So, there is a new blog in town… Scriptshadow. Apparently, this mastermind reviews movies – before they’re made. Basically, he gets his hands on scripts and reviews them.
And people think this is a novel idea?
Anyone in Hollywood would know that this is called ‘coverage’. And people, mostly young writers or development interns, actually get paid to do this.
It sounds to me like this guy or girl (they go by a pseudonym) is an idiot. Writing up coverage, in-depth coverage at that, for free.
I’ve never believed in coverage myself. You’re paying development executives to read a script or book to see if it has potential as a film. That same development executive should be reading the script to see if the writer or writers have talent, for future projects, open writing assignments, etc… And then they pass that script to someone who you probably have never met and paying them a small sum of money to critique this script when they themselves are most likely an aspiring writer or executive with no real credentials. Why not just fire the development executive and hire the reader at a fraction of the cost? Or why not do the job you were hired to do?
So if you’re a development executive or anyone who reads scripts, and you actually visit Scriptshadow, then you should do yourself a favor and come up with your own opinion.