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June 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 131

The task of script coverage is usually accomplished under the supervision of the film script production department. Script coverage involves several analyses that are crucial for releasing a successful film, movie, or TV show. In fact, professional script coverage services can help screenwriters and producers best determine which scripts they should produce.

Script coverage is a term that refers to the grading and thorough analysis of a screenplay by the screen development department of the production company. Experts differentiate between two types of script coverage: oral coverage that could be undertaken by small budget film companies, and written script coverage that takes the form of an official and written report. The report details may vary from one company to another and fit with the genre of the movie released. Many reports have at least seven sections, but they are not limited to these criterion.

The identification rubric is usually displayed at the first page of the report. It includes the title of the movie, the author of the script or the director's name, the type of material use for shooting, and the genre. Another vital rubric is the logline of the movie that could be written in a brief summary. This rubric does not require more than one sentence, since another section - the comment summary rubric - expands the sentence into a paragraph.

The report tries to establish the grade of each category involved in the movie. Grades vary from Poor to Excellent and encompass categories such as characterization, dialogue, production value, premise, storyline, pacing, and many more categories. The grade section is followed by a synopsis, or a summary plot of the script. The synopsis' length varies from one to three pages. This section could be preceded by a budget section. Whatever the case, a thorough analysis of the script is set at the end of the report.

The number and disposition of elements vary depending of the script coverage objective. Several companies start their report with a two pages synopsis of the script. Then, they review the categories involved in the script and point out strong points and weaknesses in 3 to 11 pages. They may finalize the report with a paragraph that indicates whether the script is a failure or a success, regarding all the factors involved. The production department focuses on the suitability and the viability of the script. The suitability is the possibility to characterize the script with bankable actors, while the viability is the marketing and merchandising possibilities.

The last page of the evaluation is the recommendation rubric. The evaluation process employs one of the three following terms: consider, pass, and recommend. The term "consider" refers to a good evaluation. The script has enough good points to proceed with, but the reader feels that its weaknesses should be solved before the piece is used by the production team. "Pass" is the result of a negative evaluation, and the script fails to meet the production department requirements. As opposed to a grade of "pass" in school, an evaluation of "pass," in script coverage is a recommendation that the production team should pass on the project. When the script meets all the production team requirements, it will earn an analysis grade of "recommend."

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