Script readers are powerful gatekeepers. They read and rate scripts on behalf of producers, studios and competitions, meaning that what they think of a script is critical.
Scoring well with readers could lead to your screenplay reaching the desks of the great and the good (who are hopefully also the rich and the powerful). Scoring poorly could mean that all the countless hours you put into your screenplay will just have been “character building”.
Script readers’ work is conducted in private and their feedback is rarely shared, even with the screenwriters they are rating. This means there is very little empirical research into what readers think a good script looks like.
Given the critical role they play in filtering scripts, this lack of data …