• Anthony Hett

How to write a short film - Receiving feedback

Hello and welcome to my blog, where I offer simple and practical advice on how to write and make an interesting, engaging and hopefully successful short film.

In today's blog post I will be taking a look at Receiving feedback

When someone agrees to read your script, it is a great opportunity to make some improvements. So make sure that you are as open as you can be to their feedback and any possible criticism.

Here are some top tips on how to receive feedback, to help make sure that you make the most of the opportunity.

  • Be specific

When you ask for feedback, it will be helpful to tell the reader exactly what you are looking for. For example, always be sure to tell them if you are looking for proofreading as well as or instead of notes on dialogue, structure, plot etc.

  • Be grateful

Regardless of whether they are your friend reading your script for free or a professional script reader, who is being paid to provide you with a service; they are giving you the benefit of their time, experience and expertise. The feedback they give you will (hopefully) help you to improve your script. So always be sure to say thank you, even if you find yourself disagreeing with everything they have said.

  • Don’t take it personally

Remember not to take criticism to heart, although this is of course easier said than done. Receiving feedback can be painful but remember that you asked them to read your script and (hopefully) they are trying to help you to improve it. They are not trying to be hurtful or offensive.

  • Be receptive

Although not all advice is good advice, be sure to be open and receptive to the feedback you receive. Don’t be too quick to dismiss anything. Make sure that you carefully consider all pieces of feedback before deciding whether you agree or disagree with the readers comments.

So that concludes my thoughts on receiving feedback. I hope that you find this post helpful. If you did, please leave a comment in the section below and be sure to share it with others who might also find it useful. Don't forget to check out my YouTube videos and I hope to see you back here soon. In my next blog post I will be looking at the topic of Giving feedback.