The Screenplay Readers Mission
Screenplay Readers’ mission is to provide constructive, insightful script coverage and feedback that helps writers, producers, agents, managers, talent, and filmmakers improve their scripts prior to submitting them for consideration or development.
Screenplay Readers’ founder B. O’Malley (IMDB) started his script reading career in 1994, reading and covering scripts for the literary agency Media Artists Group. In 1997, he went to work as a script reader and script coordinator for legendary B-movie maverick Roger Corman (Little Shop of Horrors, Death Race 2000, Rock and Roll High School), then in 1999 assembled a team of top–notch script readers and filmmakers to launch SCREENPLAY READERS.
Our Philosophy on Script Feedback
At Screenplay Readers, we believe that good script feedback must possess three essential components:
1) Script feedback must be brutally honest
We believe that without brutal honesty, the most problematic flaws about a script can’t be pointed out. In service of that honesty, we not only give our script readers permission to be as honest as possible, we also make sure our clients always know who’s reading their screenplay, unlike most script services. Clients are free to visit this page at any time to see our script readers’ faces, names, and bios.
2) Script feedback must have actionable suggestions (AKA all killer, no filler)
We believe that without insightful, specific, actionable suggestions on how to improve where those flaws, the feedback is of little or no use to the writer. In service of our dedication to actionable suggestions, we will never write fluff, self-help / or lean on motivational tripe or tropes when critiquing our clients’ work, nor hold the work to any particular “script guru’s” standard. (Hint about script gurus: If they’re not at the level of Shonda Rhimes or Aaron Sorkin, they’re not gurus, and are actually in the trenches with the rest of us.)
3) Script feedback must have immediacy
Without immediacy, the writer can’t act upon the suggestions with any speed. Without speed, the momentum for a rewrite could be lost. We make sure we gear our workflow towards quality first, of course, but speed is always a close second. We know that if a writer, producer, or agent can’t get her feedback quickly, it can set her back by precious days or even weeks.
Our Script Reader Roster
Thomas Ambrosini (TA) received a Masters in Playwriting from the University of Edinburgh, graduating with distinction. He’s worked as a reader for the James Tait Black Awards, Britain’s oldest and largest literary prizes. He’s written for the stage, film, VR, and video games, and has worked with various production companies. Favorite Films/Shows: Pan’s Labyrinth, Birdman, Ex Machina, V for Vendetta, Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, Princess Mononoke, The Truman Show, Black Mirror, Rick & Morty, Bojack Horseman. Favorite Genres: sci-fi, drama, thriller, dark comedy.
Jean Barker (JB) directed an award-winning short film and recently signed her first feature film screenwriting deal. She’s currently writing a comic book and has a webseries or two up her sleeve. Favorite Films: Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Truman Show, District 9, Amadeus, Nightcrawler, Dirty Pretty Things, True Romance, One Flew Over a Cuckoo’s Nest, Dirty Dancing, Magnolia. Favorite genres: Genre-defying blends, Sci-Fi, Romantic Comedy, Thriller
Steve Deering (SD) has provided analysis for a variety of major studio features and got his start in development as an intern for The Robert Evans Company (Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown). A screenwriter himself, SD has completed contracted studio assignments, along with polishes and rewrites. Favorite Films: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Scream, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Versus, The Shining, Mirrormask, Citizen Kane, Donnie Darko, The Graduate. Favorite Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy.
Krishna Devine (KD) is a published author, independent film writer and director and has worked for several companies in all areas of film ranging from writing, on-set production, post production, visual effects, distribution and development. Favorite Films: Blade Runner, Battle Royale, American Psycho, Shaun of the Dead, The Jerk, Wet Hot American Summer, Reservoir Dogs, Fight Club, Aliens. Favorite genres: Dark Comedy, Thriller, Horror
Lane Gjerstad (LG) has spent several years in film development working directly under award-winning independent film producers. She has provided coverage for major motion pictures, such as Oscar-winner Hacksaw Ridge, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association winner I Smile Back, and Lila and Eve (Viola Davis). Lane has a BFA in Dramatic Writing and Film. Favorite films/TV shows: Delicatessen, The Shining, Bernie, Heathers, Best in Show, Office Space, Idiocracy, Doctor Who, Broadchurch, King of the Hill. Favorite genres: black comedy, sci-fi, action/adventure.
Michelle Goode (MG2) has worked as a script consultant on the 50Kisses movie and for multiple independent production houses: The Nevada Film Office, London Screenwriters Festival, Underwire Festival, NYC Midnight, The Film Festival Guild, and New Writing South. She served Universal Film Magazine as a contributing editor and was one of the finalists in the Sir Peter Ustinov TV Scriptwriting initiative. Favorite films/Shows: In Your Eyes, Retreat, Boy Meets Girl, Twelve Monkeys, Stand By Me / Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black, Orphan Black, Waking The Dead, Afterlife. Favorite genres: Thrillers, dramas and their sub-genres. ** Not available for Reader Requests, Extensive Script Notes, or 1-on-1 Script Consulting.
