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  • Coverage from Scriptapalooza

    Originally posted by Scriptapalooza View Post
    5 reasons to get professional screenplay coverage from Scriptapalooza

    -Professional and experienced feedback.

    -Help create a better version of your script.

    -Notes that you can understand and follow.

    -Attention to detail.

    -Satisfaction Guaranteed.
    As a consumer of script coverage and story analyses, I have follow up questions that were not answered by Scriptapalooza's FAQs. I honestly feel that providing more transparency to your services will help both yourselves as well as bring more consumers to your services.
    FAQ:The Coverage Service Department hires only industry professionals who write coverage reports for a living.
    • Can you confirm that all work histories listed for the Reader were/are full-time paid reader positions? Could some histories include unpaid internships? Could they include part-time contract work? This question relates to transparency and not as a question of a Reader's skillset or abilities.
    • Why are "years of experience" for each position omitted from the Reader's work history? As a consumer, I want to know how long each position was held, because reading for 3 months in the summer at Sony, is not necessarily the same as being a full-time paid Reader for Sony for 5 years. If you can list the companies the Reader has worked for, you can list their months or years of experience as well.
    • I do appreciate that Readers are identified by their initials, but in lieu of their actual names, I'd like more transparency for their work history.
    • Why are there no sample coverage examples by reader of their past evaluations? As a consumer expected to pay Scirptapalooza between $125 and $800, I want to judge their skills and abilities to communicate shortfalls, articulate issues, concerns, strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to improve a low scoring element on the grid.
    • Why are there no examples of written coverage other than a breakdown grid?

    FAQ: What if I don't agree with my coverage report?
    Your script will be read and evaluated by an industry professional. You may not like certain aspects of your report but keep in mind the reader is using their experience, opinions and suggestions to the best of their abilities to help you improve your script, and that their perspective is subjective.
    Admittedly, I was disappointed that this answer does not really address the FAQ concern above, nor is it in alignment with the claimed SATISFACTION GUARANTEED POLICY.

    The answer is: "You may not agree with the coverage, but we stand behind our Reader's evaluation 100%." That's the reality to what, imo, is an indirect response.

    There is nothing to suggest any consideration will be given to a client's legitimate claim to an evaluation that is, in some way, deficient or substandard. This does happen in every service business and to simply disregard or dismiss this legitimate concern, as a consumer, gives the impression that you actually do not value your clients, nor will you address their concerns.

    If you want people to use your services over and over again, you should have language that assures them you will look into legitimate claims.
    WE ARE TRUSTED: Writers who chose Scriptapalooza feel confident.
    If you make this claim, imo, allowing access to all customer feedback, good and bad, would provide added transparency.

    15+ Years of Experience: Our analysts have been in the business for years.
    Are you saying that each of your analysts have 15+ years of experience or are you saying that Scriptapalooza had 15+ years providing coverage services, because they are not the same. Can you clarify how many year's experience each of your Readers have as paid readers in the industry?
    • Why are there no reviews by Reader offered? With a "Satisfaction Guaranteed" policy, I'd like to see what past customer's experience to consider whether Scriptapalooza is right for me. If this is a new service you're providing, can you advise whether this is something you plan to execute?
    • Do your Readers have industry recommendations? Can you have this added as a component to the Reader's profile?
    • The reason providing actual samples of notes and comments are important by reader, is to allow the consumer a level of confidence in the competency, effectiveness, the quality of the notes, comments, and development suggestions by the Reader(s). Samples help to justify Scriptapalooza's claims that they are both professional and experienced.
    • I like the testimonials and would encourage a link be provided by Reader. And if the Reader has moved on from Scriptapalooza, then state it was a past Reader.

    The statements below could use some expanded explanation/transparency, because without a sample of services provided, it's difficult to judge what the claims actually mean.

    Basic notes and overall comments.
    There are also simple comments and notes on what worked and what didn't.
    Extensive notes on how to improve the script.
    This is an all inclusive service because it gives the writer everything they need to know about their script to take it to the next level.

    As a writer, I am always looking for a service that delivers their promises. I am able to carefully consider, and more importantly, value good notes and story analysis, that's why I'm asking these questions.

