Dr. Format

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...

Ask the Expert: Sluglines Slugfest

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Question: When I’m writing scenes in one location, say hotel or a house, how do I format the sluglines properly? You’ve often heard the terms slug, slug line, and mini-slug in reference to screenwriting.  Understanding these terms is paramount, so let’s...

Ask the Expert: 3 Keys to Succeeding as a Writer

Last month, Dave’s article about how to fail as a writer got such a reaction he wanted to share more thoughts on success and failure… If you want to succeed as a writer, decide right now that you are going to move towards that goal. The following 3 keys will unlock...

Ask the Expert: INTERCUT – Conversations and Actions

QUESTION #1 – PHONE CONVERSATIONS What is the best way to cross cut a telephone conversation that cuts back and forth between two characters. ANSWER Simply establish the two locations and write out the telephone conversation as follows: INT. MARY’S KITCHEN – NIGHT Mary paces nervously, then punches numbers on her...

Balls of Steel: Lessons of a Reader

Every once in a while I get an opportunity to help a fellow writer or colleague. Whenever my schedule permits, and even when it doesn’t, I do my best to say, “yes.” Why would I offer up my time, even when I’m busy? To learn. I don’t care how many scripts...