There are days I am grateful I took the time to open up my email. In a message from COVERAGE INK, a screenplay service, there was an opportunity for a ZOOMINAR class "Behind the Curtain" about screenplay coverage and becoming a professional 'reader' with Beverly Neufeld, USC Screenwriting professor and author of the Blogspot "What's In My Head." (beverly-leomankey.blogspot.com)
Beverly is originally from New York, as am I, so I am blessed with the power to recognize a Mitzvah when I see one! Needless to say, the experience was a true gift from the Universe, with screenwriting wisdom being tossed left and right; of course, I had to share it with my friends! This lady is the High Priestess of Storytelling!
Besides sharing a lifetime of passionate dedication to the art of screenwriting, Beverly was promoting her new book, I Got You Covered. I immediately purchased the KINDLE version for $7.99.
I Got You Covered is an easy, fun, and comprehensible guide to script notes, critiques, and written coverage for screenplays, teleplays, short films, and series. Whether you’re an intern, assistant, producer, development executive, literary agent, or a writer who wants to know what will make your screenplay stand out to competitions, agents, and execs, you’ll find everything you need to get started as a “reader” in this book:
How to break down a screenplay.
How to spot the strengths and weaknesses of a script.
How to give notes in a tactful, motivating, and inspiring way.
How to remain objective rather than subjective.
What competitions, executives, agents, and networks look for.
How to get your first job as a script reader.
Don’t Just Tell the Story - Sell the Movie Filmmaking is a business, and getting a project greenlit is the key to success.
This fundamental guide to story analysis gives you a set of tools that will help jumpstart your career in the entertainment industry. I Got You Covered is part of the single-topic; companion book series, The Digital Filmmaking Handbook Presents. This series picks up where the best-selling Digital Filmmaking Handbook leaves off, tackling each topic exclusively, in-depth, and as always, from the perspective of working filmmakers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Beverly Neufeld is a script consultant, screenwriter, and development executive who teaches screenwriting and script coverage at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Thanks Coverage Ink and Beverly Neufeld!