratuitously compliment me, which can end up causing confusion. In my latest script he pointed out a fundamental issue that no other readers (or I) noticed. Highly recommended.
Philip’s feedback was crucial in helping me rewrite a script that got me an agent and a place on the Brit List. His advice was to the point, perceptive but not prescriptive and he really ‘got’ my story from the start, and helped me tell it better. He was also a generous and enthusiastic supporter after we’d finished working together, sharing his contacts and offering advice.
Everyone needs someone on their side when starting out as a scriptwriter, and Philip has been that person for me. His honest, astute and constructive feedback on my work has contributed massively to the writer I’ve become. Don’t expect endless platitudes and praise, because Philip tells it like it is – but that’s exactly what you need if you want to hone your craft and keep getting better. Even now, after several years of working with him, I still rely on Philip’s insight and industry knowledge when approaching new projects. Deciding to work with Philip will be the best investment in yourself, and in your writing, that you could make.
Philip knows what makes a story work and knows what’s making your story not work. The main thing that I take from working with Philip is that he wants you to succeed, he wants your story to be noticed. His input and support, I found invaluable.
Philip has the unerring ability to cut to the chase and pinpoint problems and, just as importantly, strengths in a script. He has worked with me on several TV pilots and feature screenplays and his notes have been invaluable, giving me a really clear perspective on what has been achieved in the current draft and what needs to be done in the next.
Brian Lynch (BAFTA Nominee)
Philip Shelley is a top quality script consultant and our immediate ‘go-to’ for any new piece that needs to be put through the rigour. We are emerging co-writers and have found Phillip’s in depth industry knowledge invaluable. He has helped us identify our strengths and find that all important unique voice. His feedback has boosted our confidence and inspired us to make rapid improvements.
We have found the joy in the redrafting to fully realise our vision for the better. Within a year, we have been commissioned by BBC New Creatives (Hotdogs and Hashtags, audio drama) 53two productions (#SaveOurXmas, short film), METAL (digital piece) and Farlane Media (short film). We have also had several radio pieces played on BBC Sounds.
Aryana Ramkhalawon & Vicky Wild
I sent an hour long TV Pilot to Philip Shelley and received thorough and useful feedback. Philip’s notes were very clearly laid out under a series of headings that included specific comments on story, dialogue, tone, and character.
Philip usefully discerned that although my script lacked viability as a stand-alone project, it could be used as something of a calling card to attract attention from production companies. As a complete novice to the world of film and TV, this was invaluable advice.
I would be delighted to send more scripts to Philip in the future.
As an aspiring writer, it can be difficult to find constructive feedback, and the amount of script consulting services is bewildering at first.
Of the numerous feedback services I’ve used, I would rate Philip’s among the best. He has analysed two of my feature scripts and provided a detailed breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses of both.
Philips’s insights have made a real impact on my writing, I’d highly recommend him to professionals and amateurs alike.
Philip has an incredible knack of lasering in on the issues in your script that you have been unable to see yourself. The report you receive goes into great depth, and it gives you clarity on exactly how you can improve your script (a clarity that is hard to find yourself after weeks/months embedded in your story). You can guarantee that your script will be in far better shape and considerably more marketable once you have acted on Philip’s suggestions.
If you then take your script to the required level, Philip is happy to put you in contact with people inside the industry. This is one of the many factors that lift his consultancy high above others. You can then go into these priceless meetings armed with the confidence that your script really does justify you being there, a feeling that can be elusive to many writers.
I have obtained considerable knowledge and confidence through working with Philip, and I am a better screenwriter for the experience. He provides by far the best ‘bang for your buck’ in the industry and I believe working with Philip is the best investment a writer could make.
I have received notes from Phil for two scripts that I am currently working on. His notes have always been thorough, honest and challenging. I say this as he makes you dig deeper into your characters and story and brings the best out in you.
After receiving notes we all have questions we want to ask and Phil will always respond and help to guide you to a better script, this procedure also helps you become a better writer as you can use his advice to enhance your writing skills in other scripts. The service that Phil provides is top-notch and I would highly recommend him to any writer looking to enhance their script.
I’ve called on Philip’s service for multiple projects. His coverage is considered, insightful and a great compass on where to go next with your work. The areas where you might disagree with him tend to be the areas where you need to dig deepest. There are treasures to be found there.
Philip has been instrumental in my development as a scriptwriter. When I first made the transition from journalism to script writing, Philip’s insightful advice and detailed notes lifted my first spec script to the next level. That script has since secured me industry jobs, from a film commission for an independent producer to writing episodes for a BBC1 continuing drama series. In addition, if Philip sees promise in you as a writer, he may recommend you for projects. In this way, I have worked as a scriptwriter and storyliner on an African TV drama (working in collaboration with Philip), a musical, and short corporate films for the NHS. I have no hesitation in recommending his services.
