- Can I edit a review I've already posted?
- What should I do if I am unable to view a film, screenplay, or short story?
- Can I remove an assignment I do not want or cannot view?
- Can I retake a Review Eligibility Test if I failed it the first time?
- How do I earn credits?
- How do I get assigned submissions to review?
- What if I receive a review that I don't agree with?
- What happens if the Jury deletes a review I posted or a submission I uploaded?
- What is the Assignment Generator?
- I went to review my assignment but cannot find it, where did it go?
- Why do I have to review other submissions before mine will be reviewed?
- How are the Spotlight Submissions determined?
- What is the difference between a Credited Review and an Uncredited Review?
- I have reviewed several submissions, so why haven't I received any reviews for my submission?
- What is the Review Eligibility Test?
- Why doesn't my credit bank show credit for a review I just completed?
- My submission is showing Views, but it has received no reviews. Are members required to review everything they view?
- What is the best way to write a constructive review?
- What is Affirm Voting?
- Why do reviews have minimum word requirements?
- My computer crashed while I was taking my Review Eligibility Test, what do I do?
- Why is a review of my submission now gone?
- Why must I read an entire written submission before I review it?
During the review process there is a PREVIEW button that allows reviewers to view and edit a review prior to submitting it. Reviews cannot be edited once they have been submitted.
If you cannot open or view a submission, verify if it is a problem on the your computer. Check if anyone else is able to view it by looking to see if there have been any previous reviews posted. If it appears that others have been able to view or open the submission, verify that you are using the correct player or reader to view the file and that the viewer or player is working properly. For short films, the best thing to do is to check the official site hosting the video (YouTube or Vimeo) that you are having problems with, which should have links to test and troubleshoot your player. There can be other conflicts including firewalls, privacy and security settings, so be sure to fully check that these aren't the source of the problem. Once you are absolutely sure the problem isn't due to anything on your end, you can either notify the member who uploaded it if they have a CONTACT ME button on their Profile Page, or report it to the Hall of Justice. If the submission is an assignment DO NOT review it. Remove the assignment (one of the reasons this feature is available) and then request another assignment.
Yes. Click MANAGE in the header and click to the “Assignments” tab. Your SCREENPLAY, SHORT FILM, and SHORT STORY ASSIGNMENTS will be listed on this page if you have any. Beneath each assignment are links that allow you to review the assignment, remove the assignment or request another assignment. The Remove Assignment link will not be there if you are not eligible to remove an assignment. You are limited on how often you can remove an assignment based on your Participation Level.
If you do not pass the Review Eligibility Test for an Assigned Review, you will be given an opportunity to immediately retake the test. If you fail the second time or do not retake it, you will not earn a credit for the review.
Credits are earned by successfully completing Review Assignments. One credit is earned for Screenplay Assignments and 2 credits are earned for Short Film Assignments that are successfully completed.
These credits can only be attached to the same type of upload for which they were earned - i.e. credits earned for Screenplay Assignments can only be used on a member's uploaded screenplay(s), etc.
Go to REVIEW in the header to select the type of Assignment you’d like (Screenplay, Short Film, Short Story). Happy reviewing!
To see assignments currently assigned to you, simply go to MANAGE in the header and then to the “Assignments” tab. Your assignments will be listed there.
With enough reviews, this is bound to happen and is part of the process of getting constructive feedback - DO NOT take it personal. To only take into account the 'good' reviews that you receive when evaluating your own work is unproductive. The peer-to-peer system works as a tool to obtain unbiased opinions and comments about your work from a broad audience, which is invaluable when doing re-writes or future projects. Even scripts that are about to go into production have holes poked in them to tighten and improve them as much as possible. Then even once the movie is complete, it gets the same from both the audience and the critics - some good, some bad.
Ultimately the good AND bad reviews will help you understand how others view your work and should be taken as a learning experience.
If you receive a review that is completely unconstructive, abusive, threatening, or inappropriate for reasons other than you simply not agreeing with it, then you can consider submitting it to the Hall of Justice for possible deletion. Use this feature with caution! If reviews that you report are not deleted your Participation Level may be lowered. Abuse of the Hall of Justice may result in the suspension of your account and deletion of all of your posted reviews, uploads, and reviews of your uploads.
If a review you wrote is deleted, you will lose any credit it may have earned you. If a submission you uploaded is deleted, any credits it had attached to it will be lost, all of its assignments and reviews will be removed.
The decision of the Jury is final and cannot be undone. Deletions of your items could cause your Participation Level to be lowered.
NOTE: The Jury has the ability to vote to not lower your Participation Level, even though they vote for your item to be deleted. This is important to take into consideration while writing your initial response when notified that your item has been submitted to the Hall of Justice.
