Let’s keep this simple and not get bogged down in rules.. yawn. The only 3 things I will specify:
1) Just because you contact someone asking them to read your script doesn’t mean they HAVE TO. Similarly, if you don’t want to read for someone, be polite – send them an email and tell them, don’t ignore them.
2) If they read for you, you have to be prepared to read for them. Remember to say thanks for your feedback too!
3) Never ever be vitriolic, slag someone off or take the mickey out of them, either in the feedback itself or any communication that follows. (If you feel daunted by the prospect of giving measured notes, I recommend sticking to Adrian Mead’s idea of ONLY asking questions of the script, as outlined in his “Power of Three” method).
If you find yourself on the receiving end of any of these violations by a reviewer, do let me know.
If you want to use The Feedback Exchange, please leave your details in the comments section of THIS POST. This is just for ease of reference. If you have trouble leaving your details, don’t worry: send them to me and I will post them on here. Please don’t leave them on my Facebook page or tweet them, as I plan to link this post on the right hand side bar for people to access as and when they need to. (If the comments get very lengthy, I’ll make sure there is some kind of “round up”later to make it easier – let’s just see what happens, yeah?)
So my recommendations for leaving your details:
REAL NAME – not just your online handle, please. Just put your first name if you prefer
EXPERIENCE – ie. have you ever read any scripts for work placements or internships; are you a member of a site like Zoetrope; any other writing-related stuff of relevance: MAs in screenwriting, competition placings, options, that sort of thing. Don’t worry if you have nothing yet, there will be people in the same boat looking for others like you. This doesn’t mean less experienced writers *can’t* read for more experienced writers and vice versa, however.
INTERESTS – ALL SCRIPTS welcome, including shorts and online drama, etc. However, a couple of things to consider: if you love television and write television scripts, is swapping with people who watch only movies and write feature scripts a good idea? Only you can decide. Similarly, if you have strong preferences on genre and feel unable to deal with scripts of a particular genre you ABSOLUTELY HATE, please be upfront about this. Also, here is a good place to say things you are particularly looking for, ie. crime drama, science fiction, strong female characters, sparkling dialogue, the three acts, the 22 steps, etc.
EMAIL – I suggest using this sort of layout or similar to stop spam bots usernameATemailserviceproviderDOTcom, but please do it any way you like. Links to your own blog or social networking sites are welcome too, but please don’t take the mick and advertise your sites, posts etc too much here.
Let’s make this a comprehensive list of Bang2writers willing to do peer review! Looking forward to seeing it build up over the coming weeks, months and hopefully – years.
Name: Peter Darby
Experience: Very little, but have been trained by the greatest living English script reader, our esteemed host.
Interests: Especially interested in Radio / Audio drama and short form work (short film, webisode serials etc.), but happy to read / crit anything.
Mail: pete DOT darby AT gmail DOT com
Great stuff, Lucy!
My experience: MFA in scriptwriting (won the University's writing prize), 2008 Red Planet finalist, 2009 SWF Scriptmarket winner, two other prizes. One feature has attracted interest from a U.K. producer, another from a L.A. packager.
Interests: Features and TV drama. Strong female characters. No horror (I never watch it so I wouldn't be much help). And yes, sure, sparkling dialogue!
Look forward to reading!
Experience: short film producer (and writer and director and boom operator and grip and safety diver and caterer), script consultant (as yet uncredited), Bang2Write sycophant, international athlete, occasional TriggerStreet reviewer. (Lucy has had experience of my own ubiquitous feedback style – I leave it to her to decide if I should be inflicted on others.)
Interests: More experience of reading film (short or feature) over TV/ongoing drama or radio but happy to read anything.
Mail: tom at dragonsmind dot co dot uk
REAL NAME – Stephen Marsh
EXPERIENCE – co-wrote a sitcom pilot that was developed by the comedy unit, have written material for BBC topical comedy radio shows. Wrote a short film script that was mentioned by MovieScope that is now in very early pre production. Did coverage on a feature film treatment which is going through film council funding. Irregular reviewer on triggerstreet.
