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Posted: May 5th, 2013, 3:32pm Report to Moderator
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How's about this?

Don, would it be possible (and not too labor intensive) to create and maintain a logline list of existing scripts on the site, separated by genre?  Included with each logline could be a link to any existing coverage, and or competition wins - should anyone want to access that information.  IE: have it available - and easily searchable - but not segregated into it's own category?

Just a thought...  
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Posted: May 5th, 2013, 3:35pm Report to Moderator
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I like the idea and think it should include scripts that have done well in competition.

In response to Janet's most previous comment, is it possible to include tags in the thread?  If a producer is looking for a zombie musical, he can type in +zombie +musical and see what pops up.


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Posted: May 15th, 2013, 8:33pm Report to Moderator

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Thanks Don,

I feel this is a great idea though as mentioned, why would anyone look at a screenplay that doesn't have coverage or did not receive a recommendation.

Maybe post all the screenplay details though do not mention the coverage results. If a producer likes the logline he can contact the author for more information about the coverage.

Maybe :-

Page Length:
Coverage Received: Y or N (details available on contact with Author)
Coverage provider:
Rewrite since coverage: Y or N
Beat sheet or Synopsis available: Y or N
Character Bio's available: Y or N
Other Information:

Also you could do a sticky with recommended coverage companies detail.

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Posted: May 15th, 2013, 10:48pm Report to Moderator
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I think your idea is good, Don.  If producers are already lurking/looking here this just might bring more.  I don't think they would just stick to the covered scripts, they still might browse the unproduced as well.

This site is great for putting up your wares and getting them hammered into production ready, but this (in my opinion) would just enhance the site - not take anything away from it.

It is just like the thread to promote your successes.  Though, I haven't had much success yet (one semi-final contest nod), seeing these types of threads give me something to strive for.  Same with the scripts that receive good coverage.  They deserve what comes with all of the hard work to get it to that stage - and the next level - filmed.

Just my thoughts right now.


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Posted: May 16th, 2013, 2:46am Report to Moderator

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A good idea and certainly one worth exploring. Even though this is a site where all scripts have an equal footing, that isn't really the case.

As scripts have to be listed in a searchable format, those at the start of that list, have a much better chance of getting a hit, than those at the bottom. This listing order has been cheated by people using numbers in their script titles to get a more favorable listing.

If the idea is to make scripts more producer friendly, perhaps a new or advanced search option is needed, where a producer can input all the relevant information that concerns him/her and look at scripts based on those results.

Some of these things might be:


Members who upload or have already uploaded scripts, would have a chance of including this information.

This does away with favouring scripts higher up on the search listing - any scripts that meet the criteria a producer has in mind will get a hit, regardless of title.

Just a thought.


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Posted: May 16th, 2013, 3:25am Report to Moderator

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I would say I'm undecided with a leaning towards the 'no' vote on this one.

As a few others have said, I appreciate the unique 'equal opportunity' aspect that is SS. Well done on that Don btw, it's what separates this site from a lot of others - in a positive way.

It's just the way I see it 'Coverage' is an inexact science.

I would just not like to see the SS Boards become elitist and preferential in any way.

Maybe it wouldn't make too much difference, except for one thing, I'm unlikely to have any of my screenplays in that section because I get my 'coverage' in-house, so to speak, so if I think of it that way it's kind of preferential towards those who can or seek to pay for this type of script service.

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I can definitely see both sides but I think I'm going to settle on a no. It seems to basically tell a producer that any other script that's not on the coverage section is poor, when in actuality, it might not be. I highly doubt the scripts that have been produced from SS all got a consider or recommend. JMO.
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Posted: May 16th, 2013, 7:50am Report to Moderator
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Quoted from nawazm11
I can definitely see both sides but I think I'm going to settle on a no. It seems to basically tell a producer that any other script that's not on the coverage section is poor, when in actuality, it might not be. I highly doubt the scripts that have been produced from SS all got a consider or recommend. JMO.

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Posted: May 16th, 2013, 10:35am Report to Moderator
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Producers are looking to weed out the chaff without doing the legwork themselves. This service would certainly help certain scripts gain notice, but it'll only be as good as the coverage sites used which is highly subjective. I suggest you add who provided the coverage so producers can either latch onto the ones they already know and trust or to gain trust in the ones that consistently fit their personal taste profile.

This isn't about elevating certain scripts above others but that's the effect it will have. Those who can afford coverage and get the grade will be put into the spotlight. Producers will always go towards the light, and if they don't find anything they might fumble in the murky waters for an undiscovered gem or, more likely, go away and wait for more scripts to be brought into the light.

