Saturday, February 21, 2009  

Script Writing Format and its Elements

A screenplay or script is a blueprint for creating a motion image. It can be modified from a previous work. For example—from a short story, play, novel or it could be from an original work in and of itself.

Most screenplays are anticipated to be written in 12 point Courier or Courier New typeface, devoid of bolding or italicizing. This section depicts the elements used to develop a screenplay.

Title page—

Since a title page is the first indication to a producer that you are either professional or an amateur, so make sure that your screenplay is quite gripping type.

Title should be highlighted, either by underline or by quotation marks.

In the bottom of it, put contact information and any copyright information.


Transitions are short descriptions illustrating how the film will move from one scene to the next.

The only time to employ Transition is if it is vital to tell a story. For example—
You can use Time Cut to specify the passage of time.

Dissolve to indicate that time has passed.

You can make use of Match Cut if you want to demonstrate that there is some association between something we just view and something in the new scene.

Scene headings--

Scene headings or slug lines mark out the commencement of a new scene in a screenplay.

If the scene is exterior, it begins with "EXT" and if the scene takes place indoor, than "INT."

When pursuing this descriptor, the name of the location of the scene should be materialized in caps.

This is than followed by a space, a hyphen, another space, and then the time of day.

Scene headings should have a margin of 1.5 inches from the left, 1 inch from the right.

Page breaks--

When a paragraph of action or dialogue is split up across the pages, the break is supposed to come among the sentences and not previous to the second line of the paragraph.


It represents what can be observed on the screen and is always in a present tense


In screenwriting, whenever a character verbalizes, it is dialogue, even if it is a monologue.


Parenthetical is used as an ongoing notation. If the same character keeps on speaking, this notation can be used.

It should be short, eloquent, to the point, and used only when it is extremely required.