8…but what is a good script? there are three rules to a good script - but nobody knows one of them (Paul Schrader)„nobody knows anything“ ! ?everything is subject to individual taste ! ?a good story is an original story ! ?dramaturgical craftsmanship or anti-structure ?identity or meaning ?…and what is it about the communication with an audience???
98 reasons for rejectionbeginning is unclear, complicated & does not get you into the storyprotagonist is too passivsagging second act does not advance to the third actending is too sudden or too explicative or still openfacts are lacking researchstory is too complex, overcharged, wants to please everybody & everyone dialogues – too many / too bad nothing new - ‚we had it all before!‘
10nobody knows anything… with lack of competence & waiver of quality check……. what do we get? misconceptions or pseudo-communication about filmprojectsabsence of talks about optimization of a scriptwrong diagnosis of a script with financial riska product left to mere chancelet‘s get the opinion of funders…
11…so what is a good script? a good script is not everything, but without a good script everything is nothing! (unknown author)is emotionalis locigalknows it‘s rulesworks with people!a good script
12some facts in business filmstories are the raw-material & the key currency of the film businessa promise to a latter filmnot exclusively artistic, but also an economic productno product is offered to a market without a quality-check!products with quality-check sell better!
13… and some more facts there is no routine in the filmbusiness filmmaking is teamwork, but business-people‘s know-how is heterogeniousthe relation of scripwriter & producer is importantthere is a interlocking of development & production processesmoney is the foodstuff of film let‘s think strategically!what is quality? - it can be planed!
14here we have a nice script! is it a good idea & a strong concept for a filmstory?is the story logical & emotional?does it follow rules?is it standard or something else?does it communicate?can it be summarized it in two or three sentences?potential for cinema or television or both?potential for larger or smaller audiences? (best represented by the theme)is it a good script? the quality of a script can not be objectively measured or ultimately prooved to determine the quality of a script is far reaching & difficult, but also with all chances
15check and double check you have been working for long on a script? writer, co-writer, dramaturg, producer know exactly what they want & know their project by heart?but there is this uneasy feeling …have a bird fly over it & have a good look on the whole!
16the reader‘s report – what is it? first & most objective, easy attainable assessment of a filmscript at a certain point of timequality check & decision aid along professional standards, applied to individual materials for a script3 to 4 page-expertise of an independent readerwith asummaryexamination & evaluationfinal rating
18for whom? writers directors producers dramaturgs editors financiers fundersdistributorsbanksagents(audiences!)on the desks of producers & editors usually unsolicited sent in scripts pile up…financiers & distributors want to sort out the promising idea sketch from an only feasable skript…actor‘s agents look for leading roles in quality-scripts – strong, cool, hipp & relevant
19at any step to a final script ideastory outlinetreatmentstep outlinefirst draftfurther draftsdirector‘s draftfinal script (shooting-script)
25types of reader‘s reports second opinionreader‘s report in comparisonreader‘s report for legal purposesStory-Notesadvanced reader‘s report
26reader‘s standard for story notes max. 5 Pagesno synopsisa technical listing of things – no elegant prosaclear structure, easy readingWhat decision-makers want to know:not only identification of problems, but rather radical solutionshow does the film work in the head of scriptwriter or producerwhat is his vision for the film?
2710 chances of a reader‘s report avoids blindness to the shortcomings in one‘s work & possible disappointmenttriggers necessary irritationinitiates discussion & new directions of thinking and developingconsiders the marketability of a projectserves as argumentation aidbest at the intersection of writer, producer, editor & fundersafety net for decisions in a company or institutionready made information – also for subsequent usesaves money & life-timeeasy to get & for little coin!
28last not least: 3 truthsIf you have 10 readers read your script , you will get 10 different opinions !(unknown)Personal choices and feelings are the elements of the creative process, which is unique to every screenwriter, and to each and every screenplay and filmproject!(Philip Parker)You are an artist now and then, but you have to be a craftsman all the time!(Andrej Wajda)