How do you format a screenplay?

If you can refer me to a good book/website on formatting a screenplay, great.


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I would just go to http://www.imsdb.com/ and look at how the professional screenplays are written for a starting point. Also http://www.simplyscripts.com/the-archives/ is a good resource for a general overview. Also I would read general books on screenplay writing to find the little changes you need to make it get accepted. Good luck!


If you're interested in how to format a screenplay I suggest you visit http://www.trelby.org/ Trelby is a very good application for both Linux and Windows which formats your screenplay while you write. As for the way a screenplay is written and the conventions used, the best way is to take a look at the original screenplays of your favorite movies. You can find plenty of web sites which provide screenplays in pdf format just by searching "screenplays download" on google.

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