INTERESTS – Very wide – always interested in a variety of scripts. Particularly fond of romance stories and comedies. I've personally worked on scripts ranging from soft sci-fi feature to procedural TV drama.
EMAIL – stephenmarsh AT gmail DOT com
Experience: Recently graduated from De Montfort with an MA in Television Scriptwriting. Am just starting out but have had some good feedback from BBC Writers Room and various industry people.
Interests: Television drama. Pretty open about what I read. Not particularly confined to one genre like Sci Fi or Horror. Probably more useful with television scripts through.
Mail: jeremyallen66 AT hotmail DOT com
Name: Will Simpson
Experience: Recently completed MA in Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia. Currently working as a researcher / writer on a new documentary series with a company in London. Done a little script reading in the past for a London-based film company.
Interests: Features. Anything really, but love historical settings.
Email: williamjohnsimpson AT googlemail DOT com
Experience: One screenplay commission, another screenplay was optioned and won a place on a development scheme. I also worked for a couple of companies giving detailed feedback reports to writers, after training as a reader at the Script Factory.
Interests: Anything and everything. Most of my experience is with features, but am keen to hone my skills (writing and feedback) with Radio, shorts and TV drama.
Mail: sonya DOT desai AT gmail DOT com
Experience: Producer at Disney, then Sony, reading; writing for foreign director, commercials director, currently working on two projects for two foreign directors, one of them in English; some journalist experience, cartoonist as well, in small publications.
Interest: Commercial films, some artsy farty ones, if cerebral better; pretentious sort of okay, hipper-than-thou, a turn-off. Eclectic interests.
Hi…I'm Charlie Burrows and have been 71 years old since 3rd Feb 2010. I've had some success with radio comedy submissions and good personal feedback from BBC writers room. Having been a member of Robin Kelly's Scriptreader site for a few years now, I've learned from Robin and others about scriptreading and have also given constructive feedback. My main interest is in the comedy writing side of things.
REAL NAME – Jill Rattray
INTERESTS – Drama, sci-fi, non-fiction, or based on true events. Strong female characters, Anything set in Scotland.
EMAIL – jill UNDERSCORE rattray AT blueyonder DOT co DOT UK
Name: Iain Coleman
Experience: Some stage writing (comedy, drama and experimental theatre). Currently working as a science writer.
Interests: Mainly TV drama. Especially interested in SF and telefantasy, but open to most things.
Name: Dawn Chapman
Experience: Script courses completed, short produced in 2005, more recent a couple of options through Inktip for shorts. Producer for our local writers circle.
Interests: Anything sci/fi or fantasy. Short or feature. But will read anything really. Does crit on other writing sites. zhura and zoetrope.
Mail: savin UNDERSCORE me AT hotmail DOT com
Please use something catchy in message as it will be caught by my spam settings, sorry.
Count me in.
Read under PO3 rules for others. Did Euroscript training in script reading.
BA Film and Media at Birkbeck.
Script editor for 0110.
Sold a short script. Currently writing a feature horror, stage play and a time travel short to be shot this summer.
Will read anything except romcoms.
Don't forget I'll post your details for you if you can't access Blogger for any reason. Here's the first:
Name: Damian Trasler
Experience : Theatrical script reader for three years(note: I read scripts for theatre, not read scripts in a theatrical fashion…) and I completed the Script Factory's "Reading Scripts for TV" course in 2008.
Likes: Sci-fi, theatre, comedy.
email – damiantraslerATyahooDOTcom
NAME – Neil Baker
EXPERIENCE – currently on an English degree with a high creative writing aspect (script writing, prose and some poetry). Advanced story structure, character development etc. 3rd Year Creative Writing Portfolio – feature screenplay being submitted instead of dissertation project. Good knowledge on some historical periods (mainly Victorian, Shakespeare, 1914-1948 and Ancient Greece and Rome)
INTERESTS – Very interested in reading TV scripts but also full features and shorts for that matter. Specialise in action stories, so would prefer those. That said, also a fan of the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, war genres. Up for anything and everything!
