Why Script Testing Is Essential For Screenwriters by Corey Mandell

Film Courage: How to properly test your script? The absolute importance of script testing? What is script testing?

Corey Mandell, Screenwriter/Instructor: Script testing…so when I was starting out a manager did this for me and I’ll forever be grateful. The way it works is most who write a script they will give it to their friends, their writing group, people they trust and they want feedback. What’s working, what’s not working, suggestions, ways to improve it. And what I was taught and I see a lot of the more successful writers working this way is that they don’t start there. What they start with is script testing and what script testing is the first thing you realize that when you write a script you experience a movie, you experience characters. And when someone reads your script it replays in their head. They experience the story and they experience characters. And a lot of people make the assumption that the movie that plays in my head is really similar to the movie that plays in your head.

Script testing is strategically asking a series of questions to find out what movie is playing in someone else’s head. What story are they watching? What’s happening, why is it happening? Why is it interesting or not interesting? Who are the characters? How are they experiencing the characters? How would they describe the characters? Are they engaged with the characters? Are they not engaged with the characters? And it’s literally being able to track what they are experiencing story and character wise as they move through your script.

What script testing aims for…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


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