Typing Faster

October 14, 2009

No one will read your script

Filed under: Breaking In, the biz — petertypingfaster @ 8:33 am

At least they probably won’t. Not all the way through.

Cool quote from Wesley Rowe of Script Magazine.

Outside of friends and family, at least 90 percent of the people who read your script won’t make it past page 40. You will not be able to verify this fact because people in the film business are notoriously hard to pin down about anything. If your script goes out as a spec or gets some heat, expect that the full-read rate to drop under three percent. In fact, it could even sell to a studio without any of the people making that decision reading it from cover to cover.”

Speaking from someone who spent a couple of years slogging away in the development trenches I can vouch for the accuracy of this statement.

Consider yourselves warned.



  1. I’ve heard of the “Five and Dime” treatment for screenplays. They’ll read the first 5 and the last 5 pages and if those are enough to grab them, they might read the rest.

    Comment by Garner Haines — October 14, 2009 @ 6:39 pm

    • When I was still working development, whenever I got swamped with submissions I’d wind up doing essentially the same thing. read the first 15 pages (unless it was awful enough I could justify setting it aside), then read the last 10. If it held together I might go back and read more.

      Comment by petertypingfaster — October 15, 2009 @ 7:29 am

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