EMAIL – neilbakerwrites AT gmail DOT com
Hello, this sounds great so…
EXPERIENCE – Writers Factory course and MA Screenwriting at Screen Academy Scotland – lots of workshopping etc. Have read and been paid for some reports while interning at BBC and indies. Also been having trials for some soap related stuff as well as writing a comedy feature with experienced writer, which has interest, fingers crossed. Work in factual development so always surrounded by narratives and intersting characters!
INTERESTS – Best to come to me with comedy/drama TV, features – comedy, chick flick, romance, coming of age, horror that doesn't take itself seriously (e.g. Zombieland) I'm very strong with 18-34 audience for TV so feel free to pass along your BBC3/ITV2 as that's what I work in everyday, high school scandal and mainstream culture is my specialist subject. Nothing too cerebral or really scary and no sci-fi, I won't even watch Avatar so you get the idea.
EMAIL – allanahbrookesAThotmailDOTCOM
Name: Rich Badley
Experience: Done various courses including the Script Factory reading course and MetLab. Have done script reports for a few small production companies. As a wannabe writer myself I often swap scripts with other friends and strongly believe it's a fantastic way to gain ideas and confidence for the next draft.
Interests: Mainly interested in genre features, especially sci-fi or thriller, but happy to take on anything!
Name: Terence Kenneth
Experience: Nicholl Semi-finalist in 2005. Written spec feature and TV scripts . Done several script writing assignments for production companies.
Interests: TV or feature drama or sci-fi scripts. No romantic comedies please.
Email: terencekenneth at hotmail dot com
Hi, Tom Lassu here. I am a Hungarian-American writer/director, actor, film community activist, event organizer and ex-teacher. MA in music, read scripts all the time, currently not for $$.
EXPERIENCE – Recently completed Hal Croasmun’s Pro Series (22), a six month scriptwriting course (Screenwritingu.com). Also took workshops by Robert McKee, John Truby, Syd Field, Michael Hauge, Linda Seger and others. I lead the New York chapter of the International Institute for Film Financing for about a year and organized film financing workshops. Founder-manager of The Film Synergy Group (filmsynergy.com).
INTERESTS – most movie (feature) scripts, drama, action, etc. Not very fond of horror or beginners. Love indies and writers who get past the dream and make/co-produce their own movie. Also looking for capable collaborators on both sides of the pond.
I regard the three acts, the 22 steps, the 7 steps, the Archplot, the Miniplot, the Antiplot, the hero's journey, the anti hero, etc. as useful POV-s that the writers should adopt for a time while working on each and every project.
EMAIL – tlassuatyahocom
Name: Gareth Morgan
Experience: First Class BA Hons in Drama, University of Bristol.
Assistant Director internship, Bristol Old Vic 2009.
Production Supervisor on Exposures and Studio Scripts festivals at the University of Bristol.
Member of the script reading team for Manchester Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse.
Professional theatre translator, adapter and dramaturg having worked for Bristol Old Vic, Nottingham Playhouse and director Jonathan Munby.
Interests: Theatre (especially translation and adaptation work)
Sure, why not?
Name: blaise Hesselgren
Experience: Written a few shorts and one feature (on last draft so some feedback would be useful). Crewed on short films and a BBC TV Film for BBC4. Done a number of courses including BBC Scriptreading course and some euroscript ones. Read all the usual books, blogs, mags etc. And done reviews on Triggerstreet.
Interests: Features, poss TV. Just about any genre but I'm most interested in historical, action, fanstasy and sci-fi – anything escapist! Not keen on comedy or rom-coms.
Mail: Blaise DOT Hesselgren AT gmail DOT com
Wonder if you could add me to your fabby resource please?
