Spec Scout

Yay or nay? Discuss...
(Please only discuss if you have helpful information, I'd rather avoid the Debbie Downers ranting about BS)

Philip Sedgwick

Yes. You get three sets of comments. They are tough, but very fair.

Craig D Griffiths

Is Spec Scout a service and how does it work?

Doug Nelson

Define "Spec Scout". I occasionally read spec scripts for a couple of agents I know but only after they have been given a "consider" by their in-house interns but I don't think of myself as any sort of scout. I do it as a courtesy for some that I have a past relationship with.

Doug Nelson

Philip - and it only costs $297 to start. Yeah, right!

Philip Sedgwick

As I said, their script analysis is by far better than any I have ever used. For that price, you get three reads and comments. Like it or not, it's a solid analysis.

Travis Sharp

Thanks Philip.

Dan MaxXx

Snazzy website. Vouched by Brooklyn Weaver, Scott Carr. Hey, if you got $300, why not? Try anything.
Students are paying $250K for a USC film education with 0 guarantees of a film career.

C Harris Lynn

For $300, there are intensive classes that grant you access to producers and execs. Stage32 has at least one that I'm aware of, and I know of others. You get reads, notes, pitch meetings - the whole shebang! :)

Bill Costantini

I've never used its services, but I've always liked SpecScout....because I always go to the "Success Stories" section of service providers like SpecScout, and if I see a level of success, I'm impressed with what they are achieving for writers.

Jason Scoggins and Greg Gertmenian are accomplished in the industry. I like their library concept of high-rated scripts, and how they promote the writers of those scripts.

Martina Camatta

That sounds a good deal, considering that an average script coverage is around $100 anyway and you need at least 2 to be sure you get the right feedback...I guess 3 is the magic number. Wish I had $300 to try it out! Let us know if you do please :)

Travis Sharp

I don't typically have $300 to throw around but $10 gets me fishnet stockings and a blonde wig....then it's all about the effort!

Fiona Faith Ross

I'd really like to try this for the experience of going through their revision process. I agree with Martina.

Martina Camatta

Fishnet stockings and a wig for $10? Now that's a bargain!

Travis Sharp

When I go a-ho-ing, I purchase used apparel. It's more about the old elbow grease than the clothing.

Martina Camatta

Classy...

C Harris Lynn

How much is the grease?

Raymond Negron

Hey, roleplaying makes the sex so much better. I don't like to be hit below the belt though."Just saying! Who does?" Use cocounut oil for elbow grease it takes the wrinles out. :) Hope that weirdly helps!

Bill Costantini

Travis's comments made me go and watch the Foo FIghters' Low video, and also made me realize that I should never get extremely drunk with Travis in a seedy motel. Again.

Travis Sharp

Bill so cray cray!

Travis Sharp

I've hijacked my own post with BS. Any more Spec Scout thoughts, or Black List thoughts?

Dan MaxXx

Are you seriously considering Spec scouts' services or just bashing website services like SS or Black List?

The price to play is $300 for 3 spec scout Readers and a chance to be promoted by their email blast to potential Buyers and Reps. That's it.

Same as Black List website and they charge $100.

If you just want notes, spend $100 on Black List site, $100 for a Stage 32 reader, and $100 on a pro Reader off Twitter.

That's $300 on 3 independent Readers to grade your script.

C Harris Lynn

That's a good approach, but I still suggest one of the intensive screenwriting courses. Like I say, you'll get plenty of Notes and Readers as well as whatever else.

Dan MaxXx

Im gonna drop $90 on David Mamet's masterclass. Nothing against Sorkin, Rhimes, but I like Mamet's style better

Travis Sharp

Dan- I'm waiting on a response from someone who requested my script, if he passes (my assumption) then I'll probly go spec scout.

Anthony Cawood

Dan M - let me know what you think, I'm considering it too. Tx

Dan MaxXx

Antony

Will do. They havent announced the release date yet.

C Harris Lynn

Yeah, I dig Mamet too. Martin's one of my favorites, all-round, as well. They really do have some great talents, and I was impressed with Sorkin's class so far!

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