Some very kind things people have said about my script-reading work:
“Jason was a brilliant script reader and assessor for us at Screen East. His knowledge and skill in assessing writers’ work, and giving feedback in a clear and constructive manner are second to none. The ability to work with both inexperienced writers and those with many years writing experience behind them is a great skill which Jason has in abundance. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again, in fact, it would be a pleasure” – SAM BURTON, Project Officer, Creative Industries, Low Carbon Innovation Fund
“Jason Arnopp is the first person I turn to when it's time to edit my work. His notes manage to be completely sympathetic to what I'm trying to achieve whilst at the same time never letting me get away with easy shortcuts or parts that are not as good as they have to be. To me, he's the perfect reader” – JOHN HIGGS, author of Brandy Of The Damned, The KLF: Chaos, Music And The Band Who Burned A Million Pounds and I Have America Surrounded: The Life Of Timothy Leary.
“Jason gave me some excellent wood-for-trees help on a feature script. He's one of those people I'd definitely call if I wasn’t available” – ANDREW ELLARD, Red Dwarf/Miranda/The IT Crowd (You might indeed want to check if he’s available here!)
how to order
Are you reading short scripts at the moment?
Not right now, but I may well in future. Please register interest by messaging.
What if my script’s over 120 pages?
Do email me to discuss, but also consider boiling it down. I always think that unless you’ve written Goodfellas, your film script needs a damn fine reason to be over two hours long.
What if I have questions after receiving your written notes – can I ask a few follow-up questions via email?
No problem! Provided, of course, that none of those questions are, “Where do you live, so that I can shoot you?”
This is my first ever script and I’m terrified to show anyone. What if you tear it to shreds and I want to crawl into the ground and die?
I would never tear anyone’s work to shreds. I like to encourage people and help develop their work in a positive way. Having said that, I’m very honest, which will benefit you in the long run, and indeed short-term if you adopt the right attitude. Everyone, absolutely everyone, benefits from receiving an honest and informed overview on their work. You must accept that a huge part of writing is rewriting. So feel the fear, then send me your script anyway.
I notice you’re only offering script feedback. What about prose, hmm?
I may consider providing this service in future. The problem, frankly, is I’m quite a slow reader. Do feel free to register interest in a prose-feedback service by dropping me a line here.
Do you like cheese?
What kind of question is that? Let’s stay on-topic here.
Sorry about that.
It's fine, let's just leave it there...
... Although I do like cheese, as it goes. There was this one amazing cheese I had many years ago, which seems to have vanished off the face of the Earth. A hard cheese with walnuts in it. Can't find it anywhere now. Madness.