Common Questions

What is Scriptonomics and what is the purpose of this?

We pride ourselves on being the most advanced script analytics in the movie industry. We aim to level the playing field for Screenwriters and Independent Filmmakers by employing Artificial Intelligence to give them the same resources that the big studios have. We currently have an automated coverage for your script that gives you an objective insight into your script. By comparing your script with other films in our database, you can find out about genres, related stories and character types and even audiences that are appropriate for your future production. For a breakdown of the different parts of the coverage please reference Great, I got what the purpose is but how do I practically use these results? and What do the different parts of the coverage mean?

Is it only for feature film scripts or TV episodes as well?

No, our analysis can support TV episodes and potentially short films. Anything that follows the standard format of a script can be analyzed. While the genres identified and the comparables movies it finds are specifically trained on feature films, our results should be relevant to other types of scripts too. We would love to hear how our system does on your episode!

How do I look at my results?

The first section is general statistics about your script as a whole. The second section gives you three comparable movies that our Artificial Intelligence found most similar to films within our database based off of a range of features from your script, mostly focusing on the sequence of events in the script. The third part gives you a breakdown of your characters and how they relate to one another. We are always working on more visualizations so check back often for updates and new features.

Do you need to be a professional to understand the figures?

No, you most definitely do not need to be a professional. You do have to know the script you uploaded pretty well, though. Our graphs are meant to be as intuitive as possible for our users. If you have any confusions about a visualization, we would love to hear about it and make it better.

What does PDF and .txt mean?

We currently support scripts in PDF format or .txt format, .txt is faster to analyze. Just have your script ready by exporting it as a PDF or .txt format using your favorite screenwriting software and you should be ready to go! In Final Draft, you just need to go to File > Export and click on export as a plain text file .txt or PDF.

Great, I got what the purpose is but how do I practically use these results?

Think of what you would do if a script consultant gave you such breakdown? You would probably review the comments, check them against the text of the script, and after some soul searching go back to your typewriter (or more likely computer) and do some changes to your story. Using our results we propose you do the same... See Can I get some Tips or Best Practices for using the analysis?

Can I get some Tips or Best Practices for using the analysis?

We recommend that you look at the significant scenes identified and see if they match your story design. Scenes stand out if something new, such as a new character, location or topic are introduced as part of the main story. Twists in the story and climax points should indeed stand out, but if the scenes identified as significant are not what you planned, then you should probably go over the text of these scenes and make them more appropriate for their purpose.

Ask yourself - are the new events helping the story? Maybe the idea can be reworked into other scenes, or the ideas could repeat in other places in the story to make it less deviant? On the contrary, if the significant scenes in your story are not detected, please look them over to see if you can make them stand out more by creating a twist, change in topic or introducing some other surprising element.

Then look at your character's breakdown and see if the amount of their appearances, their significance and the relations between the characters are happening according to what you planned. If a character rarely appears and has little significance than maybe, you shouldn’t include them by name in the script.

The emotional index is another useful indicator that reveals the emotional rollercoaster that your hero goes through. Check if this matches your design, and if not, look into the dialog and consider doing some rephrasing.

Can I re-evaluate the changes I did to my script?

Once you feel that you’ve incorporated some good feedback into your script, just run it again and analyze your new draft! Think of our site as a tireless helper, and this back-and-forth between you and coverage will help you polish your script, draft by draft, without draining your wallet on costly script consultants and without weighing down on your relationships with your friends by constantly asking them to read the latest version of your work.

As you make revisions, just upload the newer draft and compare the results to see how your script is coming along. You can print and share your coverage page with friends, Script Consultants or even send it directly to producers. And when you are ready to do that last step, our future financial evaluation and planning services will give you an extra edge when talking to studios and producers.

What do the different parts of the coverage mean?

There’s a small info figure on the top right corner of each section but here’s a detailed breakdown:

Part 1:

Of course, you have the Number of Scenes that is simply the amount of scenes detected in your script, if this seems wrong to you please check that your entire script matches the script syntax specified in the Uploads page.

The Genres Identified are the 3 main genres identified, the accuracy in identifing the genres grows as more and more scripts are uploaded.

Interior vs. Exterior is simply the amount of scenes that are set inside vs the scenes that are set outside.

Significant Scenes are the four most significant sections, in order, identified by narrative in your script. Typically you should have multiple scenes (such as 112-118) in every significant event but if you have just one (112-112) then that scene might be an outlier (off topic scene) rather than significant, and more work might be needed to help strengthen that section of the script. The ranking of the script should most likely go in reverse chronological order, the most important scene should go around the climax point, then the turning points and the Inciting Incident. You can find more information on this at Can I get some Tips or Best Practices for using the analysis?

Part 2:

The Comparables section lists the three most relevant and similar movies identified from the hundreds of movies in our database. You can see how well these movies did to get an overall feel of how well your script might do. We strongly recommend you watch each movie or read its respective script to see how it’s similar to your script and what you like or dislike about the movie. You can then apply what you learned from those movies to your script!

Part 3:

The Characters section gives you a breakdown of the relationships between your characters and their development throughout your script. The left figure displays what characters are connected and how connected they are (by the shade of the connecting line), it even shows you the relative number of appearances of each character by the shade of their circle. It even shows you how significant to the story the character seems to be to the story by the size of their circle! On the right-hand side, you’ll see a breakdown of how much each character speaks through their dialogue concentration percentage and their exact number of appearances. The character tabs to the right analyzes how happy each character seems to be through their dialogue in every scene they appear in.

Is my script secure on your website or do you make it available publicly?

We keep your script private and secure; we do not release your script to any third party. We plan to provide future tools that would allow you to share your script with others, if you decide to do so and give the right authorizations, or even create followers or follow others work.
If you are ready to share your script or open it to community collaboration, let us know! We will help secure the copyright for you at each step.

I have an outline of my story, but not a completed script yet. Can you help?

We plan to offer in near future additional functions for evaluating plot summary or synopsis. The minimal information would include a description of events in the plot with a complete list of characters. Of course, story summary can not reveal everything about the final story, but we will offer comparable films, genres, and other valuable information about potential audiences of such project that will be invaluable in your decisions for developing and navigating the story to success.

Some of the formattings of the site is a little off, what's up with that?

Our site was built to look its very best on Chrome if you're using Firefox or Explorer then some of the minor formatting might look a bit off. We recommend you use our site through Chrome and then you'll see how pretty we've made it for you!

Is this free?

Yes, this service is completely free for now and will remain so until the end of October 2016, while we add more features. Please feel free to use it and to tell your friends.

Further Questions? Please Contact Us at info@scriptonomics.com