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2. Coverage:A brief synopsis and evaluation of written,narrative material, typically screenplays orbooks. 3. Who Reads Coverage Busy entertainment professionals Agents/Managers Executives (studio, network, prod companies) Producers Stars Other entertainment professionals Marketing, PR, Post, Physical Prod, etc. 4. Who Writes Coverage Script readers aka story analysts Interns, assistants, fulltime readers 5. Who Reads Coverage Busy entertainment professionals Agents/Managers Executives (studio, network, prod companies) Producers 6. 5 Components ofCoverage 7. 5 Components of Coverage1) Headline Factsa. Name of scriptb. Name of author of scriptc. Date coverage is deliveredd. Name of reader 8. Headline FactsTITLE: Raiders of the Lost ArkAUTHOR: Lawrence KasdanSUBMITTED TO:FORMAT: ScreenplayLENGTH: 80 pagesREADER: Glenn BossikDATE:LOG LINE: On behalf of the United States Government, Archaeologist Indiana Jonesgoes on a quest to find and prevent Hitler's Nazi soldiers from obtaining the Lost Ark ofthe Covenant, an ancient artifact that is said to possess the power of God.SYNOPSIS: In a Peruvian jungle in 1930, Archaeologist Indiana Jones and his Peruvianassistant Satipo enter a cave that is used as a temple. Indiana steals a small, golden statuedeep inside the temple and dodges booby traps there, barely escaping alive. Outside, inthe jungle, he runs from his adversary, the French archaeologist, Belloq, and escapes byplane. Later, at a college in the United States where Indy teaches archaeology classes, hiscolleague, Marcus Brody, arranges for him to meet with Army Intelligence OfficersEaton and Musgrove--men who have questions about the information in an interceptedNazi communiqu. Indy tells them that it indicates Hitler's desire to find the Lost Ark ofthe Covenant, an ancient chest that is said to possess the power of God. That night, 9. 5 Components of Coverage1) Headline Factsa. Name of scriptb. Name of author of scriptc. Date coverage is deliveredd. Name of reader 10. 5 Components of Coverage1) Headline Facts2) Loglinea. A one or two sentence synopsis of the wholestory 11. LoglineTITLE: Raiders of the Lost ArkAUTHOR: Lawrence KasdanSUBMITTED TO:FORMAT: ScreenplayLENGTH: 80 pagesREADER: Glenn BossikDATE:LOG LINE: On behalf of the United States Government, Archaeologist Indiana Jonesgoes on a quest to find and prevent Hitler's Nazi soldiers from obtaining the Lost Ark ofthe Covenant, an ancient artifact that is said to possess the power of God.SYNOPSIS: In a Peruvian jungle in 1930, Archaeologist Indiana Jones and his Peruvianassistant Satipo enter a cave that is used as a temple. Indiana steals a small, golden statuedeep inside the temple and dodges booby traps there, barely escaping alive. Outside, inthe jungle, he runs from his adversary, the French archaeologist, Belloq, and escapes byplane. Later, at a college in the United States where Indy teaches archaeology classes, hiscolleague, Marcus Brody, arranges for him to meet with Army Intelligence OfficersEaton and Musgrove--men who have questions about the information in an interceptedNazi communiqu. Indy tells them that it indicates Hitler's desire to find the Lost Ark ofthe Covenant, an ancient chest that is said to possess the power of God. That night, 12. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Logline:In the run-up to World War II a gun-slingingarcheologist searches the globe for the Ark ofthe Covenant, racing against Nazi soldiers andcollaborators to find the ancient artifact said topossess the power of God. 13. MALEFICENT Logline:A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infantprincess, only to discover that the child may bethe one person who can restore peace to theirtroubled land. 14. MALEFICENT Logline:A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess,only to discover that the child may be the oneperson who can restore peace to their troubledland. A retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy talefrom the point-of-view of the evil fairy. 15. NEIGHBORS Logline:A couple with a newborn baby face unexpecteddifficulties when theyre forced to live next doorto a frat house. 16. 