DIY Film Tips # 7 – Formatting Your Screenplay! – Slices of Lasagna

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Formatting

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Formatting is pretty universal I’m not going to get into details about exact formatting, but a good simple breakdown can be found at: scripped.com – screenplay_basics

Definitely get a screenwriting program. I like Movie Magic Screenwriter It’s not free, but it does go along with the entire suite;Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling

There are some good freeware programs out there though such as, Celtx and Adobe’s Story Free.

Both have hot keys that make screenwriting simple and everything is formatted for you. Both also have a budgeting and scheduling suite to go along with them as well.

A plethora of screenplay examples of can be found at Script-O-Rama I recommend reading a few in your genre choice before you begin writing.

If you want more details about formatting I recommend the “Screenwriters Bible”,
or the always-good time series “Screenwriting for Dummies”,
you can get both used on Amazon for a few bucks or check out these web sites:

htscriptologist.com – Formatting

screenwriting.info

writersstore.com – how-to-write-a-screenplay-a-guide-to-scriptwriting

bbc.co.uk – formatting-your-script

A great simple walk through on screenwriting can also be found via puppet @ BitterScriptReader

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