Dr. Script Coverage: that's a winkin' nod to the classic Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: a gem of iconic dialogue and scenes. We lesser cinema scribes, however, may need other doctors to provide prescriptions, a check-up or surgery.
DR. SCRIPT COVERAGE...HAS A PLAN...AS EASY AS 1...2...3...4...5
You write-and-revise A Script for weeks and months. Years? At last, you deem It ripe for harvest. Maybe so--but you'd be wise to get fresh eyes to offer a vital service: Concise Honest Expert Constructive Kudos, acronym CHECK. Perhaps one of these:
- Needs A More Distinctive or A More Clearly Stated Premise
- For Stronger Execution, Get Out of Your Own Way.
- Move over, rover, let a producer take over.
- Something more fundamental or less obvious, or more, or less.
- Or: It's terrific. For your home run trot, may I suggest ...?
This Doctor is a screenwriter, production veteran, cinephile, aspiring producer. The best medicine is a ton of camaraderie, tough love and diligence from one who walks the same road: Been There, Read This, Heard That. A bright script can lure art-and-business producers, cast, managers, investors and other players. Pitch Meetings must fill the Second Act of your Journey.
5 Rules of Compelling Screenplays (Add yours!)
1. A Passion for (the) Story: a profound movie, like a love affair, can set your heart and soul ablaze. Do that for others.
2. Characters and Dialogue: what they say, what they don't, and how. Natural fit and true spirit vs. flat, unrevealing or similar.
3. Structure/Timeline: Acts Are Not Created Equal--All Are Vital.
4. Genre Essentials and / or / vs. Audience Expectation.
5. Craftwork: Clarity. Impact. Flow. The most with more of less. The Reader (at first, your only audience) Should See and Feel.
Fees slide on the turnaround. ASAP to a month. Set a date for notes of no b.s. diagnosis: Sizzle of Premise, Characters, Structure, Genre, Dialogue, Voice, Craft, Timeliness, and More. Also, if pertinent, a few words on production, locations, budget concerns. All is offered to motivate, reinforce, encourage... At FADE IN you can see what'll be provided at THE END.
As a starter, send one or more of these. All would be ideal:
Log Line - 1 sentence, 2 lines, 30ish words. The pulse.
Elevator Pitch - 1 sentence, 3 lines, 50ish words. The x-ray.
Premise Line - 1 long sentence, 4 - 6 lines, 70ish words. The DNA.
To hook the interest of agents, producers and others, these slices of writing--tasty bait in limited bites--should be vivid and precise. Premise, people, places, genre, stakes. Story.
You can send those crucial first 5-10 script pages, too. Or, if you're confident, the Full Script. I focus on feature scripts, 80-120 pages. I’ll read TV, shorts and documentary too. Coverage for them may be similar, or vary.
I have a Disclaimer, a form of NDA. Your I.P. Is Your Baby. I Zip My Lips. I read, analyze, advise....period. I do my best to be objective, to note subtext and themes, ask questions, suggest A/B/C, and support your efforts and choices. It's YOUR script.
Rates start low for reading Your Lines, a summary and/or the first 5-10 pages. They rise in proportion to your submission, when you want the results, and how extensive you’d like the check-up, therapy, or surgery. Script coverage made easy!
We’ll walk happy trails of screenwriting, over the rainbow to YES!
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