We understand the critical role that development plays in ensuring your script wins over buyers and we encourage filmmakers to use the Script Analysis service to continue revising and improving their screenplay.
We can also certainly understand that an independent filmmaker may not be inclined to spend multiple thousands of dollars on script coverage every time there’s a new draft. For that reason, we recommend using the Script Analysis service strategically.
It’s important to note that filmmakers who revise and resubmit don't always achieve higher Script Scores with each submission. This is true whether or not the filmmaker tried to address notes from past Script Analysis. We've found that - both in the context of script coverage and in the film business at large - not every revision is an improvement on the script, even when the motivating notes were sound. Not only that, but the strength of a revision depends much more on the rewrite plan than it does the coverage. For these reasons and others, every once in a while, Script Scores do stay static or decrease from one revision to the next.
Another reason we encourage strategic use of the Script Analysis service is that we want filmmakers to have the best shot at increasing their Script Score with each submission. We’ve found that writers who turn major revisions around with lightning speed have decreased chances of increasing their Script Score with each submission. The very best way to use the Script Analysis is to balance the sum of opinions in coverage notes with another personally trusted third party. That third party may be your agent or manager, a colleague, or the your writers group.
Slated Analytics' Script Analysis is extensive and can be over 10 pages long. So, before diving into a rewrite, the third party can help you decide which selection of notes would most efficiently serve your vision in a focused rewrite plan, as opposed to beginning a rewrite that simply tries to address every good point in coverage. After a revision, your collaborators might tell you that the draft is a big step forward -- you made big, important changes that needed to be made, however the draft is still a bit rough. Often, the nature of moving around massive elements in a script is such that it creates additional sequences, scenes, or plotlines that need smoothing out. An agent, writers group, or colleague can help you spot those new areas before re-submitting for more Script Analysis.
Using our Script Analysis strategically and balancing script notes with another trusted source can help ensure that 1) you’re maximizing your chances of increasing your Script Score with each new submission and 2) that you’re being as efficient as possible with your development funds.