Script coverage services from Screenplay Readers have helped improve over 14,000 screenplays, shorts, and tv pilots since 1999

You only get one chance to wow an agent or producer with your script. Make it count.

Our script coverage service provides you with of 6-8 pages of expert critical feedback on your screenplay, consisting of specific, actionable suggestions and honest, constructive criticism. Think of it as a “dry run” submission to an agent or producer or film investor that gives you a good idea of how one might react to your script, so you can make it as tight as it can be… before you send it out.

Get script coverage starting at $115

Get script coverage from paid, professional script readers and screenwriters who’ve worked with some of the film industry’s biggest studios and creatives


Our script readers have worked in development for major studios and producers like JJ Abrams, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal, CAA, Sundance, ICM, SyFy, Ridley Scott, Curtis Hanson, and more. Our real-world script development experience and our fierce dedication to the screenwriter’s craft are what have made Screenplay Readers the film industry’s #1 choice for script coverage for over 19 years.


Script Coverage Service - 1 Script Reader

$115

script coverage from one reader

  • For feature film screenplays, pilots, and teleplays
  • 1 script reader will read your script and provide coverage
  • 6-8 pages of script feedback and notes
    (Approx. 1200 words / single-spaced)
  • Logline and Brief Synopsis
    (for pitches, queries, marketing, etc.)
  • ONE 22-Category Analysis Grid
    (Your script scored in 22 different categories, such as dialogue, plot, etc.)
  • 1 Recommendation
    (Pass / Consider / Recommend)
  • 3 Script Reader Follow-Up Questions
    (Ask your script reader to clarify or elaborate on specific points made in their analysis)
  • 24-72 hour turnaround
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Script Coverage Service - 2 Script Readers

$189

script coverage from two script readers

  • For feature film screenplays, pilots, and teleplays
  • 2 script readers read your script and provide coverage
  • 12-16 pages of script feedback and notes from 2 different readers
    (Approx. 2400 words / single-spaced)
  • 1 Logline and Brief Synopsis
  • TWO 22-Category Analysis Grids
  • 2 Recommendations
  • 6 Script Reader Follow-Up Questions
  • 24-72 hour turnaround
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Our Script Coverage Service includes:

Script Feedback/Notes

Our script feedback section makes up the bulk of your coverage, and it's brimming with specific, insightful critique (as well as a few suggestions for fixes). We write our script analysis as straightforward and as objective as possible because it's not only screenwriters that rely on us for constructive honesty – it's also agents and producers. Our smart clients use that honesty to their advantage. Our dumb ones are eaten by bears.

22-Category Analysis Grid

Our reader numerically scores your script in 22 key categories, such as character, dialogue, plot, theme, conflict, tension, presentation, and more. These numerical scores are private and for your own use only. We don't track these.

Recommendation

One of 3 possible recommendations: PASS (the screenplay needs a bit more work), CONSIDER (the screenplay still needs some tweaking, but may be considered by an agency or studio), or RECOMMEND. Don’t feel bad if you get a PASS. Since we opened our service in 1999, right around 95% of screenplays have received a PASS, while 4% received a CONSIDER, and only 1% or less received a RECOMMEND.

Logline

Your screenplay, summed up in one or two sentences. If your logline ends up much longer than that, your screenplay might be too “soft concept” and more difficult to sell, market, or land an agent or manager with. (Or, it might be perfect for Sundance.) (OPTIONAL)

Brief Synopsis

Your story, squeezed down to the essentials. This section 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 a script reader misses an important beat, it’s likely that an agent or producer will too. (OPTIONAL)

The Bechdel Test

As an informal "litmus test" of a script's female representation, more and more "gatekeepers" in Hollywood are factoring in a project's gender diversity (and diversity in general) when considering it for development, so we'd be remiss in not including it for our more savvy clients.

FREE Follow-Up Questions

Our script coverage service allows you to ask follow-up questions of each of your readers, after receiving your coverage. Use them to clarify points the reader made in your coverage, or dive deeper into their suggestions for specific fixes, or run an idea or two by them. OR, tell us a joke, or smuggle us some winning lotto numbers.

(And script coverage isn’t all we do…)

  • Deep Dive Development Notes - a cartoon submarine with the script girl in the window

    Deep-Dive Development Notes

    Our Extensive Script Notes service starts out at a minimum of 10 pages of detailed, in-depth screenplay analysis with actionable, specific script notes on your screenplay.

    $397.00 Add to cart
  • short script coverage and sitcom coverage

    Sitcom / Short Script Coverage

    Script coverage for any script or document under 40 pages. Shorts, pilots, sitcoms, treatments, etc. Includes logline, feedback, and Rewrite Priorities Grid.

    $69.00 Add to cart
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      How to order:

      • Step 1

        Add whatever service you like to your cart.

      • Step 2

        Check out with any credit card, debit card, Paypal, Apple Pay, or Bitcoin

      • Step 3

        Upload your screenplay with our easy upload form. Once we’re finished, we email you your script coverage or notes.

       

      Why Screenplay Readers Has Been #1 Since 1999


      Who?

      Years in business

      Screenplay Readers

      19+ (Founded in 1999)

      The Runners Up

      2 months – 2 years on average

      Quality of Analysts

      A full staff of well-paid, experienced script analysts who are screenwriters themselves. Each is vetted for at least 5 years development, screenplay analysis, and/or film industry experience and must have razor-sharp critical writing chops. (Some of our readers have been with us for over 10 years.)

