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EVALUATION

Want to sell your scripts, win contests or get repped?

The ISA Development Evaluation is the most powerful tool for supporting emerging screenwriters who are ready to secure an agent or manager, win contests or sell their screenplays.
Great Screenplays Stand Out:
You only get one chance to make a first impression, so it’s critical to make sure your screenplays or pilots are exceptional. Our ISA-Certified Script Readers will provide feedback on your material so it’s at the highest level before it goes out to your contacts or ours.
Every evaluation receives; 5 pages of the most comprehensive notes in the industry, an ISA-Certified rating and will be considered for inclusion onto the ISA Development Slate.*
YOU DESERVE FEEDBACK THAT ELEVATES YOUR WRITING!

No matter how long you've been writing, you need feedback from those you trust. Not only will our notes empower you,
but they'll give insight into your strengths and weaknesses, so you can develop your scripts to the highest level.

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CRAFT & CAREER

GENERAL EVALUATION

This is for the writer who is confident their screenplay is ready for Industry Pros.

WHAT YOU RECEIVE:

  • Five Pages of Extensive Notes
  • Full Review and Star Rating
  • If you rate high enough, a second review by Directors of Development
  • You’ll receive an “accept” or a “pass”

HOW IT WORKS

All submissions will first be considered by ISA-Certified Script Readers, experienced industry professionals with a variety of success in screenwriting, producing, and literary management. You'll receive five pages of notes regardless of acceptance onto the slate. The notes we provide are here to empower you to improve your work based on our team's well-informed perspective and how it relates to the structure and technique contained within your script. We are not here to praise you. We strive to give you something more, something that you can use to propel your script to the front of the line.

If your work rates high enough by our readers, it will advance to be reviewed by the Directors of Development. If accepted, you will immediately be invited onto the slate and your project will be submitted to ISA approved agents, managers, production companies, producers and more for a minimum of one year, at no additional cost to you.

*Purchasing this evaluation in no way guarantees acceptance onto the Slate.

MARKETABILTY EVALUATION

This is for the writer wanting to get their screenplay “Pitch” ready.

WHAT YOU RECEIVE:

  • Full Script Read by Felicity Wren, Director of Development
  • One-on-One Hour-long Phone Consultation with Felicity
  • Includes Notes on Marketability, Pitching & Overall Presentation
  • You’ll receive an “accept” or a “pass”

HOW IT WORKS

Your script will be read and evaluated by Felicity Wren, the ISA’s Director of Development. Then you’ll have a one-on-one hour-long consultation with Felicity, where she’ll provide notes on the marketability of your project, how to best pitch your project as well as notes on the overall presentation.

You’ll also be considered for the Development Slate. If accepted, you will immediately be invited onto the slate and your project will be submitted to ISA approved agents, managers, production companies, producers and more, at no additional cost to you.

CRAFT & CAREER EVALUATION

This is for the writer wanting to develop both their craft and career

PERFECT YOUR CRAFT

  • Full Script Read by Max Timm, the ISA’s Director of Education and Outreach
  • One-on-One Hour-long Phone Consultation with Max
  • Includes Notes on improving your craft, specific to your screenplay.
  • Additional notes on career questions you may have. How to break in, get an agent, win contests, connect to producers and more.
  • You’ll receive an “accept” or a “pass” for Development Slate

HOW IT WORKS

Your script will be read and evaluated by Max Timm, the ISA’s Director of Education and Outreach. You’ll receive a one-on-one hour-long consultation with Max where he’ll provide notes on your craft and career. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have regarding improvement to your screenplay and/or career path.

You’ll also be considered for the Development Slate. If accepted, you will immediately be invited onto the slate and your project will be submitted to ISA approved agents, managers, production companies, producers and more, at no additional cost to you.

* Purchasing this evaluation in no way guarantees acceptance onto the Slate.

Dear ISA Development Team, thank you so much for the exceptional feedback! I was already aware of certain problems in my script, and to see you address these and more with such specificity, and to take the time to offer suggestions for re-working them, was more helpful than any feedback I have yet received. I am truly, truly grateful.

(ISA Connect Member, Writer)
DEVELOPMENT SLATE WRITERS MEET WITH REPS FROM THESE PARTNERS

Step 1:

FEEDBACK

You'll receive five pages of exceptional
notes, provided by ISA-Certified Readers
to elevate your material to the highest
level. The notes will empower you to
improve your work based on our team's
well-informed perspective and how it
relates to the structure and technique
contained within your script.

