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Most people work with the thought in mind that their piece of writing will go on to be well received, and more success will come based around that, so will leave doors open for sequels. However, nobody wants to read an incomplete book. Therefore you will usually find that most things will wrap up quite well at the end, and most plot points will be handled ...


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...Just the same. Just note that this is open play and not the cutscene. Write all events, but note which part is a cutscene, which is a dialogue, which is plain action, which is a quicktime event... In case of linear games this is very simple, and doesn't differ from typical script by much. Now, in case of games with more advanced plot, the scripts are ...


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It's not always so different. There are just a set of rules in hollywood, there isn't really in bollywood. So in bollywood you write as you please and so sometimes it looks more like the hollywood-style, one minute per page format, and other times like a stage-play-script. Sometimes in bollywood there is no dialogue but just a treatment and then someone else ...


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I have been told that the sentence you should cut out is the one you love the most. I have found this true of my own writing: a really interesting section just has to go because it doesn't fit within the whole. Sometimes I have be able to re-cast an idea. Sometimes I have been able to use it in another story or play. Sometimes I have to just throw it away.


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I would actually keep her character intact as a cheerleader. Then in the second, as you reveal more about her character and motivations for overthrowing the current CEO, you can show that her appearance in the original work was a carefully crafted facade, designed to get her to the top as quickly and effortlessly as possible. The exact reasoning, of ...


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If I’m understanding you correctly, you have a female character – who is not an MC right now, but a strong secondary character. This character in current WIP is of the Ambassador personality type. Typically this type is described as: Ambassadors will be positive about any change and will be highly aligned, however they will not proactively try to ...


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For this script at least, the numbers correspond to the scenes. Each number in the left margin appears at the beginning of a new location. At a guess, this could simply be to make writing easier for the screenwriter, or perhaps to correspond to clapperboard information. These possible uses are only guesses, however. As seen in @Reed's comments, this is ...


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Why should the format of movie scripts from different movie making traditions be the same?!? Here is a typical Italian two column movie script: http://www.cinetecadibologna.it/imageserver/lightboxenlarge/files/biblioteca/sceneggiature/donati/photogallery/la%20grande%20caccia.jpg


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Okay, you actually asked three different questions here, so let's break each one down. Are these online course certificates actually recognized by producers, agents, directors, etc., or will having this on your resume make no difference at all? To be quite honest, when it comes to selling a screenplay, you are probably going to start with ...


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"Muzak" is also called elevator music. It is characterized by soft, usually slowed, instrumental versions of songs that are typically played in department stores, as hold music, or (per the name) in elevators. They are meant to be soothing and unobtrusive background sounds to avoid what could be uncomfortable silence. It is so named because the company most ...


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I would suggest Blake Snyder's "Save the Cat" and "Save the Cat Goes to the Movies" as some good starting material. I found them to be very useful for understanding story structures in general, particularly those most common in Hollywood. Along these lines, I would suggest not just limiting yourself to comedy-specific advice. The best comedy (IMO) takes ...


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I do not know if there is a standard way, but I would write it in whatever way makes it crystal clear when the events are taking place. I'd create distinct sluglines for each alternate universe and use them strictly and consistently. Because this is a screenplay (meant to be used as a working document to create a film, correct?) and not a novel or even a ...


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A screenplay is written primarily for the production crew, not for the audience, so you don't have to be afraid of spoiling any plot points by mentioning that two apparently different persons are in fact the same character. When you want both the MASKED ASSASSIN and MARTHA MARIGOLD to be portrayed by the same actress, you would refer to both under the same ...


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All the screenplays I have seen always use the form of the name that the character is known by to the audience. For example, if you tell the tale of Robert Williams, but all the other characters always address him as "Bob", you use "Bob" as the marker for this character. If, on the other hand, Mr. Williams is a teacher and only his wife calls him "Bob", ...


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The primary difference between usage in the terms "screenplay" and "script" is the function of the document. The script the actors use during filming is primarily dialogue with minimal stage direction. This is similar to the 'spec scripts' given to agents and producers to generate interest in the work. The primary focus here is on telling the story, the ...


