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Matt, you may also want to order the Professional Writer's Teleplay/Screenplay Format booklet. It is from the Writer's Guild of America, and it tells how to just tell the action and let the directors figure out how to film it.
My copy is from the 1990's, so hopefully they've put a new version out by then.
Now that I've learned how to use pdfonline.com, I'll posting my scripts in pdf and using the page format listed in the writer's reference section of this site.
Thanks a lot for the tip Rich, I'll look that up! I really could use a formal guide to all the rules, as I think I've said before, most of what I've learned was from reading scripts, and sometimes not even the right kind(shooting scripts). Hotdotbot, thanks for the enthusiasm, glad you liked the script!
Well, before someone else points it out, I see now that I should take out CAPS for the sounds, as this isn't a shooting script. Also I'll take out the CUT TO and FADE TO, etc, except at the beginning and end because this also seems to be a shooting script element, no?
According to my script booklet, the CUT TO's and DISSOLVE TO's can be skipped. They tend to make the scripts longer by a few pages as they add up to the story's space.
Of course, the script guidelines on SS.com say that there should be two line spaces between scenes. This isn't in my booklet. And SS.com says that pages should be numbered like 1. instead of just 1 without the period behind it.
Yeah, it can be confusing trying to write a script based on previous resources. The best advice I can give is to follow the SS.com's guidelines in setting up the page format and tab creations. Then use the booklet's info to write the script. Be very sparing in using camera details. Just simply tell what is happening on the screen without using "we see." Let the director decide when to use close-ups when people are talking. Otherwise, just present the dialogue.
Thanks, I'm working on taking out all the camera details. That does help. I hadn't heard about 2 spaces between scenes, hopefully that one is wrong! Thanks again for all the help, you too Jackx. I'm working on another script currently using the new rules I've learned, and then I'll do some more editing on this one.