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Writer’s Mindset : How to get a Recommendation

What does it look like when your script gets recommended at the studio level by a reader? This is the coverage I put together for the Susan Cooper's 1973 Newberry Award-winning novel entitled The Dark Is Rising.

If you've never seen coverage of a script you've written, or any script for that matter, I think it will help to see what you're aiming for.  You want the story analyst who reads your script to give you a...
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Career Strategy

Writers’ Mindset: Write For The Gatekeepers

I worked as a story analyst, aka “reader”, or “gatekeeper” for a studio after attending film school.  Fortunately, they offered a course there in how to write coverage at USC.  So while trying to break into the business, I was able to earn rent money in my chosen field.

Story analysis is not an easy job.  It teaches you to read and evaluate a screenplay quickly.  You don’t have time to pore over the material and really...
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