I thought I’d share this useful insight with my fellow screenwriters, or for those of you who may be interested in embarking upon this crazy journey. Script Magazine has a regular column entitled Meet the Reader, and this was their recent post. The quick overview is – 18 specific things this reader looks for while reading a script, which includes everything from the page count to the feeling that remains after they’ve read it. I don’t think we should curb our writing with premeditated perimeters, especially during the first draft, but in this tough business, it may be useful and proactive to set ourselves up for success by getting past the gatekeepers aka the readers by understanding what it is they’re looking for.
I hope you find this useful! And good luck!