Private Consultation

Eric Sherman Film Consulting

Eric works with complete beginners, industry professionals and everyone in between.

Eric Sherman ConsultingIf you are in the film industry or considering entering it or shifting your position within it, you may need the information and advice of an experienced professional who has been involved with all phases of production, distribution, exhibition and audience research.

Eric Sherman offers his private consulting services to fill this need. Actors, writers, filmmakers and film producers, or those who wish to be, can receive highly customized consultation to meet their specific goals.

    Here are some of the topics covered in these one-on-one private sessions with Eric:

  • Production–all phases including directing, writing, acting, cinematography, editing, scheduling, budgeting, all forms of planning, etc.
  • How to finance your film.
  • How to find a distributor who will actually get your film into the marketplace.
  • Does your script conform to film industry standards? Does it need a re-write or polish? How can you submit it to talent or agents or financing sources? How do you protect your rights?
  • Audience research to determine what audience will respond to your film and how to “position” your film to make it stand out in the marketplace.
  • How do you attach yourself, talent and money to your project; how do you “package” it?
  • Developing your project from idea to screenplay to finished film.
  • How to plan your career to maximize opportunities for success and minimize chances of failure.
  • What is a “business plan” and how do you prepare one?
  • How do the new media (DVD, High Definition, etc.) and new methods of marketing (video-on-demand, internet downloading, online home DVD delivery services such as Netflix, etc.) affect your chances for success?
  • How do the new media (internet, streaming, etc.) affect your career planning?



What Eric Sherman’s clients have to say about their consultations:

“Eric Sherman has been of extraordinary value in the preparation for shooting our recent Warner Bros. feature, Stealing Home.”

Thom Mount — former Head of Production, Universal Studios


“When I was offered my first feature to direct, I met the news with elation and terror. After working with you on a one-on-one basis I feel very confident that I can pull off a terrific film. You took all the mystery out of the subject for me…”Paul Haggis — director of Crash — Emmy winner, thirtysomething


“After the successful response to my first screenplay, Every Which Way But Loose, and the opportunity to direct my second, Going Ape! (for Paramount), I still marvel at what I set out to do, and how smoothly it all came off…Your enthusiasm for the project, your encouragement and your expertise gave me the confidence to move forward… You helped me open a door, for which I shall always be grateful.”Jeremy Joe Kronsberg


“Over the past ten years, I’ve read every book available on screenwriting; I’ve paid readers to read my screenplays; and I’ve read scripts… What I wanted was the sense of certainty that my screenplays were professionally written, marketable, and well-crafted. Within ten minutes of our first conversation, I knew I’d found a source of information that I could trust.Your data was backed up by example, experience and smarts. You took the time to ensure that I understood what you were discussing. I know also that you always said in our sessions together exactly what you meant, and I appreciate that.What impressed me most about your approach was the way you treated me as an individual. You listened to what I was asking for and you delivered exactly that. And very quickly I might add. In one moment, it all came together, and I understood what I hadn’t over the past ten years. All the doubt faded that had kept me from achieving a viable product. In a matter of hours, I was able to fix a screenplay that I had spent too many years re-writing and re-working.After working with you, Mr. Sherman, I know now I have a product that not only looks good but delivers on its promise. You have made a professional out of me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”A.K.


A painter has to master his craft to get his vision on the canvas; a musician has to master his instrument to get his vision into the heart of the audience; the writer has to master his writing to bring the seed of his vision into readers’ imaginations…“Dear Eric, thank you for teaching me the craft – Der Schwimmer (The Swimmer)has been invited to the competition of the International Festival of Cannes!!!”K. H.


“Your instruction has made all the difference from going through the usual motions to creating a work of art. I feel as if a whole new world has been opened up to me. Thank you for being there and for sharing your expertise, knowledge and experience with me.”K.R.


“His knowledge of film, his sensitivity and especially his ability to communicate technical information in a concise manner instilled in us the confidence we needed for our directorial debut.”S.K. & W.A


Call 323-344-6051 for information regarding our
Hourly consulting $375.00/hr
5 hours consulting $350.00/hr
10 hours consulting $325.00/hr
20 hours consulting $300.00/hr
Daily Rate (8 hours) $2500.00/day
Outside of Southern California:
regular consulting rates plus direct expenses (e.g., travel, accommodations, meals)
with travel time computed at 1/2 the hourly rate.EXPERT WITNESSING rates available on request.

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Eric Sherman
PO Box 41-1688
Los Angeles, CA 90041