I can highly recommend using Phil’s mentoring service. During my six months working with Phil I found him to be both insightful and fully supportive. He will push you to write the best that you can! In my case Phil encouraged me to write from my own personal experience and the resulting, competition winning script has given me a great career boost. It’s been well received in the industry and opened many doors. I started with a one line idea and Phil guided me through the treatment stage and on to several script drafts. Phil even sent the finished script to producers and agents within the TV industry on my behalf. It’s been the most useful step I’ve taken in my writing career to date!
Philip Shelley’s script consultancy service has been a valuable resource to my development as a writer over the years. He is very encouraging when one of my screenplays has potential, and very honest when the overall idea needs completely re-evaluating. The feedback I receive is always insightful and constructive, and so far I have always been in agreement with his suggestions of what needs to be changed in order to progress my script to the next stage.
Have worked with Philip many times and have come to rely on his artistic instinct, insight and forensic knowledge of structure and story. His notes always offer new perspectives and are grounded in supporting the writer to find their way and trust their instincts. He doesn’t impose solutions but poses questions. He’s the best there is.
Frances Du Pille
Dear Philip Thank you so much for your help with my calling card script. You’ve taken me right through to what I hope will now be my final draft. I really value being able to work with you. Your notes are kind and very honest and have helped me to understand what it takes to write for the industry. It’s been so useful to be able to meet with you to discuss ideas and ways forward and to have one person to work with through the whole process. I want to thank you for genuinely wanting to help develop writers. And I want to thank you for pushing me to be my best. I’ve learnt so much.
While exposing your writing to criticism can be a daunting exercise, Phil has made it a liberating process. His notes are precise, and while dispassionate, he genuinely invested in my characters and helped me explore creative ways of developing my story. In short, not only do I now have a stronger screenplay, but I am also a better writer.
Developing writers need support and guidance that they can believe in and that critically, can truly help them to improve their craft. And that is what Philip delivers – not least because he has such deep experience at the sharp end of the industry. He knows what a script needs and doesn’t need. What works and doesn’t work. He has created a feedback report mechanism that is detailed, structured and most importantly, actionable. His consultancy is a critical staging post for all of my projects. He provides the motivation for me to deliver the best draft I can before he reviews it – in the knowledge that his feedback will still improve it significantly and will help me to advance as a writer.’
Working with Philip Shelley has been a most illuminating experience and has helped me to open many doors. Philip’s insightful notes and feedback have taught me valuable lessons, most notably less is more and more is always possible if you challenge yourself and dare to dream. I’m very happy to report that the fourth draft of my feature film script “Big Ballerinas” has just been optioned by Australian producer, Craig Kocinski for OZPIX Entertainment.
I highly rate Philip as a script consultant. His attention to detail is impeccable and he analyses every aspect of the script in minute detail. Philip is very honest – which I really appreciate because one quality you need as a screenwriter is to be thick skinned. Philip’s feedback makes you stand back and revisit your script with a fresh perspective. He is extremely approachable and happy to discuss his feedback via email or by phone. Philip is very supportive and wants you to achieve your very best as a screenwriter.
I have been working with Philip for just over a year now and I am always impressed with his perceptiveness and honesty.
Philip’s Script Reports are very thorough and prompt, giving insightful and frank feedback on a number of areas, including presentation, marketability, structure, character and dialogue, as well as more specific detailed line notes. His suggestions are all incredibly helpful when it comes to sorting out issues in a script and certainly make me think deeper about my writing.
His feedback is not always what I ‘want’ to hear but, more often than not, what I ‘need’ to hear.
I like to get a variety of feedback on my scripts, but I always make sure Philip’s Script Consultancy Service is my first port of call.
The advice and encouragement Philip gave me was invaluable when it came to knocking my second and subsequent drafts into better shape. He pointed out characters that didn’t add anything or have a distinct enough voice, suggested I make the A plot much stronger and advised me on script formatting amongst other things in his detailed feedback. All of these helped me write a calling card script that was much clearer in voice, tone and intent.
Philip is someone rare in the world of script editing and consultancy. Not only is he able to offer knowledgeable, insightful advice about what works and what doesn’t, at the heart of everything he does is a desire to make the script the best it possibly can be – and this is invaluable. In short, I know he cares about the projects he’s working on and is someone I trust to give me honest and practical advice. When I’ve taken a script as far as I can by myself, it’s Philip I turn to.
Phil’s feedback, whether it be for scripts, treatments or sketchy ideas, was consistently excellent. Consise yet effective, he pulled no punches when something was not working and offered constructive solutions on making my scripts the best they can be in a limited time frame. He went above and beyond in introducing me to the market in the UK and his outstanding reputation in the industry definitely opened doors for me. He didn’t vanish once the mentorship was done, either. He was always happy to provide support and answer any further questions I had. I have no hesitation in recommending his services.
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