The Assignment Generator is the system that assigns submissions to members for review and helps ensure that all submissions have a chance of being reviewed. To request an assignment, click REVIEW in the header and then select the type of submission you’d like to be assigned (Screenplay, Short Film, Short Story). You can have up to 3 of the same type of submission assigned to you at a given time.
Click MANAGE in the header and click to the “Assignments” tab. Your SCREENPLAY, SHORT FILM, and SHORT STORY ASSIGNMENTS will be listed on this page if you have any. Beneath each assignment are links that allow you to review the assignment, remove the assignment or request another assignment. If you do not see your Assignment there:
• You accidently deleted it or the one you thought was assigned was in fact not assigned.
• The member who uploaded it deleted it.
• Your browser may be caching and not showing it. In this case empty your browsers cache and/or restart it.
The function of the site relies on the active participation of its members. Requiring members to review other members work prior to getting reviews of their own helps ensure a continuing flow of constructive feedback within the community.
Only assigned reviews of submissions will result in members receiving credits, without which your submission may not be assigned to others.
At random times after a reviewer completes an Assignment Review, and rather than being given previous reviews to rate, assigned reviewers will be presented with the title and synopsis of two submissions that are eligible for Affirm Voting - submissions that the reviewer has completed a Assignment Review of in the past and that is currently a Featured submission or has been previously. The reviewer is simply asked to cast an Affirm Vote for their favorite of those two. Simple as that.
REMEMBER: Spotlight submissions could potentially be submissions that are not currently featured, but have been in the past. Once a submission has been Spotlighted, it or revisions of it cannot be considered for the Spotlight again.
Assigned Reviews are distributed by the Assignment Generator, earn Credits for the reviewer and affect the Submission being reviewed’s ability to appear in the Featured Submissions section or earn the honor of Spotlight Submission if the review is successfully completed.
If you choose to review a submission of your choice on the site, or any member reviews your submission without requesting a Review Assignment, that review will not earn credits. These so-called “Free Will Reviews” do not factor in a submission's ability to achieve community honors like the Featured Submissions and Spotlight Submissions and do not earn the reviewer credits, but can have a positive affect on the reviewer’s Participation Level.
The reviewer may later be assigned the same submissions for which they have already completed Free Will Reviews. If this happens, they will have the opportunity to earn credit for it by passing the Review Eligibility Test and adding Ratings.
NOTE: Assigned Reviews that do not pass the Review Eligibility Test are shown as Uncredited once they are posted, but cannot be assigned to the same reviewer again and do not affect the reviewer's Participation Level.
ALL reviews are subject to the Hall of Justice and can have a negative effect on a Participation Level if deleted.
A submission gets assigned to members via the Assignment Generator as long as it has 2 or more Credits attached to it. The more you review other uploads via the Assignment Generator, the more credits your upload will retain, thereby ensuring more times it is assigned.
A compelling logline synopsis also aids in receiving view and reviews.
When a member uploads a written submission, they are presented with a list of several questions. The member who is uploading the submission then chooses from these questions and provides the answers that are relevant to their upload.
When a submission is reviewed, the reviewer must answer these questions and get the correct number correct in order for the reviewer to earn the Review Credit for the review.
NOTE: To discourage members from attempting to get "free reviews" by making their Review Eligibility Tests impossible to pass, if three members consecutively fail a submission's test, it will be marked for auto-deletion by the system.
Either the system has not updated, your browser is caching and needs to be restarted or refreshed, the review was not successfully completed or was not an assignment review.
Views simply show the number of times your submission has been downloaded by other members, but members are not required to post a review.
A constructive review does not mean it needs to be a 'glowing' review, but we suggest the 'sandwich method' - start with a positive comment, then get to the 'meat' of what is good and bad and how it could be improved upon, and then end with another positive comment. Remember, the person whose work you are reviewing is going to carefully read your review - make it a helpful, encouraging, constructive read.
At random times after a reviewer completes an Assignment Review, reviewers will be presented with the title and synopsis of two submissions. The reviewer is simply asked to cast an Affirm Vote for their favorite of those two. Simple as that.
A minimum review length is required to ensure well-thought out and constructive criticism of submissions. The minimum lengths of reviews for the various submission types are as follows:
50 words for short film reviews
75 words for short story reviews
100 words for screenplay reviews
Currently, you do have 2 chances to take the Review Eligibility Test under normal circumstances. Reviewers are given a total of 4 hours to take the Review Eligibility Test once they post the text of their review. So if your power goes out, your computer freezes, or some other unexpected interruption happens during your test, simply click on “MANAGE” in the header, select the assignment and click "Review It" -- You will see a message that tells you if you are still able to take the test for credit.
The review may have been in violation of site policies and was then submitted to the Hall of Justice, to which the majority vote agreed to delete it.
The only way to give a comprehensive and constructive review is to have fully read the entire screenplay or short story. If you cannot, or do not fully read it, then do not review it and if it is an assigned screenplay or short story you should remove it from your assignment list.