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Daniel Stein's picture
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How long does it take to get feedback?

Hello. I'm new around here. I was just wondering how the feedback process works or how long it takes. I feel a bit intimidated because some people despite being newcomers themselves already have title art which makes me feel like I'm not in an even playing field to reach success.

 

i posted my script yesterday. What am I doing wrong?

 

I also apologize if this is the wrong place for this. 

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To be frank, Script Revolution is not a feedback site. I have tried twice to implement feedback systems and both times they were heavily abused. My own opinion is that peer feedback can be a dangerous road to go down, even sending writers backward like it did for me, but I'm not going to get in the way of what people think will help them.

If you want feedback, you need to specifically ask for it in this forum and hope someone wants to give you some, which is best done in private.

For professional feedback, don't waste money on cheap anonymous evaluation services. They tend to use low-rent readers straight out of film school. Look at services the use named consultants such as Script Reader Pro with their Classic Feature CoverageDeluxe Feature CoverageClassic TV Coverage, and Deluxe TV Coverage options and note that you can get 10% off all Script Reader Pro coverage by becoming a Rockstar.

Daniel Stein's picture
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If you think having a second opinion is backwards, then what will get me on the road to success? I see the hot scripts all have posters. HOW? How can I compete to get the hearts of audiences?

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Read the blogs here. Read recommended books. Take a look at the Turn & Burn guide. This is a hyper-competitive environment. You're not asking anything that hasn't been asked a million times before. Those people with posters have invested time and/or money in producing them to get noticed.

I'm not trying to be mean or curt but there's a ton of info out there and it can take years to get anywhere. Hope that makes sense.

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Also take a look at r/screenwriting on Reddit. They are active with feedback there and then there's Simply Scripts.

Honestly though, the best feedback on your work you can gain is that of upping your craft skills and revisiting it.

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Don't let the artwork worry you. Go on Fiverr and you should find people who will make you a high quality looking movie poster for as low as $50 USD; it's really just putting stock photos on a background image and adding text.

As far as peer review goes, I agree with CJ. It's very hit-or-miss, but on the plus side, it's free. If you want free peer review ASAP, I suggest checking out Coverfly X. It uses a token system as currency; every time you read a script, you get a token. I suggest giving a few peer reviews and building up some tokens then offering a few of them for someone to read your script; the more tokens you offer, the better quality reader you'll attract.

I see by your profile that you are a fledgling writer. If you have the money, I would buy basic coverage from a reader of your choice at Script Reader Pro first and see if you get a consider or recommend.

-Tom

PS-I am also an airport worker that lost a job due to the pandemic. If your script is about the aviation industry, DM me, I'd enjoy reading it and giving feedback.

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Hey Tom, sorry to read about the job loss. Good call on Coverfly X which feels like a very similar system to the one Zeotrope employed.

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Thank you, CJ. I'm pretty lucky. Although the US was slow to respond to the pandemic on the medical front, the economic response was quiet swift and generous for several of the unemployed, including me. With all the free time, I focused on, and really improved my writing. Comedies are in demand right now and I wouldn't be surprised if the one script I currently have up here options as it has two considers from professional readers with industry credits and every woman whose read it has loved it.

I never tried Zeotrope. Like you, I highly recommend getting coverage from a known, trusted source. Coverfly X does allow for the writer to rate the reader which helps keep the trolls away.

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Way to turn the situation around and lean into your art, Tom.

David deHaas's picture
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wait CJ i'm fresh out of film school -- if they hire people like that to read scripts LEGGO!!! lmao 

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