Step 2:

ISA RATING

All submissions will then receive a
rating based on the ISA’s 5 Star Rating
System. We consider concept, structure,
character development, page work and
voice. If your material rates high enough
it will advance to be reviewed by the
Directors of Development for acceptance
onto the ISA Development Slate.

Step 3:

SLATE EVALUATION

If accepted, you will immediately be
invited onto the slate and your script
will be submitted to ISA approved
agents, managers, production
companies, producers and more for a
minimum of one year. There is no
additional cost and you can withdraw
from the Slate at any time.

Dear ISA Development Team, thank you so much for the exceptional feedback! I was already aware of certain problems in my script, and to see you address these and more with such specificity, and to take the time to offer suggestions for re-working them, was more helpful than any feedback I have yet received. I am truly, truly grateful.

(ISA Connect Member, Writer)

The ISA helped me secure my first manager, which ultimately catapulted my career into a full-time, working writer. And they haven't stopped there. Both Max and Felicity have provided me with indispensable advice, time and knowledge in guiding the Hollywood system. I'm very grateful to have them in my corner, and consider the ISA an integral part in forming my career.

(ISA Connect Member, Development Slate Writer)

Thank you for these pages. They were very helpful! I feel hopeful about this script after these insightful and carefully detailed notes. I definitely feel I can take these notes and fix the script. Sincerely,

(Screenwriter)
5 STAR RATING SYSTEM

Every evaluation application for the ISA Development Slate receives a rating based on our 5 Star Rating System
in addition to 5 pages of detailed feedback from our industry experienced readers.

5 Star Rating

No more work needs to be done to this script. The concept is unique, the structure basically perfect, the characters complex and interesting, and the page work melodious. (Automatic Invitation onto the ISA Development Slate)

4 1/2 Star Rating

Incredibly strong screenplay. While the script may have an issue or two, they are nothing a few tweaks can't fix. The biggest question is whether this screenplay is right for us. (Guaranteed Consideration for ISA Slate by Full Development Team)

4 Star Rating

Good work that nevertheless still requires attention. Scripts in this range tend to be competent but lack a strong hook, or have one or two engaging characters with the others requiring further extrapolation. (Possible Consideration for ISA Slate by Full Development Team)

3 1/2 Star Rating

Solid script that has potential, and also has its work cut out to meet that potential. It could be one draft away, it could be several drafts away – the key will be how the writer uses the notes they receive going forward. (Automatic Pass)

3 Star Rating

Decent screenplay with a fine story, but there are a lot of problems that hold it back from being a qualified film script. This is usually where a second draft lands, or a first draft with a good outline. Here we find problems with the pacing, descriptive paragraphs, formatting – but there's definitely something worthwhile within. Keep chiseling the marble. (Automatic Pass)

2 Star Rating

Quite a lot of work needed. Often First Drafts of screenplays will land here – some good ideas or characters are present but overall this is just a foundation from which to build a more amazing draft (Automatic Pass)

1 Star Rating

Project in serious need of work. At this rating, proper formatting is non-existent, structure unsound, and generally the writer should probably consider screenwriting classes before diving in again. (Automatic Pass)

LOOKING FOR A LITTLE EXTRA GUIDANCE?

Check out the Craft & Career Evaluation and the Marketability Evaluation options.

GET FEEDBACK FROM OUR TOP READERS

Our readers are vetted and approved by the ISA. They've worked for companies like:

WORK WITH THE ISA DEVELOPMENT TEAM

FELICITY WREN - ISA DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Originally from London, Felicity studied all areas of performance: writing, directing, acting technique, and script analysis for her Honors Degree, then finished her education with a Masters in Drama from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She formed her own Production Company: Unrestricted View in 1999, concentrating on theatre, new writing and comedy at their performance venue - The Hen & Chickens Theatre in London. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2011, she has continued acting, writing and producing, winning three performance awards in 2016, and producing nine film projects to date. She now devotes a lot of her time to the co-creation and management of the ISA Development Program, working directly with the Program Writers, and ISA Contest Winners, ensuring their projects get in front of eminent producers, managers and agents in Hollywood.

