Effective Script Reading Course
Take it Live or Online
Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis all live iterations of our script reading course are on hold until further notice.
However our ONLINE version of the course has just launched! It is deeper, and more demanding than the live version. The live, 1-day version will resume at a later date.
“I’d heard script reading described as “a paid education” before, but coming from an advertising background didn’t have a clue how to get in to it. The course totally set me up. I walked in knowing nothing and walked out really feeling like I could navigate the whole scene. I’m now earning a sideline living as a reader for a big production company. Highly recommended!”
Jay Matthews, Copywriter
Our Script Reading Course Has Now Been Taken by Over 1,000 screenwriters, script readers, sales agents, assistants and filmmakers!
“This was an amazing, efficient and effective script reading crash course that covered many areas and diverse levels for all areas of filmmaking. The course was also targeted to marketing and the ways script readers can find work according to their own criteria and areas of script reading interest and/or working times. Socialising and exchanging ideas and suggestions was also an effective way to interact and keep in touch with other participants with similar interests. Highly recommended.”
3 Reasons Our Script Reading Course Delivers
Designed By A Warner Bros. Reader & The Highest Rated Script Consultant in IS history!
Our script reading course was originally designed by an industry script reader who knew no-one (and nothing) when he first entered the industry. The same reader went on to script read professionally for Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Scott Free and Universal, to name but a few. Then, in 2020, we enlarged the course to include unique insights and strategies from the Highest Rated Script Consultant in IS History! Carefully tracking all the things they both did right (and wrong!) the course delivers a phenomenal roadmap on how to follow in their footsteps.
Carefully Honed & Perfected Since 2010…
Effective Script Reading for TV & Film is the world’s first script reading course to place significant emphasis on the skills required to find paid script reading jobs, as well as write quality script analysis. Our script reading course teaches participants how to analyse film & TV scripts effectively and produce quality script coverage, as well as delivering knowledge on how to source regular script reading jobs.
Demystifying Script Development…
Running since 2010, Effective Script Reading has trained hundreds of writers, producers, assistants, distributors, agents and other professionals in the craft and business of professional script reading. The industry is notoriously opaque and our course has proved particularly effective at helping professionals from outside film and TV navigate their way in to it. So if you’re in another industry, and wondering how the world of script development operates, how to get in to it, and crucially how to dodge all those rookie mistakes, our script reading course might be for you…
What You Get…
Skills to Find Elusive Jobs
Ours is the only course to teach participants how to find elusive script reading jobs.
Skills to Write Coverage
Writing great script coverage is a challenging skill to master. Our course up-skills you.
Pre & Post Course Learning
You’ll read scripts before and after the course, write a full script report, and have it marked*.
Our Vast Resources Pack
With over 1,000 scripts, templates, study guides, sample reports, and more – you’ll still be learning long after the course.
A Learned Industry Tutor
Prepare questions for our knowledgeable industry tutor in advance. He’s been there, done it, and got the t-shirt!
“As a screenwriter, I know that when push comes to shove my scripts are going to be farmed out to industry readers. So thinking like a gatekeeper, nay – writing a script report like a gatekeeper – was just incredibly valuable to me and totally changed how I think, tactically and strategically, about my writing.”
Just some of the companies our students have gone on to work for…
Who is our Script Reading Course Best Suited To?
Our script reading course is firstly ideal for those new to the industry looking to build a career in script development, sales or distribution.
However it has also proved highly valuable for writers, producers and directors looking to develop their script coverage skills, build contacts in development and earn an extra revenue stream from being a script reader.
The course focuses on how to deliver constructive script feedback to writers both in person and on the page, and participants also deliver a script report which will be marked by the course tutor.
Our script reading course has been running regularly since January 2010, and in that time a broad range of people have taken it, including:
- Distributors, sales agents and producers looking to upgrade their creative analysis skills.
- Writers aiming to better understand the mindset of readers and development people.
- Out-and-out developers looking to forge a long-term career in script development.
- Freelancers with analytical skills seeking to earn a sideline from script reading jobs.
After the script reading course, participants are invited to take 2 tests to gauge their learning. The 1st is a simple “Efficiency Test” (which a surprising number of participants fail, so watch out!)
The 2nd involves participants emailing a script report which will be marked by a member of Industrial Scripts’ staff. In order to receive their marked report, participants must pass the Efficiency Test in full.
***IMPORTANT NOTE: our Effective Script Reading course contains some hard truths about script reading, and the film and television industries in general. Script reading – or indeed script development in general – is not a career one can simply “walk into”. It is competitive and with this course we aim to provide attendees with a professional advantage***.
Network and make vital industry connections on our course
Pro Script Reading Is Undeniably TOUGH:
Our Script Reading Courses
Skyrocket Your Odds of Success
An intense but satisfying day that really does teach you the basics and more. I spent a lot of time doing the post course assignment and feel a lot more confident now with writing script reports. It’s honestly a great course that also improved my writing. One final note, you get out what you put in so if you’re going to do it really go for it!
