Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Scriptwriting an Oscar Winning Screenplay

Writing an Oscar Winning Screenplay/Screenwriting/Scriptwriting

Like anyone knows. But thinking about this for years and having gone to USC film school, worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles and New York, and written over 10 feature screenplays-some optioned or hired-and published "The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting" for beginners to intermediate scriptwriters, and continue to study all aspects of film for feature film development and producing, the subjectivity to winning the Oscars is sometimes a mystery, or are there certain calculations?

This year's Oscar nominated and winning movies, actors, scripts, directors were outstanding.

My favorites:
12 Years a slave (best picture)
Dallas Buyer's Club (best actor)
Gravity (best director)
Nebraska (nominated)

Of course I loved "Wolf of Wall Street" as Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio is a genius, engaging actor--the best of the best. But I'm sure he and Mr. Scorsese (best of the best) had to realize at one point, a film about a con-man could not trump a true story of a slave, and cowboy aids movie based on a true story.

All the movies this year were the best of what is out there in the world. Enjoy it. Because some will be considered masterpieces, and continue for thousands of years, immortalizing the stories and actors.

All the stories and screenplays contained complicated characters with a problem. It didn't matter if they won or lost, the audience rooted for them.

Unfortunately, some films got snubbed like Captain Phillips and the new Coen Brother's film "Inside llewen Davis" was a great under-rated film not even nominated.

Award winning screenplays and Award winning caliber screenwriting for feature films is not easy, These craftsmen have written countless screenplays, and stories and mastered dialogue, structure, format, formatting, plots, interweaving plots, timing, tone, style, themes, pacing and knowing less is more.

Buy The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting to learn about scriptwriting techniques and tricks, help, samples, examples and guide books for all aspects from idea to treatment to story to first draft, to final draft, to agents and managers and producers.

The only thing the book can't teach you is what to do if you actually won an Oscar. Please... no "Alright, alright" That's taken by brilliant, shining Mr. Matthew McConaughey - who deserves to shine in the Texas sun for his accomplishment of playing in Dallas Buyers Club. Impressive acting and screenwriting--and I hate HIV movies!

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Tools of Screenwriting

The Tools of Screenwriting

A script writer has only a few tools. One is his/her brain, IQ, talent, experience and storytelling ability. The other tools of screenwriting for movies, tv and film can be obtained through classes, courses, books like "The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting", getting a mentor, watching movies, studying film screenplays and writing script after script, with re-wrote after re-write and editing until your fingers bleed. Add Band-Aid to your screenwriter's tool-kit.

Format is basic. It's easily taught, and most creative writers won't have a hard time formatting once they educate themselves.

Story is king - and hardest to nail. As a newbie, or novice screenwriter, story, structure, character and dialog will prove to be your biggest challenges of writing, even if you don't see it.

Most professional WGA screenwriters working in a career as feature scriptwriters, ghost writers, spec script writers, TV writers, and co-writers have written dozens of scripts, and probably trashed most of them.

Writing your first screenplay is a big deal. Finishing the screenplay's final act should bring joy. Drink some wine, smoke a Cuban cigar or dabble in another form of mind alteration to reward yourself for completing a screenplay. That's better than most dummies who stop during the outline phase.

Outlining is vital to screenwriting, in the same way a blueprint or architectural plans are to building. The script outline should be 8-20 pages and be editable, which means it takes less work to edit structure or problems during the outline process, than dealing with 120 page screenplay.

Movies are visual. Dialog is cheap. The outline should contain the whole story and sub-plots, but not so detailed, and without much dialog. The outline will be read by your boss, if you're a hired writer, or never seen. But it is the best tool for screenwriting. and

Movie Script Format Template

Screenplay Format Template: script formatting

If you're a beginner screenwriter writing a feature or television script, format is one of many elements of screenwriting to learn.

First, most film schools recommend all filmmakers read The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting - which has examples and templates, as well as explanations and detailed rules an conventions of script formatting for Hollywood and producers, directors, actors and crew.

Mac, PC and Linux Users can learn script format by educating themselves and buying scriptwriting software like Final Draft.

Read screenplays. Read scriptwriting format books, and basic guides like The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting, andpractice, practice, practice.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Scriptwriting Basics

Scriptwriting Basics: elements to a screenplay

The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting available at amazon.com teaches the basics of screenwriting from story to format to business.

