Script coverage and feedback for writers, agents, producers, and filmmakers
Our script coverage has helped improve 13,000+ screenplays, shorts, and tv pilots since 1999
Screenplay Readers script coverage consists of 6-8 pages of expert critical feedback on your screenplay, consisting of specific, actionable suggestions and honest, constructive criticism, giving you a good idea of how a real-world agent, producer, film investor, or name actor might react, so you can make the script as tight as it can be… before you send it out.
Our script readers have provided script coverage for some of the film industry’s biggest and best companies
Each of our readers has been hand-picked for extensive experience in writing script coverage for all sizes of companies, including big producers such as JJ Abrams, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal, CAA, Sundance, ICM, SyFy, Ridley Scott, and Curtis Hanson. That real-world experience and our fierce dedication to the screenwriter’s craft are the qualities that have made Screenplay Readers the film industry’s #1 choice for script coverage for over 19 years.
Script Coverage Definition:
Film studios, movie producers, and agents are often overwhelmed with spec script submissions. To find good screenplays and talented screenwriters amidst the piles of submissions, they commonly employ script readers, who read the submitted screenplays and write brief memos, called “script coverage.” which allows the producer or agent to know which screenplays they should read themselves and which screenplays they should skip. Read more on Wikipedia.
Our Script Coverage includes:
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.
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.
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.
Rewrite Priorities Grid
Our reader provides you with a number of specific priorities, ranked as High, Low, or Not a Priority, which they feel should be your primary focus when doing any tweaks or rewrites to your script. From character to conflict to exposition and readability, the priorities are dialed in and explained so you can get to work on rewriting faster.
The Bechdel Test
As a non-scientific, 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. Your score here has no bearing on your critique, or overall Recommendation, and the test may not even be applicable to your script.
One of 3 possible recommendations: PASS (the screenplay is not a lost cause, but it needs a lot of work), CONSIDER (the screenplay still needs work, 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.
FREE Follow-Up Questions
Our script coverage service allows you to ask 3 FREE 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. We’re here to help.
10 Reasons Why Screenplay Readers is #1 with Writers, Producers, and Filmmakers
Years in business
18+ (Founded in 1999)
Our Esteemed Emulators
2 months – 2 years
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.)
Mostly college interns or newbies who have little screenwriting or development experience and work for free or extremely low pay.
Quality of Coverage
Actionable notes, constructive suggestions, and brutally honest critique
Exactly the kind of notes you’d expect from an intern or newbie
$115 for features, $69 for shorts
$60 – $375 and up
Ask follow-up questions of your reader?
You get 3 questions to ask of every reader who reads your script
~ 24-72 hours
From 5-10 days to 3-4 weeks
Heck no. Check out the bios of our script readers, including their favorite films and genres
Yes. You’re not told who’s reading your script or that person’s qualifications
Improving your script
Steering you towards webinars, “gurus,” & online courses
Rave Reviews from Working Writers and Filmmakers
"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."Lance 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."Richard Botto - Founder of Stage 32 and Writer of Rockets Red Glare
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8 Ways Our Clients Strategically Use Our Script Coverage:
Screenwriters who use our feedback to improve their scripts prior to entering script contests (such as the Nicholl Fellowship, 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 point out potentially “ass-saving” tweaks and improvements
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 script contests who hire us to screen entries and/or judge their finalists
Two Questions We’re Asked All The Time…
Q: “How qualified are the script readers reading my screenplay?”
A: Our readers come from all sorts of film industry backgrounds: development, production, post-production – you name it. Each script reader is brought aboard the Screenplay Readers team only if they have 5+ years of comprehensive experience and a track record of screenplay feedback. 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 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, us 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.
… 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 coverage service to get your script sold or represented. It’s our opinion, however, that without blunt 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”
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 it’s our opinion that notes from non-industry friends aren’t always as helpful or as critical as they need to be.