For screenwriters with a screenplay that's nearly production-ready, a live table read with professional actors can be a valuable experience.
Coverfly's monthly table reads are free for Coverfly members. We select a project each month from the pool of applicants. The writers should be based in Los Angeles or available to travel to Los Angeles for the live read which takes place every other Saturday afternoon, either at the Writers Guild Foundation library, or at Culver City Casting Studios.
Due to the recent cancellation of live events in California, Coverfly has temporarily suspended its Live Read Program. It is our intention and hope to resume with live reads as schedule in April and onward. Please check Coverfly for the latest update.
As a special initiative during this challenging time for creatives, we are launching a special Virtual Table Read program in partnership with the Storytellers Conservatory. For the next few weeks, we will be accepting submissions from Tuesday through Sunday for a live virtual performance the following Friday.
We are currently accepting submissions for our first performance. Submit now! Please note, this is not replacing our current schedule of Live Table Reads. If you submitted to that program, it will remain active and in contention for our scheduled reads in April, May, and June of 2020.
"From the props, to the opening credit sequence, and the preparation of the actors, it was a great experience all around. They did an amazing job producing the screenplay table read."
Is there a page requirement for the length of the script?
This program is open for writers to apply with a feature script or a TV pilot script. Feature scripts should be between 80-130 pages. Pilot scripts should be around 20-35 pages for 1/2 hour comedies, and one-hour drama pilots should be 50-70 pages in length. If your script's pagecount falls outside of these ranges, then there's a good chance that it won't be considered seriously.
Will I be able to attend?
Yes, if you're selected, we strongly recommend that you attend your live-read. We will select and notify writers at least two weeks ahead of time. Attendance is strongly recommended but not required.
Will there be a recording?
Yes. However the quality of the recording will not be suitable for distribution publicly because we will record the room with one microphone. We will audio record the session for the writer's private use and reference.
Are there any content restrictions?
While there are no set restrictions, typically projects with more than 5 speaking characters and a reasonable amount of story through dialogue as opposed to action would benefit from the reads the most.
How are writers selected for this opportunity?
The Coverfly Team will review submissions and select writers and projects we feel would benefit from the Table Read series. The writers will be notified via email to confirm eligibility.