Script coverage for serious screenwriters and producers
Your script has only one chance to wow an agent, studio, or contest. Make it count.
Screenplay Readers will read your screenplay and provide you with honest, critical, and constructive script coverage, pointing out where your script needs more work to give it the best possible shot, while giving you an idea of how an agent, producer, script contest, film investor, or name actor will react, before you send it out.
We read your script, write script coverage or script notes for it, then email the notes back to you within 24-72 hours so you have fast, honest, and affordable feedback on your script.
We've helped make scripts more sellable for some of the biggest companies in the film industry
Our elite script coverage team has worked for CAA, Sundance, JJ Abrams (Bad Robot), ICM, SyFy, Ridley Scott, Curtis Hanson, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal, and more. Each and every one of our script analysts has been hand-picked for extensive script analysis/development experience.
Our analysts are honest, constructive, experienced, and have an absolute passion for improving screenplays and making their writers more sellable.
And that's the key reason that's kept our clients coming back for over 14 years, and has made us the film industry's #1 choice for script coverage.
Selling your script or landing an agent may be just a few drafts away...
So if you're ready to improve your script so it stands a better chance of getting sold, or landing you an agent or manager, or winning a script contest, or getting produced, then click here for a list of our script coverage services.
Wait...What is script coverage?
Studios and agents commonly employ script readers to read submitted spec scripts and provide 1-2 page memos about the scripts called "coverage reports." Busy agents and producers rely on these coverages to know which screenplays they should read themselves and which screenplays they should skip. Getting your hands on coverage for your own screenplay was almost always expensive and time-consuming until Screenplay Readers began providing industry-standard screenplay coverage to screenwriters, production companies, studios, agents, managers, festivals, contests, and independent producers in 1999.
What goes into every one of our script coverages:
Your script, summed up in one or two sentences. If it turns out that your logline is much longer than that, your script might be too "soft concept" and more difficult to sell, market, or land an agent or manager with.
Your script's story, squeezed down to the essentials. This 1-2 page "skinny" is a sort of bird's eye view that helps you see how well a stranger would understand your key plot points and throughlines. If our reader missed an important beat, it's likely that an agent or producer will too.
One of 3 possible ratings: PASS (the script is not a lost cause, but it needs a lot of work), CONSIDER (the script still needs work, but may be considered by an agency or studio), or RECOMMEND (The script is pretty much good to go, so go ahead and get it out there.) Don't feel bad if you get a PASS. It's an opportunity to improve. Right around 95% of screenplays receive a PASS, while 4% receive a CONSIDER, and only 1% or less receive a RECOMMEND.
Including our ratings grid, about 2-3 pages (or more) of notes on what's working and/or not working about your characters, plot, conflict, dialogue, marketability, theme, and concept. You might not agree with some, (or even any) but you can use what you agree with and discard the rest, or at the very least see how an anonymous script reader reacts to your script, which allows you tweak your draft so that there's less chance of being misunderstood by a real-world reader at an agency, studio, production company, or script contest.
- Lance Mungia, Writer/Director of Six String Samurai
Dozens of agents and managers looking for new writers, or keeping their existing writers motivated and competitive
Several major producers who regularly send us scripts to find out if they're worth optioning/buying
A dozen or more screenwriters who regularly need solid script notes before pitching at major studios and prodcos
Several screenwriters who use our feedback to tweak their scripts prior to submitting for contests, including one who made it into the Nicholl Fellowship
Many overseas distributors/producers who use our coverage to help determine which films to finance
Several hyper-competitive screenwriters who've gone through our entire roster of analysts to get the maximum amount of opinions on their scripts
Producers who use our service to firm up scripts and give them that "one last look" prior to sending them out to name talent when putting together packages.
How does Screenplay Readers' 2-minute checkout work?
|Pick which script coverage service you'd like from our script coverage services page. One reader? Two? Three? Or try 10 or more readers, all at once or spread out over several drafts.|
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|Upload your script using our upload form. Then we'll assign your script to your reader(s) and get your script coverage to you with 24-72 hours|
MYTH:"You need paid script coverage in order to improve your script" We always encourage clients to get as much free feedback as possible before working with us. Writers groups, forums, friends and family - all are good. But all of that takes a lot of time and energy, and the results can often be unreliable.
MYTH:"Agents don't read a script unless it's received script coverage first" Agents and producers want to read anything that comes with a good recommendation, whether it's an in-house coverage, word-of-mouth, or a favor read for a friend. That being said, if the script isn't up to snuff, most of them have no problem putting it down.
"What if I don't like what you guys say about my script?"
We're writers too, so we know what it feels like to receive criticism on our work, and believe me, it's not always fun. But without a fresh, non-biased opinion on our work, even when it's painful to hear, we can't grow as writers. We want to challenge you; not offend you. We want your script to be stronger; not more cluttered with opinion. It's up to you to decide whether or not our criticism is something you want to incorporate in your future draft. But if you're a screenwriter who's only interested in hearing how great you are, you might not be in the right place.
"What makes you qualified to give me script notes or coverage?"
