Script Reading Service
“To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script and the script”
― Alfred Hitchcock
At the heart of any feature film, short film, and web or TV series is a GREAT screenplay. Developing your screenplay can be an exhausting, lonely endeavour. Your friends, family or writing group mates have probably all read your script and given you feedback – mostly positive to be sure – but until you get a third party professional to cover your work, your script is NOT ready to shop around. Professional script reports ensure your project reaches its full potential and passes the ‘first ten pages’ test – whether you’re shopping an original TV pilot, submitting a web series show-bible for funding, or sending out spec scripts to be considered for a writers’ room, you need coverage.
No matter where in the world you’re located, Raindance script reading team can assist you to move your script into a higher gear by providing top quality feedback on your scripts which can be an essential benefit to your projects.
You need a script coverage if…
Your writing feels stuck.
You’ve completed a 1st draft but don’t know how to take it to the next level in rewrites
You feel your script doesn’t work but you cannot pinpoint why
You want to give your script/final draft to a producer and want to make sure it’s ready
For a discussion to find out how our service can help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Script reports can determine if your script for a feature film/short film/TV episode is ready to be sent to producers and production companies, or you still need to work on how to convey your vision for a visual concept in a written form.
Facts about scripts and producers:
Due to the sheer number of scripts which professional producers receive in this digital era, most of them hardly ever read any scripts unless these scripts go through some sort of filters and their potentials revealed.
These producers/production companies hire Script Readers of their own to sort few scripts with potentials from the rest of the batch.
More often than not, these hired Script Readers work in line with specific templates that instruct them to reject scripts with even smallest of flaws which could be easily missed by screenwriters.
Myths about scripts and producers:
1- All you have to do after writing your script is to send it out to as many producers as possible until one copy is picked up by a likeminded producer. That is the analog era mindset. As coproduction is becoming more and more popular among producers, it is becoming more relevant for even small, independent production companies to obtain information about rejected scripts from other producers before commissioning another coverage themselves on scripts written by novice writers.
2- Instead of demonstrating your abilities as a visual writer, you can impress producers by showing off your vocabulary range and writing style, which more often than not are suitable for novels or short stories, forgetting that a script is the account of things that are going to be seen and heard on the screen only. Trying to outsmart producers through measures like this does not usually go down well.
3- Most producers do not have the knowledge and/or don’t care about proper application of screenwriting conventions and accepted industry standard formatting, so you can get away with ignoring them just like your favourite (not to mention well-known and established) screenwriter does. This would be like going to your first job interview without being concerned about the dress code or your bad hair day.
Our Script Report Department
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story”
– Terry Pratchett
You’ve completed a first draft – what next?
FEATURE FILM GENERAL COVERAGE: Professional assessment of your feature film script. It points out the areas of your script that need improvement and provides you with general guidelines to move to the next draft. Covers: Premise, Characterization, Dialogue, Plot, Writing Style, Marketability & Audience, and Formatting, with recommendations.
TV/WEB SERIES PILOT, SHORT FILM GENERAL COVERAGE: A detailed analysis of your short film script; Offers practical solutions to fix plot, character or dialogue issues.
DETAILED DEVELOPMENT NOTES: FEATURE FILM: Thorough analysis offering practical suggestions to take your screenplay to the next level featuring scene analysis, copyediting, attention to problem areas and possible solutions for plot and structure tightening, examining genre issue “fixes”; examining character arcs and proposed dialogue strengthening.
SYNOPSIS & TREATMENT ANALYSIS: FEATURE FILM: Analysis of your outline is the best way to test an idea, tighten the plot and eliminate potential pitfalls in your story before you spend months or even years developing the treatment or screenplay.
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