Professional screenwriters usually have written over a dozen scripts before selling a spec script in the market, getting a literary or film agent to represent them in Hollywood. Of course, some script writers make a million dollar sale off their first or second screenplay, but it's like winning the lottery.

The first place to start when writing a screenplay, is a concept. Is the concept appealing in a visual medium like film? Movie writing is prose, poetry, written in a style to conjure images in the reader's head and "see" or "feel" the film as they read the script. It starts with a great concept. That's the seed.

Conflict is to story like a musical note is to a piece of music. Without conflict, a story cannot progress to a climax or resolution.

Now that you have chosen a marketable and good concept that includes conflict, unique characters and a world filmmakers want to create and movie audiences want to view, you're ready to flesh it out into a synopsis - a one page beat sheet of your story.

The one sheet synopsis is used to pitch the overall screenplay, and serve as marketing ad copy for the future.

You need to learn structure, pace, plotting, interweaving plots, rise of action, and how to write a screenplay by scenes, sequences, acts, action lines, and dialog. You need to understand character archetypes, and old storytelling fundamentals, linear structure, 3 act structure, how to get in late and get out early, pacing techniques, dialog training, editing process, timing, and more.

There's a lot to learn, and it starts with education books used by college film students and independent filmmakers and first time screenplay writers learning the craft and conventions.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Screenplay Examples

Screenplay Examples

The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting shares an abundance of screenplay samples by successful Hollywood screenwriters and feature films and blockbuster movies. Using direct scenes and snippets from screenwriter's such as Quentin Tarantino or Martin Scorsese, or William Goldman, George Lucas (Star Wars - the franchise now owned by Disney) and Steven Spielberg.

Reading screenplays (by WGA Guild professional writers) and produced screenplays. is part of the process of learning screenwriting for beginners or writing your first or second TV or film script.

A screenplay is a 90-130 page visual poetry written in prose, Courier 12pt font on 8 1/2" x 11" bright white three-hole punched paper (that's the start of technical formatting). Why is font important to a script format? It's about timing. One well formatted page equals roughly one minute of screen time, if the screenplay is read as it is meant to be read - as visual prose writing, not literary work or novel writing. Most movies are one and a half to two hours.

A screenplay can come from anywhere. Your idea. A real life event. It can can be an original piece, or based on a true story or previously written piece, like a novel, stage play or newspaper article which would have to be adapted for the screen (yes, there is a section about that in The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting). A screenplay - correctly formatted - is a blueprint for the film's actors, director and producers.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Screenplay sells: selling a screenplay

Screenplay sells: selling a screenplay

Sure, lightning does strike some lucky screenwriters once in a while and they make six figures or a few million off their first or second script. Do you play the lottery? It's the same odds. Don't bet on selling a screenplay easily. It could take you ten years or more, or, sadly, even after writing 20 screenplays, your material may fail to ever sell. Thus is the life of many screenwriters. Thus many screenwriters have day jobs or careers outside of screenwriting and Hollywood film.

Check recent screenplay sales online. Just research it and you'll find data, which gives prices and the project info, and buyer.

Most spec feature scripts sell for 250,000 to 3 million. A seasoned screenwriter with a successful track record can make5-10 million a script. A first time screenwriter lucky enough to find a buyer, should be expecting maybe 300k - 800k.

But that's rare. And that would be by a studio or agency. This, assuming your script was amazing, made it through readers, execs, and to the decision makers. Very rare.

Even someone buying a script for 10k is rare. As a beginning screenwriter, you are working for FREE until you are pro... and no guarantees you'll turn pro.

Screenwriters NEED marketable scripts that agents, actors and producers think can be safe bets in a high risk environment.

Writers of film writing spec scripts and learning screenwriting need to understand structure, story, convention, format and also genre. Buyers are looking for GENRE SCRIPTS.

Indie filmmaking turned the studio system on it's ugly head. The market is saturated with content. Your script has many paths to be sold or optioned. Your best bet is find the companies who specialize in the genre that your screenplay is.

Don't count on the lottery. Count on learning how to write a screenplay well, and then dive into the business side of the film industry.

