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.
Brian O'Malley (BSO) 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. Favorite Films: Dr. Strangelove, Putney Swope, Harold and Maude, Repo Man, A Clockwork Orange, City Lights, The Graduate, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, The Blues Brothers. Favorite Genres: cult, dark comedy, arthouse.
C.E. Tucker (CT) | Managing Editor — is a graduate of Chapman University's screenwriting MFA program and received his bachelor's in computer science from Case Western Reserve Univ. Clearly, he made a life change, but in reality he's always been writing, just never thought he could make a career out of it. That all changed after a brush with death reorganized his priorities. Several competition wins, produced shorts, and brief acting gigs later, he has no regrets about the decision. As managing editor at Screenplay Readers, Chris (the C in the C.E.) spends most of his time making sure our work is of the utmost quality and keeping our clients happy. In his spare time, he writes essays for his blog Tuck.life, plays WoW, and makes epic grilled cheese. Favorite Films & TV series: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; Toy Story; Lord of the Rings; Dodgeball; Parks & Recreation; Narcos; Fargo; Better Call Saul; Brooklyn 99; Zodiac. Favorite Genre: Comedy, Epics, and Horror.
Jean Barker (JB) is a multiple award-winning writer-director whose 01 (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) Artists’ Visa was recently renewed. Since graduating with a dual MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from Chapman University she worked in Los Angeles writing and directing shorts, adverts, music videos, a comic book, while rewriting features and TV pilots and directing an Amazon.com webseries pilot. She’s read for a few competitions and a major LA Talent agency and has covered for everything from specs to in-production scripts A-List clients are considering while developing her own projects. She recently returned temporarily to her native South Africa and is in pre-production on her first South African feature project as writer/director and co-producer. Favorite Films and TV shows: Bojack Horseman, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Good Place, The Square, The Truman Show, District 9, Amadeus, Nightcrawler, The Florida Project, Get Out, Dirty Dancing. Favorite genres: Genre-defying blends, Sci-Fi, Romantic Comedy, Thriller – and character-led indie dramas.
Alessandra Bautze (AB) holds an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in the Writing Seminars and film and media studies from Johns Hopkins University. She has served as a reader for the Austin Film Festival screenplay competition, as well as other smaller competitions from Baltimore to Vail. An advocate for diversity in media, she currently teaches film studies to nontraditional undergraduates. Fascinated by languages, she enjoys speaking French and using American Sign Language. She loves strong female protagonists and is an avid fan of Doc Martens. Favorite movies: Winter’s Bone, Rust and Bone, A Prophet, Waltz with Bashir, Persepolis, Bicycle Thieves, Rear Window, Children of a Lesser God, In the Name of the Father, La Haine, V for Vendetta. Favorite genres: Drama, Coming-of-age, Historical
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
Joel Fishbane (JF) is an award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction, theatre, and film. He is currently a MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia for Creative Writing and holds as BA in Creative Writing and Theatre from Concordia University. His short fiction and non-fiction has been widely published while his debut novel, “The Thunder of Giants”, was published in 2015 by St. Martin’s Press. His work for the stage has been honored and performed at festivals, contests, and conferences across Canada, the United States, and overseas. Favorite Films: A Very Long Engagement, Pan’s Labyrinth, Children of Men, Back to the Future, Inglorious Basterds, The Untouchables, The Social Network, Moneyball, Spotlight, Angels in America, Annie Hall, A Few Good Men . Favorite genres: Historical, bio-pic, musical, sci-fi / fantasy, screwball comedy, rom-com.
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.
Sam Gurney (SG) holds a First Class Honors degree in Film & TV Screenwriting. He has worked as Script Editor on a feature film for 104 Films, as well as providing coverage for numerous UK-based companies and independent producers. Writer/director of a short film currently in pre-production. Favorite films: Jurassic Park, RoboCop, Dr. Strangelove, Heat, Tootsie, Being There, Terminator 2, The Raid, The Thing, Train to Busan. Favorite Genres: Action, Comedy, Horror, Crime/Thriller.
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 (DL) 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
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.
Adam Zanzie (AZ) is a writer/director living in Burbank, California. He is a graduate of the David Lynch Master’s in Film program, and his films have won awards and have been accepted into film festivals as far as Eastern Europe. He has covered screenplays for such producers as Brian Frankish, Scott Rosenfelt, Susan Landau Finch and Antonia Bogdanovich. Favorite movies: Lawrence of Arabia, The Wild Bunch, Summer of ’42, The Day of the Jackal, Jaws, Barry Lyndon, Apocalypse Now, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Casualties of War, Schindler’s List. Favorite genres: Thrillers and Epics.
Terri Zinner (TZ) Terri is an award-winning independent producer and a produced film writer. She has worked on several feature films and a documentary as a writer, producer, consultant, casting assistant, and production manager. Terri is also the former Senior Vice President of Development for a major literary and talent management company that helped writers develop and prepare their scripts for the marketplace. She has been in story development for over 20 years working with various producers and production companies. She was voted as one of the top screenplay consultants. She has read for other coverage companies and contests. She teaches classes on screenplay coverage and been an invited guest speaker for several screenwriting conferences and organizations. She has provided notes and consultation on the following produced or pre-production films: American Sniper, Albert Nobbs, Kill Your Darlings, Break the Stage, the Brass Teapot, They Might Be Kennedys, Ten Thousand Saints, The Howling: Reborn, Bed & Breakfast, What Maisie Knew, Louder Than Words, Monster Party, and many more. She enjoys reading thrillers, especially psychological thrillers, horror, dramas, and arthouse scripts. Some of her favorites films and TV shows are Fargo, Jaws, The King’s Speech, A Civil Action, Ordinary People, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby, Hush, Bird Box, anything Alfred Hitchcock, To Die For, Annie Hall, Father of the Bride, and Baby Boom. Terri likes nothing more than helping writers develop their craft.
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Our Philosophy on Script Feedback
At Screenplay Readers, we believe that good script feedback must possess four essential qualities:
1) Script feedback must be honest, even if it’s what the writer doesn’t want to hear
We believe that without honesty — constructive and no-punches-pulled 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 critical as possible, we also make sure our clients always know who’s reading their screenplay, unlike nearly all other 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 the script, the feedback is of little or no use to the writer. In service of that belief and that dedication, we make it a point to never write fluff, self-help, or lean on motivational or inspirational tropes when critiquing our clients’ work, nor hold the work to any prefabricated “screenwriting standards” of any self-proclaimed “script doctor” or “script guru” who may be more interested in upselling you a contest, course, or e-book, than he is in critiquing your screenplay.
3) Script feedback must be timely
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.
4) A script feedback service must keep its customers’ data 100% private
Keeping your script and your data 100% secure and private is our top priority. That’s why our readers and staff are vetted thoroughly and contractually bound to maintain your intellectual property and data privacy at all times. We don’t scrape your personal info or sign you up to mysterious services, and we don’t sell your data or give it away or share it with anyone. Period. Any material you send us stays secure and private and 100% yours. As it should.
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 union 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 via FilmLA.
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