* What is a script analysis report (SAR?) Prior to your entire script being read, a script analysis report (SAR) is generated. This is a one-page evaluation of the first 10 pages of your script. Its purpose is to identify, evaluate, and score the creative, entertainment, and marketing value of your script as it relates to meeting the needs of the company you're submitting to.
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If your Development Presentation meets the creative, entertainment, and marketing needs of the investor and/or industry executive you're submitting to, their next step prior to reading your script, is to review the Script Analysis Report (SAR) that they have created in-house.
* What is a script analysis report (SAR?) Prior to reading your entire script … an SAR is a one-page evaluation of the first 10 pages of your script to determine if it’s creative, entertainment, and marketing value meet the needs of the investor or company you’re submitting to.
* If an SAR is being created in-house by executives it’s submitted to … Why would ordering one benefit me? Basically, it gives you the advantage of knowing the guidelines and score investors and industry executives will be evaluating the first 10 pages of your script.
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* Note: An SAR may not seem important, but if the first 10 pages of your script does not identify the creative, entertainment, and marketing values investors and industry executives want answers to, the review of your script will not continue!
Why are the first 10 pages of a script so important?
* Why are the first 10 pages of a script so important? The viewing audience has a very short attention span due to an abundance of great content available on multiple devices and platforms. Also, research has shown there is an extremely short amount of time a film or series has to grab, hold, and capture the imagination of an audience. That’s why most films and series tend to excite and grab the attention of the audience within the first 2 pages (first 2-3 mins.)
For example, law & order starts off every episode with something that happens in the first minute!
That's the hook, then the question (who did it) and it's written for a level 3 quadrant.
The writing and creative structure of a script should reveal the following within the first 10 pages
*High Concept: What is the hook that makes the audience want to keep watching? (a.) example: think Law & Order or any genre that has some type of action happen in the first page.
* What is the CQ (Central Question of the story.) The script begins with an action, that creates the central question "who, what, or why." (a.) example: scene opens with an Amour Car being robbed, but only a box was taken (why.)
* What Quadrant Level is the script? ** Quadrant is defined as what demographic does it appeal to? - A movie that appeals to all four major demographics both male and female, and both over and under the age of 25 (is a level 4.)
Is Script Evergreen (year-round) or Seasonal?
Does the genre meet current viewing trends