This course was even more helpful than I thought – and my expectations were already high. It covered both the screenwriting and script reading theory, and practical information about getting a script reading job. The teacher explained clearly and was always ready to answer our questions. Good value for money and 5 out of 5 definitely – I got back home happily satisfied and feeling encouraged, which is nice since this is such a hard and competitive industry!
An absolutely brilliant, information packed day. The tutor was concise and easily equipped to answer any of the questions thrown at him. I finished the day confident in my ability to write a script report. Highly recommend!
INDUSTRIAL SCRIPTS HAS BEEN FEATURED IN
VIDEO – TEXT – QUIZZES – EXERCISES
Our Courses Are a Mixture of Video, Text, Quizzes and Writing Exercises
Our courses have been deliberately designed to include tons of practical exercises which enable you to accelerate. Ultra-specific exercises that you can do even when you’re not online are peppered throughout the course, so you’re working even on your daily commute!
“A very well planned course that packed a huge amount in. As a writer rather than aspiring reader, it’s really helpful to have the tools to view your work through a reader’s lens. The tutor was knowledgeable and friendly, and there was a good mix of information and discussion. The post-course assignment is a really good choice in terms of applying the learning. I would definitely tell writer friends about this course and would certainly use Industrial Scripts’ script analysis services for my own work. Recommend!”
Give Your Script Development Career The Best Start.
Script reading as a career is tough and rewarding in vaguely equal measure.
But there are so many pitfalls, both in terms of the artistic process, and The Industry.
Skyrocket your odds of success with our script reading courses – you won’t regret it!
TRICKY QUIZZES KEEP YOU ON YOUR TOES
Our Unique Quiz System Pushes You to Absorb The Information
You probably think the quizzes in our courses are easy, right? Think again: we’ve made them deliberately tricky to keep you on your toes while you’re learning. Our system won’t let you move forward to the next lesson until you’ve nailed the quiz. True character is only revealed under pressure…
A very insightful and information packed day. The amount that was thrown at us was incredibly helpful and our teacher was very apt at making us understand how hard this part of the industry was to get in to. This was very refreshing. The course was broken down well and there was just about time to get in a few questions. I believe a two day course would be interesting as it would give the teacher and students more time to converse and allow the course to be more practical during the teaching time. I would definitely recommend this course to others hoping to garner further information about the script reading process. Thank you!
Script Reading Course Structure
Modules > Lessons > Quizzes
Our Online Script Reading Course is divided into 10 core modules, which together consist of 50 lessons.
The course puts an early emphasis on working as an industry script reader, and the skills involved in “divorcing” from your own taste in order to objectively assess material.
What You Get:
> Intensive 1-day Masterclass OR Lifetime Access to the Online Course
> 17/50 Specific Lesson Sections
> Pre & Post Course Assignments*
> “Anatomy of a Script Report” Study
> Script Report Templates & Samples
> 1,000+ Produced Scripts Pack (RRP $35)
> Post-Course Networking Drinks
> Peer Networking & more!
Fantastic! Really, really great experience, the tutor knew what he was talking about and conducted the class debate about the script well and fairly. The day was well planned out, very thorough but also maintained a good pace for taking in all the information. A really good experience for people who work in the media or those who have an interest in film. Strongly recommend!
What Are The Script Reading Course Modules?
How to Write Coverage Executives Will Love
Even if you have a great analytical brain, your coverage must impress in other ways.
The Painful Bit: Writing Great Synopses
Writing smooth, succinct plot synopses is an integral part of being a script reader
How to Track and Hunt for Un-Advertised Jobs
Script reading jobs are rarely advertised, which means finding them becomes vital…
How to Market Yourself As A Script Reader
With script reading jobs advertised so rarely, marketing becomes all important.
The Value of “Branding” as a Script Reader
We explore the importance of how you present yourself as a reader for hire
Online Script Reading Course – Full Course Structure
Our online script reader course is broken down in to 10 Core Modules, consisting of 50 individual Lessons.
At the end of each Lesson there’s a tough Quiz element, and users need to pass the Quiz in order to advance to the next Lesson.
Just click the + symbol below to view the full course breakdown.
Online Course Modules and Structure
Module A) An introduction to Script Reading
Lesson 1) What is a script reader?
Lesson 2) What skills do script readers need?
Lesson 3) The benefits of being a script reader
Module B) What makes a ‘good’ script?
