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Q&A Screenplay vs Novel [closed]

Now I know, that this question could be tagged too broad or opinion based, and that it might even be closed down. But I have been struggling over this for quite some time now and I want to get an a...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by HardikT‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Sluglines for same location but different periods, real and imagined

I'm writing a short film that has the vast majority scenes set in a pub, with the main male character about to approach a woman, and he imagines/projects some of the possibilities of this - it goes...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Spiffeah‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How many blank lines before scene headings (and secondary scene headings) using Amazon Storywriter

Question : How many blank lines should be before scene headings and secondary scene headings in a screenplay? Note that I am using Amazon Storywriter. Detail : I am writing a screenplay with Amazo...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Andy A‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A In a script how can I signal who's winning the argument?

Arguments, discussions, disagreements In my script I have a lot of "arguments" – loose definition: long discussions where characters disagree about what to do. These arguments don't escalate to ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by wetcircuit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do script readers start at the beginning?

Script readers-- the people who sift and sort the vast piles of scripts submitted to Hollywood -- do they start at the beginning? The reason I ask is that I know 99% of scripts are awful and just ...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by temporary_user_name‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there some good books about scriptwriting to study?

After a little googling I found this: The Complete Book of Scriptwriting What are other good examples?

2 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Daniel Ganiev‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I explain the reasons for gaslighting?

I have an ambiguous script situation, 2 co-protagonists begin gaslighting the MC. They each have ulterior motives which they don't say. The reader is intended to infer the lies through contradictor...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by wetcircuit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to name indistinguishable henchmen in a screenplay?

A large group of indistinguishable henchman feature throughout my screenplay. What is an acceptable naming method for them? Let's say I wanna call them 'Red shirts'. Can I ... A) Call them all RE...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Andy A‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to format quick flashes in a screenplay?

Question : In my screenplay, the main character occasionally suffers quick flashes, like visions. I have been unable to assert if I am formatting these correctly. Please also note the single and do...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Andy A‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write character's emotional reactions in a screenplay?

Question : When writing my screenplay, I frequently find the urge to describe a character's emotion. However, I have read somewhere (I forget where) that this should be left to the actor to some ex...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Andy A‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Autocapitalize after colon for dialog?

I write my dialog in this format: Joe: Why are you wearing a shoe on your head? Sam: Mind your own damn business! What's annoying here is that it doesn't automatically capitalize the word follow...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by noClue‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write dates shown on screen

I’m wanting to know how to enter dates that will be shown in text on the screen in a screenplay, I’ve see. Several ways to do it so I wanted clarification, thx for any help

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Matt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What’s the longest a screenplay can be at the midpoint?

65 pages? 70 pages??? I’ve got almost 80 and need to know how much I have to cut

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Matt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Writing a phone call scene in a screenplay

I’m writing a scene that is on a phone call. I don't want to hear one person in a voiceover. Instead, I want to cut back and forth between the two people speaking. Do I have to use a new scene h...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Matt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How should I write this scene heading? Let me explain

In my screenplay, I have a character that’s a 20 year old college student. He lives at home. His name is Brett. Another character pulls up to Brett’s house. Should the scene heading read: EXT....

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Marcus Meier‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A In fiction writing, how can one make the passage of time seem shorter?

More accurately, how can one write a story that spans across a good deal of time, but is not so much lengthy in its contents to match that time?

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by B.fox‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Asking for help in pitching and writing a script

I have an idea for a story to write. As a matter of fact, I wrote the first few pages. I like to write the story as a movie script and hopefully sell it, and hopefully it becomes a movie. But I am ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Greeso‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Right approach to introduce a character on a script

I'm writing a script for a short film so I'm trying to keep the things that are kind of dispendable, away. The story of the script starts at a bar, with the friend of the main character, a boy, h...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Narok‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to format complex action scene?

I have a scene that initially takes place in the padded room of a mental institution. A guard opens the door, the prisoner knocks him out and steals his gun and starts firing from the room into the...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Ser Pounce‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Screenwriting: Help with paragraph length.

I have a descriptive paragraph, at the beginning of a scene: INT. VICTIM’S BASEMENT - NIGHT ------, a professional criminal, and serial killer, is hard at work in the basement of an unsus...

0 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Nick‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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