Screenplay Formatting

Anything that makes your script look unprofessional will hurt the chance of your screenplay getting recommended by a studio reader let alone produced. An astute reader might overlook formatting errors and find a well-told story inside, but most will toss the script after only reading a couple of pages. If you do not have the proper screenplay format, your script will be judged as amateurish, putting it in the pile of rejected scripts. Learn how to use proper screenplay format to give off the first impression of being a professional screenwriter.

Breaking In: Abraham Lincoln, Verbosity Hunter

Abraham Lincoln was a great writer and public speaker– and a master of brevity.  His entire Gettysburg Address was just 272 words.  A tall man, he knew just how long or short anything should be.  Once, while riding in a stagecoach, Abraham Lincoln was asked by one of his fellow passengers how...

Submissions Insanity # 11: How To Win Screenwriting Competitions

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! If you enter the word “screenwriting” into Google, you’ll discover from its Autocomplete function that after “software,” “competitions” is the second most popular search term on the web. But how do screenwriters WIN or place highly in screenwriting competitions, my Bang2writers...

From The Lens: Writing Action Lines

When a screenplay lands on my desk, I spend a lot of my time breaking it down, analyzing it as a whole, and analyzing the individual characters. As you may assume, a major part of my focus is on the action lines, because they give me visual cues I need in order...

What You Must Know About Script Format

Dave Trottier is a produced screenwriter, award-winning teacher, acclaimed script consultant, author of The Screenwriter’s Bible , and friendly host of keepwriting.com. Follow Dave on Twitter: @DRTrottier. Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! It was the most beautiful chocolate cake I had ever seen.  The college professor...