There’s screenwriting, and then there’s the business of screenwriting. SoCreate will remove a lot of barriers that keep writers from turning their great ideas into screenplays (register for our beta trials list if you haven’t already!), but you’ll still need to know a thing or two about how movies get made. We can rely on the great advice from creatives who live and breathe show business every day – writers like Bryan Young.
Bryan is an author, a filmmaker, a journalist, and a podcaster. The guy knows how to tell a story! He regularly writes for StarWars.com, and hosts one of the most popular podcasts for Star Wars fans called “Full of Sith.” We caught up with him for an in-depth interview on all things screenwriting.
There seems to be some confusion among writers about script coverage, versus script notes, versus script consultants. And the confusion is valid – what’s a screenwriter to do once they finish their screenplay? Well, it depends where you want to go next.
Script notes will get you detailed feedback on your script, directed at you, the screenwriter. But coverage is directed in-house if you will.
“Coverage is when a reader for a contest or at a studio or at an agent’s office has their reader go through and make basically a book report of your screenplay,” Bryan explained. “That reader is that first level of gatekeeper. They write down who the characters are, what sort of major action sequences there are, what the story is about, and then they rate it. This would be a pass, or an accept.”
Of course, aim for that accept pile.
Understanding your audience – and I’m not talking about the audience who will eventually see your film – is really important.
Write the script that earns $200 million,