Screenplay Competitions, Screenwriting Competitions, Script for Film Contests

Screenplay Competitions, Screenwriting Competitions, Script for Film Contests

Screenplay competitions can be helpful, harmful or a waste of time. Personally, I suggest only entering script competitions once you've spent at least 2 years on your first screenplay. But really, you should write 2-5 film screenplay before thinking about screenplay contest submissions.

Why? Because your competition is VERY stiff. You are competing with people on their 10th script, or writers who went to film schools, or previous contest winners, and even sometimes, professional writers who qualify. Yes, that stinks.

Plus think about the costs. Each screenplay contest is $100 or so on average and takes a year to get results.

Who do you think reads the contest scripts? MINIONS! With not much more knowledge, if not less, than yourself. Why pay an asshole to read something your friend can read for free?

Those little asshole readers may not like the first 2 pages of your script, so they won't read it. Or they do a "skim" - take 3-5 minutes and read a few pages throughout to get an idea of what the script is about.

Competitions are growing, and they are around to make money - just like every other illusion in the film BUSINESS.

I don't believe in contests. I believe in writing screenplay after screenplay until you have something to bring to agents, directors, actors and producers. Or making the screenplay yourself.

It's hard to convey tone and style on paper - so many readers will not understand your vision. even if your screenplay is professionally formatted with a great story.

Scriptwriting Courses: Learn Screenwriting

Scriptwriting Courses

Many would be screenwriter's take scriptwriting courses and classes thinking that it will make them connections or get them inside tips in the film industry.

I'm not saying don't take a screenwriting course - especially if the teacher has decent credentials.

It's just, screenwriting courses can be designed more or less for motivation.

If you are self motivated, and put in the time, and want to learn how to write a screenplay professionally, The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting will be your master course in screenwriting story, format and business.

Film school can be a great experience at a great cost. But many screenwriter's learn on their own, watching movies and writing scripts, and reading screenwriting books and taking classes.

Scriptwriting courses are just one of many things a scriptwriter should be doing.

save time and money - learn everything a course can teach you in a simple 100 page book.

Screenwriting Format: screenplay formatting

Screenwriting Format: screenplay formatting

The Bare Bone Book of Screenwriting has 1/3rd of it's content related to industry standard screenplay format for feature films, short films, AV and TV scripts.

Writing a professional screenplay can be time consuming and frustrating. Even basic screenplay format throws many beginner screenplay writers off track. Format rules will make or break you if you submit your screenplay to an agency or producer. If your script is formatted wrong, it will make you, the writer, look amateur - thus your script is not read (and perhaps thrown in the garbage).

To understand script formatting, a screenwriter must study format of successful screenplays and movies. Buy the screenplay and read it while you watch the film. By doing this, you'll pick up on screenwriter's tips, rules and tricks that enable them to get words and images from their head to the page.

Scriptwriting formatting software is highly recommended, and it makes life easy. Format software like Final Draft is affordable and educational, allowing the screenwriter to write in pro script format without having to think about it.

Script format really is complicated until you understand the language. We were raised in English class to write properly. Screenwriting is prose (short form, poetry) designed to create a fast read and conjure images and dialogue as the script is read.

One page should read in one minute. One screenplay should be around 110-120 pages.

Format is separate from story, structure, character, theme, etc. Script format helps a screenplay communicate the visual story on paper in a visual medium.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Making a Living as a Screenwriter

Screenwriting Book

Can you make a living writing screenplays? Only you can answer that questions. Many screenwriters fail after a dozen spec scripts. And some writers get rich off their first spec sale for 6 or 7 figures. The WGA states the average screenwriter salary is around 55k/yr. Many screenwriters also work as full or part time "script doctors", attempting to enhance a rough, first draft, or final script to suit the desires of a director or studio. Script-doctoring can be quite profitable, especially for the popular writers. David Mamet and John Sayles, for instance, fund the movies they direct themselves, usually from their own scriptss, by writing and doctoring scripts for other paying clients. Script doctoring companies, or script consultancies, are also often used by film directors, production companies and individual screenwriters. Many up and coming screenwriters also "ghost write" projects and allow more established screenwriters to take credit. You can make a living at home by writing screenplays that sell... if you learn the art and craft of storytelling for film or TV. Make movies with DSLR, home video cameras, 16mm, 35mm, or with your camera phone. Take courses. Collect ideas. Screenwriting Books. If your website needs Orange County SEO Visit www.clarkseo.com