We're filmmakers, screenwriters, and veterans of the film industry, from all sorts of sectors: development, production, post-production, you name it. And we've worked for some of the biggest houses in Hollywood: Disney, Warner Bros., Universal. But most importantly, each one of us knows screenwriting; lives screenwriting; breathes screenwriting. But let's be honest here: if anybody on our script team were Joe Esterhauz or Shane Black, making millions of dollars selling screenplays, they'd probably be too busy writing blockbusters to be giving script feedback. Screenplay analysis isn't rocket science, but it has to be done by people who have years of film smarts under their belts. Years of cinematic insight, of breaking down plotlines and dissecting characters, of digging down to find a story's proper focus or structure, and perhaps most importantly - of being able to translate all that into something the screenwriter or producer can actually use.
|Turnaround||24-72 hours||From 5 days to 3-4 weeks|
|Price||$79.99||$95 - $375|
|Style of analysis||Hard-hitting, expert, as objective as possible, and brief||Nice, but can be snarky or over-personal, or reads like a movie review|
|Analysts||A full staff of paid, expert film industry script analysts, each with 5-20 years of development experience||A lot of places are either 1-person operations or use college students and interns|
|Years in business||Est. 1999.||Most have been open less than 1 year, and a new one opens every few weeks|
|Primary focus||Making screenplays more sellable||Screenwriter encouragement, screenwriting lessons|
|Owner||B. O'Malley, produced screenwriter / veteran filmmaker / Roger Corman alumnus with over 27 years of experience||Hard to tell because most of them are anonymous|
Oh, and here's a few clients we've been able to help recently:
"As usual, I'm very pleased with the quality of the coverage at SR. The readers notes have given me a lot to work with as I continue to improve the quality of this script and then SELL IT! I'll probably re-submit one more time for a fresh, and hopefully final, read. Thanks again!"
Aaron Goldberg, Screenwriter, 8/28/2014
"Excellent help, Lynn. I know what to do next. You revealed (a) what I was unaware of doing, and (b) what I couldn't articulate how I knew it needed to change. Now, I'll commence staring again, at the page, until my forehead bleeds. Thanks."
Tim Gehling, Screenwriter of Untitled Western, 8/22/2014
"Thank you very much for the promptness and professionalism demonstrated by your readers. While I wish the feedback that I received was more positive, the issues with my script that they raised were most definitely helpful and valuable for my future revisions. Thanks again."
Brick Andrews, Screenwriter of The Five Chapters of Max, 8/4/2014
"Excellent concise coverage of the script and the reader highlighted a couple of things that I knew were not quite right and it was nice to get these confirmed. The reader also put forward a suggestion in regards to the project of taking it down another avenue and it makes sense. I've taken everything on board that was highlighted and really appreciate the constructive comments. I'm impressed enough that I'll be sending another script within the next 48 hrs. Once again. Thanks."
Jim Duncanson, Writer of Chase the Roses, 7/29/2014
"I've submitted two different treatments from two different films I'm working on. In both cases they were read by the same two readers. The feedback has been very helpful and valuable as I try to find holes and plug them. I think both readers did a fine job both synopsizing the scripts and giving valuable feedback. I think the numbers are pretty harsh, but that's what I would expect from someone at an agency or studio. Before I send to agencies or producers I want to make sure that flaws in logic have been corrected and both the readers pointed these out. For me, with two screenplays I'm working on simultaneously, their comments also helped me see which script I should try to market first. I am super impressed by the quick turnaround time which I need right now, since I'm a tight time frame (my only time to write is summer. I'm very impressed with the service I've received and plan to keep using you guys as I try to make these scripts more marketable. Thanks!"
Clark Sayre, Screenwriter of Lead, 6/27/2014
"Prompt turnaround - incisive comments which served to reinforce my own suspicions about the script - especially in terms of structure and characters. It is often difficult to attain the required objectivity when you've spent so much time on a script. You may have a suspicion that something doesn't quite work, but you really do need someone with industry background to read and comment in a totally objective manner. I'll be taking on all of the suggestions provided. I'll have to kill a lot of my babies - but if it makes for a stronger script, so be it. Thanks to the reader. Even though it is only one person's considered opinion, I am pretty sure other readers would come up with the same comments. I'll be using your services again with the rewrite."
PJ Dawson, Screenwriter of Lucy Human, 6/17/2014
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- 1 reader will read your script and provide coverage
- 1 Logline
- 1 Rating (PASS / CONSIDER / RECOMMEND)
- 1-2 pages of brief synopsis
- 2-3 pages of comments, focusing on where your script could use improvement (single spaced)
- 12-Category Analysis Grid (Your script's score in 12 categories: characters, dialogue, conflict, etc.)
- 24-72 hour turnaround
- PDF only version of your coverage
- 2 readers will read your script and provide coverage
- 1 Logline
- 2 Ratings (PASS / CONSIDER / RECOMMEND)
- 1-2 pages of brief synopsis
- up to 5-7 pages of comments focusing on where your script could use improvement (single spaced)
- TWO 12-Category Analysis Grids (Your script's score in 12 categories: characters, dialogue, conflict, etc.)
- 24-72 hour turnaround
- PDF only version of your coverage
- 3 readers will read your script and provide coverage
- 1 Logline
- 3 Ratings (PASS / CONSIDER / RECOMMEND)
- 1-2 pages of brief synopsis total
- up to 7-9 pages of comments, focusing on where your script could use improvement (single spaced)
- THREE 12-Category Analysis Grids (Your script's score in 12 categories: characters, dialogue, conflict, etc.)
- 24-72 hour turnaround
- FREE editable Word version PLUS the PDF version of your coverage
- FREE listing of your script title, logline, and contact info on our "Hot List" email that goes out to our film industry partners seeking quality scripts (Recommends and Considers only) (OPTIONAL)
- FREE vaulting of your script within our secure, private vault for 5 years in case you need it to prove ownership or lose your draft for any reason (OPTIONAL)
- Buy credits for 10 Comments-Only Coverages and use them any time, for any script(s)
- Credits for 10 Comments-Only coverages (include Comments, Rating, and Analysis Grid only)
- Spend the credits any time, on any script or draft. They don't expire!
- Mix and match the credits on different drafts, or use them all on one
- 2-3 pages of comments for each script, focusing on where your script could use improvement (single spaced)
- Great investment for writers with lots of scripts, or who like multiple opinions on their work
- Buying in advance saves you $300
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