Are script coverage services worth it?

B. O'MalleyLast updated: Script Coverage 101

Good news everyone - the script is not a complete clusterf*ck

Are script coverage services worth it? Paid script coverage, that is? Commonly, when screenwriters need notes, they ask their peers, their fellow writers, or their writers groups. But what about writers who don’t have a lot of access to any … Read More

Read the script coverage for Boogie Nights

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script coverage for Boogie Nights

Script coverage for Boogie Nights, which I recently found on the interwebs, thanks to a sleuthy Redditor, teaches us screenwriters and script readers some key lessons that we need to keep in mind when considering script coverage for own screenplays:   Lesson … Read More

How to Write Script Coverage for Your Own Screenplay

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Doing your own script coverage

Have you ever considered giving yourself script coverage? Have you ever considered reading your own script and providing script coverage for it? Lo, and yea, and verily, the benefits can be massive, not just for the script itself, but for a screenwriter’s long-term ability to distance herself from her own work.

What a reader can tell about you from reading your script

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What your script and your screenwriting says about you

A script reader at an agency or studio can tell a lot about a screenwriter’s personal life and psychology by simply glancing at the script she turns in. Such insight isn’t always pretty, but script readers often “file” you as a screenwriter into a number of convenient categories. Here are just a few.

How to tell you’re reading a terrible screenplay

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6 clues a screenplay is bad

Sometimes, we script readers get lucky. That is, when we dig into a screenplay to give script notes or provide script coverage, sometimes we know right away that the script we’re reading is gonna be a painful read.
Most times, that takes us a few pages. But sometimes, right off the bat, we get some really great clues that let us know “Hey, this screenwriter isn’t professional.”

How script readers can spot an amateur screenwriter

B. O'MalleyLast updated: Script Coverage 101

Your script has a lot of working parts — character, dialogue, conflict, action, theme, beats, acts… It’s a heady brew of elements. And that heady brew boils down into an awful lot of specific criteria that anyone reading your script will judge it by, whether you’ve sent it in to a script contest, or a script coverage company, or an agent, or studio, or a name actor.