Not Just a Skill for Producers
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Career & Industry - Alumni Relations
Career and Professional Development
OPEN TO ALL DISCIPLINES
WRITING COVERAGE IS NOT JUST A SKILL FOR PRODUCERS!
Whether you are a Film Production, Screenwriting, Production Design, Screen Acting, Film Studies or Producing student, it is crucial to understand how creative material is evaluated and chosen.
You may be surprised to know that whatever your discipline, once you are brought in to meet about a job, almost every interview will start with the question, “What did you think of the script?” Writing coverage teaches you how to quickly assess the key elements-plot, structure, character, and conflict and how to critique them in a professional way. You will be able to more easily “talk the talk” in a way that helps show what you bring to the table and that can make all the difference.
A 90-minute workshop:
You will leave this workshop with a coverage sample you can use to apply for internships and jobs.
• what is coverage, why it is important to your internship and job search, what it is used for?
•reading and reviewing sample coverage as examples
• a guideline for writing coverage-what is expected, how long should it be, how long should it take
you, what do employers look for?
Students will be given a screenplay to read. They will have one day to read it and write their coverage (this time limit duplicates the turnaround time you would be given at an internship or job)
Students will set individual appointments with the workshop mentors to review their work (approximately 30 minutes with each student either via telephone or Zoom)
By the end of this workshop students will be able to write industry-standard coverage, discuss material using the language of the film/tv/streaming business and will have a sample piece of coverage they can submit when applying for internship and jobs.