Empower Notes in 3 Steps
- Click the "BUY EMPOWERNOTES" button to be taken to the checkout page. Fill in your email, name, password, address and payment method. **If not already subscribed, please click "subscribe to our email list."**
- Click "Complete Your Purchase" to be directed to a page to submit your screenplay.
- When prompted, click the "Start" button to upload the PDF file of your screenplay. A thank you page will tell you when the process is complete.
You should receive your PDF document of EmpowerNotes by email in about 5 business days, depending on demand. There are no refunds on EmpowerNotes. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below for more details.
. . . the most effective and time-honored way to test the quality development of a screenplay on its way to potentially becoming a film. Key members of the film industry hire readers to handle the large number of scripts flowing through their offices. Readers read the script and write a report based on the story and quality of the writing to assess whether the script, or perhaps the writer, will be of interest.
Submitting your screenplay for independent, reader-trained coverage is wise. Independent coverage allows you to assess your work's strengths and weaknesses before it is seen by the industry.
EmpowerNotes give you more.
Gain the confidence and insight that only access to personalized, professional expertise beyond your own perspective can give.
Confirm your story concept is viable, distinctly visual and communicated clearly to honor the intended goals of the narrative.
Affirm your writing strengths and what is working successfully in your screenplay on structural and deeper levels.
Receive innovative recommendations and actionable steps to stretch your creative skills and refine your unique voice within the narrative.
Clarify any questions you have about your feedback by email within the week after receiving your EmpowerNotes PDF.
Cover Page With Reader Ratings
The first page of EmpowerNotes outlines descriptive information about your screenplay, gives a logline and summarizes an evaluation of the work. An accompanying grid and reader rating give at-a-glance detail of this evaluation based on 7 criteria: premise, storyline, characterization, dialogue, structure, writing and originality.
Synopsis & Comments
Common to most coverages are the synopsis and expanded comments on the quality of the screenplay. Both sections hold importance for the screenwriter. A synopsis will reflect how well the story and characters are executed and understood on the page. Comments give detail on the strengths and weaknesses of a screenplay.
The last section of EmpowerNotes contains recommendations for the writer and screenplay. The purpose of this section is not to suggest specific changes to the storyline or characters. Actionable and practical feedback will relate to quality story structure, writing skills and methods used to clarify and innovate within the goals of the narrative.
Frequently Asked Questions:
"Why is a synopsis necessary? I wrote the story, so I already know the plot."
"What happens to the PDF download of my screenplay after I receive EmpowerNotes?"
"Can I get a refund if I don't agree with the feedback I receive from EmpowerNotes?"
"What do the "reader ratings" of Recommend, Consider and Pass mean?"
I am a graduate of the Hollywood Gatekeepers program. I have received complete training in screenplay analysis and promise to abide by the Screenreader’s Creed.
-- Marta Boulden