    My comments are a review on your offered services at face value, and not having paid for any services. For me, the spend for your services, which isn't insignificant, without additional transparency is not yet justified.

    I think there are a lot of good aspects that your services address, and my hope is that Scriptapalooza is open to questions from a consumer of the services they provide.

    And finally, NO WHERE on the Scriptapalooza Script Coverage Services website does it state there is a SATISFACTION GUARANTEED POLICY. This policy is not included in the terms and conditions link either. I've checked every page, so if I've missed it somehow, perhaps you can provide the link?

    In good faith, if Scriptapalooza's services do not come with a GSP it should be edited out of the OP, because it feels disingenuous.

    "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist,- Pablo Picasso

  • #2
    Re: 5 reasons to get coverage from Scriptapalooza

    FA4 hit the nail on the head.

    Also, reader initials - anyone's initials - is meaningless and actually a red flag due to their ubiquitous prevalence in snake-oil sales ads:

    "I applied the cream every night for 2 weeks and lost 13 pounds".
    A Harding, Connecticut

    "Thank you for the 'Millionaire in a Month' program. I'm 2 weeks in and already made $600,000".
    CR, San Diego.
    Last edited by SundownInRetreat; 02-17-2020, 07:02 PM.


    • #3
      Re: 5 reasons to get coverage from Scriptapalooza

      Good for you FA and Sundown. I'll chime in here- I got their coverage once and the reader butchered almost every name in the script, the chronology was wrong, etc. Apparently one character was somehow the uncle of another character? No idea how they got that. Not saying I have the cleanest storytelling skills but it was obvious the reader didn't actually read it with any degree of care. I emailed the main guy about that and he essentially said "oh well." Noice.


      • #4
        Re: Coverage from Scriptapalooza

        Remind me never to piss FA4 off.


        • #5
          Re: Coverage from Scriptapalooza

          Hi Will:
          I checked the FAQ guidelines and no where, that I can see, does it specify that announcements are not open for comments. I'm not saying that to be inflammatory or confrontational, only that I did not understand this to be the policy.

          I understand that you may wish to keep the announcement board clear of too much "commentary," and I respect your rules, but when someone advertises a service with claims, it seems only proper politeness to allow the membership to ask follow up questions. My post was a follow up to their claims.

          Thank you for moving the thread to another board for members to share their experience, but could you include a link directing the OP to these questions I asked, so they are aware of their existence.

          I am happy to continue the conversation here, but Scriptapalooza made a claim that does not exist anywhere on their site (that I could find) or in their terms and conditions-- which to me, is at the least, an error, and at worst, an unsavory manipulation.

          As always, I appreciate your consideration.

          @Ddoc, I guess what really bothers me is that they claim that "Scriptapalooza customers feel confident." They don't actually say they feel confident in their "services," but THAT is what is inferred and, at least in your case, untrue. If you're going to make a claim like that, you should be willing to include when customers are not satisfied, and hopefully the good ratings outweigh the poor ones. That I would respect.

          With the fees they charge, there should be a way for legitimate complaints to be handled in a professional and respectful manner. You will always have that arrogant idiotic tool that thinks their script is above reproach, but there are legitimate claims and the writer shelling out hundreds of dollars for a SERVICE (that's the keyword here) should have a voice if the actual service does not meet expectations.

          @SundowninRetreat, I can understand not wanting to use their real identities, because some companies might not want their employees names associated with a service outside their company. Some clueless idiot might then send a letter to Sony saying YOUR READER gave me a RECOMMEND, here's my script.

          Anyone on the planet can give notes. Hell, I do it every month in my writer's groups, that does not mean I can write good coverage.
          Last edited by finalact4; 02-18-2020, 07:17 AM.
          "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist,- Pablo Picasso


          • #6
            Re: Coverage from Scriptapalooza

            A stickie at the top of the forum since 2005:


            And this since 2004:

            Done Deal Pro


            • #7
              Re: Coverage from Scriptapalooza

              Originally posted by Done Deal Pro View Post
              Ahh, I see my error. I read the first sticky then followed the link to the general guidelines. Thank you for taking the time to respond. I am now up to date.
              "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist,- Pablo Picasso