Q1. Do you charge more for scripts over 120 pages?
A. We strongly recommend you keep your scripts to 120 pages, or preferably less. 120 is probably the maximum you can get away with nowadays. Comedies, Thrillers and Horrors should definitely be coming in more around the 90 — 110 mark.
These are the industry standard lengths and anything significantly over immediately says “novice.” So, for every page over 120 please add $1.50. (There’s a link at the bottom of the Hire Us page.) That’ll get you editing!
Q2. I need a report done by tomorrow! Can you help?
A. Maybe! For Rush Services please contact us and we’ll be happy to try and accommodate your request for a modest additional fee.
Q3. Do you accept hard copies of scripts?
A. Yes, but nobody really should be sending hard copies anymore. If for some reason you absolutely have to, please send to: 8365 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90069.
Q4. What format should I send my script in?
A. Final Draft or Movie Magic, please. However, we can accept most formats (see our Policy Low Down page) but there’s an immediate red flag to any reader who receives a script in something like Word.
Also, be sure to check out the indispensable “Hollywood Standard” by Christopher Riley for all your formatting questions and answers.
Q5. If my script gets a “Recommend,” can you pass it on to agents or producers?
A. Using our contacts in the industry we may pass some scripts on to production companies if we think they’re suitable. We will of course contact you first to discuss whether this is something you are happy with.
Also, bear in mind we do not represent writers ourselves and cannot guarantee success once we pass your script on.
Q6. How do I know you guys or someone else isn’t going to steal my idea?
A. Well, for peace of mind we recommend you have your script registered with the US copyright office or the WGA West. It’s cheap, easy, and will protect you against any copyright infringement by law, if it ever came to that.
In all honesty, though, ideas are just ideas. They’re a dime a dozen. It’s the execution of those ideas into a well written screenplay that matters. A producer or development exec, upon reading your brilliant screenplay, will be keen to snap you up as A WRITER, not steal the idea and risked being sued for millions.
Q7. What exactly is meant by “Coverage Report?”
A. Many executives and producers simply don’t have the time to read the dozens of scripts that land at their offices every week. It is their script readers who read, evaluate them, and produce reports called “coverage” highlighting a script’s strengths and weaknesses.
These reports include a synopsis, comments on the script’s strengths and weaknesses, and a Pass/Recommend/Consider grading, from a producer’s point of view. They help the execs and producers decide which scripts they should read for themselves and therefore, possibly, which projects should be considered for development.
Q8. I believe my script’s very good. Why should I bother send it in for analysis?
A. While your script may well be “very good” it’s always best to get a subjective, professional’s opinion on it, rather than just relying on your own assessment.
The chances of having a script considered by a company without first getting some feedback on it are slim. In fact, 90% don’t make it past the first read. So, please be sure to send your screenplay to a professional analyst (hopefully us!) before sending it anywhere important.
Q9. Can I see a sample report of a script you guys have covered?
A. Sure, drop us a line and we’ll shoot one over.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any query not covered here.