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I've tried to do this myself, so I'll pass along what I've learned. First, note that the audience hears a play about one-third as fast (150-200 words per minute) as they read a novel (500-600 words a minute). Because of that, a screenplay requires "crisper" writing, with fewer excess words than a novel. A novel might describe a hero's actions as follows: ...


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Eh, it's almost impossible to sell screenplays in general. That you have a screenplay for a movie that would be R or NC-17 moves it from "almost" impossible to "very nearly" impossible. You know how many movies were released in 2013 with a NC-17 rating? Two, Blue Is The Warmest Color and something called Lucky Bastard. Which might not sound like much, but ...


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The biggest different between a novel and a movie is that in a novel, things are described to the reader. The reader can get inside the character's head, be told what the characters are feeling, what the characters and thinking... This doesn't happen in a movie. A movie can only show, not tell. A screenplay has to be entirely visual (and auditory.) This is ...


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It sounds like you're something of a discovery writer (aka pantser). You wrote lots and lots of material, and now you have to carve away everything which doesn't fit your plot. If you are a discovery writer rather than a planner, then removing all the parts which don't belong there is part of the process of writing your first draft. Keep all the cool bits ...


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I've never seen CUT on its own in a script before, so I honestly can't imagine where you'd use it... CUT TO:s are rare in today's scripts. Years ago you'd use them above a new slugline. (Or FADE TO: or DISSOLVE TO: or whatever transition you wanted to use; but these choices are now considered to be the director's prerogative. The transition would always ...


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Writing one or two examples of the "average" script won't hurt, and it's good practice. I wouldn't do any more, though, because it could all change if and when it goes into development. One thing you should have in order to pitch this project is a simple bible. If they like the pitch they may ask to read the pilot. If they like the pilot they may ask for a ...


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One example of a good literary device for television is an aside. This is when a character speaks to the audience, telling them a secret that the characters on stage (or in the movie) are not supposed to know. An example of a movie using asides is Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Another would be a monologue. Monologues can be delivered with great effect on ...


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From what I've been told, there are two important parts to a drama: 1) story (or "message" in your words), and 2) characters. That's because the characters are the medium by which your message is conveyed, and the interaction of the characters produces the plot, or "storyline."


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Typically, you would change all the names and present it as fiction (perhaps as "inspired by a true story"). This is called a roman à clef and it's a widely used technique to allow poetic license with the truth while avoiding legal trouble. Even with this approach, however, people have still been sued, so you might want to use caution.


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A good way to do it is to refer to files outside of the main script, like a map of the area that displays where the player may go, what they may do and what they may find. When you reach the area in the script, simply write something like 'Refer to: ' This will also give a clearer image to anyone else looking at this as to what the map will look like or ...


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You cannot write a script without visualizing what's happening, so I say add what you have in mind. I've seen it done both ways (especially in animation). If you plan to direct the feature it can't hurt to add every shot, since everything can be modified later, and will be if it's worth a damn. And personally, I wouldn't want to read a script with some ...


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College education in creative areas is for the most part a way for unsuccessful non-artists – that is: illustrators whom no one hires, writers whose books don't sell to support them, screen writers who don't sell scripts – to earn a living. There are some teachers who are also successful in their field, so check who will be teaching you. (Make sure they ...


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A screenplay is a script written for a screen, whether television or feature, but it's only used when the specifics of what's being worked on might be in question. Formatting is very similar for both types of projects, the difference has to do more with pacing, the number of locations, acts and scenes than actual formatting differences. Also a stageplay ...


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Number = Scene Screenplays are usually formatted in such a way that one page roughly equates to one minute, and, in a shooting script, the scenes are numbered. Notes on the length of The Battle of Algiers: A According to the French Wikipedia article, there is a French dubbed version of the movie that is 157 minutes long. Finding out when and why the ...


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Normally they are minutes roughly 1 page equals about 1 minute of visual time. But it is not an exact science and here 146 pages translate to 120 minutes.. most likely this is caused by long descriptions which only take a short time time to show rather than tell. that 1 page= 1 minute is truest for talking and some action scenes, still as they are not ...



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