When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt…

—Stephen King

Ready to take your screenwriting project to the next level?

Whether you’re just getting started, have a few completed screenplays under your belt or are a working writer,
The Script Lab offers a variety of professional screenplay coverage packages designed to help you evolve your story, finish the screenplay, and get it industry-ready for the feature film or television marketplace.

What They’re Saying

“The TSL Notes analysis of my screenplay was remarkable. Very cogent and insightful comments, thorough and professional. I am following the suggestions and will resubmit when I am done. Best money I have spent on this project.”

Kevin B.THE FINAL DRAFT (Feature Film)

“Thank you! Excellent points. See you again soon!”

Angella D.THE FIRST 20 PAGES (Feature Film)

“The notes were brutal but constructive, which is exactly what I needed. Thanks very much.”

Tairon R.THE FIRST DRAFT (Feature Film)

“When I first received my notes, I was a little nervous to read what you all thought about my screenplay. Though this draft didn't pass the mark, I'm okay with that because I received some great feedback, highlighting both the highs and the lows. I'm ready to turn my script around and get it ready for the market with TSL's help. I can't wait to send in my revised script for more feedback. THANK YOU, TSL!!!”

Denise C.THE FINAL DRAFT (Feature Film)

“Thanks again! Your feedback form doesn't do justice to the quality of service from your organization; what I learned from the pages and pages of feedback; and the cost relative to an in-depth, detailed, and honest set of notes that I can use to make my script better. I will recommend TSL Notes to all my friends and will definitely use your service again in the future.”

Jana D.THE FINAL DRAFT (Feature Film)

“I have to say, I was skeptical about TSL Notes. VERY. I chose to go with the three reader option because I was curious to get a varied background of feedback, completely random. I’m very glad I did. I was pleasantly surprised with the feedback. It gave some great ideas on what really works, what doesn’t, and what needs tweaking. Thank you and your crew for a set of professional, fast turn around, and generally excellent notes.”

Robert C.THE FINAL DRAFT (Feature Film)

“Having submitted the first draft of a sitcom to TSL Notes, I was amazed when the report was returned in under 72 hours. The analysis was clear, concise and highlighted a number of issues regarding plot progression and character. All of the criticism was constructive and well-qualified by the reader. Using TSL Notes at this first draft stage brought to my attention problems that I had unwittingly created for myself, thus saving me a lot of time and anguish trying to untie the knots. Thank you The Script Lab! I look forward to sending you my second and third drafts.”

Judith W.THE FIRST DRAFT (Television)

“Thank you so much for my review! My analyst provided some great advice and, while bringing up the changes I needed to make, still made me feel like I was doing a good job and encouraged me to continue.”

Carla S.THE FINAL DRAFT (Feature Film)

“While most coverage services offer general notes, TSL Notes provides specific suggestions to the writer. They make the time to know your script and take an active role on making it better.”

Mark B.THE FINAL DRAFT (Feature Film)

“Over the years, I've employed many different screenplay coverage/analysis services, but none have been as objective, exploratory, and forensic as TSL Notes. The feedback I got was not only actionable but also tutorial, a step-by-step guide for my craft. I now feel more confident than ever as a screenwriter, and believe it's just a matter of time before my final breakthrough. Thanks to The Script Lab for bringing me closer to this long-held dream. "I think this may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship."”

Dele E.THE FIRST DRAFT (Feature Film)

“I finally sent in my very first screenplay to be reviewed by TSL! It was a proud moment for me, but also daunting. I was pleasantly surprised to get my review back so quickly, but it made me wonder if the reader even read the whole script. Then I read the notes and realized how professional, thorough, and encouraging the analysis was. The feedback was specific to my story, yet could be used as a benchmark for all of my future screenplays. It made me realize how much work I still have to do on my screenplay and that TSL Notes will be a helpful (and necessary) resource to help me develop as a screenwriter. Thank you for your excellent service!”

Dawn M.THE FIRST DRAFT (Feature Film)

“I’m impressed. Here’s why: fast and effective feedback, constructive and doable information. I learned lots from the pages of frank and professional instruction. I know of no other script service that gives so much value for the price. I am currently rewriting according to your reader’s advice, and looking forward to my next submission. Great service, highly recommended.”

Terry S.THE FINAL DRAFT (Feature Film)

“I honestly wish I found TSL Notes sooner. This service offers the perfect writers' assist, with detailed breakdowns and amazing advice. The candid feedback might sting a little, but if you're determined to succeed, it will motivate you. If you think you've written something great, this crew will put it to the test. TSL Notes is the perfect reality check.”

Charlie T.THE FINAL DRAFT (Feature Film)

“Thank you for helping guide me through the revision process! I'm going to do another draft and submit it to a contest or two to see how it does ― but I definitely hope to send it back through TSL Notes before I send it to any producers! You've really helped me. Thank you!”

Alice H.THE FINAL DRAFT (Feature Film)

“Thank you! Speedy coverage of my short film. Heard exactly what I needed to hear about flaws, plus encouragement about strengths. That's always the best combination of feedback.”

