- Remember, Amazon Studios is producing commercial movies, so focus on the story's prospects as a major motion picture.
- Be constructive. At Amazon Studios, writers and filmmakers can develop their work through multiple revisions, based on your feedback. Your suggestions can make a big difference.
- Be detailed and specific. Feel free to leave helpful advice at any level, from story arc to individual line of dialogue. You may talk about other related movies and how this movie or script works in comparison.
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You may wish to frame your feedback using some of the following time-honored criteria. Or choose your own standards—the important thing is to give story advice that can lead to a better movie.
Is the concept of the story unique or original? Does it have a compelling hook?
Does the story have a clear three act structure? Is it well-paced? Are there enough reversals and twists to keep it interesting? Do you clearly understand what world you’re in, and what the story is about?
Is the lead character sympathetic? Does he or she grow and change over the course of the story? Are the character’s wants and needs clearly defined?
Is it clear what is at stake for the main character? Do the stakes increase over the course of the movie?
Do the characters each have a distinct voice? Does the dialogue sound natural and real?
If the movie is a genre story, does it effectively and artfully fulfill the conventions of its genre?
Does the test movie have a compelling look? Does the director effectively use visual images to help tell the story?
Do the actors effectively bring their characters to life?
Does the script lend itself to visual storytelling? Are there directorial set pieces within the story? Could this screenplay just as easily be a play?
Does the script or test movie have a special quality to it, like the adroit use of theme, unique style and tone or an indefinable magic that permeates the storytelling?