MAX TIMM - ISA DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

President of The Story Farm, and with over a decade of experience in developing material and writers’ careers, Max Timm's focus with the ISA is to build a creative community and bring ISA writers closer to ISA Industry Professionals. Having attended Holy Cross College at Notre Dame and then transferring to Columbia College Chicago to study screenwriting and producing, Max is a Midwesterner and Chicagoan at heart who prides himself on supporting creative people in as many ways possible. Recently he helped build a development program with the ISA, submitting writers’ projects on their behalf and helping them launch their careers – ten writers received options and representation to date because of Max’s assistance and support. His Story Farm Service develops working writers and their material much like a studio executive or manager would, and his online classes, titled The Craft Course in Screenwriting, offer writers outside the Los Angeles area to take part in professional full development.

If accepted onto the ISA Development Slate, you will

MEET WITH REPS FROM OUR INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Numerous writers on the Development Slate have signed with an agency or had their work optioned in the past few months.

RULES
  • We will only review, evaluate, and consider one project per application. If you wish to have multiple projects reviewed and considered, you must submit an additional application.
  • Writing teams are accepted, however, the writing team application will only be represented by the ISA Development Program as a team, and not individually. In other words and for example, projects written by one of the two writing partners will not be individually accepted into the Program. The writing team must remain a team throughout the duration of their time in the Program.
  • The ISA Development Program does and can not guarantee representation if and when a writer is accepted into the Program. Also, the term “Development” is focused more on “career development” as opposed to individual screenplay development on a long term basis. Notes will be given to the writer upon submitting to the Program, however, if the writer is accepted into the Program, the focus will be on getting the writer’s material in front of producers, managers, and agents and creating success stories.
FAQ
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Is there a limit to how many pages my script can be when submitting?

Yes! We will not accept a script that is longer than 130 pages. This is basic, industry standard stuff. Please disregard the stories you hear about people like Quentin Tarantino writing 200+ page scripts. This is not only rare, it's regarded as amateur if you are not, indeed, Quentin Tarantino. Even 130 pages is far too long, even for epic Sci-Fi and Fantasy. If you are writing a Romantic Comedy, you should aim for 95 pages. A drama, depending on whether it is period or current-day, should also be no longer than 100-105 pages (this includes horror, mystery, and thriller). If you are writing a whacky comedy, this too should be no more than 100 pages. If you have an action/thriller or action/adventure script, you will be OK between 105 and 110 pages at most. Fantasy and Sci-Fi can get away with maybe 110-120 pages, but even 120 pages is stretching it. Please be concise, specific, and make sure to put your best foot forward.

Right Aroow

Does the ISA Development Slate accept writing teams or projects with co-writers?

No. We can not accept submissions that were written as a team or with a co-writer UNLESS that writing team will always be a writing team. A writing team agreement and/or contract needs to be established and executed between each writer AND shown to the ISA Development team as proof. The writing team will stay on the Development Slate only if they write together as a team moving forward. Thank you for understanding.

Right Aroow

What does it cost to participate in the ISA Development Slate?

After the application fee, if accepted, there is no cost.

Right Aroow

How long will I be included on the Slate?

We invite writers for up to 1 year. This is typically extended as long as the writer is continuing to work with the ISA Team to improve their craft, their current projects and/or develop new ones. If your time is extended, you will NOT be asked to reapply, nor will you pay an additional fee.

Right Aroow

Who decides if I get onto the Slate?

ALL screenplays submitted will be read thoroughly by vetted ISA Readers. They will pass their notes to both you and the ISA Development Team consisting of Felicity Wren, the ISA's Director of Development and Max Timm, the ISA's Director of Outreach and Education for a final decision.

Right Aroow

Will my ISA Rating be made public?

No. You will eventually have the option to share your ISA Rating via the ISA website and your member profile if you wish. Yes, you will be required to register with the ISA website, but this does not include an additional free. Registration with the ISA website is free.

Right Aroow

How will the notes be presented to me?

You will receive UP TO five pages of notes based on Concept, Structure, Character Development/Evolution, Page Writing/Dialogue, and Script Marketability.

Right Aroow

Once I submit for an evaluation, does this guarantee I'll be invited onto the Slate?

An evaluation submission does not guarantee acceptance. We urge you to take our notes, do a rewrite and resubmit. The goal is to help you develop as a writer so you don't waste your time getting shot down by producers, agents and managers in the industry who will not take you as seriously next time.

