How to tell you’re reading a terrible screenplay

B. O'MalleyLast updated: Script Coverage 101

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.”

Free Script Feedback: Letting the script reader trust you

B. O'MalleyLast updated: Free Script Feedback

I’m in good hands I can tell, because the writer uses the term “micro beer.” A minor thing for me to say, perhaps, but when I know the writer cares enough to use details like that, it tells me a lot about the character in one phrase: “He takes a pull of his micro beer.”