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INT. STARBUCKS, LOS ANGELES People are sitting at tables and on couches, some on smartphones, many typing away on laptops. We pan to a man in his 40's, with a ponytail and reading glasses. He is concentrating fiercely, reading something on a Macbook. JOE (looks up at camera): Oh, hello there! I didn't see you. Welcome to Screenwriter's Corner. Today we ...


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In the context you've provided, OFF Marie, left stewing now means "this is the last thing the camera sees before it moves off her to the next shot." These are framing directions to the camera person. Look at the parentheticals: PAMELA And it’s not an apartment, it’s a house that you live in? (off Skyler’s nod) Do you own outright, or is there a ...


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They do not quit their day job. That's true for many other writers, too. But besides that, yes, they get paid for unused scripts if these scripts were optioned. I. e. a producer pays them money for the exclusive right to the script for a certain amount of time. During that time the producer can think about turning it into a movie without fearing that a ...


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There is nothing new under the sun, my friend. If you read TV Tropes you might be forgiven for thinking that all plots are like all other plots. However it is not the plots (there are considered to be only seven or so actual plots anyway) but the characterisations, details, names etc that make your world unique to you. If you are worried that you have by ...


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I have only limited experience with this, but I imagine that the first step would be to film as much of the behind-the-scenes action as you can. Get the staff used to having a camera crew around. As you film, look for patterns and themes. Conduct interviews, and ask lots of questions. When you are done with this step, you should have a better idea of how ...


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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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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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"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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Since we never put anything out on a public server, aka Cloud, I don't know if Trelby is what you need or not. On the bright side, it's FREE, so no harm in taking a look to see. I've never heard of Plotbot, but have used Celtx. The number one screenwriting software is Final Draft. It is expensive, crashes often, and not universal among platforms. For this ...


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First, Who is the audience? Patients without insurance. Okay...everything from alzheimers to pregnancy? What is the objective of the piece? Goals? What is the tone of the piece? eg: Hard, soft? What kind of services are provided at the clinic? Who is eligible? Interviews you say need to be done? With whom? What are the no more than six messages you want ...


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It is best to find your story following your intuition, then structure it to write your story. Creativity and originality flow best if unimpeded, so don't hinder your ideas by attempting to force them into a structure when you are at the stage of developing your story idea. But stories read better if they are not confusing; they are more satisfying, if they ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Keep your script consistent. You do not want to confuse the readers. So, yes, always use the full name.


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Most of what you'll find on-line are not spec scripts, but production scripts which have been scene numbered or otherwise slightly altered by directors and ADs to facilitate shooting. Additionally, if you're reading a script of a writer/director, then you need to understand it might as well have been written in crayon as it was never going to be a spec ...


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I constantly read books and watch movies that are totally unlike anything that I have ever read or seen before. There is an unlimited wealth of stories that have never been told. If your story is like "all other" alien invasion stories, then that is because you have seen or read those other stories, learned their underlying schema, and now have applied it ...


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Developing a book or a screenplay both begin in much the same way: plot and characters. The formatting and presentation of both once written couldn't be more different. Books are usually written in paragraphs and chapters, where screenplays adhere to strict formatting rules and are always in present tense. There's no right or wrong way to start writing a ...


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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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From the filmmaking side, being on set, we refer to the printed copy as a script. The script is a tool that the actor and rest of the crew use while on set at a particular location, and is often only a portion of the entire screenplay. Directors, actors, continuity directors, script supervisors, and film loaders (clapper/slate operators) often make ...


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The main difference between the terms script and screen play (or screenplay as one word) is that typically people think of a script as for theater whereas a screenplay is clearly for the film industry. However, since a script can also be a screen play, it is interchangeable in that way. Screenplays are also usually subject to a script formatting rules. ...


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Here are some thoughts to help guide you on your way (and by no means authoritative.) Is the pilot intended to be aired? How long will the episodes be? How long will the pilot be? How many acts per episode? How many acts in the pilot? Is the pilot the start of the story, a first draft of the story, or just another episode? If the pilot is a draft your only ...


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A production requires several experts who handle specific elements at the request of the director. The CAPS are specific to help those experts do their task. All props and foley sounds are in caps so the prop director and sound engineer are are alert to their task. CAPs are also used to introduce a new character (though only the first time they appear) and ...



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