Okay, I'm about to propose an experiment - and like some experiments there's a chance this could fail.
Several of you have scripts up on the Black List and as we've seen, it can help a script immensely if it gets a positive review. The problem is that it's hard to get people to notice your script before a paid review is complete. Also, there's no guarantee that the paid review will be a positive one. However, in clairfying the way the review metric works, Franklin Leonard revealed something very interesting over at Done Deal Pro:
"Any script that gets a particularly high rating from any individual reviewer can expect that script to get spotlighted to our industry professional members. Practically, if you write a script that gets a 1 from one reader and a 9 from another reader, that script will still be included as part of our email spotlighting recent scripts that got a strong review. Presumably people who are interested in your genre and logline will download it, read it, and rate it, which will then result in your overall rating changing over time based on those members thoughts on your script."
In practical terms, this means the paid reader could HATE your script, but if someone else really likes it, you could still get an endorsement. So here's my offer to you....
I will read the first ten pages of ANY script linked to in the comment of this post. If I think the script has promise beyond those ten pages, I will continue reading until I feel my interest wane. This means that if I get to the end, presumably I'll have a positive impression of your script and I will rate it as such.
1) the link to your script's page on the Black List MUST be in the comments. Do not email me. Do not Tweet me. I will ONLY read scripts publicly pointed out here. Feel free to include a logline or any other information.
2) I will offer no comments on any of the scripts I didn't complete. Don't ask me what you did wrong. Don't ask me for feedback. I doubt I'll have time to respond to everyone, and so to be fair, I will respond to no one.
3) I will be holding all scripts to the same standards as the material I read for my job. There's no such thing as "good for an amateur" on this scale. Scripts will be judged according to how they measure up to professional submissions.
4) This offer is good until noon on Tuesday, October 30. If I get a huge response, it's going to take some time for me to work through these scripts. I'll do my best to be prompt, but know that it could take a week or more if a lot of you submit.
5) If I really like your script I will spotlight it in a post on my blog, but know that it would probably have to rate a 9 or a 10 for me to do that.
Other readers and industry pros with Black List access, I encourage you to join in the fun and check out some of these submissions. Let's see if we can help someone get discovered!
Addendum: Okay, seeing how I got about 8 submissions in a half-hour, I think I'll need to moderate expectations. I'll promise to make the first 25 submissions a priority. Anything that comes in after that, I'll make an effort, but know that they'll probably be a lesser priority unless a logline really catches my eye.
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