Right Aroow

Can I resubmit if I don't get accepted the first time?

Yes! We urge you to take our notes from the first evaluation and do a thorough rewrite. You can then re-submit that same project for only $99. Please email us at development@networkisa.org when you complete your rewrite in order to inquire on how to resubmit.

Right Aroow

Can I submit a different screenplay?

Yes. You can submit as many screenplays as you like, but you must pay the full application fee each time. There is only a discount if you re-submit a rewrite.

Right Aroow

Once accepted onto the Slate, what is the process to participate?

One of the team members will contact you and fill you in on all the details. You must sign some basic documentation/release for the ISA to solicit on your behalf, none of which obligates you to the program. The release form is only to grant the ISA permission to submit your project to outside sources. It does NOT grant legal control or participation to the content itself. The ISA does not attach itself as a producer, manager, or agent to your material. You retain all creative rights.

Right Aroow

Once accepted onto the Slate, when do I get an agent or manager?

The ISA makes no promises to deliver either of these to you, nor can we guarantee that your material will be optioned. We are simply opening the door to get your work in front of industry players. You must participate to help us help you.

Right Aroow

What if I no longer want to be in the ISA Development Slate?

You can withdraw from the program at any time.

Right Aroow

Can I be dropped from the Slate?

Yes. Since we are working for you, for free, we rely on your participation. This means working with us to develop your work. If you don't do what it takes to improve your work, develop as a writer and/or heed our advice, we reserve the right to drop you from the program at any time. There are no refunds for your application fee.

Right Aroow

If I don't make it onto the Slate, can I get a refund?

There are absolutely no refunds. We are providing development notes for a reasonable cost. An invitation onto the Development Slate is an added benefit, not a promise.

HEAR WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING
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Dear ISA Development Team, thank you so much for the exceptional feedback! I was already aware of certain problems in my script, and to see you address these and more with such specificity, and to take the time to offer suggestions for re-working them, was more helpful than any feedback I have yet received. I am truly, truly grateful.

(ISA Connect Member, Writer)
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The ISA helped me secure my first manager, which ultimately catapulted my career into a full-time, working writer. And they haven't stopped there. Both Max and Felicity have provided me with indispensable advice, time and knowledge in guiding the Hollywood system. I'm very grateful to have them in my corner, and consider the ISA an integral part in forming my career.

(ISA Connect Member, Development Slate Writer)
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Thank you for these pages. They were very helpful! I feel hopeful about this script after these insightful and carefully detailed notes. I definitely feel I can take these notes and fix the script. Sincerely,

(Screenwriter)
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Thank you so much! Humble by the kind words. And these notes are incredible! Love ‘em! This is exactly the kind of smart, no BS critique I hunger for.

(ISA Connect Member, Development Slate Writer)
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Thank you very much! I am honored that the script is in consideration, and deeply appreciative of the very insightful notes you’ve already provided. I remain hopeful that I’ll be selected for the Development Slate and have the opportunity to work with your team more closely as I move forward with this project and others.

(Screenwriter)

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If Accepted, You'll be invited
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SELECT AN EVALUATION OPTION

GENERAL EVALUATION

This is for the writer who is confident their screenplay is ready for Industry Pros.

WHAT YOU RECEIVE:

  • Five Pages of Extensive Notes
  • Full Review and Star Rating
  • If you rate high enough, a second review by Directors of Development
  • You’ll receive an “accept” or a “pass”

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MARKETABILITY EVALUATION

This is for the writer wanting to get their screenplay “Pitch” ready.

WHAT YOU RECEIVE:

  • Full Script Read by Felicity Wren, Director of Development
  • One-on-One Hour-long Phone Consultation with Felicity
  • Includes Notes on Marketability, Pitching & Overall Presentation
  • You’ll receive an “accept” or a “pass” for Development Slate
FELICITY WREN

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CRAFT & CAREER EVALUATION

This is for the writer wanting to develop both their craft and career.

WHAT YOU RECEIVE:

  • Full Script Read by Max Timm, Director of Development
  • One-on-One Hour-long Phone Consultation with Max
  • Includes Notes on improving your craft, specific to your screenplay.
  • Additional notes on career questions you may have. How to break in, get an agent, win contests, connect to producers and more.
  • You'll receive an "accept" or a "pass" for Development Slate
MAX TIMM

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