SCRIPT COVERAGE FROM A PROFESSIONAL OPTIONED SCRIPTWRITER
FACT - ONLY A TINY FRACTION OF SCRIPTWRITERS EVER GET OPTIONED
Scriptwriting is highly competitive and if you want to succeed you not only need to be persistent and determined, you need the guidance of a successful agented optioned spec scriptwriter, paid assignment writer and polisher who has gained the skills, knowledge and exposure necessary to land a feature option with an established production company and also has a second feature in development with an International production company that makes US mainstream movies.
FACT - MANY SCRIPT COVERAGE PROFESSIONALS HAVE NEVER HAD A SCRIPT OPTIONED
When I started out as an aspiring writer I paid script coverage fees to a number of coverage professionals who had never had a script optioned. I would receive a few pages of structured notes from people who knew plenty about superficial textbook scriptwriting techniques but nothing about what it really takes to get your writing up to the level needed to get a production company to read past the first five pages. Then I found an industry professional who had worked for a number of studios in LA and had been responsible for deciding which scripts should be considered for production. In a short space of time my writing developed to a level that started to get me noticed in the International competition circuit and eventually after a lot of pitching I landed my first option.
FACT - MOST SCRIPT COVERAGE PROFESSIONALS ONLY TELL YOU WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR SCRIPT SO THAT YOU PAY COUNTLESS FEES FOR YOUR ENDLESS REWRITES
I will not only analyze your script, I will also provide you with a clear understanding of how you need to develop your script’s structure, theme, arcs, dialogue and dramatic depiction, which will help you develop you script in leaps and bounds instead of expensive baby steps. This will dramatically reduce the amount of rewrites needed for you to develop your script to the necessary level and save you a great deal of time and money.
FACT - MOST SCRIPT COVERAGE PROFESSIONALS DO NOT COMMUNICATE WITH YOU VERBALLY
I will not only provide you with feedback in a written coverage report, I also follow up with you via 1 hour Skype calls, something that was of immense help to me when I was learning from my contact in LA and which boosted my confidence because we were able to interact.
FACT - COMPLETING YOUR SCRIPT IS ONLY HALF THE JOURNEY TO LANDING AN OPTION
Once you have a great script you need to take your writers hat off and put your sales hat on. Scripts don’t sell by themselves. You will need to make countless pitches to producers like I did to get your work read. One encouraging thing I can tell you is that the expression “it’s not what you know but who you know” is actually in my experience not true. The fact is that if you have a great script backed up with a great pitch then you will find the producers who are willing to read your work.