It depends. It depends on a bunch of things, all which sound kinda mean but are really not intended to be so. It’s more designed to not waste my time and not unnecessarily derail a beginner writer.
- How in depth of a “look” do you want me to do to them?
- How many screenplays have you written?
- which books did you read on how to write them?
- how long is the script?
- how long have you been pursuing writing?
If you’re too much of a beginner writer, my critiques will tend to seem way too harsh, and the LAST thing I want to do is discourage a beginner from screenwriting. I am of the (somewhat controversial) idea that people should write about three screenplays before submitting them to anyone to be critiqued or workshopped, so you have the time to figure out exactly what screenwriting means to you and how you do it before someone rips it apart.
Like I said, this seems a bit harsh, but I’ve seen quite a few people that ask for honest critique on their first or second screenplay, then they never write a screenplay again cause of the critiques they got. And that is the last thing I want to do, to anyone.