Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.'s)

What is script "coverage"?

"Coverage" is a written report detailing the strengths and weaknesses of a script.

What is included with script coverage?

Our standard script coverage includes the following:

  1. A title page with basic information about the script (e.g., genre, page count, logline).
  2. A one to two page synopsis of the script. This is an objective description of the script's plot. For beginning writers, this can be very helpful in understanding how others interpret your script.
  3. A one to two page critique of the script. This details the strengths and weaknesses of the script followed by a recommendation (either pass, consider or recommend). Here the writer will learn how effective the script is in communicating various elements (e.g., theme, characterization, tone).

What's a logline?

A "logline" is a short (usually one or two sentence) description of a script or finished project. For some examples click here.

What is "development coverage"?

Development coverage provides a more detailed critique of the script. It also includes specific suggestions on how to make it better.

How do you evaluate material?

We strive to be as fair and objective as possible in critiquing your script. Our focus is primarily on the strengths and weaknesses of the script. We're not here to judge "what" you write, but rather "how" it is written. This is determined by what the material seems to be saying and how well it is said. Some of the questions we ask are as follows:

How long will it take to receive the coverage?

Depending on the work load, standard script coverage will usually be completed between two to four weeks after receipt of your materials. For development coverage, please allow an additional week or two. In the case of RUSH SERVICE, these times are generally cut in half.

What is required to receive script coverage or one of your other services?

In order to receive any of our services (including script coverage), you'll need to submit the following:

  1. A copy of the material that you want evaluated (i.e., script, manuscript or VHS tape).
  2. A completed Request Form.
  3. A completed and signed Submission Agreement.
  4. The appropriate fee.

Should I send you a first draft screenplay?

You certainly can, but in order to receive the maximum benefit, you should submit your script after you've at least attempted to address obvious weaknesses. At that stage, we may be able to provide you with insight about what's not working in the script.

Will you tell me if my script is "commercial"?

No. In all honesty, no one really knows the answer for sure. Every year, films that are thought to be "sure fire hits" fail. Meanwhile, films thought to have only marginal box office potential become major successes. For example, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" became the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time despite being passed by every major distributor in Hollywood.

Besides, not every writer is interested in writing mass market films. Our goal is simply to let you know whether or not you have written a well-crafted script that expresses its ideas clearly.

My screenplay involves "risky" or "difficult" subject matter. How can you help me?

Rather than encourage you to pander to often misguided notions of what is "commercial," our goal is to help you fulfill the objectives of the material. In other words, rather than tell you what to write, we strive to help you write the story you want to tell.

What books do you recommend for the beginning screenwriter?

Here are some basics:

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