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The Screenplay Format


If you’ve read this far, you probably know something about the format of a screenplay. I’ll spread it out for you, however a sweep of a couple of content pages is truly sufficient to get the
general idea.

Reading scripts is the best way to learn the format and how to write scripts.
That’s how you learn how a screenplay moves and the language of film. If you don’t read, you can’t write.

A “FADE OUT:” is the traditional way to indicate that the script has begun, but it is no longer used because reading the first page of a script automatically assumes this. Additionally, it consumes precious script space that will be required to reduce your script to the appropriate page length (the most common obstacle for working writers). Particularly in a television script, FADE IN is completely unnecessary.

You put their name in all capital letters the first time they are introduced. However, this may be the case at any time you introduce a novel aspect of the script that draws the attention of the audience.

I only included the character’s approximate age and a brief description to help you understand her essence.

I believe the reader can infer from this description how she dresses and carries herself, so it’s not particularly important what she looks like for this character.

As I suggested earlier, I also described the set in broad strokes. I’m going to assume that everyone is already familiar with the format of dialogue in a script. Descriptors for the character’s action that describe how the character would carry it out were also included.

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