5 Components of Coverage1) Headline Facts2) Logline3) Synopsisa. A prose synopsis of the major story points thattell the story of the scriptb. Typically one page 17. SynopsisTITLE: Raiders of the Lost ArkAUTHOR: Lawrence KasdanSUBMITTED TO:FORMAT: ScreenplayLENGTH: 80 pagesREADER: Glenn BossikDATE:LOG LINE: On behalf of the United States Government, Archaeologist Indiana Jonesgoes on a quest to find and prevent Hitler's Nazi soldiers from obtaining the Lost Ark ofthe Covenant, an ancient artifact that is said to possess the power of God.SYNOPSIS: In a Peruvian jungle in 1930, Archaeologist Indiana Jones and his Peruvianassistant Satipo enter a cave that is used as a temple. Indiana steals a small, golden statuedeep inside the temple and dodges booby traps there, barely escaping alive. Outside, inthe jungle, he runs from his adversary, the French archaeologist, Belloq, and escapes byplane. Later, at a college in the United States where Indy teaches archaeology classes, hiscolleague, Marcus Brody, arranges for him to meet with Army Intelligence OfficersEaton and Musgrove--men who have questions about the information in an interceptedNazi communiqu. Indy tells them that it indicates Hitler's desire to find the Lost Ark ofthe Covenant, an ancient chest that is said to possess the power of God. That night,Marcus tells Indy: "They [Eaton and Musgrove] want you to get a hold of the Ark beforethe Nazis do" The next day, Indy travels by plane to Nepal. There, he visits the saloonof Marion Ravenwood, the daughter of his archaeology teacher, Abner, a man whopossessed an artifact that could be used to find the Ark: the headpiece of the Staff ofRa. Indy stops a group of Nazis from taking the headpiece from Marion and leavesNepal with her, traveling by plane to Cairo, Egypt. In Cairo, Indy meets with his friend,Sallah, a skilled digger who has been hired by the Nazis to find the Ark of the 18. 5 Components of Coverage1) Headline Facts2) Logline3) Synopsis4) Evaluation or commentarya. Does the script work or not, and if not why?b. Typically one page 19. EvaluationIndy in the chamber, throwing Marion inside before sealing the entrance with a stonecover. Indy uses giant statues to crush the back walls of the chamber, enabling him andMarion to escape. Outside, he stops a group of Nazis from using a plane to take the Arkfrom Egypt. He then stops another group of Nazis from using a truck to ship the Ark. Heseizes their truck and transports the Ark to a ship, which then leaves the port. The nextday, the Nazis seize control of the ship and capture Marion. They load the Ark onto asubmarine, taking Marion with them. But, Indy secretly hitches a ride on the submarine,traveling to a nearby desert island that serves as a Nazi supply base. On the island, Indythreatens to blow up the Ark with a bazooka, but Belloq persuades him not to do so. As aresult, Indy and Marion are tied up by the Nazis near an altar prepared by Belloq for usein a ceremony involving the opening of the Ark. During the ceremony, Indy and Marionshut their eyes to avoid looking at the uncovered Ark. Belloq opens the Ark, releasingthe Angel of Death, which kills him and the Nazi soldiers standing nearby. The next day,in Washington, D.C., Army Intelligence Officers Eaton and Musgrove tell Indy andMarcus that the Ark is being studied by experts in a secret location. Indy won't beallowed access to the Ark. In the closing scene, we see the crated Ark being wheeleddown a long isle in a giant warehouse filled with thousands of numbered crates marked'Top Secret."COMMENTS: Raiders of the Lost Ark uses the style of serial adventure films known ascliffhangers. This style involves a hero being imperiled by a dangerous situation, andthen avoiding certain death and saving his girlfriend from a similar fate by finding aningenious method of escape. The author of Raiders uses these techniques but unifiesthem by making individual cliffhanger sequences part of the hero's single-minded quest 20. 