WHAT READERS ARE LOOKING FOR
When a reader looks at your script, you’re being judged on two basic levels, quantity and quality.
First, a reader will turn to the back page of your script to see how long it is. Scripts should be 90-100 pages long. Those coming in longer than that will hit the recycle pile unread. Readers don’t have time to read an entire script if it’s poorly written or incorrectly formatted. And that will be obvious in the first few pages. There’s no excuse for errors in formatting, spelling or punctuation.
Assuming there are none of those obvious errors, the reader is looking to get hooked from page 1. He or she is hoping for a page turner. It’s like a book you can’t put down. Get right into your story without wasting time with unnecessary exposition. The first 5 minutes of “The French Connection”is a perfect example of that.
Most importantly of all, readers are looking for new writers who have “a voice.” A voice is a specific imprint and style that is unique. It stands apart from the dull stacks of material on their desks. Read “Lethal Weapon.” Shane Black’s style leaps off the page and is instantly recognizable.
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