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Scriptapalooza Professional Screenplay Analysis

What is Coverage?


Coverage is a tool used in the industry as a way to weed out the hundreds of screenplays that pass over an agent or executive’s desk on any given day.  An industry executive will have their reader read a script and return a coverage report for them as a means to have a quick overview look at a script without the executive having to read it in its entirety.  

The script is first read by the reader and then a thorough yet concise treatment is written on the script as well as a saleable logline.  A treatment is the story of the screenplay written out in paragraphs, with a beginning, middle and end, detailing what happens.  At the end, there are comments, from the reader on what worked and what didn't with the final note being whether the reader would "recommend", "consider" or "pass" the screenplay.  

This is considered standard industry coverage.  Our Regular Coverage takes the writer through this process and our Development Coverage goes a step further and helps the writer learn what is working and what went wrong and where and supplies the feedback and analysis for suggested improvements for the writer as they go into a rewrite.  Through Scriptapalooza Coverage writers are able to make their craft stronger resulting in a solid script.

Why should I do it?

A writer can't afford NOT to have his script professionally analyzed and critiqued prior to submitting it to the industry for two major reasons:  Industry Response and Script/Writer Development.  

INDUSTRY RESPONSE:  Getting industry feedback and industry impression of your work without getting a "pass" is essential.  No matter what the submission channels it goes through in the industry, it will be covered by a reader.  Prior to going out to the industry with your script, you want to make sure you are putting forward the best version of your script possible.  This script is your calling card, your writing sample.  It will get into doors before you do and you want to make sure it creates opportunities for you.  If you have a car, you need gas, if you are an actor, you need a headshot, if you are a writer, you need script coverage, period.    

SCRIPT AND WRITER DEVELOPMENT:  The priceless feedback a professional reader can give the writer as it relates to their script cannot be found in any screenwriting book.  You may know the basics, but how to apply your story within that framework is the difference between an attention grabbing script and one that misses the mark entirely and is passed over.  For a writer setting out to have a long-term writing career it isn't just about the one big sale, although that is part of it.  It is about being a fantastic writer and having longevity in the professional screenwriting world.  In order to continue improving, not only the script, but the writer as well, having your script get coverage is one of the best steps towards both goals.

The services we offer:

• Screenplay Coverage
• Television Coverage
• Proofreading
• Coverage for Novels

For more information, please visit http://www.coverageservice.com

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You just copy and pasted that from the website..


Who dis nigger up on that ney?
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More importantly, what is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow??


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More importantly, what is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow??


You know that can't be answered without knowing if it is an African or European swallow.


My Scripts can all be seen here:

http://dlambertson.wix.com/scripts
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I paid for coverage once years ago - I did not think it was worth it in the end.

I got coverage for free once. Can't disclose the name, but someone from Britain wanted to get into the coverage business and wanted to use one of my scripts as practice and to get my feedback from his coverage. His efforts were better than the one I paid for.

Going forward:

I would never pay for coverage unless I knew specifically the identity and the qualifications of the person providing the coverage.

I would only do so to help improve a script that I am stuck on. I would not do do because I do not think there is any link or correlation between paying for coverage and selling a script.

I would reconsider my position if there ever comes a time where (a) I specifically know the names and qualifications of the person providing the coverage and (b) They or their company can provide data (that can be substantiated) that shows the direct correlation between their coverage and the sale of the script.

That's just me.


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