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How Do I Format A Quote At The Beginning Of A Script?

How To Format A Quote ANOTHER scriptwriting-related question – it’s been quite the week for them – but this time, just a kwikkie on format from Wade Glenn: I’ve seen a lot of films end their opening credits sequences with famous quotations that are thematically relevant to the film. I want to do this but I’m wondering … How do you format a quote in a script? and If I decide to use a quote, do I have to mention a credits sequence? Or do I just put it somewhere after “FADE IN”? There’s no real “rule” for quotes generally. That… Read More »How Do I Format A Quote At The Beginning Of A Script?

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Format 1 Stop – Updated

I’ve been emailed, Facebooked and Tweeted a LOT of format queries in recent weeks, so I thought I’d add them to The Format One Stop Shop. Enjoy! Parentheticals. After a short absence, parentheticals seem to be creeping back into spec screenplays – especially features. My recommendation: don’t, with the notable exception of (sarcastic) or any other time a line is otherwise AMBIGUOUS in the story. Otherwise, parentheticals feel really obvious, are quite distracting and actually take up a fair bit of space; plus I’m told actors are TAUGHT to ignore them anyway! Act Breaks. Recently I’ve seen a significant increase… Read More »Format 1 Stop – Updated

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Screenplay Format – The B2W One Stop Shop

Good Format Is … … Not getting BUSTED! Screenplay format is top of the pile when work experience kids read our work (and they are!). Unfortunately, screenplay format is what they understand and latch onto. Whilst any writer can obviously do what they want, there are obvious and basic things a writer can avoid/cut/change to make sure their script is less likely to get thrown aside when it’s plucked out of the spec pile. Top 5 Format Mistakes Wondering what are the FIVE most made mistakes when it comes to screenplay format?? CLICK HERE. Free Format 1 Page Guide Download On… Read More »Screenplay Format – The B2W One Stop Shop

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CeltX 2.7 Out Now

I’m slammed with writing work at the mo, so just dropping in to let you know the newest version of the screenwriting software CeltX is out now. CeltX is completely free and my favourite of all freeware format tools, though personally I’m a Final Draft user and always will be. Download CeltX 2.7 here. Not sure what software to go with? Read my round up and others’ recommendations here.

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Which Screenwriting Software Is The Best? (Paid-For & Free)

[Kept updated as much as possible] All About Software One question new writers always ask in the B2W Facebook group is whether they should buy screenwriting software. So hello to Michelle who asks: “I’ve heard mixed advice from everyone on the screenwriting software issue… Some advise getting it, others say there’s no need for expensive software, at least not until you’re in the thick of it. What’s your take?” Biiiig question! Ready? Let’s go … There’s lots of software choices now Some people like screenwriting software; others see it as an excuse for a company to make shedloads of cash.… Read More »Which Screenwriting Software Is The Best? (Paid-For & Free)

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Final Draft 8 – Review

I’ve been writing so long now I started on a typewriter. Seems mad now; you can’t delete typos, you don’t get multiple copies (can’t store them either) and maybe it was just me, but I always used to get my eight year old fingers stuck between the “s” and the “z”, taking the skin off them. Ouch! I never came across Final Draft until I became a script reader; at university I always used MS Word and manually formatted as I went along. God it was dull! And time consuming. Final Draft’s price tag put me off at first; I… Read More »Final Draft 8 – Review

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F——- Format

As you might imagine, I get a lot of questions about format – and scribes love to talk about it, whether it’s on message boards, e-bulletins, blogs, even in – shock! horror! – real life. Seems to me like the whole format thing is never going to go away: instead it’s going to go up and down the scriptwriting mountain like Sisphus’ rock. As soon as one discussion is finished, another will start. It’s a tricky beast too, because it takes many guises, such as: – Should I use capitals for sounds in my scripts? – Can I capitalise dialogue?… Read More »F——- Format

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Top 5 Reasons Why Parentheticals Are Useless

Updated So, parentheticals aka ‘wrylies’ have a tendency to turn up in screenplays … and they’re NOT NEEDED. They interrupt the flow of the read and what’s more, seriously ANNOY actors and filmmakers as well as script readers. TRUTH! Don’t believe me? Fine … check these out for size: 5. You are the writer, NOT the director! Unless you are the writer/director, the Director and Actors need room to make THEIR interpretation of your screenplay! This is the most-oft quoted case AGAINST parentheticals: if loads of lines of your dialogue tells the actors HOW to say lines “(condescendingly)”, “(pleadingly)”, “(wryly)” or whatever,… Read More »Top 5 Reasons Why Parentheticals Are Useless

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Format Template

Would you like a FREE sample “template” page of what a spec script *might* look like, with instructions on what *best* NOT to include? I’ve created one and shown it to a variety of my script reading contacts, including Scottish Screen. I often send it out to my Bang2writers to help clarify potential format “issues”. Over on the Writersroom blog I offered one to a chap there asking about uppercase, so I wondered if anyone over here would like one too? If so, send me an email at the usual address and I’ll send you the file – it’s just… Read More »Format Template

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Scriptwriting Degrees, pt 1: University

Whilst it’s a given that talent can’t be taught – you have it or you don’t – a scriptwriting degree seems to be the latest “must have” if you’re going to get *anywhere* in this biz. This of course is total pants – some of the most successful writers I know of or have met have no piece of paper that SAYS they’re “trained”, yet still people sign up in their droves: I have a BA (Hons) Scriptwriting for Film and TV from Bournemouth University for example, as does Dom and Lianne. I believe Pillock is going for the MA… Read More »Scriptwriting Degrees, pt 1: University

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