With dozens of new spec scripts hitting the market each month, it's easy for great material to slip through the cracks. With Spec Scout's coverage library, you'll know which ones are worth your time. Access is free, but limited to certain industry pros. Want in?
A better way to track specs.
Not every script that hits the market is an exceptional piece of writing, and no one has time to thoroughly evaluate several hundred scripts every year. That's why we've built a first-of-its-kind coverage library, developed a screenplay scoring system called the Spec Scout Score and rolled everything up into a website designed for the specific needs of entertainment industry pros.
Keep reading to learn about the amazing features you’ll discover when you subscribe to Spec Scout.
Members only. Spec Scout's coverage library is only available to entertainment industry professionals, which means agents and managers, directors and producers, development and production executives, plus assistants to all of the above.
The spec market, quantified. Spec Scout lists virtually every spec that's hit the market since the beginning of 2011, plus favorites from 2010 and earlier. Our expert coverage includes all the details you'd expect:
• Buyer and seller information • Actor, director and producer attachments • Multiple loglines • Detailed yet concise synopses • Comments and scores for scripts above 68. • Genres and sub-genres • Locales and estimated budget ranges • And much, much more.
Great search. Our Instant Search feature includes Title, Author, Genre, Similar Films and Keywords, so you can find material that perfectly suits your needs.
Constant updates. We track the market and add projects to the database daily, and our readers turn in their coverage on a 24/7 basis.
Our 100-Point Scale. As we discuss in depth on the screenplay coverage page, we built the Spec Scout Score to help separate the wheat from the chaff. The score represents a "wisdom of the crowd"-style assessment of the script's overall quality by a crowd of people we've rigorously trained. The higher the score, the better the screenplay, and the more likely it is to be worth your time.
Respect for writers. Respecting the writers and other owners of the material on Spec Scout is vitally important to us. In keeping with that spirit, one thing that's not in the database or available for download by subscribers are the screenplays themselves unless we've been given explicit permission to include them.
All of the "Scouted" material on the site -- that is, screenplays we've been paid to cover and that scored high enough to be included in the coverage library -- may be downloaded, but if you're interested in reading a particular script from the spec market, we provide contact information to easily coordinate with the responsible agent or manager.
Fresh voices. One of the reasons we developed the Spec Scout Score was to make it possible to assess aspiring writers' material alongside the material that agents and managers take into the marketplace. Writers submit their scripts to Spec Scout to be covered and rated using the same criteria we use to evaluate the pros' work, and when a script scores 68 or above, we offer inclusion in our database at no additional charge.
To be clear, writers cannot pay for inclusion in Spec Scout's database, they must earn their way in by writing superior material. Only the highest scoring scripts make it into the system this way, which keeps the amount of "noise" in the system to a minimum.
By grouping those scripts together in a "Top Unrepped Material" list as well as including them in the primary database and actively promoting them offline to our subscriber base, we're providing a brand new way for screenwriters to break into the business, along with an extra level of value to our industry pro subscribers.
Our readers. Our evaluation team is comprised of a dozen seasoned readers, each of whom has been exposed to countless produced and unproduced screenplays through previous experience writing coverage in development, at agencies and management companies, and in other professional environments.
Further, each reader whose coverage appears in Spec Scout's database has undergone our thorough feature analysis training program to ensure the highest quality and consistency throughout our library.
And that's not all. There are many other features of Spec Scout that we'd love to list, but if you've read this far, you're probably into it. Access to the site is free, so fill out the application form to set up your account today.
You're in good company. Our subscriber base includes hundreds of industry pros at companies such as Amazon Studios, Bold, Chernin, Davis, Dreamworks, Energy, Fox, Gersh, ICM, Mosaic, Paradigm, QED, Universal, UTA, Vertigo and Verve.
Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by John Backderf, Jeffrey Dahmer struggles with a difficult family life as a young boy and during his teenage years he slowly transforms, edging closer to the serial killer he becomes.
A young female tech worker takes a job at a powerful Internet corporation, quickly rises up the company's ranks, and soon finds herself in a perilous situation that involves privacy, surveillance, and freedom - and her decisions and actions will determine the future of humanity.
MarketDecember 5, 2014SoldJune 30, 2015 ActorTom Hanks, Emma Watson ProducerTom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Anthony Bregman, Laurie MacDonald DirectorJames Ponsoldt AgentAndrew Cannava, Bec Smith (UTA) ManagerBrad Petrigala (Brillstein Entertainment Partners) ProductionPlaytone, Likely Story, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation Based on the David Eggers novel of the same name, published by McSweeney's in October 2013.
Tells the story of legendary newscaster Mike Wallace who, while building TV news juggernaut 60 Minutes, struggled with a severe chemical depression that he kept hidden from family and friends until the end of his career.
MarketJuly 2, 2014SoldDecember 8, 2015 AgentJacqueline Sacerio, Jon Cassir (CAA), Jeff Silver (Grandview) StudioAmazon Michael Costigan will produce.
The story centers on a expectant mother who, due to the nature of her pregnancy, is confined to bed rest. It's when she can't leave her home that bad things begin to happen. Some have compared the tone to films such as Disturbia but with supernatural elements.
MarketOctober 28, 2014SoldJuly 27, 2015 ProducerChris Sparling, Karen Resonfelt ManagerJosh Goldenberg, Sean Perrone (Kaplan/Perrone) AgentRebecca Ewing, Doug Johnson (ICM) ProductionEscape Artists, Sunswept Entertainment StudioMGM 7/27/15: Bed Rest is Evans Taylor's first spec sale.
A single woman's baby shower is interrupted when a comet rains down an alien virus that infects the people of her town.
MarketAugust 19, 2014 ActorAnne Hathaway ProducerD.J. Gugenheim, Andrew Lauren, Jac Schaeffer, Adam Shulman, Anne Hathaway AgentBill Weinstein, Melissa Solomon (Verve) ManagerBritton Rizzio (Circle of Confusion) FinancierAndrew Lauren Productions BRIDESMAIDS meets THIS IS THE END.
Several years after suffering full-body paralysis from an infamous unsolved bank robbery, a man is taken hostage for his secrets. His only form of communication, and only chance of outsmarting his captors, is his ability to blink.
MarketNovember 17, 2014SoldNovember 17, 2014 ProducerJake Kurily, Aaron Ginsburg, William Green AgentChris Sablan (Original Artists) ManagerRyan Cunningham (Madhouse) FinancierAtlas Independent