If You Can Beat Script Coverage, You Can Own Hollywood

If You Can Beat Script Coverage, You Can Own Hollywood

Well, the first step to script coverage is knowing what the term means. The coverage of a script generally consists of several elements and is designed to provide interested parties with a rundown of specifics regarding the script.   It is generally used for  grading screenplays as well.

The process often occurs in the development department of a production company and can be either written, which is the usual format, or verbal. It is also usually presented in a particular form to make it easier to ensure all the necessary information is presented in a single location. While the form may change, some of the information that is normally requested in script coverage is as follows:

* Bibliographical information on the script such as title, author, material type, genre and location
* A one sentence summary
* A paragraph summary on the analysis of the script not the script itself
* Grading of the script – was it fair, poor, excellent or just good. Categories that go into grading can include storyline, production values, dialog, characterization or any combination of these or other criteria.
* A summary of the plot depending on the script being analyzed this can be anywhere from one to three pages.
* Budget – the estimated budget assigned to the script by the script reader
* Finally, the complete analysis of the script

These are just some of the criteria that may be used in script coverage. There are others depending on what the production company is looking for in scripts but generally one or more of these elements will be included in the coverage. The analysis is the most important part of the report and consists of a number of elements.

One of the first and most important elements in script coverage is the plot-line synopsis. Most producers or interested parties that are going to purchase a script will look at the script coverage first, to determine interest so it is important to make sure the outline of plot and characters is written to spark the interest of your target audience. The second part of a coverage usually involves a review that can be anywhere from two to ten pages in length. This review should cover everything from writing style to strong points and problem areas with the characterization and plot.

A two-paragraph recommendation usually follows the review and lists the overall success or failure of the script. This includes grading as well as the viability of the script on a commercial level. In order to ensure that you have the best chance of getting your script reviewed consider making sure that your script is economical. You want to make sure everything can be tied in and will be mentioned in the script coverage because this is often the only thing that is reviewed during competitions or during the selection process by production companies or agencies that are looking to purchase scripts or back writers and provides a clear outline of your script.

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