Luke Harvis (LH) is a twice-produced screenwriter. His first film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival where it was acquired for distribution and has shown domestically and internationally. His second feature is deep into post production and will be released soon as a Netflix Original. Favorite movies: Aliens, Halloween, Terminator 2, Candyman, Full Metal Jacket, Ravenous, Seven, Hellraiser, Chinatown, Unforgiven. Favorite genres: Horror, Thriller, Action, Mystery, Romantic Comedy.
Brian Hibbert (BH) holds a Masters in Screenwriting and currently has several TV and film projects in development with horror directing duo, the Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters, Extraterrestrial). Past writing projects have starred notable performers such as cult movie icon, James Duval (Doom Generation, Independence Day) and pop star / wonder prodigy, Ryn Weaver (Interscope Records). Favorite Movies: Performance, Suspiria, Black Swan, Trainspotting, Mulholland Drive, The Dreamers, Labyrinth, Akira, Noriko’s Dinner Table, Let The Right One In. Favorite Genres: Dark Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
D. M. Le (DL2) has worked as a reader for the talent and literary agencies ICM and Media Talent Group. She has an MFA in Screenwriting and teaches screenwriting and film analysis. Favorite films/shows: Spirited Away, The Royal Tenenbaums, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Lives of Others, Amelie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Mad Men, Daredevil, Black Mirror, The IT Crowd. Favorite genres: fantasy, dark comedy, character drama
Sam Robson (SR) was extensively trained in story at Scenario LA, a literary management company run by a former literary agent who worked at a “top 5” agency who was responsible for Christopher Nolan’s career launch, a development executive at an Oscar nominated production company who worked with the likes of Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, and Wolfgang Petersen, and a creative producer who was instrumental in the development of Men In Black. Favorite movies: The Departed, Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight, Training Day, Django Unchained, The Replacements, Any Given Sunday, Miracle, Old School, Inglorious Basterds. Favorite genres: Military/law enforcement thriller, drama, thriller, action, comedy.
Jason Rostovsky (JR) is an LA native writer and producer, with a B.A. in Screenwriting from Chapman University. He has worked in development at several high-profile production companies including Blumhouse Productions, Scott Free, and The Donners’ Company. Favorite Films: Dawn of the Dead, Pontypool, Cube, Suspiria, Rosemary’s Baby, Battle Royale, The Sweet Hereafter, Green Room, Alien, 10 Cloverfield Lane. Favorite Genres: Horror, Thriller, Dark Comedy, Sci-Fi.
William J. Stribling (WS) holds degrees from NYU in Film/TV Production and Dramatic Literature as well as a Masters in Screenwriting from Chapman University. WS’s films have played over 75 film festivals worldwide, garnering dozens of awards and nominations. He is the director of two feature films. Favorite Films: 2001: A Space Odyssey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Brazil, Back to the Future, Edward Scissorhands, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Ocean’s Eleven, Bad Santa, Birdman. Favorite Genres: Comedy/Satire, Drama, Sci-Fi
C. E. Tucker (CT) has a Masters of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and worked for the Producer Travis Know as a story intern. His original screenplay won the grand prize at a major Texas screenplay competition. Favorite Films/Shows: The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Toy Story, Knocked Up, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, My Cousin Vinny, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Blade Runner, October Sky, Cool Runnings. Favorite Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction. For his 1-on-1 Script Consultations, CT prefers Skype, or live text chat, as his speaking voice is very quiet, and Skype’s audio quality is far better than phone.
Adam Zanzie (AZ) is an award-winning writer/director currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a graduate of the David Lynch Master’s in Film program, and has covered screenplays for such producers as Brian Frankish, Scott Rosenfelt, Susan Landau Finch and Antonia Bogdanovich. Favorite movies: Pinocchio, Sunset Boulevard, High Noon, To Kill A Mockingbird, Lawrence of Arabia, The Wild Bunch, Jaws, Apocalypse Now, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler’s List. Favorite genres: Thrillers, Westerns, Epics.
Analyst TZ is Senior Vice President of Development for a literary and talent management firm. She has been in script development for over 15 years, has produced an award-winning independent film, and has worked on several other independent films. Favorite Films: Psycho, Jaws, The King’s Speech, A Civil Action, Rosemary’s Baby, Apollo 13, Field of Dreams, Wizard of Oz, Evil Dead, Grace and Frankie. Favorite genres: Horror-Thriller, Drama, Romantic Comedy/Dark Comedies
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We support the WGA and keeping film jobs in Los Angeles
And finally, Screenplay Readers is proud to support the Writers Guild of America and its brotherhood and sisterhood of writers, leadership, and staff working to keep the art and industry of screen and television writing vibrant and strong. We also support the movement to keep film jobs in Los Angeles and California.
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