5 Components of Coverage1) Headline Facts2) Logline3) Synopsis4) Evaluation or commentary5) Recommendationa. Does the reader recommend further consideration ofthe script or notb. Pass, Consider or Recommend 21. shut their eyes to avoid looking at the uncovered Ark. Belloq opens the Ark, releasingthe Angel of Death, which kills him and the Nazi soldiers standing nearby. The next day,in Washington, D.C., Army Intelligence Officers Eaton and Musgrove tell Indy andMarcus that the Ark is being studied by experts in a secret location. Indy won't beallowed access to the Ark. In the closing scene, we see the crated Ark being wheeleddown a long isle in a giant warehouse filled with thousands of numbered crates marked'Top Secret."RecommendationCOMMENTS: Raiders of the Lost Ark uses the style of serial adventure films known ascliffhangers. This style involves a hero being imperiled by a dangerous situation, andthen avoiding certain death and saving his girlfriend from a similar fate by finding aningenious method of escape. The author of Raiders uses these techniques but unifiesthem by making individual cliffhanger sequences part of the hero's single-minded questfor the Ark of the Covenant. The character of Indiana Jones is well-defined because wesee that he wants to emulate the career of his mentor, Archaeologist Abner Ravenwood.Just as Abner sought out the Lost Ark, so too does Indy seek it. The author furtherdefines the character of Indy by showing that the love relationship between Indy andAbner's daughter, Marion, creates conflicts for all the characters and is part of the questfor the Ark. The dialogue supplements the visuals by providing us with backgroundinformation we wouldn't effectively get from observation. For example, when Indy meetswith the Army Intelligence officers, he tells them about the history of the Ark of theCovenant. Showing this history with visual imagery would have unnecessarily extendedthe length of the scene and slowed down the pace of the story. So, the author made theright choice in giving us information through dialogue in this scene. The plot is tight anddramatic. It uses the best elements of Greek tragedies, such as the idea of the chorus andthe curse. For instance, the story depicts several different characters acting as members ofa chorus, commenting on the actions of the hero, Indy. These comments involve theirmentioning a curse in which anyone who seeks the Ark may be killed by its God-likepowers. The story is fast-paced, using the structure of cliffhangers to keep the audiencecaptivated and on edge. The resolution is brilliant. It shows that the pattern of eventsleading to the disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant in ancient times has repeateditself in modern times, resulting in the sacred object being hidden away in a warehouse,once again becoming the Lost Ark of the Covenant.RECOMMENDED FOR PRODUCTION 22. How to Write a GoodSynopsis 23. How to Write a Good Synopsis1) Formattinga. Like the script itself, coverage is written in third-person,present tense 24. How to Write a Good Synopsis1) Formatting2) Dont describe the script, tell the storya. Dont write: The script opens up with IndianaJones on an adventure, escaping from the badguys. 25. How to Write a Good Synopsis1) Formatting2) Dont describe the script, tell the storya. Dont write: The script opens up with Indiana Joneson an adventure and escaping from the bad guys.b. Do write: In the jungle, Indiana runs from hisadversary, the French archeologist, Belloq, andescapes by plane. 26. How to Write a Good Synopsis1) Formatting2) Dont describe the script, tell the story3) Include as few major plot-points as possiblethat tell the essence of the story 27. How to Write a Good Synopsis1) Formatting2) Dont describe the script, tell the story3) Include as few major plot-points as possiblethat tell the essence of the story4) Emphasize causality 28. Chekovs Gun 29. Anton Chekov 1860-1904If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in thefollowing one it should be fired. Otherwise dont put it there. 30. Climax: Belloq opens the Ark, releasing the Angel of Death, which kills him and theNazi soldiers. 31. Setup: Indy tells the Army Intelligence officers about Hitler's desire to find the Lost Ark ofthe Covenant, an ancient chest that is said to possess the power of God.Climax: Belloq opens the Ark, releasing the Angel of Death, which kills him and the Nazisoldiers. 