Bill Pace

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Ask the Expert: How to Use Transitions

Q: What is the right use of transitions in formatting your script? A: Transitions are used to indicate a special passage from one scene to another. In old Hollywood, “CUT TO:” used to be used to end every scene, but that is now considered bad form that wastes page space and clutters up reading...

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Ask the Expert: Parenthetical or Personal Directions

Question: What is the proper use of parentheticals? They are to be enclosed in parenthesis, non-capitalized and used very sparingly and pertain only to the character speaking. Their right margin is 3 inches in from the right side and their left margin is 3 inches from the left side of the paper. Keep them short and sweet,...

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BALLS OF STEEL: Put Up or Shut Up

Patience is paramount when it comes to both getting a project produced and learning your writing partner’s habits. But patience can also be the killer of a project – a slow infectious cancer that will suck the energy out of your work and your soul.