Hollywood screenwriters gatekeep AI

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The Future. As more studios and production companies start to rely on AI to assess scripts, a new platform called Gauntlet wants to ensure that aspiring screenwriters can have their scripts read by actual people. If Gauntlet helps get some scripts sold from unknown screenwriters, it could push studios to open up a more accessible path for writers to be discovered.

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ScriptHop’s Gauntlet, founded by former UTA story department head Scott Foster and tech entrepreneur Brian Austin, hopes to fight back against the rise of script analysis algorithms.

  • For a $380 fee, scripts pass through a three-stage process where they’re assessed by at least seven readers, whose identities the writers will be aware of.
  • Readers are a mix of professional story analysts, development execs, literary reps, and pro writers like Jim Herzfeld (Meet the Parents) and Dana Stevens (The Woman King).
  • At any point during the process, a reader can recommend the script to companies they work for.
  • Scripts that pass the full three stages will receive a signed “Seal of Consensus” certification and be promoted in “The Gauntlet Weekend Read” database.

Gauntlet, which was designed with the input of two dozen top screenwriters, isn’t the first platform to offer similar services, with The Black List being the most famous among them. But ScriptHop hopes that focusing on transparency and gathering a range of opinions on scripts will help create a consensus of which projects shouldn’t be ignored.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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