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More on the ScriptXpert Script Coverage

I noticed that on the ScriptXpert page that they have a FAQ regarding their services.

Keep in mind that the formatting check costs you $130 for a screenplay. Here is what it entails:

A formatting check is a page-by-page review of your script, covering all aspects of proper script formatting. Notes are made on each page explaining the changes needed to keep your script within proper United States motion picture industry formatting guidelines.

Wow. You could totally do that on your own. Or if you are using Final Draft or something similar then this it totally useless. Send me your scripts and I will check them for only $100 for formatting!

If you are wondering what coverage consists of, this is it:

Coverage consists of a one-page “grade sheet” evaluating your script on its key components. An additional three to four pages detail the strengths and weaknesses of the script and explain why the reader recommends that the buyer pass or purchase the script. Often the first page of notes is a synopsis of the storyline. In this case, we will use that page for notes about the script since you, the writer, are already familiar with the story.

Now, here is what I am thinking….

I should talk to Team Talent and see if I can talk her into wasting  spending the $180 to get the coverage from them after I give her my free coverage.  $180 – holy christ that is a lot of money for 3-4 pages of notes.  Anyways, then we should compare what she got for free from me versus what she got for $180 from them. Wonder if we could write that $180 off on business taxes?

Of course, I still need to re-read the script and actually do the free script coverage, but still…

A look at paid script coverage by Storylink

I got an email recently touting the script coverage service by Storylink. It is called: ScriptXpert Coverage – Final Draft’s ScriptXpert. (Two different links for the same info) I call it a lot of money for a lot of nothing.

They apparently have two packages – basic and extended.

From their site…

Basic Coverage includes:
– Grade sheet
– 3-4 pages of review and critique

Extended Coverage includes:
– Grade sheet
– 3-4 pages of review and critique
– PLUS 3-4 pages of notes and suggestions

Hrm. I know what you are thinking – how much is it?

Basic Coverage for a screenplay is $1.50/page with a $180 minimum! Basic Coverage for a teleplay is $1.00/page with a $120 minimum.

Extended Coverage for a screenplay is $2.25/page with a $270 minimum. Extended Coverage for a teleplay is $1.75/page with a $210 minimum.

Wow.

If you have not yet spent enough with them, check out the second link I provided above for even more tomfoolery ass-fucking services for you to pay for.

Other services and prices:

Formatting Check:

Features/MOWs – $130
Teleplays – $85

Grammar / Proofreading Check:

Features/MOWs – $130
Teleplays – $85

Logline:
(Must be accompanied by Basic or Extended Coverage.)

Features/MOWs/Teleplays – $45

Prepared Synopsis:
(Must be accompanied by Basic or Extended Coverage.)

Features/MOWs/Teleplays – $120

Live Consultation:
(Must be accompanied by Basic or Extended Coverage.)

1/2 Hour – $25
1 Hour – $40
1 1/2 Hours – $55
MP3 of Your Phone Consultation – $25

Rush Charge:

Features/MOWs/Teleplays – 35% of total fee or minimum $100

Script coverage update

Guess what? I have read the script. Yes, that is correct, I have read Team Talent’s script. That means that up next is my free script coverage. But first, I need to read through the script one more time. So, stay tuned for the free script coverage. Maybe it will appear in the next few days. Or maybe not.

Ring the alarm – script coverage on the way!

Yes, it is true that Team Talent asked me to give her free script coverage some time ago. You might even say that it was lifetime ago. And, true to form, my lazy ass has not yet done it. But, I am turning over a new leaf!

Actually, that is a lie. The truth is I am going out of town and will have a lot of downtime. That means time for script coverage for Team Talent. So, today’s special announcement is that I have printed out the script. Hopefully you will see script coverage here sometime next week. Keep your fingers crossed.

Free script coverage revisited

I have a declaration to make….

I STILL have not read the newest script from Team Talent. But I will. I have to go to some lame ass thing in the morning and I fully plan on printing the script of Team Talent and taking it with me to pass the time. Oh yes. That is what I shall do. I will make multi-tasking my biotch.

no mail

I just checked my mail and I have gotten no script for my offer of free script coverage. What gives? I admit it,  I am no more qualified than anyone else. But that’s just it – I am no more qualified than anyone else. And the difference is that those hacks are charging $100 and more and I am offering for free. And with as many scripts as Team Talent has written I suspect I have read more scripts than some of these hacks.

Apparently people would rather pay a hack than use a free hack.