Screenwriting Software

Screenwriting Software

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Apart from these specialized screenplay software applications like Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriting Software, there are many add-ons or templates for popular word processors like Microsoft Word. These scriptwriting software packages adhere to formatting conventions which are considered standard in Hollywood. Screenwriting software can be downloaded on PC or Mac, shipped on disc or accessed online. Most Film Production programs at top film schools (like USC, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Northwestern, AFI, Calarts, etc..) use Final Draft software and teach basic screenplay mechanics and format via books and workshops, and table reads, and short film projects. Templates allow TV series custom made templates for shows on Disney, Fox, Universal, ABC, NBC, Warner Brothers, and more. Situation comedy templates and drama templates are simple to make your screenplay marketable and attractive to buyers. Final Draft script writing program.

Screenwriting Book for Beginners

Screenwriting Book for Beginners

Buy Screenwriting books The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting uses a 'let's-get-down-to-brass-tacks' approach to screenwriting concentrating on the foundation of essential creative, technical and business principles in the market. Written in a simple, straight-forward witty style by a professional in the field, The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting is a treasure chest for anyone interested in the screenwriting trade. "The perfect guide for new script writers. Sharp prose and practical advice in simple English with all the nuts, bolts, and screws you'll need." (Academy Award winning producer, West Bank Story).

For teens, film and college students and beginners of all ages, this easy to understand, basic filmmaking and screenplay resource provides screenplay format, story and business examples and help, including script format, screenplay outlines, story, character, dialogue, structure, plot, selling a screenplay, agents and managers, working with producers, directors and actors and much more. An all in one guide to writing screenplays that sell. Film school is expensive. This 101 page book will teach the screenwriter the correct format and storytelling rules, tricks and mistakes to avoid when writing your first, second or third screenplay.

Any genre writer can benefit from this resource as it walks the reader through creating a professional industry standard formatted Hollywood screenplay to attract literary or television/film agents and filmmakers. Non WGA and WGA members in TV and film (features, series, animation, comics, short films) use this book for help during outlining and writing screenplays or TV series scripts.

Monday, July 7, 2008

WGA schedule of units/credits

Screenwriting books Buy Screenwriting Books SCHEDULE OF UNITS OF CREDIT for WGA SCREENWRITERS

Two Screenwriting Units
For each complete week of employment within the Guild's jurisdiction on a week-to-week basis.

Three Screenwriting Units
Story for a radio or television program less than 30 minutes shall be prorated in increments of 10 minutes or less.

Four Screenwriting Units
Story for a short subject theatrical motion picture of any length or for a radio or television program or breakdown for a non-primetime serial 30 minutes through 60 minutes.

Six Screenwriting Units
Teleplay or radio play less than 30 minutes shall be prorated in 5-minute increments; Television format for a new serial or series; “Created By” credit given pursuant to the separation of rights provisions of the WGA Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement in addition to other units accrued for the literary material on which the “Created By” credit is based.

Eight Screenwriting Units
Story for a radio or television program or breakdown for a non-primetime serial more than 60 minutes and less than 90 minutes; Screenplay for a short subject theatrical motion picture or for a radio play or teleplay 30 minutes through 60 minutes.

12 Screenwriting Units
Story for a radio or television program 90 minutes or longer or story for a feature-length theatrical motion picture; or breakdown for a non-primetime serial 90 minutes or longer. Radio play or teleplay more than 60 minutes and less than 90 minutes.

24 Screenwriting Units
Screenplay for a feature-length theatrical motion picture; radio play or teleplay 90 minutes or longer; Long-term story projection, which is defined for this purpose as a bible, for a specified term, on an existing, five times per week non-prime time serial; Bible for any television serial or primetime miniseries of at least four hours.

A Script Rewrite
One-half the number of units allotted to the applicable category of work.

A Script Polish
One-quarter the number of units allotted to the applicable category of work.

