Meet the Reader by Ray Morton

Meet the Reader looks at the art, craft, and business of screenwriting from the perspective of an experienced script analyst an story consultant. When it comes to screenplays, script “readers” are the gatekeepers to the industry and having your work assessed by a professional analyst is the first step in the development process for every screenwriter, so it is vital that every script makes the best possible first impression. Every month, Meet the Reader examines the issues that analysts encounter in the screenplays they read and offers constructive advice to help screenwriters make their work script “reader”-friendly.

MEET THE READER: Journey of E.T. – Phoning Home

This month marks the 35th anniversary of the release of one of the all-time great movies: E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial, Steven Spielberg’s wonderful cinematic fable about a 10-year-old boy from a broken family who befriends an alien. Step behind the scenes to see how E.T. came to life.

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MEET THE READER: It’s Got to Be a Movie

Ray Morton explains how for a screenplay to be successful, it must be a movie – the material in the script and the manner in which it is presented must be such that it is plausible that a motion picture could be made from it. You’d be surprised at how many spec scripts out...