Writing Plays/Screenwriting/reader


what is the work of a reader, is he/she the only who will read my screenplay and select or reject? if he/she rejects my work,then what? Why agents are so required for any screenwriter? Thanks for your time and consideration.


If you are able to persuade a buyer (studio, production company, network, distributor) to read your screenplay or television script, an employee will read it, or part of it to assess:
a)whether or not it could be a project that would suit the company for which he or she works, and
b)if its quality is acceptable.

The reader will then submit a report to a superior in the organization. This report will typically summarize the genre, the content, the characters, the theme and the plot.

In addition the reader will recommend one of two basic options:
a)pass (they reject your submission)
b)read (someone superior may read it).

There is no standardization of how readers ought to make their reports or what is required or allowed. Each company has a protocol for readers that is different from the protocol of other companies.

If your work gets a "pass," that's the end. You may choose to submit to other buyers. Sometimes they will tell you why they are rejecting your work, but typically you'll get a cookie-cutter note saying something like "Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately (name of script) does not fit our needs at this time."

As to having an agent, you need one because they have contacts that allow them to submit scripts to appropriate buyers, and because they have great expertise in negotiating a sale.

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I`m a credited writer on nine feature films. My latest movie, IRON ROAD, which stars Peter O'Toole and Sam Neill, opened as feature, then aired as a four-hour miniseries on network television. Sun Li, the Chinese star, won the best actress award at the Roma Fiction Fest recently. www.ironroadthemovie.com) I’ve produced more than 300 episodes of television drama, including 13 episodes of Deepwater Black, and 106 episodes of Katts & Dog (Rin-Tin-Tin, K-9 Cop in the U.S.). I've answered over 1200 All Experts questions!


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