It’s official

Team Talent has finished the new script and surrendered it to me for free script coverage. Muah hahahahaha. So, sometime between now and forever from now I will read through said script. Then I will get to work on providing complete script coverage. Then I will post that script coverage here for everyone to see. Team Talent is a bit nervous about this. heh.

Free script coverage update

As expected, Team Talent has not yet finished the script that she wants my free script coverage on thanks to a bad case of sunburn.

But as soon as she is a lobster face no more and finishes the script I will post her free script coverage right here. Prepare to be amazed. By me, not her.

In other news, it has been a very productive day of script writing for me.

I successfully stared at the screen for over 2 hours and did not produce one line of dialogue. What a day. If I keep this up I’ll be finished in no time.

Of course I did re-read what I had already written. It’s great. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that I have the best half of a movie ever. Wait, I’ve got an idea – anyone got the last half of a script out there with no first half? We can put them together and have an entire movie! Hooray!

Free script coverage

After announcing my free script coverage for anyone that is interested, I have gotten my first victim writer interested in taking me up on my offer of free script coverage. And you already know this person.

Team Talent wants free script coverage.

Now, she does not want it for the script that is competing against mine, but another one. She is currently finishing up another script and has told me that she wants my free script coverage for it once it is completed.

She expects to finish it this week, but we’ll see…

Stay tuned for the upcoming script coverage for Team Talent.

This screenwriting mofo is only selling one script

And that would be mine.

If you have just come across this swell site through a Google search for “sell a screenplay” then kudos to you for attempting to break into the Hollywood club. But let me stop you as I am not what you are searching for. You cannot send your script to me for me to try to sell. You need an agent for that. And I am not an agent. And how you become a Hollywood agent is a tightly guarded secret. Trust me, I have searched for it many times. The best I can tell is that you have to become a slave lapdog biotch ass-licker intern to some agent at some big agency like William Morris. Then you can become an agent if they let you. I’m telling you, they have ninjas or something guarding the info on how to become a Hollywood agent.

Now, from what I read, you can also just get a manager or a lawyer to submit your shit for you. But you end up needing an agent anyways so I say why pay out a percentage of your profits to three douche bags when you can just pay one, right?

Now, I am bringing all of this up because I just checked my email, which I haven’t done since sometime in August (July?) and I had this, from one Roland Flores,

when can i send my script

Ahh, dear Roland, my apologies for not responding to you sooner. See, I am a lazy bastard and didn’t check my email. If I had I would have responded sooner to your email you sent on August 28th. Of course, I see that on September 11 you canceled your subscription to this feed, so you’re not even reading this anyways. Wanker.

Maybe you just wrote some kickass script and wanted me to read it and share in your excitement. That’s cool. I can be down with that. But people, don’t send me an email and think my lazy ass is gonna read it anytime in the near future. Drop me a comment on a post. I see those every time I log in to hit you guys with a new post.

So please, send me your scripts. I will read them. You will get feedback from someone that has as much credibility as my good friend Gordy Hoffman or whatever his name is with BlueCat Screenwriting Lab. And I have a degree in English and Journalism, AND English is my native language. Plus I’ve read a gazillion screenwriting books. I will post about your scripts that you send me. Hilarity will ensue. But seriously, I won’t promise to be nice. I may even trash your script. Or I may crap my pants because you’re so damn good. Don’t you want a completely unbiased opinion?

Send your scripts for complete script coverage at no cost to:

Shawn the Screenwriting Mofo
1209 Hill Road North
#135
Pickerington, OH 43147

Go ahead, send ’em my way. I will give you a complete and honest review and I will post it here for everyone to see. And I won’t charge you for my expert services.  HollywoodLitSales charges $149 for basic script coverage and $249 for deluxe script coverage and screenwriting analysis. ScriptShark charges $155 for basic script coverage. Scriptapalooza charges $175 for regular coverage and $250 for development coverage.

Screenwriting MoFo offers script coverage and development coverage and screenwriting analysis for free.

As of today.

But if you slip us a fiver we won’t turn it down. Cash donations accepted – and put towards a copy of Final Draft. And towards future postage costs of sending out my script.

And if you want your script returned to you be sure to enclose a SASE with enough postage to get it back to you. I can’t guarantee that I won’t spill my coffee on your script though. And no need to get all fancy pants on me and put those expensive ass brads in to hold it together. Really. I’m trying to save you people money here. Just make sure your pages are numbered in case I drop them.

And Roland, I promise to check my email with more regularity.