What readers look for in a script, why reading scripts is good for writers, and what to avoid when writing your screenplay.
What readers look for in a script, why reading scripts is good for writers, and what to avoid when writing your screenplay!
"Other readers might think characterization or premise as the most important, but I think a reversal is the strongest way to go."
Script reader Jhan Harp was pursuing two degrees at Purdue University – a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in theatre – when he first discovered his passion for screenplays. “Screenwriting, more specifically working on teleplays, was a hobby in college,” he says. “I guess it wasn’t easy enough with the two majors.” Blame Joss […]
Liza Olson discusses being a story analyst, advice for emerging writers, and why she needs to care about your protagonist.
By Brianne Hogan. According to Liza Olson, becoming a story analyst is something that she fell into. Years ago, when she was still working as a TV news producer, she wanted to take a screenwriting class through UCLA Extension. After looking through the classes, she happened upon the story analysis class description and “I thought […]
Katherine Tomlinson discusses her script reading process, what it really takes to be a screenwriter, and the biggest hurdle a screenwriter can face.
By Brianne Hogan. She might never have watched Charlie Chaplin’s classic City Lights (she’s more of a Buster Keaton fan), but make no mistake, script reader Katherine Tomlinson is a diehard movie fan. An army brat who “grew up all over the place,” Tomlinson was introduced to movies through her cinephile father. “My father loved, […]
Mindi White discusses the importance of proofreading, earning the reader's trust, and why you shouldn't stick to the rules.
By Brianne Hogan. Mindi White didn’t get into script reading the “normal way,” she says. A producer had asked her to provide coverage on a book she had wanted to make into a movie. It had only been three days prior when she learned what coverage actually was, but White told the producer, “Of course […]
"Write for the pure joy of writing." Cameron Cubbison discusses what excites him as a reader, what makes a good note, and how a writer becomes a better writer.
By Brianne Hogan. ScreenCraft’s Cameron Cubbison’s love for movies is palpable, to say the least. “I love movies because they’re life without the dullness, anticlimax and disappointment,” he says. “Film as an art form offers the most crystallized, vital and cathartic emotional experience possible. It’s the amalgam of every other form of human expression: ideation, […]
"Our wounds are the well we should draw from." Consultant and writing instructor Jen Grisanti discusses the key concepts of a great script, and why movies and TV matter.
By Brianne Hogan. Jen Grisanti has always been fascinated with film and TV. For her, it was the escapism and wish fulfillment of it all that ignited her love for story. “I remember seeing The Hardy Boys when Joe Hardy’s girlfriend, Jamie, died. I still remember the song “If” by Bread that played. The story […]
"The good news for fledgling writers is that it's okay to suck." Phil Clarke talks about about lessons he learned from the greats, common mistakes that drive him crazy, and the differences between the film industries in Hollywood and the U.K.
By Brianne Hogan. Phil Clarke is a London-based script consultant who’s never known a time when he wasn’t interested in films. From a very early age, Clarke would “stare mesmerised at movies playing on the TV,” he recalls. “Not just the magnificent visuals, the larger-than-life characters, but also the strange list of names at the […]
Script Reader Olga Lexell talks about how to avoid the slush pile, what type of scripts get the all-important green light, and why randomness is not the same as originality.
By Brianne Hogan. Growing up, script reader Olga Lexell was a bit of a nomad, living in a handful of different countries, but there was always one constant in her life: film. “My mother exposed me to a lot of indie and foreign films when I was a kid,” Lexell recalls. “I used to go […]
"Protagonists are kind of like North Stars." Script consultant Nicole Saltz talks about what she looks for in screenplays.
By Brianne Hogan Growing up, script consultant Nicole Saltz was more interested in reading books than screenplays. Heavily influenced by her mother, an English teacher, and her maternal grandmother (“A great lover of literature”), young Nicole, a Toronto resident by way of South Africa, could be found with her nose in a book rather than […]
Script Reader Amanda Pendolino talks grammar, multi-tasking and reading more.
By Brianne Hogan Sure, her college degree sounds scientific – a Bachelor of Science in Television – but script reader Amanda Pendolino didn’t spend much time in the lab at school. “I’m endlessly amused that I got a Bachelor of Science in Television without taking a single science class,” Pendolino says. A native of Buffalo, […]
Brianne Hogan meets the man behind the puppet behind the pseudonym.
By Brianne Hogan. One can expect a bit of mystery from a Hollywood script reader who goes by the pseudonym Bitter Script Reader (and who sometimes goes by the name Zuul, which is, yes, fittingly inspired by the infamous gatekeeper from “Ghostbusters”). We’re not sure what companies he’s worked for the in past, or which […]
Script reader Kate Rocheleau takes you inside the script business
By Brianne Hogan. To sell a screenplay or a TV pilot, the emerging screenwriter first needs to get it past a reader, like Kate Rocheleau. She is a gatekeeper (well, one of many) who decides whether a screenwriter’s work gets passed along to the big guys who sign the checks. A true New Englander (she […]