Twenty years ago, in the year 1994, I worked at a boutique talent and literary agency in Beverly Hills named Media Artists Group. For some perspective, Dean Martin and Bob Hope were still alive, Married with Children was still on the air, and … Read More
Have you ever considered giving yourself script coverage? Have you ever considered reading your own script and providing script coverage for it? Lo, and yea, and verily, the benefits can be massive, not just for the script itself, but for a screenwriter’s long-term ability to distance herself from her own work.
A script reader at an agency or studio can tell a lot about a screenwriter’s personal life and psychology by simply glancing at the script she turns in. Such insight isn’t always pretty, but script readers often “file” you as a screenwriter into a number of convenient categories. Here are just a few.
Sometimes, we script readers get lucky. That is, when we dig into a screenplay to give script notes or provide script coverage, sometimes we know right away that the script we’re reading is gonna be a painful read.
Most times, that takes us a few pages. But sometimes, right off the bat, we get some really great clues that let us know “Hey, this screenwriter isn’t professional.”
Your script has a lot of working parts — character, dialogue, conflict, action, theme, beats, acts… It’s a heady brew of elements. And that heady brew boils down into an awful lot of specific criteria that anyone reading your script will judge it by, whether you’ve sent it in to a script contest, or a script coverage company, or an agent, or studio, or a name actor.
Sitting down to do your screenplay rewrite? Awesome! Do you have some notes to go on? No? Alas, script notes are valuable, right? Getting anybody to read your spec script is often a bit of a challenge, but trying to get … Read More
Script notes are great for screenwriters. When a screenwriter asks for script notes from a script coverage company or a screenwriting group, that screenwriter assumes she’ll be receiving specific notes on her screenplay. But even with the best of intentions, … Read More
Script coverage and script notes are two different animals on their own, but are really not all that far apart… That is, until you have customers paying for one or the other who don’t know the difference. Script notes are … Read More
Two immutable facts of life for screenwriters: 1) Everybody has a script 2) Everybody is a critic Three, actually: 3) Some screenwriters are super-sensitive and aren’t quite ready to handle brutally honest feedback just yet As screenwriters, we’ve all done … Read More
They say a company is never supposed to publish its negative testimonials. Well, they may be right, but some of these are just too hard to resist posting. We’ve been reading scripts and providing script coverage at Screenplay Readers since 1999, and … Read More