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May 1, 2018 0 comments
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What is Script Coverage? Download a script coverage example here

On this page, you can download script coverage examples and templates of the various kinds used in the industry, plus of all our script coverage services.

Let’s start by answering some basic questions about script coverage and then we’ll take a look at a script coverage example of the various types that exist in the screenwriting industry.

What is script coverage? 

Broadly speaking, script coverage is a written document consisting of a reader’s feedback on a screenplay or TV script (teleplay). Another term given to it is “script notes,” and it can be written by a variety of different people for a variety of different reasons.

In short, script coverage sums up a reader’s thoughts and emotional reaction to a screenplay/teleplay and usually includes notes on all or some of the following:

  • concept
  • character
  • story
  • plot/structure
  • scenes
  • theme
  • genre
  • pacing
  • tone
  • dialogue
  • marketability
  • writing style
  • formatting/presentation
  • grammar
  • title
  • final rating: “recommend,” “consider” or “pass”

Bear in mind, there is no one “right” way to write script coverage. Nor is there such a thing as a “standard” script coverage example.

One script coverage example may include a synopsis of the script, another may not. Some script coverage comments on all of the elements listed above, others only two or three. Some are only one page in length, others run to fifteen pages or longer.

As you’ll see in the script coverage example in a moment, script coverage can vary greatly in detail, intent and purpose, according to who it’s written by and who it’s written for. Here’s a list of the various types of coverage in the industry, along with a script coverage example of each one.

Script coverage example #1
Development execs and producers
 script coverage example

Development executives want to find screenplays to turn into movies. Producers want to invest in these screenplays in order to help them get made into movies.

Not having the time (or inclination) to read everything that comes their way, execs and producers often employ script readers to write coverage on incoming material. From this, they then read the coverage on the best scripts that have come in.

Script readers, therefore, can be thought of as a kind of buffer zone between the writer and the development exec or producer who can make things happen for them as only the scripts that receive glowing a recommendation get read by them.

If the script is as good as a reader says it is, then the exec or producer may set up a  meeting with the writer and the long road to seeing their work up on the silver screen has begun.

Script coverage for a development exec or producer is also known as “studio notes” and tends to be short—one or two pages in length—with a focus on briskly assessing the script’s suitability for development.

This is in direct contrast to other script coverage examples which focus on helping the writer improve their script, which we’ll get to later.

Script coverage example for execs and producers

Here’s a script coverage template of the kind written for development execs and producers—often also referred to as “studio notes.” They’re written in a style purely with the exec/producer in mind, rather than the writer.

Script Coverage Example

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script coverage example | script coverage template

Script coverage example #2
Managers and agents

script coverage example | script coverage template

Whereas execs and producers are looking to develop and get films made, managers and agents are looking for writers to represent and develop. However, the exact same screening process applies in which script readers first review all the scripts sent in to their offices and write coverage reports on them.

Also, it’s worth noting that—just as with development execs and producers—these script reports are not always written by professional script readers, but by assistants and interns. Whoever reads the script, however, will be primarily looking at the writer’s potential as a client for the manager or agent in question.

This is where writing samples can come in handy for the aspiring screenwriter. Rather than writing a script that they hope to get made by sending to an exec or producer, they instead write a script that showcases their skills, in the hope of getting taken on by a manager or agent.

Script coverage example for managers and agents

You’ll notice in this script coverage template that they’re written in a very similar style to those written for execs and producers: very direct, short and lacking any “how-to” feedback for the writer.

script coverage example

script coverage example

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Script coverage example #3
Feature screenwriters and TV writers

script coverage example

All of the script coverage examples we’ve covered so far have been geared toward the “higher power” reading the notes: the development exec, producer, agent, contest reader and so on.

In this final example, we’ll be taking a look at a script coverage example written for the benefit of the writer who’s paid for feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their work.

The purpose of this kind of script coverage is to get a screenplay into shape before the writer sends it off to an exec, producer, manager or anyone else of importance in the industry. It acts as a kind of dry run in order to get a script into shape and improve the writer’s craft, thus avoid burning any bridges before their career has even begun.

script coverage example | script coverage template

Script coverage example for writers

As you’ll see in the following script coverage example, these notes are designed to guide a writer on how to improve their screenplay and also their craft in general. Well, that’s what our script coverage services do here at Script Reader Pro anyway.

The truth is, there are many script consultancies and self-confessed “gurus” out there, but in order to make an informed choice on who to pick, we strongly recommend you ask to see a script coverage example of their work before parting with any hard-earned cash.

Script Coverage Example

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script coverage example | script coverage template

Script consultancies like ours and independent script analysts, provide a huge variety of script coverage services for writers.

Below you’ll find some script coverage templates of our most popular services.

As you can see, the term “script coverage” can also be loosely applied to more in-depth services, such as Line Edit and Margin Notes. Technically, these are more services more akin to something a script doctor would perform, but many companies like ours refer to them all as script coverage services for simplicities sake.

Conclusion

All three script coverage examples are written with a specific purpose in mind: either to log the quality of a submitted script at a company and alert the exec, producer, manager or agent to any exceptional ones.

Or, to provide the writer themselves with a paid service in which they’re told how their script would fare were it to be sent out into the industry.

The style, content and depth of analysis can vary quite a bit between different production companies, agencies, script consultancies and individual analysts. Company A may love your script, while company B doesn’t. Indeed, reader X at Company A may love your script, while reader Y doesn’t.

Along with these subjective uncertainties, most companies have their own “in-house” way of handling script coverage, but a budding writer shouldn’t preoccupy themselves too much with this and instead simply focus on writing the very best script they can.

In general, it’s always advised that a writer gets a professional opinion on their work before sending it out into the industry.

The ideal solution is to give it personally to someone you know who works in the industry, preferably in development. Don’t fall into the trap many aspiring screenwriters make of just sending a script to a producer because your best friend thinks it’s great.

However, not everyone has friends or people they know in the industry and so the next best thing is to pay a professional company such as ourselves to evaluate your script and show you how to fix any problems it may have. Follow the link to see all of our script coverage services.

Overall, whether you decide to let us or another other screenplay consultancy read your script, always make sure you ask to see a script coverage example first.

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