If you don't want to leave all those scripts without coverage in the dust, introduce a rating system for all unproduced scripts. Let the members who read the scripts give it a rating, like Amazon or Netflix. That would probably be more valuable to producers than a coverage rating from an unknown coverage service. Scripts without coverage will still get noticed if they have a high reader rating. Members are more likely to rate a script than to leave comments, so each script will receive more feedback than they do now. The more ratings a script receives, the less subjective the ratings become, and the ratings will help justify or debunk the coverage grade.

Even with a rating system, I think there's good value in a coverage filter. Professional readers -- at least the good ones -- can analyze and evaluate scripts with mad skills that are beyond the average member, which is why so many producers insist on using them. One coverage grade from a top coverage service is worth dozens of casual ratings. But ultimately it's about what the producer's looking for and what they can do with the script, so the more data you provide the better they'll be able find scripts to produce.

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Posted: May 16th, 2013, 10:46am Report to Moderator
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Quoted from nawazm11
I highly doubt the scripts that have been produced from SS all got a consider or recommend. JMO.

My second draft of FK got two considers thanks to feedback from members here...that doesn't mean the film would get the same grade though.  

Wether or not to use coverage, well, I don't know. I do think it's a great idea to include things like budget, cast size and things like that. MP has that down pretty good, i think.

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Posted: May 17th, 2013, 12:14pm Report to Moderator
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I've always liked that this site was always about: PEER REVIEW.
Personally, I'd like it to stay that way.
Anything that discourages free roaming by producers seems contrary.

I know good writers on this site that don't use coverage.
Hell, I wanted to produce one of their features, but they turned me down.

I *DO* like the idea of adding a "Coverage Available" tag to existing threads.
Perhaps we can attach a PDF link to the thread somehow?
That doesn't influence a visitor's search...
But REWARDS them if an amateur writer has coverage attached they can download.

To me, that's a very pro way to "meet" an amateur writer.

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Posted: May 17th, 2013, 2:47pm Report to Moderator
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How about anyone who has had coverage put it in their sig, along with the link to the script?

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Posted: May 17th, 2013, 3:05pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from ReneC

If you don't want to leave all those scripts without coverage in the dust, introduce a rating system for all unproduced scripts. Let the members who read the scripts give it a rating, like Amazon or Netflix. That would probably be more valuable to producers than a coverage rating from an unknown coverage service.

Actually, I rather like that idea.  Sure, it's not perfect.  (For instance, "popular" members of the boards may be more likely to get higher ratings than unknowns, etc - regardless of script quality.)  But at least this idea would weed out the "you gotta pay for questionable and arbitrary coverage" issue....

Don - to the extent its possible and not a pain in the A$$, why not let writers add tags to their scripts to improve searchability, as well as an optional ratings system by other readers?  That keeps the egalitarian quality and open architecture of SS that's such a plus - AND make the site more user friendly for producers looking for material?
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Posted: May 17th, 2013, 4:07pm Report to Moderator
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I'm actually quite clear on's a good idea. End of. Gets my vote.

Most of the reasons so far are fear based, ie what if a good script is over looked. Then promote it!

What we also have to differentiate from is the fact a script can have a normal thread for feedback. THEN...once it has its coverage it then promotes itself on another thread. Why not?

This idea has actually inspired me to start writing a feature, why? Well, should I ever get up to a coverage consider etc i have a least on place to promote it. At present I don't have much. I'm trying to see the loss, nope can't see it.

And would producers not still look out for the great idea lurking in the others....I get the feeling they would.

So, come on folks, lets give it a go. Let's promote what is good - even if flawed -  and if we feel things are overlooked then deal with that as a seperate issue rather than blocking a 'possible'.

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Posted: May 17th, 2013, 4:20pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Reef Dreamer

Most of the reasons so far are fear based, ie what if a good script is over looked. Then promote it!

Hey Reef -

I've got to respectfully disagree (a little) on this post.  Although there are points that you've made that I do agree with 100%.

I love the idea of adding tags, budget info, SS reader ratings, and making coverage available if it exists.  

What I think is a bad idea is segregating scripts by those that have coverage, vs. those that do not.  What that does is give an unfair advantage to those who have more money to burn.  And speaking as someone who has received questionable coverage in the past*, I don't feel that a pass/vs/fail rating from a commercial agency is a reliable yardstick to a script's quality.  Especially since that's one reader's opinion (per payment) versus the multiple reviews that a script can gather just from being on the SS boards.  Better to get five+ opinions from SS members that read the script at leisure vs. one from a (potentially) underpaid, burned-out reader from an agency.

And yeah - I'm all for promoting the heck out of one's script.  But not by throwing $$ at agencies.

* I speak as someone who has no problem with constructive, intelligent criticism - and others can verify that I've changed scripts many times as a result of such.  But my personal experience with paid coverage was unfortunately neither constructive nor intelligent.  And - sadly - a waste of money.  Don and this site have much more to offer the scriptwriting community than at least some of the coverage operations out there.
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