Screenplay Writing: How to Format a Screenplay

Your Guide to Putting Together a Professional Screenplay

Screenplay Writing: How to Format a Screenplay

Your script is the first step toward making a movie. Whether you're making it yourself or pitching it to a studio, you need it to show that you know what you're doing. A properly formatted screenplay is an instant signal to every potential investor, donor and actor that you are a trustworthy professional. Videomaker's Screenplay Writing: How to Format a Screenplay contains seven steps to meet that goal.

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Screenplay Writing: How to Format a Screenplay

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A lot of indie videographers and filmmakers come to Videomaker to find ways to be more professional. As "small time" operators, they know that they have to go that extra mile to inspire confidence in their abilities. Clients, studio execs, actors...everyone is skeptical of you when you don't yet have a big-time name behind you. That's exactly why the screenplay is so important. If you want a movie to get shot, you need every advantage on your side and the biggest asset you can have is the confidence of the people working by your side.

There's a reason that screenplays have such a formalized, standard structure. It's because they're the quick and easy way to tell the pros from the amateurs, the people who take a few minutes to learn proper procedure so that things can run smoothly and the people who leap in half-cocked. We asked Jennifer Albright, a graduate of UCLA School of Film, to share all the rules and best practices for formatting a screenplay.

Screenplay Writing: How to Format a Screenplay is the free report from Videomaker that will show you how to create a screenplay that looks like a screenplay.

Write it Right with Screenplay Writing: How to Format a Screenplay

The screenplay tells the "story" of the movie, but how do you know when you're writing it right? How do you make sure that the reader knows when characters are speaking? Moving? Thinking? How do you tell when a scene ends and another begins? How do you keep everything organized and easy to read so that you don't lose your reader's interest? The screenplay is a unique challenge, because it has to convey all the excitement of a finished movie in nothing but words. Proper formatting is vital to make sure that readers can follow along just as easily as would viewers at the film.

Learn:

  • How to Format a Screenplay
  • Defining your Location
  • Conveying the Action
  • Putting Words in People's Mouths
  • Transitioning Between Scenes
  • DOs and DON'Ts to Keep in Mind
  • Cover Page
  • Typing it All in

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