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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...

…BEFORE you send it out to agents, producers, investors, script contests, or name-talent

We email your script coverage to you within 24-72 business hours so you have near-immediate feedback on your script.

And our rates start at just $79.99

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What is script coverage?

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.

We’ve helped make scripts more sellable for some of the biggest companies in the film industry

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Our elite script coverage team has worked for CAA, Sundance, Bad Robot, ICM, SyFy Channel, Ridley Scott, Curtis Hanson, Robert DeNiro, 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, (and you paid!) 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.

What goes into every one of our script coverages:

Logline 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.
Synopsis 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.
Rating 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.
Comments 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.
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How our customers are using Screenplay Readers to their advantage:

Screenwriters about to mail off their screenplays to agents, name talent, producers, script contests, or script festivals
 
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?

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Pick which script coverage service you’d like from our script coverage services page. One reader? Two? Three? Or would you like our 10-reader package?

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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 business hours

Some common myths about script coverage

myths about script scoverage

MYTH:“You must have script coverage in order to get your script sold or represented”
You absolutely do not need script coverage to get your script sold or represented, but without blunt feedback, you can’t know what’s making producers and agents put your script down half way, or even ten pages into it.

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.

Some common worries about script coverage

“But 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.

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“But who are you guys, and what makes you so qualified to give me feedback on my script?”

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 can actually use.

“But such-and-such screenwriting blogger or script consultant says getting script coverage is waste of time.”

Most screenwriting bloggers and script consultants we know are good people. But one or two of them rail against the concept of paid script coverage in order to drum up controversy on their blog. Controversy = more discussion on their blog, which equals more ad revenue, and/or more potential customers for their higher-priced script consulting and “script guru packages.” But we know, and our customers know first-hand, that we’re providing a really great service, not only for screenwriters, but for agents and producers and filmmakers in general.

Screenplay Readers (us)

The Other Guys

Turnaround check 24-72 business hours redxmark 5-7 days, even up to 2-3 weeks
Price check $79.99 redxmark $95 – $275
Quality check Honest critical analysis of the script; not the writer redxmark An awful lot of hand-holding and recycled educational text in the coverage
Analysts check Expert film industry script analysts with at least 5 years development experience redxmark Nice people, but their experience is a bit unclear
Founded check 1999 redxmark New ones opening and shutting down every day
Primary focus check Pointing out where scripts need the most work redxmark Their day jobs
Who runs the business? check Screenwriter and filmmaker with over 27 years experience redxmark Hard to tell, very few display any information about themselves.
Guru status check We believe the word “guru” should be reserved for people like Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg. redxmark “I’m so guru it hurts.”
100% Guarantee redxmark Yep check Nope

And here’s a few screenwriters whose spec scripts we’ve helped make more sellable lately:

“A most excellent experience for a novice, equal to hours in a classroom, at least for me since I had invested so much time in creating the script and was not satisfied with it. Adapted from a book in collaboration with the author I made the mistake of following the ‘true crime’ writing of the book … Thanks, it was worth the money.”
Bob Hofmaster, Screenwriter of Wanton, 3/31/2014
 
“This is the first time my scripts have been read outside close friends and family. I really looked into the key points that were pointed out to me for improvement. Thank you so much for this pleasurable experience.”
Reveleno Bamberry, Screenwriter of Proving Proverbs, 3/11/2014
 
“Given this is my first screenplay, your comments and helpful suggestions were exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much.”
Steve Holder, Screenwriter of All The News, 3/3/2014
 
“This has been a great experience for me. The 3 reader feedback was varied enough to allow me to see what was working and what wasn’t. I shared the consider rating with a producer that is now reading my TV Pilot today as a result of the things said. Thank you for all the intelligent suggestions given by your fine group of professionals.”
John McCabe, Screenwriter of Believe, TV Pilot, 1/20/2014
 
“Thank you so much for that coverage. I felt so lost working and working on this alone. Now I finally have someone who confronted my work. Thank you so much again. It will certainly help me. Best regards, Diane.”
Diane Goulet, Screenwriter of A Real Super Man: The Christopher Reeve Story, TV Pilot, 1/17/2014
 
“Hi Brian - Your service deserves a 100.0/Recommend. Thought I might be sending script too early to evaluate, but I’m really glad I did because each writer had 100% on-target notes to drive the next draft. Please express my gratitude to all three. Will be back with pages for them, if available, in February, and will expand to other writers then. Best, Chris”
Chris Fox Gilson, Screenwriter of Second Amendment, 1/6/2014
 
“As always, I was very pleased with the latest critique of my script. The reader, as have all past readers, demonstrated a thorough understanding of my story and characters. I’ve used your service 8 or 9 times so far and always found the comments very helpful when preparing for my next draft.”
Sam Buttari, Screenwriter of The Have Nots , 12/13/2013

 
Click here to read more quotes from 100+ other satisfied writers and agents and producers…

  

Plus, we stand behind our script coverage and script notes 100%

If you’re not 100% completely satisfied with the quality of our work, and we’re unable to make it right for you with a new read, a new synopsis, or a new set of notes, we’ll refund 100% of your order. Period.

What’s holding your spec script back from landing an agent, or getting sold?

Let us tell you. We’ll be 100% brutally honest, but you have to be ready for it

Are you?

  • 1 reader will read your script and provide coverage
  • 1 Logline
  • 1 Rating (PASS / CONSIDER / RECOMMEND)
  • 1-2 pages of brief synopsis
  • 1-2 pages of comments, focusing on where your script needs improvement
  • 12-Category Analysis Grid
    (Your script’s score in 12 categories: characters, dialogue, conflict, etc.)
  • 24-72 business hour turnaround
  • Your script and coverage deleted from our vault 14 days after we finish
  • 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 4-6 pages of comments focusing on where your script needs improvement
  • TWO 12-Category Analysis Grids
    (Your script’s score in 12 categories: characters, dialogue, conflict, etc.)
  • 24-72 business hour turnaround
  • Your script and coverage deleted from our vault 14 days after we finish
  • 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 6-8 pages of comments, focusing on where your script needs improvement
  • THREE 12-Category Analysis Grids
    (Your script’s score in 12 categories: characters, dialogue, conflict, etc.)
  • 24-72 business 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
  • 1-2 pages of comments for each script
  • Great investment for writers with lots of scripts, or who like multiple opinions on their work
  • Buying in advance saves you $300

Check out all of our script services on our services page

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