Are you ready to hear your script read aloud by a real people? Then it’s time to submit for a table read.
Script Submission Checklist
Step 1 – Read this post thoroughly.
Step 2 – Review script for typos & formatting. Scripts should be properly formatted and free of typos and spelling errors. Attend a Wordsmiths Screenplay Feedback Session if you need help.
Step 3 – Prepare log line. If you don’t know what this is, google it.
Step 4 – Prepare the character list. We will use this to cast readers. Please include:
- Character’s name
- Character’s gender, if specific
- 1-line character description – include traits that may help an actor read the part
- Character’s age or age range, if specific
- Please indicate which characters have only a few or no lines
Step 5 – Join Austin Film Meet. We are currently waiving this requirement. You must be a member of Austin Film Meet to have your screenplay read and reviewed aloud.
Step 6 – Consider attending a Table Reading, even if you aren’t directly involved, so you can see how it works and what to expect. You can provide feedback on others’ scripts and this helps pay it forward.
Step 7 – Submit your screenplay for consideration to: email@example.com. Please include your name, logline, page length, screenplay PDF, character list and a short bio.
TYPE OF SCRIPTS: We will consider features and shorts, series, as well as content for the web.
ASSIGNING READERS: If your script is selected, we will help assign readers for each of the roles. Of course, if you have anyone in mind already, please note that in your email submission.
PRINTING SCRIPTS: Let’s make a greener choice! To prevent paper waste, we ask attendees to bring a laptop or tablet to read the PDF script from. If you don’t have one and need a printed script, we can provide one – Just ask. If you are printing your own script, please consider printing on both sides of the (hopefully recycled) paper. Thank you for loving our planet!
DURING READING: If your script is selected, you will be asked to sit quietly during the reading AND the discussion portion. We ask that you do not answer any questions during the feedback session, as this can discourage honest, open responses from feedbackers. An Austin Film Meet representative will conduct the reading and any discussion to follow. Please do not answer any questions or provide response to comments unless specifically asked by the moderator. It’s best to listen to what people say and refrain from responding to comments, other than saying ‘thanks for the feedback’ in order to encourage open, honest conversation about your script following the reading.
CLEAN UP: If you are a writer of a script at an event, we ask that you please stay an extra 15 minutes after the reading to help us put away chairs and clean up the facility.
RECORDING: For some projects, Austin Film Meet may make an audio recording of the reading, which will be made available to writers for their personal use only. Readers may be asked to sign a release to participate.