I'd be happy to review scripts and practice being tactful at the same time. I've had a
short film shortlisted, one feature optioned and a couple of seminars under my
belt so far. Any genre for film or TV. Know nothing about radio plays, sad to say.
Would definately want you to return the favour though. Susan. firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Hannah Preston
Experience: English degree from Oxford Uni, work placement in Holby City script department at the BBC, general obsession with all things scripted (http://penenvyandotherstories.blogspot.com/)
Interests: Drama; particularly the modern equivalent of the drawing room drama. Anything wordy where not a whole lot happens. TV, radio or theatre.
NAME: Jonathan Peace
Experience: Self published a novella (The Magpie's Lament: blindsided). My first spec script is ready for sale: READ ME – thriller. Currently writing another horror for Script Frenzy challenge which will become my second spec: BUBBLE-BUTT & THE MUTANT ZOMBIE MASH-UP. Have 2 further scripts planned for 2010 then 3 scripts in 2011.
Interests: features, especially genre movies (horror/thriller), though willing to read any.
Follow me at http://www.Twitter.com/Jonathan_Peace
Read my blog:
Oooh, yes, I like.
Name: Mark Hill
A radio producer, I've done a fair bit of script-reading experience, for both the BBC, Granada and others. I'm also one year into an MA Screenwriting course at Royal Holloway University and am busy working on a portfolio of stuff.
I've become kind of addicted to reading scripts, so I'm happy to read anything.
Name: Dom Carver
Contact via: http://www.thescripotwriter.co,uk
Formats Read In: Final Draft and PDF
Experience: A degree in scriptwriting, reader for Portman Entertainment, and opinionated sod.
Will Read: Anything, but prepare for honest and direct criticism, and a bit of a wait for the returned notes if I'm up to my eyeballs in life pooh, pooh.
Name: James Topham
Experience: Theatre – Marlowe Society / Royal Shakespeare Company Other Prize Winner, Finalist in Old Vic Young Voices 24 Hr Plays, and have script-read for Shakespeare's Globe. Am currently developing an interest in television and have a worked a little bit as a freelance script reader, and have a couple of my own spec scripts under my belt.
Interests: High concept / genre television drama and film.
Mail: james DOT t DOT topham AT gmail DOT com
My experience: script writer – 5 years of eps for a drama series on BBC Wales 'Belonging', plus various other bits and pieces. I fail utterly at competitions.
Interests: I'll crit anything but I don't write anything that requires proper, grown-up research!
mail: alex DOT carolan AT talk21 DOT com
Name – David Waugh
Experience – various writing inc poems, short stories and now working on a screenplay, attending evening classes.
Interests – feature films, relationship stories, spiritual themes. Real life stories
Happy to read / critique anything, the more unusual the better…
Mail – life starts at 58kph atsign yahoo com (no spaces)
This is exactly what I've been looking for!
Name: Tom Watts
Experience: Currently studying for a BA in Creative Writing, so script-writing features heavily. Furthermore, been doing this sort of thing over twitter for about a year.
Interests: More interested in TV than film at the moment, but I'm fairly open. I write quirky, offbeat comedy so I guess that would be my…speciality?!
Mail: thomascwatts AT gmail DOT com
Name: Matthew Prince
Experience: nothing produced, but have written 3 scripts and 6 shorts, and taken a few weekend courses.
Interests: Coming of Age and Teen movies. Would like to read outlines and synopses.
My e-mail: water49uk AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk
Name: Ashley Wills
Experience: BA (2:1) in Television Production, Written & Directed my own 30 minute short and several industry work placements inc. Waterloo Road story team. Certified TV Drama Addict.
Interests: Keen to read any scripts; feature or TV. Particularly enjoy serialized drama as opposed to procedural formats and greatly enjoy adult, real-world stories. Welcome anybody though who wants to take advantage of my own inflated sense of opinion.
