(And if I did, world, you're not listening. So read this list again.)
1. The script should be stripped to bare bones. No unessential plots, characters, or scenes.
If not, I will put down your script.
2. Electricity should shoot through your script easily. If there are wandering or confusing scenes, electricity will stop.
And I will put down your script.
3. Have you addressed all the things I will look for: Premise, Character, Conflict, Structure, Dialogue?
4. Have you properly introduced: a) the rules to your world (ESPECIALLY in Sci-fi and Horror), and b) the characters in the 1st ten pages? Don't make me guess.
5. All chase, fight, & love scenes must develop character & push the story forward.
A gratuitous love scene can kill the mood. An emotionally laden one will get you a Twilight-like following.
6. All subplots should mirror, or support the main plot. This is NOT the minor character's story.
7. Tension-release (also known as hope-fear) is crucial. Not tension-tension-tension.
8. Does your script read vertically? If not, read this.
9. Typos, grammar errors, & exceeding the proper page limit, begone.
The standard is still 120 pgs for drama, & around 90-110 for comedies. Err on the side that less is more.
10.Cover page should be title, name, address (yours or your agent’s), email, phone. No need for WGA # or copyright. We assume you’ve registered with WGA &/or Library of Congress.
WHAT I'VE KNOW: Keep me reading = I boogie-woogie.
Slow me down = I slush.