32. How to Write a Good Synopsis1) Formatting2) Dont describe the story, tell the story3) Include as few major plot-points as possible that tellthe essence of the story4) Emphasize causalitya. Review your synopsis and work backwardsi. Find the climax of the storyii. Go back and cut actions and events that dont contribute to ourunderstanding of the climax 33. How to Write a Good Synopsis1) Formatting2) Dont describe the story, tell the story3) Include as few major plot-points as possiblethat tell the essence of the story4) Emphasize causality5) Include major characters 34. How to Write a Good Synopsis1) Formatting2) Dont describe the story, tell the story3) Include as few major plot-points as possible that tell theessence of the story4) Emphasize causality5) Include major characters6) Employ concise transitionsa. Like Meanwhile, Later that day, and Back atheadquarters 35. How to Write a Good Synopsis1) Formatting2) Dont describe the story, tell the story3) Include as few major plot-points as possible that tellthe essence of the story4) Emphasize causality5) Include major characters6) Employ concise transitions7) Track emotional journey of protagonist 36. From THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Coverage:Hazel struggles with the knowledge that growingclose to Gus will only make her inevitable deathmore destructive, and is conflicted about acting ontheir attraction. 37. How to Write GoodEvaluations 38. How to Write Good Evaluations1) Know the standards of your bosses 39. How to Write Good Evaluations1) Know the standards of your bosses2) The reader isnt a critic; write constructiveevaluations 40. How to Write Good Evaluations1) Know the standards of your bosses2) The reader isnt a critic3) Whats the script really about? 41. From INCEPTION Coverage:INCEPTION is essentially a highly elaborate heist storythat deals with the complex subject of dreams. At itscore, it is the story of a man who is simply trying to letgo of his demons and go back home to his children. 42. How to Write Good Evaluations1) Know the standards of your bosses2) The reader isnt a critic3) Whats the script really about?4) Things to evaluatea. Conceptb. Plot/Structure 43. Three-Act Movie Structure Beginning Middle End 44. Three-Act Movie Structure Beginning Act I Middle Act II End Act III 45. Three-Act Movie Structure Act IMeet the protagonist, see his worldProtagonist confronted by challengesProtagonist makes decision to pursue agoal 46. SEX DRIVE: End of Act I 47. Three-Act Movie Structure Act I Act IIRising Action: A series of increasingconflicts with antagonistEnds with Second Act Crisis: Worstsetback, protags at her lowest point 48. WINTERS BONE: Act II 49. WINTERS BONE: End of Act II 50. Three-Act Movie Structure Act I Act II Act IIIOne last chanceClimax: Final confrontationDenouement: New world order 51. SEX DRIVE: Act III Climax 52. SEX DRIVE: Act III Denouement 53. Three-Act Movie Structure Common Problems Act I too big: Story takes too long to get going Act II: Action plateaus rather than rises 54. Three-Act Movie Structure 55. Three-Act Movie Structure 56. Three-Act Movie Structure Common Problems Act I too big: Story takes too long to get going Act II: Action plateaus rather than rises Act III: Protagonist doesnt earn his victory 57. How to Write Good Evaluations1) Know the standards of your bosses2) The reader isnt a critic3) Whats the script really about?4) Things to evaluatea. Conceptb. Plot/Structurec. Charactersd. Dialoguee. Stakes: Whats at stake if the protag doesnt achieve her goal 58. How to Write Good Evaluations1) Know the standards of your bosses2) The reader isnt a critic3) Whats the script really about?4) Things to evaluatea. Conceptb. Plot/Structurec. Charactersd. Dialoguee. Stakesf. Paceg. Overall quality of the writingh. Comparisons to other movies 59. How to Write Good Evaluations1) Know the standards of your bosses2) The reader isnt a critic3) Whats the script really about?4) Things to evaluate5) Look for potential 60. Why WritingCoverage is GoodExperience 61. Why Writing Coverage is Good Experience1) Helps learn how storytelling works 62. Why Writing Coverage is Good Experience1) Helps learn how storytelling works2) Pitching story is a life-long skill 63. Why Writing Coverage is Good Experience1) Helps learn how storytelling works2) Pitching story is a life-long skill3) Consume vast quantities of written material 64. Why Writing Coverage is Good Experience1) Helps learn how storytelling works2) Pitching story is a life-long skill3) Consume vast quantities of written material4) Writing coverage is a great foot-in-the-door 65. Coverage Web Resourceshttp://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2010/11/story-behind-script-coverage-how-to.htmlhttps://sites.google.com/site/scottdistillery/thestorybehindscriptcoveragehttp://www.colum.edu/Academics/Learning_Studio/pdf/Coverage%20How%20To.pdf