      From what we’re seeing, they’re mostly college interns or newbies who have scant screenwriting and development experience and work for free or extremely low pay

      Quality of Coverage

      Actionable notes, constructive suggestions, and honest critique

      Sadly, thin on details and suggestions, but big on offering vague screenwriting advice and quotes from books

      Price

      $115 for features, $69 for works under 40 pages

      $60 – $490 and up

      Ask follow-up questions of your reader?

      Yes

      No

      Guarantee?

      Yes

      No

      Turnaround Time

      ~ 24-72 hours (Rush service available too!)

      From 5-10 days to 3-4 weeks

      Non-Anonymous Readers

      Yes. Check out the bios of our script readers, including their favorite films and genres

      No. Oddly, you’re not told who’s reading your script or that person’s qualifications. But shouldn’t that be a given?

      Focus

      Improving your script by giving it a coverage “dry run” so you can fix weak spots and have a better chance of selling it or landing representation.

      Promising to put your script in front of their “bigwig Hollywood contacts” if it “scores high enough,” and/or selling you e-courses and webinars.

       

      We do script feedback for screenwriters. That’s it. No script contests. No Hollywood b.s. No false promises.

      We don’t do black lists or brown lists or purple lists or arbitrary, ridiculous “Script Scores” that nobody in the film industry cares about, or try to bait you into entering low-rent script contests or buying courses or webinars. Most importantly, we’re not dangling the keys to Hollywood because (A) that’s cheesy and (B) we don’t have them. We just read scripts and provide feedback for writers and filmmakers. That’s it.

       
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      Rave Reviews (Yay us!)

      "The value I received from Screenplay Readers far surpasses value for other coverage I've received and I'm grateful I was pointed to your site. I found this last batch of notes, synopsis and even logline to be the most creative and insightful I have yet received on this project. (and yours was not the only company I've tried my hand at coverage with.) You obviously have some creative filmmakers in their own right working with you."

      script coverage girl logoLance Mungia - Writer-director of The Crow: Wicked Prayer and Six-String Samurai

      "I find Screenplay Readers' summaries and comments to be a notch above the pack. They're extremely thorough. Screenplay Readers clearly reads the entire script, looks for subplots and subtext, and recognizes themes, setups, and key pieces of dialogue."

      script coverage girl logoRichard Botto - Founder of Stage 32 and Writer of Rockets Red Glare

      Click here to read 300 or so more testimonials from real customers

      How Clients Use Our Script Coverage Service


      Screenwriters who use our script coverage to improve their scripts prior to sending to one of the few legitimate script contests (e.g. Nicholl Fellowship & Austin) which several of our clients have been accepted to as finalists and quarter-finalists)

      Screenwriters who are about to send their screenplays to agents, name talent, or producers and who rely on our readers to provide improvements, as well as point out critical “soft spots”

      Major producers who send us screenplays to cover find out if they’re worth pursuing, either because their own staff is overwhelmed or because they need to get feedback from outside the “echo chamber”

      Agents and managers who get coverage on a script or two when looking for that hot new writer or project, and who may not have the time to add another “weekend read” to the pile

      Screenwriters and television writers who need fast, hard-hitting feedback before pitching at major studios and production companies

      Producers who use our script coverage to help determine which films to finance or to give their script that “one last look” prior to sending it out to name talent when putting together a package

      Writers groups and screenwriting festivals who hire us to screen entries and/or judge their finalists

      Two Questions We’re Asked All The Time…

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      Q: “How qualified are the script readers reading my screenplay?”

      A: The script readers on our payroll come from all sorts of film industry backgrounds: development, production, post-production – you name it. Each reader is brought aboard the Screenplay Readers team only if they have 5+ years of comprehensive experience and a track record of helping improve screenplays. In addition, their writing style and critical “voice” is vetted for several key traits: fastidiousness, mastery of syntax, grammar, and vocabulary, and the ability to synthesize solutions and suggestions. As a result, only 1 out of every 300 people who apply are ever invited to join our team. Feel free to check out our reader roster for their photos, bios, and favorite genres and films.

      Q: “What if I don’t agree with the script coverage?”

      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 it’s our view that without consistent, critical feedback on our screenwriting, from a variety of sources, we don’t get very far as screenwriters. Use our script notes and coverage to guide your next draft (or producers, use it to nudge that screenwriter you’re working with) or cherry pick the notes you think will help your project the most.

      Click here for our full list of Frequently Asked Questions about Script Coverage.

      script coverage myths… and Two Big Script Coverage Myths We Regularly Debunk:

      Myth #1: “A screenwriter must get script coverage in order to get her script sold or represented”

      You absolutely do not need any script coverage service to get your script sold or represented. It’s our opinion, however, that without honest feedback, from any source, screenwriters would never get better at their craft and producers would spend their careers taking on bad projects that can’t seem to find an audience.

      Myth #2: “You need a script coverage service in order to improve your script”

      Nope. But every writer does need feedback of some sort. We encourage prospective clients to get as much free feedback as possible before working with us. So if you’re here and you haven’t already tried getting free feedback from writers groups or colleagues, do that first and then come back to us! That said, if you’ve exhausted all those free alternatives, or don’t have access to them, our readers can help.

      Finally, just so you know, we stand behind our script coverage service 100%

      script coverage guarantee graphicGet script coverage starting at $115

      Screenplay Readers suggested some great improvements to my screenplay. Great people. Spot on. Thank you!

      Elle A. United States