What is Coverage?
The answer to that is found on the Coverage/SNS
the difference between Coverage and your Evaluation service?
Coverage is written from the production company's perspective.
Coverage assumes you're submitting COMPLETED work that you believe
is ready for serious consideration by a legitimate buyer.
The Evaluation service, on the other hand, is written from the
writer's perspective. Evaluations assume you want helpful
and constructive in-depth feedback on your work, to help you
to the next draft stage.
Coverage is generally written in a stronger tone than an Evaluation,
and Coverage IS NOT CONCERNED WITH MAKING THE MATERIAL BETTER.
Coverage is a market-based consideration of the merits of the
project. Put simply: "Should a production company seriously
consider buying this script right now?"
Evaluations are written to help the writer hone, craft, shape,
perfect and pinpoint the problems in their screenplays. Evaluations
ATTEMPT TO HELP YOU MAKE THE MATERIAL BETTER.
Ask yourself this:
READY TO SELL YOUR WORK? Submit for Coverage.
NEED HELP ON THE NEXT DRAFT? Submit for Evaluation.
What about such-and-such
internet spec script market? I can get my script listed
for free. Why should I use your service?
The free internet spec script markets have no quality control.
You're basically posting your (presumably valuable) idea on
the internet for all to see. Do you really expect a producer
-- who doesn't even have time to read your script -- to scour
the internet for un-filtered screenplays? And do you really
want your idea out there in the public domain riding on such
difference with our service is quality. Our readers and story
analysts have extensive professional experience reading screenplays
for production companies and agencies. When they suggest to
"Consider" or "Recommend" a screenplay,
it carries some weight. That's why dozens of production companies
eagerly await our SNS bulletins.
If I participate in your workshops or use your services, will
it help me get on the SNS?
No. There is absolutely no obligation to use any of
our services, attend any workshops, or make any purchases
to use the Coverage/SNS service.
reputation, and the reputation of the SNS are too valuable
to risk playing favourites. The workshops, software and other
services are offered for your benefit, and may help you improve
your skills, but they do NOT guarantee a place on this service.
only one way to get on the SNS -- write a screenplay
that we can "Consider" or "Recommend".
How long does it take?
Coverage generally takes 2 - 4 weeks, depending upon our workload
at the time we receive your screenplay.
generally take 4 - 6 weeks, depending upon our workload at the
time we receive your screenplay.
What does it cost?
AUD$330 (GST inclusive) for a properly-formatted screenplay
120 pages or less (Evaluations $495). Add AUD$5 for every
five-page increment over the standard 120 pages.
pages or less = $300 + GST
- 125 pages = add $5 +GST
- 130 pages = add $10 +GST
- 135 pages = add $15 +GST
- 140 pages = add $20 +GST ...etc
case you're wondering why it's priced this way -- a properly
formatted spec script should generally be no more than 120
pages in length. By keeping it within our base rate, you've
got a better chance of getting a serious look!)
What format should my screenplay be in?
We accept ONLY the international standard screenplay
formatting. This means Courier 12 point
font, with margins of no less than one-inch. Page numbers
in the upper-right corner.
Screenplays MUST be formatted properly. If you do
not use dedicated professional screenwriting software, please
for a sample page. Ensure that all margins and tab settings
match the sample.
your screenplay does not conform to this standard, it will be
returned UNREAD with a refund cheque minus a $55 administration/processing
How do I know you won't steal my idea?
The beauty of the SNS system is that the production companies
get notified simultaneously, meaning that if anyone takes the
idea, everyone else will know about it.
important to note, also, that the cost of BUYING your screenplay
is much less than the cost of fighting you in court over it.
Additionally, the cost of the screenplay is a small fraction
of the total production cost of a feature film. It would be
far too risky to invest millions of dollars into a stolen property.
Production companies WANT to find writers with original and
as for us, we deal with story ideas and screenplays on a daily
basis, and have no interest in stealing your idea. The SCREENPLAY
Development Centre was established to HELP you get your screenplay
written and SOLD.
this: Wouldn't it be better for us to discover you and facilitate
the selling of your script? Would we stand to gain anything
out of it? (Answer: You bet we would!) Rest assured -- we're
here to help.
your own general protection, it is always advisable to register
your screenplay with the Australian Writers Guild, the Writers
Guild of America, or the US Library of Congress before submitting
to any production company. (We recommend the Writers Guild
of America, which has an online registration service that does
NOT require joining. Visit www.WGA.org
for full details.)
What if my screenplay gets a "Pass"?
