Screenwriting Episode 03 - Screenplay Elements and Formatting

A lot of people don’t know how to format a script or how to begin writing one. Script writing is very different to writing a short story or even a play. It has its own set of rules and formatting techniques. Once you learn the basics it becomes second nature. 

ELEMENTS OF A SCREENPLAY

1. You start the scene with a SCENE HEADING which describes the scenes location and time of day. You begin the scene heading with whether the scene is inside or outside. 

INT = Interior (Inside) and EXT = Exterior (Outside)

INT. BERT'S HOUSE - EVENING

2. When you introduce a character for the first time in your script you write their names in capital letters. If your scene has any dialogue then you will need to format the person who is speaking’s name like this . Action describes what is happening in the scene and is written in the present tense.  

INT. BERT'S HOUSE - EVENING

ALICE (7) wanders through the halls, tracing her fingers along the walls as she goes. 

3. Dialogue is centered (screenwriting software will do this for you) - like this

INT. BERT'S HOUSE - EVENING

ALICE (7) wanders through the halls, tracing her fingers along the walls as she goes. 

                                                       ALICE

                                        Hello?

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