Lesson 4) Commercial Potential and Market
Lesson 5) Genre & Expectation
Lesson 6) Casting Potential
Lesson 7) Promise of the Premise
Lesson 8) Quality of the Writing
Lesson 9) Writer Potential
Module C) The Elements of Script Coverage
Lesson 10) Types of Script Coverage
Lesson 11) Script Coverage vs Writer Feedback
Lesson 12) Structure of a Coverage Report
Module D) Writing Script Coverage
Lesson 13) Writing Loglines
Lesson 14) Writing Evaluations
Lesson 15) Grid Scoring
Lesson 16) Writing Synopses
Lesson 17) Writing Comments
Module E) Assessing Screenwriting Ability
Lesson 18) Premise
Lesson 19) Story & Structure
Lesson 20) Conflict & Tension
Lesson 21) Character
Lesson 22) Dialogue
Lesson 23) Pace
Lesson 24) Visual Flair
Lesson 25) Scene Analysis
Lesson 26) Approach to Theme
Lesson 27) Originality
Module F) Writer’s Reports
Lesson 28) Framing the Feedback
Lesson 29) Structuring the report
Lesson 30) Writing Style
Lesson 31) Working with Writers
Module H) Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Lesson 32) Managing Tone
Lesson 33) Supporting Criticism
Lesson 34) Dealing with Subjectivity
Lesson 35) Guiding the Writer
Lesson 36) Writer’s Report Case Studies
Module I) Future King Script Analysis
Lesson 37) Your Analysis
Lesson 38) Script Discussion
Lesson 39) Future King Conclusions
Module J) Finding Reading Work
Lesson 40) Climbing the Ladder
Lesson 41) Finding and Researching Clients
Lesson 42) Approaching Potential Clients
Lesson 43) Handling Client Expectation
Lesson 44) When you have work
Lesson 45) Industry Etiquette
Module K) Understanding the Industry
Lesson 46) Career Development
Lesson 47) Development & Editing
Lesson 48) The Importance of Genre
Lesson 49) Recommended Reading
Lesson 50) Final Assignment
Bonus Study Materials + Guides
Get full access to our suite of unique study guides when you purchase any course. The pack includes…
6 x eBooks on challenging areas of screenwriting
3 x study guides on the industry and navigating it
Template agent & manager query letter
Detailed script coverage sample
40+ PDF Screenplays of Successful Movies
“The 20 Screenplays You Can Learn The Most From”
Script coverage templates
INDUSTRIAL SCRIPTS HAS BEEN REVIEWED OVER 1,000 TIMES ON GOOGLE-APPROVED REVIEWS SITES
Effective Script Reading..From The Industry Trusted Script Development Company…
In business since 2010, Industrial Scripts has hosted masterclasses with everyone from actor Tom Hiddleston to uber-producer Tim Bevan (pictured), through talent agency giant Duncan Heath and beyond.
We’re the film and TV industry’s trusted source for all things script development.
Recoup The Script Reading Course Fees In Just 3 Paid Script Reads…
If the course leads in any small way to you securing work either directly or indirectly, you’ll recoup the course fees within just 3 paid scripts (3 x £50.00). Which is pretty solid economics in anyone’s book.
A Lifetime Of Learning Included…
Want to be a great script reader? There’s no substitute for reading screenplays. LOTS of them. And with our course you’ll receive more produced screenplays for both movies and TV than you can read in a lifetime. All sorted and carefully arranged into folders, and searchable. A priceless resource.
“Detailed without being over complicated, easily understood without being dumbed down this is THE ideal course for any student of screenwriting. It contains a wealth of information that is set out in a structured and entertaining way, with a huge amount of information conveyed in the lessons. Highly recommended.”
Don’t Worry, We’ve Got You Covered
If the information on this page turns out to be inaccurate or we don’t deliver what is promised then you can get a full refund at any time within 30 days of purchase, no questions asked. Simply raise a support ticket here detailing how the information is inaccurate and we’ll refund you within 7 days.
Specialist Script Developers Since 2010
ABOUT Industrial Scripts®
Founded in 2010, Industrial Scripts is today one of the world’s leading screenwriting companies, backed by major companies and with over 1,000 verified testimonials.
Our script consultants have significant industry credentials, writing coverage for companies and studios including Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal and many more. Working with screenwriters and filmmakers of all levels and from myriad locations, we also deliver intensive training both online and offline.
While our free Talent Connector promotes talent to the industry, our popular blog – Character-Driven – educates and entertains. We believe that rigorous script development is the foundation of great film and TV and is, indeed, essential.
Without it, the end product will fail.
Frequently Asked Questions
Got questions? Here are the most common queries we’re sent about the online version of the course…
How long do I get access to the online course for?
Through purchasing the course you’re guaranteed lifetime (or as long as the course exists/is on sale, and we have zero intention of folding it!) access. You can take it once, twice, three times…or as many times as you want.
Is the course mobile-friendly?
Whilst it’s possible to take the course on tablets and mobile devices, you’re going to get the best experience taking it on Google Chrome, on a stable broadband connection.
Will I write script reports as part of the online course? Does it include a marked report like the live course? Is there “live” feedback, or a human teacher involved at all?
You will indeed! The course involves you reading scripts and writing test coverage on them. Unlike the live course, your final report is not individually marked but rather self-marked up against an industry-standard version report on the same script. The course is a self-learning one, exclusively. No live teaching is included. Our innovative quiz system keeps you on your toes, self-marks you, and checks you’re absorbing the information correctly.
How many hours does it take to complete the course?
In order to pass the quizzes, you’ll need to complete the course exercises. And this involves reading screenplays and writing reports on them. And that’s before you get to the Bonus Materials. So whilst it’s very difficult to estimate as all readers work at different speeds, we’d imagine you could complete it within 100 hours.