A Script Option
One-half the number of units allotted to the applicable category of work subject to a maximum entitlement of eight such units per project in any one year. An extension or renewal of the same option shall not be accorded additional units. If an option on previously unexploited literary material is exercised, the sale of this material is accorded the number of units applicable to the work minus the number of units accorded to the option of the same material.
( http://www.wga.org/subpage_whoweare.aspx?id=84, June 21st 2006)

Script Coverage: screenplay analysis

Screenplay coverage, script coverage, story analysis

A screenplay coverage report is a three to five page report on your script/movie, which is filed by film and production companies and literary agencies when your screenplay is submitted. Hollywood interns and assistants, or other wannabe screenwriters acting as independent contractors, are the ones doing the reading and script coverage, not agents and producers.

The script coverage report contains a 1 – 3 page story synopsis and a page or two of personal notes. Screenplays are rated with a system evaluating story, style, character, script format, dialogue, concept and marketability. Each script will gain a “pass” (rejection), “consider” or “recommend.” Because no one wants to look like an idiot in the film industry, it is rare that a script is recommended. It's gotta be better than great. It needs to be a sure fire blockbuster or have stars, directors or money attached.

It’s a system to condense material. The problem is that it could be anyone who is evaluating your creative material. If that reader doesn’t relate to, understand, or simply despises your subject matter in your screenplay, you are bound to get a negative review. But who said the world was fair? The film world is not fair at all.

But you can still use script coverage samples to market yourself and your screenplay to agents, producers or investors. There are screenwriting consultants who provide this coverage service and or analysis ranging from $300. You can use the coverage in your query letters when trying to sale a screenplay, for investment packages and to tack onto the top of your script when you submit it to ensure that agencies and production companies have an existing screenplay report to read.

Buy The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting at amazon.com to get a crash course on the basics of the screenwriting trade, from story, format to business and selling.

The Spec Script: how to write a movie

THE SPEC SCRIPT: how to write and sell a screenplay

A spec script is the term given to a script written on the speculation that the movie screenplay will sell. To be blunt, the spec script game is like playing the lottery. There are millions of specs floating around offices and mailrooms. Even a proven writer, actor, director and producer will have a tough time raising money for their own spec scripts. Let that soak in, then think about all the no-namers and beginners trying to compete with them! This is just the reality of the business.

There are a lot of stories about script writers selling their spec scripts for 250 thousand to a few million dollars, but this is extremely rare. I stress, this is extremely rare. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shoot for the stars, but you should focus more energy on the concept of building a career rather than selling your one-shot script so you can retire.

Look at your first few spec screenplays first as learning tools, second as marketing tools. These spec scripts are your calling cards. An agent will want to see 2 or 3 before even considering representing your screenplays or you as a work for hire screenwriter.

How to Register your Screenplay with the WGA: screenwriting Advise/Help/Copywriting

REGISTER WITH THE WRITER’S GUILD OF AMERICA (www.wga.org) Screenwriting Protection

Aside from copyrighting your screenplay with the Library of Congress, it’s a good idea to register your script with the WGA, a guild designed solely for the purpose of helping screenwriters and protecting screenplay intellectual property rights. You can utilize the script registration process on their website even if you are not a professional screenwriter's guild member.

If you are a screenwriter and live east of the Mississippi register your story, outline, treatment, screenplay/material with the WGA East. If you are a screenwriter and live west of the Mississippi register your material with the WGA West. If you live on the Mississippi river… I don’t know what to tell you. But I’m sure you’ve got a great story to tell, and Hollywood will love to read it one day... if your scriptwriting format and conventions of the screenplay are industry standard. (for formatting advise buy The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting at Amazon and screenwriting software.)

You can mail in a hardcopy of your final draft screenplay or do the process online at the www.wga.org website. The cost is $20 for non-guild members and $10 for screenwriter guild members in good standing. Script registration is valid for a term of five years.

Re-writing Process for Screenwriters

Re-writing process for screenwriters: re-writing the screenplay

So you’ve spent months, maybe years on your feature screenplay and now it’s time to get it out into the big bad world. Earnest Hemmingway once said, "All first drafts are shit"

Follow these steps before you hack into your re-write:

• Take a few weeks off from the script. Don’t touch it,
don’t even look at it or think about it. Regain a fresh perspective. Let your fingers heal. Go back into the sunlight.

• Let 3 to 5 people (other than mom) read the script and then listen to their feedback. Do not get defensive. Take things with a grain of salt. But if 3 out of 3 readers say the same thing about your screenplay, you’d be a fool not to take note.

