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Terms and Conditions

Submit a Script

These are the terms and conditions upon which TallTree Pictures Limited ("the Company") offer script reading services. It is important that you read these terms and conditions carefully, since they govern your rights and obligations regarding your contract with the Company. Any variation to these terms and conditions can only occur in writing and signed on behalf of the Company by a director.

Any customer is obviously submitting its script on the basis that it is an original work and (if it includes material which is someone else's work, and copyright to them) that permission for use of such copyright works has been granted by the copyright owner. If you have copied somebody else's work without permission then you will be responsible for any liability of the Company and any losses consequent upon that.

The script will also be submitted in a manner conforming with industry standard.

All terms and conditions regarding the submission of a script and limitations of liability of the company regarding the same also apply equally to the submission of a treatment, so that those limitations and terms and conditions should be read as if wherever "script" is mentioned it also refers to "treatment".

In these terms and conditions the following definitions are used:

"the customer": the party introducing a script to the Company in order to have it undertake the script reading services.

"SAE": stamped addressed envelope

"script": the script supplied by the customer to the Company in order to have it undertake the script reading services.

"Treatment": the treatment, intended ultimately to be developed into script, supplied by the customer to the Company in order to have it undertake the applicable script reading services

"The fee": the fee agreed for the service. If agreement is reached on fee this will be paid in the event of any work being undertaken.

"The time period": the period within which the script reading service will be undertaken. This will normally be 20 working days up after a fee has been agreed and payment has clear into the Company bank account. The company reserves the right to take a longer period with a view to ensuring that it is able to provide the service to the customer which it wishes to provide. Time for return is never guaranteed unless there has been a specific written agreement to that effect.

"The script reading service" or "the service": the service to be provided by the company in accordance with Annex A hereto. The detail in annex A is a guideline: it is not intended to indicate that all and every aspect will be included in every report (the content of such report depending upon the script and what is appropriate in the particular case). It is also to be treated as adapted to the different circumstance of a treatment (which is obviously not a full script)

"industry standard": the way scripts are customarily presented in the industry. Whilst it is the obligation on the customer to ensure that the script is provided on this basis, a guide to requirements is included in Annex B

General points about the service

If you wish the company to undertake the script reading service you agree a fee with the Company and then submit the script. If you are sending a physical copy and wish it to be returned, please enclose an SAE. If you wish for a physical report to be sent to you and you have not provided us with an SAE, we will add the postal charges to our fees. Unless otherwise indicated, your report will be sent out to you electronically.

If you wish to ask supplementary questions regarding the report you have received, we will be happy to directly answer your queries via email. If the answer is easy to provide, the company may do this (albeit having no liability to do so) for no charge. If there is to be any charge, the level of charge will be notified to the customer in advance of providing the response, and payment will be required before the response is given.

Your submitted script should conform to the industry standard. Potential services and guideline prices are given in Annex D but the Company is not tied to these prices and they need to be agreed in each case.

Limitations of Liability and Specific Conditions affecting the Customer

1. Where the customer requires the documents be posted, whilst the Company will post the document it is under no liability for any failure of the postal system to deliver it whether within a reasonable time or at all. It is vital when you send the script to the Company that you keep at least one copy (and preferably copies in both physical and electronic formats). If you send your only copy and that is lost (whether through the fault of the Company or not) the Company is under no liability to you for such loss. Nor is the Company liable for loss of any document sent to or held by it under any circumstances. It is for the customer to ensure that copies are kept so that the loss of any document is not problematical.

2. In sending the script the customer warrants that it is either an original work in which the customer has the copyright, or one in which (insofar as it relies upon or uses work in which another has copyright) that the copyright owner has irrevocably authorised the customer or any assignee from the customer or anyone working with the customer to use any such material in the script (whether in that form or as amended) in order to make a film. If the customer includes copyright material of another without permission then it will indemnify the Company against any liability of the Company to that copyright owner arising from work done in respect of the submitted script or filming of the same, including all legal costs incurred by the Company (whether to its own lawyers or any other party's lawyers) on a full indemnity basis (with payment of legal costs in connection with any such claim being conclusively presumed to have been properly spent if in fact spent in connection with any such claim) and any losses of the Company arising.

3. Script reading and commentary is subjective. The Company will provide the script reading service as defined, but it is at the Company's sole discretion as to how it analyses the script and what comments it either makes or chooses not to make. The customer in taking advantage of the script reading service accepts that the obligation of the Company is to provide that service by giving the view (given in good faith) of the person or persons undertaking the service on behalf of the Company. There is to be no liability of the Company to the customer for what is not stated or on the basis that some other advice might have been given or that a reasonably careful script reader could or should have given different advice. The only obligation of the Company is to provide advice based on the genuine view of the person providing it and no wider contractual duty or duty of care exists.

