“I just finished reading the screenplay. It is tight, exciting and fast paced. I take my hat off to both you and Joan for a job well done.
-– Roger Osborne
“The screenplay has touched my soul tremendously. I anticipate and hope it touches the souls of other people as well.
-– Leonard Dubinsky
“I just completed reading the final draft of War in the Heavens. It’s amazing! You have captured everything I imagined and added wonderful elements with great creativity that flow from a dramatic beginning through a dynamic universe to a very exciting and satisfying end. Oh I would love to see the faces of screeners at production companies when they read it. Audiences in theaters will be thrilled by it. War in the Heavens may be the finest work my life was involved in. Thank you so much!
-- Michael Glidden
“I must say that that I absolutely love it. You did a phenomenal job and I couldn’t have asked for a better script. I had a hard time containing my emotions throughout reading it.”
-– Jamie Kunda
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-- Cordell Overgaard.
”The script is amazing, the amount of detail, the characters, the story, the history, everything. It’s a masterpiece. Bravo!”
-- Ian Craig
“I am delighted with the adaptation. You have done a magnificent job. The style and fast-paced action is great and was necessary. I have no additional suggestions. The script is so well done. Thank you.”
-- Frances Little
“I think we have an excellent structure, strong characters and a compelling screen story. I was completely taken with the outline and very pleased with the overall approach. I very much like the new scenes and the research which lies behind them.”
-- Al Logie
“The screenplay rewrite reads well and the scenes are well-constructed. I enjoyed all the characters. You and Joan deserve high praise. Let’s hope it reaches the screen. I believe it would make moviegoers laugh.”
-- John O’Flaherty, Ireland
”You understood the nature and underlying significance of the scenes and characters, as well as the story’s general philosophy. That professionals such as you, who work in the industry and who have your level of experience, believe that it can turn into an exciting script, is extremely satisfying.”
-- Eran Cohen-Zion & Gal Licht
”Fantastic, really fantastic! I wouldn’t change anything. It draws you in and won’t let you put it down. To me, that makes for a great movie. The message I am trying to send to people, in between the lines, is so very pleasantly done. Thanks so very, very much.
-- Thomas Tilden
"You did a great job adapting the book into a screenplay. It's a masterpiece. I believe this motion picture could affect millions of people for the good!"
-- Jean Webster
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-- T.Fensury & G. Helrig
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-- Amy Kolquist
“The screenplay is great!
-- Katherine Jones
“We received the screenplay. Mrs. Heller is pleased with the presentation of her story. You have handled some difficult matters very well. It is a credit to your writing that you are stimulating recovered memory in Mrs. Heller. As she reads, she remembers things that are not in her book, and that she has not mentioned until now.”
-- George Berman, Publicist
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-- Brian Hill
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-- Margaret Jones
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-- Neil Mullin
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-- Charles Costigan
"I was so surprised when I received the adaptation today. I couldn't stop reading it. I thought it was so great, so moving. I, too, share your enthusiasm. It is every bit what I would want it to be. Thank you so much for putting it together."
-- Jane Doerr
"I was quite pleased with the finished rewrite. It is marvelous! I was especially encouraged and joyful that much of my original dialogue was unaltered. Quite flattering, I must admit, being acceptable to professionals of your high caliber."
-- Ruth Staley
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-- Richard Bailey
"Thank you for your thoughtful critique. It feels good for a writer out here in the provinces to learn she has talent... I will also use your suggestions to rewrite [my script. Once again, Mr. Sheldon, thank you for your honest critique that held the screenplay up to industry standards."
-- Elle Ungaro
"Your comments were extremely helpful. Not only was each and every note, large or small, helpful in its own right but they gave impetus to a page-one rewrite that obviously impacted substantially on every scene, character development -- even dialogue. I cannot thank you enough."
-- George Thomas.
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-- Helen Mason Shaw
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-- Jim Petersen
"Thank you for your analysis which was both sobering and encouraging. Your comments were refreshing and ironically fortified several qualms I had."
-- Lance Newman
"There's so much to praise about the adaptation. Bubbles of tears, chuckles and wows throughout. You created the love scenes with such good taste that we worried needlessly. The school scenes are very authentic. We know that it will touch many hearts."
-- Janet Riesen
“I’ve learned a great deal from your critiques and I would like to thank you for putting so much time and effort into my work. I would especially like to thank you for the offer of an open-ended critique. It was very thoughtful and generous. Thank you again for your consideration in evaluating my screenplays. Your insightful critiques and analyses have dramatically improved the quality of my work. I will be in touch with future projects."
-- David Schuster
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-- Linda Bode
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-- Dayle Foster
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-- Paul Weiss
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-- William Baker
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-- Louise Benson
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-- Matthew Engkraf
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-- Brian Hill and Dee Power
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-- Kendal Temple
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-- Thomas Tilden
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