• Script coverage for serious screenwriters and producers

    Your script has only one chance to wow an agent, studio, or contest. Make it count.

    Our experienced script readers will read your script and provide you a 6-8 page coverage and detailed analysis grid on what’s working and what’s not. In about 72 hours. Starting at $97.

    We provide script coverage that’s both critical and constructive, 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. 

    Our script analysts have worked with some of the biggest and best studios and agencies in the film industry

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    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 and development experience, and is dedicated to helping you improve your script, not just rattle off what may be wrong with it.

    And that’s the key reason that’s kept our clients coming back for over 15 years, and has made us the film industry’s #1 choice for script coverage.

    Check out our coverage services

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    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 film industry standard screenplay coverage to screenwriters, production companies, studios, agents, managers, festivals, contests, and independent producers in 1999.

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    I have used many readers in the past not only for my work, but for screenplays submitted to my production company for consideration, and I find Screenplay Readers' summaries and comments to be a notch above the pack. I don't just say this because they gave me a CONSIDER. (The same reader passed on my last draft) but because they're extremely thorough. They clearly read the entire script, looked for subplots and subtext, and recognized themes, set ups, and key pieces of dialogue.

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    What comes standard in our script coverage:

    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 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.

    Analysis Grid

     

    How your screenplay fares in 25 key categories, such as character, conflict, dialogue, readability, pacing, and more. Detailed criteria such as “Stakes are clear/conflict is strong and/or compelling,” “Tension builds/escalates throughout,” “Protagonist(s) is (are) likable and/or compelling,” etc.

    Recommendation

     

    One of 3 possible recommendations: 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

     

    You might not agree with some, (or even any) of our feedback 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.

    Reader Follow-Up Questions

    Our service isn’t complete if you have questions about your coverage. That’s why each of our coverages includes three “Reader Follow-Up questions,” where you have 100 words to ask any question of your reader that may help clarify points they made in your coverage.

    Free Access To The Script Hub

    As a Screenplay Readers customer, you get FREE access to list your own logline and contact information on our Script Hub, a private, searchable, curated marketplace/database of writers and spec scripts that’s browsed and searched daily by dozens of producers and agents looking for new material and writers. Writers have complete control over how much info they share (if any!). And Producers and Agents, if interested in a script or writer, contact the writer directly, not Screenplay Readers.

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    Examples of how writers and filmmakers use Screenplay Readers to their advantage:

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

    Dozens of agents and managers looking for new writers, or keeping their signed writers 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 production companies

    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 do I order? What’s the process?”

    How to order - Step 1 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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    How to order - Step 2 Check out with any credit card or Paypal. Our shopping cart is powered by both Stripe and Paypal, two extremely secure credit card processors. Further, every single page and post of our site (not just the checkout pages) is encrypted with 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer encryption, so you can rest assured that your transaction and your information will be 100% safe and 100% private.
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    How to order - Step 3 Upload your script using our upload form. Then we’ll assign your script to your reader(s) and get your script coverage to you usually within 24-72 hours (1-3 business days).

    montage of our crew in the office“How qualified are the script analysts reading my screenplay?”

    Our script readers 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 5-10 or more years of comprehensive film industry experience and a presentable, hard-copy track record of critiquing screenplays. In addition, their writing style and critical voice is vetted for several key traits: fastidiousness, insight, verbal articulation, and the ability to synthesize solutions and suggestions. If they don’t have all these qualities, we simply don’t offer them a contract with Screenplay Readers. An estimated one out of 300 applicants are brought aboard our team. Feel free to check out our reader roster for their bios.

    “But what if I don’t agree with the coverage you provide for my screenplay?”

    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 cherry pick the notes you think will help your script the most.

    “Do you instruct your readers to tell me my script is awesome, even when it’s not, in order to get me to come back for more?”

    Ugh. No. Some services might do this, but we sure as heck don’t. We tell our readers this: be honest, be objective, be brief, be specific, and make helpful suggestions as to how to fix the bigger problems, but never lie, and never spin the coverage in a positive direction just to make a client happy. If a client requires that sort of cheeseball treatment, we ask them to go elsewhere. According to a recent survey, overwhelmingly, our clients told us they come back for our brutal honesty and our expertise first, followed by our emphasis on remaining as objective as a coverage would be from an agency, contest, or studio.

    Some popular myths about screenplay coverage:

    cartoon sphinx with question marksMYTH #1: “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.

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    MYTH #2: “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 notes from non-industry friends aren’t always as honest or critical as they should be.

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    MYTH #3: “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.

     
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    Turnaround green checkmark 24-72 hours red x mark From 5 days to 3-4 weeks
    Price green checkmark $97 red x mark $65 – $375
    Style of analysis green checkmark Expert, brutally honest, and as objective as possible, and focused on your screenplay red x mark Runs the gamut from competent and educational to fluffy and condescending
    Analysts green checkmark A full staff of paid, expert script analysts, each with 5-20+ years of film industry and/or script development experience red x mark 1-man operations, interns, low-paid readers
    Years in business green checkmark 16+ (Established 1999) red x mark 1-2 on average
    Experience green checkmark Produced screenwriter / veteran filmmaker with over 27 years of experience and a roster of experienced readers red x mark Most seem to be anonymous
    Anonymous Readers green checkmark No red x mark Yes
    Guarantee green checkmark Yes red x mark No

     

    A few of our recent happy clients:

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    Well, OK, I got a pass. Better a pass from a reader here than a pass from a major studio executive!!! From the comments, it is clear I have a lot of work to do on the script. I am very very grateful to the reader, as s/he provided insightful and very detailed comments and criticism, which I will hopefully use to improve the script. I will definitely use your services again!!!

    Sean Shaugnessy

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    Three drafts and 5 readers later the script is stronger than it was and nearly there. Thanks for all the thoughtful work!

    The Black Cat

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    Reader was very direct and effective in their analyzing of my script. More importantly the recommendations were constructive, concise and organized in order for me to apply going forward.

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

    The Screenplay Readers Guarantee

    If you’re not satisfied with the quality of our work, we’ll make it right for you with a new read, a new synopsis, or new comments.

    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?

     

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