Chris O.THE FIRST 20 PAGES (Feature Film)

“When I saw that TSL was offering 72-hour turnaround for feature screenplay coverage, I was intrigued. When does that ever happen? Typically, I'd have to wait weeks or months for feedback. I was blown away when the coverage was in my inbox after just 48 hours. WOW! (And good to know if you're in a hurry to better your script.) The notes were done with an encouraging and constructive tone. While I might not change my screenplay according to all the suggestions given, I do like the challenge of an honest and knowledgeable opinion. I can now see plenty of places to better the story, and I’m thankful for it.”

Maria L.THE FINAL DRAFT (Feature Film)

“I loved the different coverage options available, depending on how far along you are with your script. Response time was great, the feedback was straightforward and specific, making it extremely helpful. Thank you, TSL Notes!”

Tony T.THE FINAL DRAFT (Television)

“Thanks again! I purchased the very fairly-priced The First Draft (Television) analysis and was impressed with the thoroughness of the notes. They were extremely helpful and the turnaround was lightning quick. I will definitely use TSL Notes in the future and recommend the service to other screenwriters.”

Anthony M.THE FIRST DRAFT (Television)
The First 20 Pages

$29

Ideal for: Any writer starting up a new project
  • Review of up to first 20 pages of screenplay
  • One page of reader notes
  • TSL Stoplight™ indicator
    (Stop/Caution/Go)

3-day turnaround (72 hours* or less)

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The First Draft

$69

Ideal for: Writer seeking professional notes on early draft of a completed screenplay
  • Review of up to first 120 pages of screenplay
  • Three pages of reader notes
  • Story analysis
    (Plot, Character, Concept, Format, Voice, Structure & Dialogue)
  • Standard industry rating
    (Pass/Consider/Recommend)

3-day turnaround (72 hours* or less)
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The Final Draft

$99

Ideal for: Writer seeking in-depth professional feedback on a completed screenplay or a final polish before submitting to a contest, a festival, or the industry
  • Review of up to first 120 pages of screenplay
  • Six pages of reader notes
  • Story analysis
    (Plot, Character, Concept, Format, Voice, Structure & Dialogue)
  • Standard industry rating
    (Pass/Consider/Recommend)
  • Salability analysis & rating
    (Low/Medium/High)

3-day turnaround (72 hours* or less)
view sample coverage

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The Rough Draft

$29

Ideal for: Writer seeking feedback on an early stage of a short film project
  • Review of up to first 20 pages of screenplay
  • One page of reader notes
  • TSL Stoplight™ indicator
    (Stop/Caution/Go)

3-day turnaround (72 hours* or less)

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The First Draft

$69

Ideal for: Writer seeking professional notes on early draft of a completed screenplay
  • Review of up to first 60 pages of screenplay
  • Three pages of reader notes
  • Story analysis
    (Plot, Character, Concept, Format, Voice, Structure & Dialogue)
  • Standard industry rating
    (Pass/Consider/Recommend)

3-day turnaround (72 hours* or less)

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The Final Draft

$99

Ideal for: Writer seeking in-depth professional feedback on a completed screenplay or a final polish before submitting to a contest, a festival, or the industry
  • Review of up to first 60 pages of screenplay
  • Six pages of reader notes
  • Story analysis
    (Plot, Character, Concept, Format, Voice, Structure & Dialogue)
  • Standard industry rating
    (Pass/Consider/Recommend)
  • Salability analysis & rating
    (Low/Medium/High)

3-day turnaround (72 hours* or less)

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The Treatment

$29

Ideal for: Writer seeking feedback on an early stage of a television project
  • Reader review of up to the first 3,000 words of treatment, pitch document, or outline (about 6 Times New Roman pages)
  • One page of reader notes
  • TSL Stoplight™ indicator
    (Stop/Caution/Go)

3-day turnaround (72 hours* or less)

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The First Draft

$59

Ideal for: Writer seeking professional notes on early draft of a completed teleplay
  • Review of up to first 60 pages of teleplay
  • Three pages of reader notes
  • Story analysis
    (Plot, Character, Concept, Format, Voice, Structure & Dialogue)
  • Standard industry rating
    (Pass/Consider/Recommend)

3-day turnaround (72 hours* or less)
view sample coverage

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The Final Draft

$89

Ideal for: Writer seeking in-depth professional feedback on a completed teleplay or a final polish before submitting to a contest, a festival, or the industry
  • Review of up to first 60 pages of teleplay
  • Six pages of reader notes
  • Story analysis
    (Plot, Character, Concept, Format, Voice, Structure & Dialogue)
  • Standard industry rating
    (Pass/Consider/Recommend)
  • Salability analysis & rating
    (Low/Medium/High)

3-day turnaround (72 hours* or less)
view sample coverage

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FAQ

What Is Script Coverage?

When a producer or agent receives your screenplay submission, they rely on a Script Reader to read the script and produce a “coverage report.” The report typically includes a synopsis of the story, some reader comments, and why it worked for them (or didn’t). The Script Reader will then rate your screenplay with a standard “Pass, Consider, or Recommend” rating. Only those submissions rated “Recommend” will move up the chain.

What Do the Standard Coverage Ratings Really Mean?