Mail: ash DOT wills AT yahoo DOT com
Experience: Limited, when I was at college I won a Cheshire Screenwriting contest which was made into an animated feature, I was briefly invoved with a British Youth Film being created by South Cheshire College however I had to leave the project due to personal issues and unfortunately I never made my way back into it. Since having my daughter I have reignited my script writing. I have many scripts all at varied stages of completion.
Interests: Many things, I have to admit that I am not particularly fond of period dramas but aside from that, I'm happy to ready anything! I am personally on the look out for a potential writing partner if anyone is looking for something similar….:)
Mail: carlystreet AT hotmail DOT co DOT uk
Name: Jon Dudley
Experience: A short film I wrote and directed was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Have also worked for various production companies and have experience reading feature films and television scripts.
Interests: Any genre, any format (tv, features, short)
Look forward to swapping scripts with people! Have some exciting things I;m working on that I;d like feedback for.
Feel free to drop me an email: jdudley209 [AT] googlemail [DOT] com
Experience: Not much – I just like writing, shorts especially. Oh, and I once played in a school production of "To Kill a Mockingbird".
Interests: Any genre. I'll read yours if you read mine 🙂
Name: Kate Lally
Experience: Little. I am currently doing an English & Creative Writing degree (the bulk of the Creative Writing being Screenwriting), and regularly attend screenwriting workshops.
Interests: I like writing all kinds of things, and am happy to read all-kinds, though I imagine I would be awful with horror.
Mail: email@example.com erDOTcom, but please do it any way you like. Links to your own blog or social networking sites are welcome too, but please don't take the mick and advertise your sites, posts etc too much here.
Let's make this a comprehensive list of Bang2writers willing to do peer review! Looking forward to seeing it build up over the coming weeks, months and hopefully – years.
Name: Dan Rogers
Experience: Very little.
Interests: Short films. I will read and crit anything as long as it's short 😉
Mail: danielrogers001 AT yahoo DOT com
FROM PAUL EBBS, syberian27ATyahooDOTcoDOTuk:
So me – novelist and TV scriptwriter – wrote The Book of the Still for BBC's
Doctor Who range – Twenty odd drama scripts produced for Doctors, Casualty and
The Bill as well as comedy for Radio and a couple of straight to video films,
currently commissioned to write a series of children's books for a UK Publisher
and have several TV series at various stages of development.
Happy to give and receive feedback on scripts and prose.
Name: Stuart Innes
Experience: Former sportswriter. Been scriptwriting for four years now. I was selected for Screenlab in 2009, and have had positive feedback from BBC Writersroom on several scripts. No formal experience of script reading, but I often do it for friends and think I'm open and insightful.
Interests: Mainly feature film and hour-long comedy/drama; not so much short films and sitcoms. Genre-wise, as long as it's not grim and kitchen-sinky, I'm in. Genre subversion is particularly welcome.
Name: Rose H.
Experience: Over a decade in the industry. I've written for shorts and commercials, just completed second draft on my first feature (after about 8 years of unfinished feature scripts). I've worked professionally as a producer, production manager and director.
Name: Rose H.
Experience: Over a decade in the industry. I've written for shorts, commercials, theatre, and just completed early draft of a feature script. I've worked professionally as a producer, production manager and director.
Interests: Features, shorts, television.
Name: Rosie Claverton
Experience: Pretty much nil. Some informal work with other developing friends in the indie world.
Interests: Television is my forte, but I'm also interested in features and shorts. I tend towards strong characters but am open to all genres.
Name: Yusuf Nasir
Experience: Beside high school/college english courses, absolutely none.
Interests: All film scripts, features or shorts, although I'd shy away from any romance. Just love to read.
Contact: RevAli At gmail Dot com
Name: Steven Russell.
Experience; Development producer by trade. Five years TV development most recently, and experience in feature sales, finance and production before that. Read for the Weinstein Company, BBC Drama, WestEnd Films, Kudos, now running freelance development services.
Interests; hour-long TV and features a specialty, but will look at all material with a writer's intention in mind. Email for details…