Writing Effective Screenplay Evaluations


Every screenwriter needs a second or third opinion on their screenplays. It’s all part of the screenwriting game. Script evaluations are a necessary part of script development. They are slightly different to script coverage which includes a scoring grid for various story parameters, a summary and some notes. Script evaluations highlight the strengths and weaknesses…

How Film Studio Script Readers Work


There are many types of screenplay readers in the movie studio system. They range from story analysts who evaluate the concept, to script analysts who evaluate the structural components of the story.  They work in the development team. Studio film script readers must monitor the inventory of literary properties the studio already owns and also…

Evaluating Your Story Structure


Pilar Alessandra, script consultant at On The Page, believes that story can be broken down into two interdependent elements: events and emotions. That driving emotion takes your main character to a new event which in turn generates a new emotion. THE FIRST TEN PAGES Give your audience a strong genre opening. Then you can reset…

So You Want To Be A Script Reader?


Do You Love Reading Screenplays? Being a script reader is one of the most common ways for writers to enter the industry, either as a screenwriter or development executive. Many companies hire interns for the summer (or longer) to read scripts for them. All studios and major producers have trained paid readers on staff. They…