Don't feel bad -- the majority of screenplays get a "Pass"
result. We use the highest standards production companies must
use. Just be relieved that you didn't send it to the production
fact, getting a "Pass" from our Coverage service would
make it the most worthwhile investment of a screenwriter's career.
Why? Because you get a completely razor-sharp, real-world analysis
of your material without anyone ever knowing.
using our service, you can give the Coverage some thought and
determine the best approach to your project. You may want start
another project, or you may want to re-write and re-submit your
project. Remember, if your re-submission gets you onto the SNS,
no one will ever know that you got a "Pass" the first
Can I re-submit?
Yes. All re-submissions must follow the same procedure
as first time submissions. Your script will be read by a new
reader to ensure that it is covered objectively. Note that
we cannot guarantee that a re-submission will receive a "Consider"
or "Recommend". All submissions are assessed on
their own merits, regardless of which services you've used
or how many times you have submitted for Coverage.
the only way to guarantee you'll get on the SNS is to
write a screenplay we can "Consider" or "Recommend".
Doesn't the Australian Writers Guild offer an assessment service?
And isn't it cheaper?
Yes, they do. And yes it is. But there are some key differences
that make it a comparison of apples and oranges.
one thing, we represent producers and production companies
that actually BUY screenplays, and HIRE writers. What this
means is that our Coverage service is real-world and industry-based.
The perspective of the Coverage is from the production company's
point of view -- not from an assessor's point of view. Remember:
Assessors don't buy screenplays -- production companies do.
reason for the price difference is simple: the Guild is subsidised
by the government, and pays its readers more than it charges
you. So, really, the taxpayer is covering it. An indepedent
free-market company that is NOT subdised by the government
(in an effort to maintain its independence) simply must pay
fair market rates for skilled readers.
important to note, also, that ALL our readers have extensive
hands-on experience reading at production companies and agencies.
We do not hire readers from university, as they do not have
the real-world skills that make our service the quality that
it is. You can be assured your script will get a thorough,
genuine read from our Coverage service. And we're hoping yours
What can I do to guarantee that I get on the SNS?
Write a screenplay we can "Consider" or "Recommend".
There is no other way. We simply cannot jeopardise the reputation
and integrity of the service by playing favourites. The only
way the system works is if it genuinely promotes only the best
Do you accept submissions from writers outside Australia?
Yes. Note, however, that if you're writing for the Australian
market, you should have a grasp of the Australian culture if
you want your work to be taken seriously by Australian production
companies. Most Australians do NOT sound like Steve Irwin.
growing list of production companies who receive the SNS
bulletin includes many international companies, but our primary
focus is the domestic Australian film industry.
What if I don't like the Coverage?
If you think the reader "missed the point", understand
this: so too will the producer or production company. We read
and cover the scripts exactly as if we WERE the production
company -- because in essence, we ARE.
do guarantee that your script will be properly and professionally
read and covered by an experienced script reader/story analyst.
We do NOT guarantee that you'll like the Coverage. Why? We
nature of script coverage is that a reader is being paid to
read your script and determine whether it's worth forwarding
to producers and production companies whose criteria the reader
the Coverage is not what you were hoping for, or not what
you were expecting, take the opportunity to see how your writing
is being perceived by actual industry eyes.
Do you offer discounts for re-submissions?
No. Your re-submission will be treated exactly like
your first time submission, because the same work is involved
in covering it the second or third time. As a result, we cannot
offer discounts of any sort for this service.
At what stage should I submit for Coverage?
Submit your screenplay for Coverage at whatever stage you
would normally send your work off to a production company.
You can send an early draft of your screenplay to get a sense
of how your work is being perceived, or wait until you've
got a finely-polished draft you're convinced they'll love.
Will you act as my agent? Or do you take any commission if I
find a buyer through the SNS?
No. We are not an agency. We are an objective filtration
service for the producers and production companies. We will
not agent or negotiate any deals for you on your behalf. And
we do not take any commission if you sell your work as a result
of being listed on the SNS.
I notice you promote Movie Magic Screenwriter 2000®.
But I use Microsoft Word®
(or Final Draft®,
or whatever). Does this mean I can't submit to you?
All submissions for our Coverage service must be hardcopy
only. That means that we don't know what you wrote it
on -- and we don't care. You can use the lesser-quality programs
if you really want to. (Oh c'mon... have a sense of humour!)
as long as your script is formatted properly, we'll read it
like any other. Be sure to follow the international standard
format. If you need a sample,
I've got a script that's ready to go. How do I submit it?
Simply follow the link to start the submission process.
here to submit >