In line with industry, 95% of all screenplays submitted to TSL Notes will receive a Pass rating. This doesn’t mean give up and go back to your day job. Rather, you’ll get expert advice to help you refine your story idea or completed script. 4% of screenplays will receive a Consider rating. This means your screenplay is in great shape, but you have some minor tune-ups to complete before submitting to an agent or producer. Only 1% of screenplays receive a Recommend rating from TSL Notes. If your work gets this rating, start submitting to industry contacts pronto!

What Does the TSL Stoplight™ Indicator Mean?

As TSL Notes offers screenwriters the chance to get professional feedback during the earliest stages of the development process — namely, the The First 20 PagesThe Treatment, and The Rough Draft packages — we felt it was important to provide an easy, heads-up indicator for moving your story forward (or not), prior to the standard “Pass/Consider/Recommend” rating process for a completed work. Stop means that your story has some fatal flaws from the reader’s professional perspective. Caution means that the story has promise, but needs enough revision that you should address the issues before proceeding with your screenplay or treatment. Go means you are on the right track and should move forward on completing your story. Keep in mind that the reader’s notes will provide you with specific feedback supporting the indicator your submission receives.

Why Is Professional Screenplay Coverage Useful?

A producer or agent will only give your screenplay to a Script Reader for coverage once. Using a professional coverage service like TSL Notes prior to submission to the industry helps your work have a shot at getting past that first gatekeeper, the Script Reader. Our readers will provide you with valuable feedback on how to improve your screenplay — from an objective, professional, and experienced vantage point.

Why Can’t I Just Get Feedback from Other Writers (or Friends & Family)?

The entertainment and media industry is not for the faint of heart, nor for rose-colored glasses. It is, at its core, a business. So while you may certainly rely on your own personal and professional networks to provide you with feedback on your screenplay, it is the cold, hard professional guidance that will help you take your work to the next level.

What If I Haven’t Finished My Screenplay Yet?

While most paid coverage services focus only on completed screenplays or teleplays, TSL Notes offers aspiring or first-time screenwriters the opportunity to get low-cost feedback at the earliest stages of the writing process — with our The First 20 Pages service for feature screenplays, The Treatment service for television, or The Rough Draft for shorts.

Who Are the Readers Behind TSL Notes?

Our reader network is made up of professionals who’ve served as gatekeepers on the front lines of the entertainment and media industry. Most of our readers have at least 2 years’ experience in the industry and have worked at a management company, production company, or talent agency as a script reader or writer’s assistant. Each reader goes through a rigorous background confirmation, interview process, and coverage sample review. As we strive to continually offer you objective, actionable, and (sometimes) sobering feedback at all stages of the development process, our readers must also maintain complete anonymity at all times.

May I Work with the Same Reader Over Time?

Absolutely. As you evolve your script from your first 20 pages through complete drafts to your final draft, you may choose to stay with the same reader for an additional fee of $15 per analysis. Please note that we may need to extend our turnaround time by up to 48 hours, to allow for availability of the requested reader.

What If My Screenplay Exceeds the Page Limits in the Service Package?

As a rule of thumb, feature film screenplays should not be longer than 120 pages (roughly one page per minute of screen time); television sitcom or drama teleplays should be no longer than 30 or 60 pages, respectively. You should consider trimming your work prior to submitting to us. However, should capturing your story demand the additional pages, we’re happy to read them all. You will be charged an overage fee of $1 per page, per analysis.

Is My Intellectual Property Safe with TSL Notes?

All of the readers in our partner network must accept and adhere to strict terms and conditions to remain part of it. Your work is password protected and never shared with anyone besides your assigned reader. The coverage management system used to manage the review process also maintains a permanent record of every reader who covers your work over time. And, regardless of whether you take advantage of TSL Notes coverage, you should consider registering your work with the WGAW Registry, the industry standard in the creation of legal evidence for the protection of writers and their work.

*Are There Any Exceptions on Turnaround Time?

TSL Notes is committed to a maximum turnaround time of 3 days (72 hours or less) for the vast majority of coverage orders. There are three exceptions to our turnaround time commitment:

  • Same reader requests, where we may need extra time to allow for availability of the requested reader
  • Spec teleplays, where we may need extra time to allow for availability of a reader who knows the show
  • Orders on holiday weeks — Thanksgiving; Christmas; New Year’s; Easter; Memorial Day; Fourth of July; and Labor Day. During these periods, we extend our turnaround time to up to 5 days (120 hours or less), to enable our readers to enjoy quality time with family and friends.

If my completed screenplay receives a Recommend rating, will it be sent out for consideration?

TSL Notes and the feedback our readers provide are designed solely to help screenwriters develop their craft, improve their stories, and ensure that their work is industry-ready. Regardless of your screenplay’s rating, we do not share your script with any outside parties for review, consideration and/or feedback. On occasion, we are queried by the industry as to whether we have Recommend-rated scripts that meet their specific parameters (genre, budget, etc.) In those cases, we simply connect the two parties, with the writer’s prior approval.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact The Script Lab support team directly at help@thescriptlab.com. (We do our best to respond to most inquiries within 24 hours or on the next business day.)

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