SDR provides a review of structure, plot, character development and the overall narrative by analyzing how they are conceived and how well they work together to tell the story. Dialogue is assessed in the context of elements such as character motivations and tension, and the description and action paragraphs are assessed for clarity and how they relate what is to be depicted onscreen. There may be other topics discussed, but in general, reviews will cover these items.
SDR caters first-time screenwriters or anyone who is on an ‘early draft’ version of their screenplay. However, if you’re a screenwriter who has a draft feature-length, television pilot or short screenplay, feel free to get in touch.
If you are dissatisfied with SDR’s service for any reason, we’ll give you your money back. (We’re going to want to know why, so at least help us improve!)
SDR is a screenplay review service for writers who need a review that examines how their concept is crafted. Many scripts have similar problems: a lack of dialogue which reveals a character’s motivation; the lack of a moral or ethical dilemma for the protagonist to resolve; or description and action paragraphs which have no bearing as to what is meant to be related on screen (just to name a few). There are a lot of misconceptions about how elements of a screenplay or story function.
SDR wants to help writers ensure that they accomplish the fundamentals in the story they’re in the process of crafting. SPEC wants to review your story before you send it to coverage or a contest, a producer or (especially) before you go into production on a self-produced film.
If you’re a novice writer and you’re worried about your screenplay’s concept, character development, dialogue and descriptions, etc., coverage may not be the best option for you just yet. Give SDR a try, and if you don’t like it, we’ll give you your money back.
No. SDR is not a coverage service and as such, we don’t provide coverage grades.
No. (If we see any glaring errors, we’ll let you know, but that’s not what we do.)
No. We focus on screenplays, but we are happy to review treatments.
If there are specific format-related issues that impact the clarity or presentation of your script, we will note specifically what the issues are and make recommendations on how to fix them. If your script is in dire need of formatting help, we recommend that you seek out a service that specifically does that.
Not currently. However, we will answer any questions or clarify any comments on the review of your script with up to five (5) follow-on emails. We certainly want you to understand any comments we’ve made.
On average, a review will be completed with 48-72 hours after a script has been received. If that timeline is unworkable for whatever reason, we will keep you informed and do our best to complete it as quickly as possible.
Review lengths are approximately as follows:
Feature length: 700-1000 words
Pilots: 500-800 words
Shorts: 300-500 words
Treatments and other writing projects will be handled on a case-by-case basis, but expect 300-500 words as well, depending on the nature of the work.
If you are dissatisfied with SDR’s service for any reason, we’ll give you your money back. (We believe in good karma! But we’re going to want to know how we’ve let you down and, more importantly, how we can improve.)
Yes! For a second read of the same script, you will receive a 15% discount, but you must resubmit it within 6 months of receiving the original review.
All payments and refunds are handled via PayPal, so feel free to use whichever form is most convenient for you.