Many of you have asked about this and I have decided to give the public what they want. Yes, I will read your fucking screenplay....
...IF you follow the rules I lay out in this blog post.
Many of you may remember back in October when I offered to read the first ten pages of any script whose writer provided a link to their Black List posting in the comments over a four-day period. I had allowed for such a long period of submissions because I honestly thought I'd only get a few submissions and I didn't want to have only three or four applicants.
I, uh, underestimated the response. Like, by a LOT. I had ten submissions within the first hour, which is even more remarkable when you realize I always post at midnight PST, when fewer people are likely to reply. I ended up with 70-scripts that met the deadline, so I knew that if I ever did this again, there'd have to be changes.
The ultimate aim of this venture is to help out people who have taken the plunge on the Black List website. A script needs two ratings in order to get onto the Top Uploaded and Top Unproduced Lists, which are some of the most valuable ways of attracting attention. You can always take the chance that someone will discover your script and rate it, or you could pay for Black List reader reviews. I have to imagine that getting one rating out of the blue is hard, and getting two is even harder. Because of that, I want to help and possibly encourage other Black List members to dive into the submission pile.
I have no intention of hurting anyone's script by giving them a bad rating. I want to find something I like, nay LOVE. If I come across a fantastic script, it would be my honor to promote it on the blog and draw some more eyes over there. But surely you understand that for my endorsement to mean anything, I have to be raving about the script. I'm not going to give notes or "that was good for a first draft" platitudes. I'm going to be saying "READ THIS SCRIPT!"
The best way to find scripts I love is going to be by thinning the herd so that I'm not spending time on concepts that "aren't for me." Pay attention, because this is important - your logline must sell me on the script. Yes, this time I'm not promising to read every submission. The only submissions I will read will be those with loglines that interest me, just as if you were sending me a query.
The genres I'm most like to respond to are action, rom-com, horror, comedy, thriller and anything "high concept."
What am I less likely to be drawn to? Period pieces and torture porn. So keep that in mind if you're considering joining the Black List just to take advantage of this opportunity.
To qualify, you must submit your comment from the time this post goes live to 11:59pm this evening. 24 hours, no exceptions and no extensions under any circumstance.
Your comment must include the following - Title, Genre, Logline and a link to your script's page on the Black List. And remember that a logline is a sentence or a couple sentences. Be concise, don't write me a paragraph. 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.
My aim is to select the 8 loglines that intrigue me the most and I will read at least the first 15 pages of each of those scripts. In the event that you guys deliver a lot of awesome loglines, I'll consider going over that limit, but they're all going to have to be really good for me to consider giving that much time. I probably will let you know if your logline was or wasn't selected, but I probably won't go into much detail why. Don't take it personally - some ideas aren't for everyone.
I will offer no comments on any of the scripts I didn't finish reading. 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.
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.
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 an 8, 9 or a 10 for me to do that. I'll do my best to write a review that sells people on the script. It won't be full coverage, and I won't spoil any major secrets or plot twists. If you want to get a sense of how these read, check out my reviews of MCCARTHY, DEAD CORPS and ALICE OF OZ.
So good luck, gang. I hope to be very impressed by the submissions in the comments.
P.S. This goes without saying, but I'm not making any claim of who I will pass the script on to and I will not attach myself as a producer or anything. No crazy promises - and no exploitation.
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