Author Topic: Script formatting on forums  (Read 1681 times)

Tony_A20

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Script formatting on forums
« on: June 28, 2013, 10:06:43 PM »
It's very difficult to read scripts which are not formatted correctly.

Formatting scripts for forums is not exact, but it is not difficult. It merely requires use of the BB "Code" tag on the first line,
and ending the script with the closing tag beginning with a slash  Both tags should be without the quote marks shown. The quote
marks are used in this post to make the BB Code tag visible.

See the BB Code Reference @ http://www.bbcode.org/examples/?id=15

Here is how to do it:

Start the section of your post containing your screenplay with the BB commands: "code," and end your post with "/code" (substitute square brackets for the quote marks).

For example:
Code: [Select]
"[code]"

1.
"SCREENPLAY FORMAT'

FADE IN:

EXT.  LOCATION  #1  -  DAY

Begin your film or television screenplay like this.

Scene action is double-spaced under the heading in upper and lower case text
with double spacing between paragraphs.

Scene action should only deal with what is shown on the screen and never
include text related to character thoughts or back-story.

Scene action should be limited to less than five lines. Each paragraph should
indicate a significant action beat.



INT.  LOCATION  #2  -  NIGHT

Begin a new scene triple-spaced from the preceding scene. Always follow a
scene heading with a line of scene action.

CHARACTER #1
Character cues (CHARACTER #) should be in
capitals indented to around the middle of
the page, but not centered. The first letter
of character cues are always in alignment.

CHARACTER #2
Characters are identifed by either first or
last name. The designated character cue
should remain consistant.

CHARACTER #3
Dialogue appears directly under the character
cue in normal upper and lower case text.
(pause)
Only split dialogue after a sentence and only
if at least two lines appear on the first
page.
(MORE)
etc...


Besides using the code tag, there is another trick.

Do not use word wrap. Type a carriage return at the end of each line.

Write your script in RTF format and set up tabs in your word processor as close to the correct spacing as possible.
Use a New Courier 11 point font. Do not use a proportional font.

Copy your script from your word processor to the new topic text box and preview your post.
Disregard how the copied text is displayed in the input text box.
If the preview format displayed is not correct, go back to your wordprocessor and adjust your tabs until the preview display IS correct.
Repeat the copy.

The first step in screenwriting is to learn how to format your script.
Improperly formatted scripts don't get read.

Work at it.

Tony

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« Last Edit: May 14, 2014, 08:41:28 AM by Tony_A20 »

Offline 2par

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Re: Script formatting on forums
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2013, 10:37:40 PM »
Thanks, Tony.