• When you start rewriting your script focus on specific elements during each pass through the script: on one pass focus only on your characters, on another pass focus only on story structure, on another pass focus only on dialogue, on another pass focus only on screenplay format and grammar, etc. This will hone your energies for specific problems.

• Cut, cut, and cut the fat. Typically, a first draft screenplay will run 120 to 150 pages and should be slimmed down to 90 to 120 pages by the second draft. William Goldman has said, “You must cut your darlings.” Get your knife and saw the fat before you serve the steak. A well trimmed screenplay coming in at 90 pages takes 30 minutes less to read than a 120 page screenplay - which means you've got a better shot at someone getting through the damn thing.

Format: Screenplay Conventions: Screenplay writing format rules, conventions, techniques

Screenplay writing format rules, conventions, techniques, books

Screenplays look a certain way. The sheer volume of professional Hollywood script submissions makes it so that if your feature or television screenplay looks strange or unprofessional, it's headed for the dumpster.

A scriptwriter has to adhere to conventions and form of standard script format. If you are wealthy and financing the film yourself, your screenplay can look any way you want. But remember, the film's cast and crew need a professionally written screenplay by, who they believe, is a pro writer, to work off - and for good reason: scheduling, budgeting, creating and organization aspects that make a film production run smoothly and constructively. It stats with the screenplay - the blueprint for storytelling.

The basic screenplay conventions:

Paper dimensions; margins: Use 8 1/2" x 11" white 3-hole punched paper. Page numbers on the screenplay appear in the upper right hand corner. Do not number the cover page of your script. The top and bottom margins are between 0.5" and 1". The left margin is between 1.2" and 1.6". The right margin is between 0.5" and 1". Don’t use special paper, just standard old white printing paper. Margins are already set up on writing software like Final Draft Screenwriting Software program.

Font and size: Courier, 12 pt. This is used for timing the screenplay purposes. One script page should equal one minute of screen time. Don’t use fancy fonts. Don’t use large or small text. Great screenplays look simple and professional.

Binding: Only use brass brads to bind a screenplay. The standard Hollywood film industry practice is to use two brads: one at the top, one at the bottom of the screenplay—even though there are three holes. The reason/myth is because an executive will usually remove the brads when reading a feature film script to flip pages easily. You can usually find brads for screenplays at office supply stores. If not you can order them online from an online screenwriting store or get them at a local copy shop. Or, ask a fellow screenwriter aiming for the contests, agents and producers like yourself. Just ensure any screenwriter partnerships or friendships, that their writing talent compliments your style, tone and strengths. There's a lot of hacks, or novice screenwriters who don't understand story, format or conventions of visual story telling in movies.

Screenplay cover page/title page: DO NOT get fancy here. No artwork. No special covers. No glossy paper. Nothing. It will stand out, yes, but it will also signal that your screenplay sucks. So unless you’re Terry Gillian or Pablo Picasso, don’t be artsy.

The movie title itself: The title to your screenplay should be center page in Bold, 12 to 14 font. Beneath the film's title should be the words “written by” followed by the screenwriter's name. If the story is by another screenwriter, that information should be included by writing “story by” and then the author’s name. The bottom left hand corner contains your name and contact information. The bottom right hand corner contains your WGA(Writer's Guild of America) registration number. That’s it. Keep it simple stupid(KISS). Scriptwriting formatting software will have title templates built in.

Script length: A typical professional screenplay runs 90 to 120 pages. Horror scripts and feature film comedy scripts can run short, while drama feature screenplays tend to run longer. Once you get over 130 pages, you’re in the danger zone. No executive reader, analyst, producer, actor or assistant likes a heavy script. Anywhere around 100 pages is a good length for a first time screenwriter writing their first feature length screenplay. We’ll talk about why in my book "The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting" available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles.com or special order it at your local bookstore in the film/cinema section.

In the meantime read more screenwriting books to learn more about script format, screenplay rules, tips, tricks, rules and strategies for correct format, polished clean feel, fast reading screenplay.

If you have bad screenwriting format skills, you need to do two things: first read screenwriting books on format, and two: buy scriptwriting software like Final Draft, which makes formatting simple and easy, at an affordable price. But education on how to write a movie should be obtained through classes, books, TV, seminars, reading screenplays, workshops and studying film scripts already produced, as well as shooting scripts.

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