Script Coverage


Script coverage is an important aspect of analyzing and grading film scripts. Script coverage determines the quality of verbal presentation carried out by the production department. A guiding script coverage rubric may vary from one media house to another, but the key criteria components are consistent.

Script Coverage Rubric

Identification: This part is important because it indicates the script title, author, genre, sub-genre, type of material, and locale

Logline: This is a one or two sentences that summarizes the plot. It appears at the top of the script coverage page and is the first eye catching detail the reader sees.

Comments Summary: This is a one paragraph personal opinion summary giving analysis of the script and will show whether it is worth viewing.

Grade: This is a brief appraisal of the script terms such as Poor, Fair, Moderate, Good, Very good and Excellent. This is done to various script key components such as characterization, Story-line, Premise, dialogue, Production values and many other quality details.

Synopsis: This is a summary of major plots, actions, and characters. It may cover one to three pages depending on quality of the written scripts. This should be very entertaining even if the movie is very boring. It should be lively. The following general script coverage rules should be observed:

• The writer should always write in third person.

• Adopt present tense.

• Use all capital letters when introducing characters, followed thereafter by lower case.

• Only introduce an acting character when he or is relevant to the scene

• Avoid all grammar and spelling errors.

• More time should be spent in describing leads such as age, characteristics and appearance.

• In the synopsis, one name should be used for each character; no nicknames.

• Include all major action in the plot and turning points.

Budget: This gives a breakdown of script reader’s estimated cost. This shows the commercial viability of the script based on various factors.

Recommendation: This is a script evaluation from a reader who analyzes the script based on what he or she feels the production crew should do to improve the work. It uses the grades of Pass, Consider, or Recommend:

Pass: Means the script failed the grading test and therefore means the entity doing production should not proceed with it.

Consider: Means the script writer has few strong points that are good enough hence can proceed after solving a number of problems highlighted.

Recommend: Means the reader is satisfied with the script’s strengths. It has extremely strong points in most aspect and this mean the production entity should proceed with the work.

The ultimate recommendation of the analyst, together with the review, synopsis, and evaluation are made with a cover page. This cover page should contain all the script’s information such as the author’s name, time and locations of acting, story genre, script length, and a brief summary of the story and review. A cover page is included with a checklist rating various aspects of the script, and arranged from poor to excellent.

Script coverage can differentiate between a good script and a bad one by cross checking the checklist rating of various aspects and the synopsis. It is therefore a very important tool in script writing quality assurance assessment. Hire a professional script coverage service today.


Source by John Halas

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