4. Any liability of the Company for failure to comply with all or any of its obligations herein is limited to the amount of the script reading fee paid and under no circumstances is it liable to the customer for any greater amount or in any event for any indirect or consequential loss.

5. The customer is solely responsible for decisions made as to how to deal with the comments made in the script reading and in the subsequent negotiations with third parties. Under no circumstances is the customer entitled to any damages or indemnity as a result of anything which the customer does with the script or as a result of advice under the script reading service in respect of the same, subsequent to return of the script from the Company

6. By entering into this contract by submitting the script for the script reading service the customer acknowledges that it has considered these conditions, if necessary taking legal advice upon them, and confirms having regard to the nature of the service provided that these terms are fair and reasonable in all the circumstances.

7. Insofar as suggestions or recommendations are made by the Company the customer is (at its own risk and liability, and subject to the option referred to in clause 8) able to utilise those in moulding and adapting the script. (Save to the extent that such recommendation relates to the copyright work of another in which case they can only be adapted with the permission of the copyright owner and in any case the customer will indemnify the Company for the consequences of any action by the copyright owner to the same extent as in paragraph 2 above).

8. If the Company thinks that the script has commercial potential which it wishes to exploit, on returning the comments it will notify the customer that it wishes to exercise the clause 8 option. That means that for a period of 90 days from receipt of the notice the customer will not market or sell or any of the rights to the script to anyone other than the Company, and during that period will negotiate with the Company in good faith with a view to seeing if acceptable terms can be reached between the Company and the customer for acquisition of all or any rights in the script. If the customer negotiates in good faith and complies with this clause, and no agreement is reached, then at the end of the 90 day period the customer is entitled to use and dispose of the script as the customer sees fit as per clause 7 hereof. However if the customer breaches the terms of clause 8, although the customer at the end of such period is still entitled to dispose of the script as it sees fit, it will not be entitled to utilise the comments of the script reading service as per paragraph 7 hereof.

Annex A Script Reading services

Analysis of structure, genre and premise
Successful scripts are identifiable as a certain genre, identifying where the script may become confused or the genre lost can make a big difference to successfully selling your script. We will also concentrate on the structure and premise of your script in this section, helping to strengthen these core elements.

Technical elements
In this section, we will use subheadings to cover the following aspects of your script: Character; Dialogue; Visual grammar; and Pace.

Market potential
We will comment in this section regarding the feasibility of the project within the current market.

Annex B Industry Standards and Requirements for submission

  • If you are sending a physical copy and wish it to be returned, please enclose an SAE
  • If you wish for a physical report to be sent to you and you have not provided us with an SAE, we will add the postal charges to our fees.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, your report will be sent out to you electronically.
  • If you wish to ask supplementary questions regarding the report you have received, we will be happy to directly answer your queries via email.
  • Your submitted script should conform to the industry standard.

Annex C : The industry standard

This requires

  • Scripts to be typed and not handwritten
  • Scripts to use 12pt Courier font
  • Margins to be approximately 3cm for the text and dialogue tabbed approximately 5cm from the left
  • Character names above dialogue should be centred and written in CAPITALS
  • Directions should be written in CAPS (eg INT. PUB - DAY)

Scripts conform to this format to allow a rule of thumb for working out how long a page will be on screen. It is a general rule as the reality is more like 1 page of dialogue = 30 seconds, balanced out by 1 page of action = 2 minutes or more.

Annex D: Typical services

Treatment Analysis report: £80 (£85 inc VAT) - up to 40 pages

Service details:
Provides feedback on an idea and suggest ways it could be taken forward and developed into a script. Also provides guidance regarding how it might fit into the current market.

Full-length Script Analysis Report: £275 (£285 inc VAT) - up to 120 pages

Service details:
Full structural breakdown & concept analysis; plot, pace, dialogue, narrative and character analysis; and suggested directions for rewrites. This report includes analysis of characters, story, structure, dialogue and how your project might fit into the current market.

Short Script Analysis report: £125 (£129 inc VAT) - up to 40 pages

Service details:
This report includes analysis of characters, story, structure, dialogue and how your project might fit into the current market. Full structural breakdown & concept analysis; plot, pace, dialogue, narrative and character analysis; and suggested directions for rewrites.

Writer's block session: Negotiable fee

Please enquire directly regarding this service.